Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes
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4.6/5 rDev +17.3%
Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam... first of all, it's a clever and humorous name! Personally, I love the comic nature of the names and art direction. I'm a fan of all manner of slapstick humor. Now... the look of this beer is very idyllic. I think this very hue could be in the dictionary next to the word 'auburn.' It's as clear as a gemstone. A very desirable color... Encircling the glass is a nice khaki color head, which recedes a bit but never below 1/4 of an inch. Stubbornly clinging to the side, the head leaves some very nice lacing in its wake as it is consumed. There is a definite low level of carbonation present here, unlike some examples of the style which are for all intents and purposes, flat.
For the aroma, one might mistake this to be a super fresh Imperial IPA... the hop scents are so fresh, they bring to mind the air in springtime, juicy oranges, tropical fruits, and alpine fields. I am not sure of the finishing hop process but whatever was in the recipe produced magnificent results. I'm serious - this fragrance is ethereal! After frantically downing a quantity of this sweet beverage, I can confidently state that the flavor certainly lives up to the nose!
For a split second, my senses are sprayed with tropical fruits , then an earthy, mossy, resinous hop complexity is taken in- consider me a passionate lover of Citra hops. The malt backbone on this one is enormous - similar to raisins, eucalyptus and various herbs, and all nice and tart. The finish is intensely sharp and dry... crisp and numbing. After drinking 22 oz, at various temperatures, I am shocked that the experience is over. The perceived body and ABV is much lighter than it really is.
I don't often drink Barleywines - I've had only 6-10 different selections since I have gotten into craft beer in 2003. The best compliment I can give this brew is that it has re-invigorated my interest in the style, and bolstered my love of big beer. Ultimately, the latest from Clown Shoes defies preconceived notions of Barleywines, displaying a very complex libation that is literally a journey though potent beer sensations. Very true to Clown Shoes' style in general, this is expertly formulated and the antithesis of boring. You need this beer in your life... & Drink it fresh!
05-17-2013 02:54:39 | More by Neorebel
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
Dark orange hue with minimal white head. Smell was very intense and very good. Rich mango and pineapple followed by bitter hops and ending with sweet malt. This tasted very much like an IIPA but I feel like a lot of extremely fresh american barley wines taste this way. Notes of citrus, pine, vanilla; and very hoppy. As it warmed the barley wine character came though as the sweet malt started to balance with the hops. I really enjoyed the progression of this beer over time and would like to see how it does with some age as the hops will die down considerably.
06-09-2013 23:08:34 | More by cfaulman
4.34/5 rDev +10.7%
a: looks dark brown but really its a very deep crimson red when held up to the light, with a half inch off white head.
s: hints of citra hops and some strong sweet maltiness
t: very rich and complex, malty sweetness in the forefront. even though its rich and complex its still pretty balanced, doesn't hang offensively in the mouth for aftertaste.
m: has an excellent mouthfeel, pretty low in carbonation compared to some other barley wines I have tried.
overall: this is one of the better barley wines I've had, although I've not had many and don't consider myself an expert on this style but this one stands up to stone's "old guardian" just not as hoppy.
06-24-2013 22:32:42 | More by Beerlover
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
On tap at ACBF. This was a really tasty Barleywine, really intense, tons of strong boozy fruit, balance struck me as really interesting and quite nice. I was quite impressed with this, a very tasty Barleywine that has some assertive complex boozy fruits, plums, stonefruits, barrels. Quite nice.
06-03-2014 00:01:56 | More by mick303
4.29/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a amber brown, with a two inch off white head, that leaves behind excellent lace, with solid retention. Smell is loads if biscuity grains, hard candy, roasted toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, and some alcohol. Taste starts with toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit and finishes with hard candy, alcohol, and grapefruit. The body is medium large, nice amount of life, a little dry, and drinks way to easy for its 11% abv. I like big hoppy barleywines and that is this. Fans of Smuttynose, Old Ruffian, Old Guardian, and Big Foot will like this tasty brew.
01-05-2014 22:56:36 | More by SawDog505
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours a somewhat mahogany red, fairly opaque, with an off white head. Looks good, nice retention. The nose has plenty of citrus hops, with touches of floral and resiny hops, brown sugar, caramel, and dates. There's a stark, but somewhat mediated bitterness. It's got a punch to it, but its not wrecking. Plenty of citrus hoppiness, florals, caramel, maybe a slight toast character. It's got nice balance and full flavor. Mouthfeel is great. It's full bodied, without feeling ad all syrupy, or overly sticky. Drink smooth and easy.
There's definitely some blurry lines between this and an imperial ipa, but while nice and hoppy, still has a distinguishable American Barleywine feel, and its good.
06-09-2013 14:12:21 | More by EgadBananas
Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.