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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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88
very good

399 Ratings
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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 63 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and toffee sweetness which compliments the juicy citrus flavors and herbal tea hop bitterness. The alcohol plays the warming card, but is masked well. A solid, sweet, citrusy barleywine.

Photo of NJBeer265
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmdellafave
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tridge85
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justme
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Borrego805
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example of the style.

Photo of BarrelAged1991
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice barley wine, Great hop flavour thanks toe the dry hopping!

Photo of wvsabbath
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goldndomer
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color with a silky smooth, creamy topping. The aroma has a bit of fruit, caramel, and toffee. The flavor has a lot more going on, with brown sugar, vanilla, citrus, and a hint of dark fruit. There is a slight earthy, woodsy hop flavor going along with the large malt and yeast notes. Really nice flavor for a barleywine and certainly a solid part of the clown shoes lineup. I would love to see how this would age after a few years, though it wasn't too hot with alcohol even fresh.

Photo of mchengcit
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheCuriograph
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clown Shoes "Crunkle Sam"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/12/13"
$8.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

Notes: Sampled at cellar temperature. Beautiful looking glass of beer: clear deep copper body with orange highlights beneath a massive head of frothy yellowish tan that slowly drops to a fairly thick, sudsy covering. Wide splashes and craggy, broken walls of lacing are left behind on the glass. Distinctly caramelish malt as expected in the nose with a bit of fruit (apricot, tangerine, nondescript citrus) as well, and some background raspy hops (or is that spiciness from the alcohol? Or a combination with the citrus edge?). As an "American" barley wine I would expect more hop aroma, but the very moderate amount that's there is OK. Medium-full in body... or should that be full-medium? Decidedly dextrinous and creamy with a very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation - thank goodness as too many barley wines are over-carbed these days, 'thinning' the malt and amping up the perceived bitterness with carbonic acid... this softer carbonation works really well to accentuate the malt. And malt is what it's about here, although there are more hops in the flavor, and some clear alcohol (which seems to be the only fault, with some higher alcohols). Rich, with a combination of golden and darker caramel notes that make me think of the color red, not that red is a flavor, but that's how I perceive it - I guess meaning that it's a midway point between the golden and the dark (?). The malt is the main component, but it's malt that's threaded through with hop flavor: dank, slightly resinous, and citrusy (clementine, lemon zest)- almost berry-like in a way (perhaps Simcoe?). But again, as an "American" barley wine it still seems a little light. The balance, however, is quite good; and overall it shines. Given the price of $8.99/22 oz. bottle (and I know you can find it cheaper) it's hard to argue against.

Photo of Theniz
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber with a finger and half of dense off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of caramel malt and piney and juicy citrus hops
T: taste is sweet caramel with some orange marmalade and citrusy hops. a little tropical fruit as well but the sweetness from the malt keeps things in check. swallow is toasted malt, slight alcohol, more caramel and piney citrusy hops
M: heavier side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a oily finish that slowly dries out
O: Pretty solid for a young barleywine. I snagged a second bottle so we'll see how this does after a year. It is nowhere near as abrasive as fresh Old Guardian so this is pleasant to drink fresh. Alcohol could be masked better but other than that this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Skagnetti
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured an opaque mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet raisin and fig and molasses, with some copper and biscuit.
T: It tasted like candied oranges and caramel, with some copper and raisin. It had a clean but hot bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was more English than American, but still had a really nice scent and taste. The body was solid, but the finish was a little harsh, so it was better to sip. Would likely age well. Fresh is good, not great.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.