1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

Not Rated.
Crunkle SamCrunkle Sam

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 302
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 302 | Reviews: 58 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of osuskin
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

osuskin, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of RobertColianni
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

RobertColianni, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of ryanflc
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ryanflc, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of goodshiz
3/5  rDev -23.5%

goodshiz, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of steve8robin
3/5  rDev -23.5%

steve8robin, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of twincano
3/5  rDev -23.5%

twincano, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of mmulebarn
3/5  rDev -23.5%

mmulebarn, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

I picked up a bottle of this at the local Total Wine. I try to avoid 22oz bottles but this one was reasonably priced at $7.99, I have had some decent Clown Shoes beers, so I thought "Why not?" This was bottled on 6/13/13. Hopefully the last six months have done this one good.

Pours clear and a rusty cherry color. As far as appearance goes, this one is damned near perfect for the style. Fluffy, frothy, creamy, two finger sized light caramel colored head forms on top. The lacing is amazing and the retention is awesome as well.

Aroma is alcoholic and fruity. Alcohol hits the nose first, followed by some tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and peach. Huge dose of caramel malt. This one seems like a huge malt bomb. I am not generally a big fan of this style for that reason; lets see how she tastes.

Oh boy. Sweet, syrupy, fruity, alcoholic. Oddly enough there is a strong hop bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Seems way out of balance and not very cohesive. Plenty of caramel with some toffee. Not really a fan.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and probably pretty good for the style. This one is definitely one of those beers that takes over an hour to drink due to the sweetness and alcohol. I can already feel the hangover from this one. Not a fan. This one definitely needs more time; very raw tasting.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of rdilauro
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Ok, I admit, Clown Shoes beers have not been one of my favorites. I keep on trying them, my co-workers love them and I respect their beer knowledge and tastes.
I have liked most of the Clown shoe brews I have tasted, but the one thing that keeps me in the drak is the aftertaste. I cant put my finger on it, but its just something I do not like.

Crunkle Sam was an good overall Barley Wine. It had all the major ingredients into which a good beer should be. It had a nice nose, the mouthful was big, in fact very big, there was a nice balance between malt and alcohol,

But still in the end there was something I just did not like Its not been with just one clown shoes but most of those I have tasted

rdilauro, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

MonkeyBread, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Rollzroyce21, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

MikeCactusGordon, May 28, 2014
Photo of mhbarber
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

mhbarber, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

JAHMUR, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

AdmiralOzone, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of pyite
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

pyite, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

KAF, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours a murky, dark amber with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with a lot of lacing being left down the glass.

Smell is of old hops, toffee, caramel, bread, and alcohol. No date on the bottle but it smells like the best part of the beer has already faded away.

Some citrus hops are tasted however. All the bitterness is still there and gives some balance to the huge malt bill. Probably would be a real good barleywine extremely fresh or well aged. I got it in the transitional phase and it is not as good as it should be. A lot of booze in the flavor covers up a lot of the subtle malt notes. Definitely hot in the finish.

Big and robust body. Expertly carbonated as well. Nice smooth, creamy soft feel.

Maybe Clown Shoes should bottle date their bottles so I would not give their beer mediocre scores. Would be an interesting experiment to see if the alcohol heat mellows out with time.

morimech, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

Bottled on 5/8/14. This beer was originally dry-hopped with Citra, but this year it was dry-hopped with Chinook. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark glowing brown, lots of haze with a small tan head that fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. It has that classic barleywine aroma. The hops seem to take a backseat in the nose, but are slightly noticeable. Some fresh dough. Tons of toffee and butterscotch. Some chocolate. Lots of caramel malts. Some orange peel in the mix. The flavors seem to have alot going on. After a few sips, it's clear that this is a sipper and heavy beer. What else would you expect for the style though? Flavors are full of more of the usual suspects like caramel and toffee. Lots of chocolate notes. Some hints of citrus. Orange and lemon is definitely in the mix. Possibly some grapefruit along with some fresh berries. Fresh pine needles are there. This isn't boozy, but there's a noticeable warmth. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with active carbonation. Ultimately smooth. Robust brew, which once again makes for a great sipper.

This is a straight forward and very solid example of the style. Well crafted. It becomes redundant at times. I almost want to say it eventutally becomes a chore to drink, but that's simply not the case. Good stuff, but nothing mind blowing.

BB1313, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of jrstamp
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

On tap at Knuckleheads
Pours a reddish brown with a solid off white head. Comes off a little hot and has a strong American bitterness that is not that pleasant at the moment. I'm not sure why I can stop myself from ordering barley wines on tap, but more often than not I get disappointed compared with a bottle that has a little time on its side. Overall it will probably mellow out to be better than what I gave it but right now the alcohol heat and that sharp bitterness keep me negative on it for now.

jrstamp, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.45/5  rDev -12%

Appearance: a deep ruby red color. two to three fingers of a tannish head. fairly hazy. leaves a slight ring around the edges

Smell: very light citrusy hops. toasty malts. caramel malts. lots of sweetness.

Taste: orange peel hops. toasty malts. maybe some barley. sweet caramel malts. a strong hop bit. there are a lot of good flavors but they are fairly weak and sometimes kind of bland

Mouthfeel: pretty full. pretty drinkable for 11%. warming alcohol. a touch sticky

Overall: this barleywine has some good things going for it. but overall it comes off as a fairly weak flavored brew. falling in as a middle of the road barleywine

SportsandJorts, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of bum732
3.49/5  rDev -11%

S: Citrus with some burnt toffee, slightly grainy.

L: Crystal clear, ruby red, little white head.

T: Rich, caramel with some toffee and hints of citrus. Very malty. Medium-high citrus bitterness with a smooth, caramel maltiness,. Alcohol dries the finish, a touch spicy. Some citrus hoppiness also in the finish.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, citra hops come through, but still dominated by the malt flavors.

bum732, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of kwkdmk
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

kwkdmk, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Lanstrum, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mikeburd1128, Jul 15, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.