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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 53 | 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)
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a nice example of a citrus hop forward barleywine.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Glugs out an murky, opaque, dark amber body with a small, thin, beige head now matter how lively the pour. Though the head really never gets going, it also maintains that lil' thin head throughout the whole bottle.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, toasted sugars, and, given some minutes in the glass, you get rising, angrily wafting citrus zest and alcohol set against a scent of brewed black tea.

Taste: Toasty malts, sugars (for a bolt of sweetness), and biscuits, a little extra brown sugar, some small handful of golden raisins, with bright, juicy citrus components of Seville orange and lemon adjoined to the warming alcohol. As the bitterness hitches its wagon, there's a firm tea-like herbal hint like an over-steeped tea bag. As it warms, the alcohol and cumulative bitterness awaken, giving a singe of orange liqueur on the finish. Additional sweetness lands invariably, pre-finish, post-finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Not quite chewy.

Overall: It's not the most deft, diverse, or complex barleywine around. Still, it holds its own, giving one their daily recommended allowance of citrus, sweetness, and alcohol.

Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, with another crazily busy label, this time illustrating a fireworks-directing, Grand Canyon-adjacent maestro, one who reminds me somewhat of the Hondo Ohnaka pirate character (maybe blended with Lyle Lanley from the Simpsons) of the Clone Wars cartoons that I've been catching up on lately - with my toddler son, of course!

This beer pours a muddy, darkly illustrious red-brick amber colour, with a tower of puffy, tightly foamy, and sort of bubbly beige head, which leaves some encrypted Republic transmission character lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds off into near-space.

It smells of sweet, nougaty caramel malt, flecked with more than a few toffee, demerara sugar, and treacle turbo injections, sharp pine resin, orange, lemon, and white grapefruit citrus rind astringencies, a pleasantly apparent, untethered mustiness, further tart black fruit notes, and a barely restrained, bristling, and, let's just say, threatening booziness. The taste is, well the taste is another incarnation of those gag-inducing first contact sort of deals - the swirling alcohol esters hit my high palate straight away, choking it before I can immediately appreciate the lazy followup of besotted bready caramel malt, hard toffee, sassy pine needles, bitter leafiness, real vanilla, syrupy brown sugar, earthy mustiness, and mixed and matched dark orchard fruit.

The carbonation is fairly involved, with a prominent, but yet soft frothiness, the body a stolid medium-heavy weight, and fairly smooth, once you get past that good ol' 'merican hop onslaught, and creamy with no such interference. It finishes on the sweet side, just, as the waning of the hops only slightly exceeds that of the malt - we're talking minimal amounts here, people, but a delta is a delta, so say the Greeks.

Not the most complex of barleywines, be they new or old world in origin or style, but that doesn't seem to be the aim here. Instead, what we get is an alcoholic paean to a, let's say complicated malt, the DIPA hop schedule that loves it, and lip service paid in full to that old-seeming mustiness difference maker. A slow sipper, to be sure, as duly noted already, but once past that simple physical limitation, all bets are off.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Bottled on 6/4/14 found a 2nd to last bottle at South Hills Giant Eagle Market District...pours into a chalice with a cloudy deep muddled ruby amber body. Creamy textured tan head intricate lacing.

Dry hopped with Chinooks those are basically muted after 6 months of age in the bottle, the aroma comes of with deep pine earthy dankness, big under current of caramelized malts and bread...dark fruit a bit of sherry or cognac.

Flavor way too smooth I'm getting the last bottle to age even longer, dark chocolate in the middle over ripened fruits some apricot and raisin very juicy notes. Big earthy pine accented hops with a big creamy malt finish caramelized sugars a hint of caramel and bourbon esque finish even though this has never touched a barrel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied chewy beer this is Crunkle Sam and I'm really enjoying the beer a star of the base beers I've had from Clown Shoes...really well done to style American Barleywine I'm burping up hops and the booze is way too well hidden one could not tell this is 11% abv.

Overall, world class barleywine this would win most blind tastings out there, can't wait to grab another bottle to store away in the cellar.

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent lacing, esp for an 11% beer, fairly clear reddish maroon slight rosy colored beer.

Nose brings typical barleywine aromas, sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, little nutty, candied apple, touch syrupy, with lots of reddish sweet malts, slight toasty, candy, various crystal malts, etc. with a touch of an earthy spicy hop, as well as light booze aroma and hint of esters.

Taste brings more sweet malts, reddish malts again, toasty, chewy like, with candy red malts, into the caramel, lots of toffee with a bit syrupy flavors, nutty even, more candied apple flavor, rock candy syrup, etc. That also brings plenty of booze, warming and tingly even, but mostly clean booze, just a touch of esters and eventually gets a little fusel, and an interesting fruitiness in there too, touch of raisin, little candied apple, touch fig, etc. Also in there is a med to milder bitterness wit light spicy earthy hops but not a lot. Finish is fairly bitter though as the hops finally ramp, more spicy chewy hops with a bit of pine and earth, more candied flavors sweet malts and semi dry finish, bit more tingly anesthesizing booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, plenty of warming tingly booze, decent carb.

overall not bad, not sure how it would age but not bad as a basic barleywine, but doesn't do much to stand out or anything like that.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.3%

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 5/15/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; with a great malt/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and fairly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barleywine. All around good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hop and dark/toasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Chill hazed red colored beer with a remarkably tall tan colored head.

Smells is strong aged hop and strong syrupy, malt with a spicy scent somewhere between sandal wood and cinnamon. Molasses and hints of lemon pepper and ginger, smells a lot like Pfeffernüsse cookie.

Starts out malty and slightly fruity with a little sugar cookie to it. Bittersweet flavor with a hint of cinnamon. Alcohol is warming in the chest. Some strong tea but mostly toffee as a flavor. Alcohol not detected this one can sneak up on you.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good fairly mild flavored Barleywine.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.