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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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88
very good

226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | FT: 1
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:40:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 20:33:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-06-2013 22:35:15 | More by kjkinsey
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-15-2013 02:28:50 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-18-2013 21:21:57 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 here 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2014 06:05:37 | More by biboergosum
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 02:49:14 | More by jlindros
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-29-2013 01:15:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:13:37 | More by Zorro
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-13-2013 14:41:04 | More by DrunkinYogi
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-05-2013 01:33:05 | More by mothman
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +2%

08-21-2013 05:22:32 | More by drewone
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:28:02 | More by superspak
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-09-2013 04:21:12 | More by rab53
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%

06-21-2013 23:52:16 | More by Kelp
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dmorgan310

Panama

4/5  rDev +2%

10-06-2013 15:24:03 | More by dmorgan310
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-02-2013 20:05:21 | More by Zaphog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-30-2013 15:15:43 | More by ShanePB
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 05/09/14. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a brown/ruby red color with about an inch off-white head that stayed around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel, toffee, dark fruit, bready malt and some citrus peel. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel, toffee, candied oranges, bready malt, dark fruit, and some citrusy and pine hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy and has moderate carbonation. And for the most part the 11% ABV is well hidden. I thought this was good, I wouldn't mind buying this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 22:00:09 | More by bluejacket74
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Durge

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2014 07:23:12 | More by Durge
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 10 month old bottle shared with friends. Sampled on July 4, 2014.

The pour is reddish amber with a slight opaque quality to it. Looks the way a barleywine should.

It is nearly a year old and any booze has faded into the sunset. There is a big fruity and barley malt character in he aroma.

Medium body and comfortable on the palate.

The flavor is of sweet barley malts, lighter hops, and really no booze at all. I like my barleywines to mellow out a little before trying them and this one did.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 01:35:51 | More by puboflyons
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red body with brownish tints and minor head and lace. I pick up figs, booze (bourbon), wood, caramel, toffee and other sweet malts in the aroma along with hints of dark fruits. The body is thick, smooth, the booze does come out as there is a little heat. Malts are centerpiece as the sweetness from caramel and toffee, maybe figs, is prevalent but a good bit of balance from dry, citric hops gives this beer a varied taste profile. Maybe not a barleywine for everyone with extra hops and alcohol dialed back for style but it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 20:51:32 | More by clayrock81
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

06-23-2014 03:08:29 | More by wrightst
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5-15-13

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 14:12:21 | More by EgadBananas
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morimech

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:01:00 | More by morimech
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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.