Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes
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4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured into a Belgian tulip.
A beautiful, cushion-like, fluffy head forms with the pour, creamy in color. The liquid is cloudy, unfiltered looking and light copper and brown in color. Sticky lace remains all around the glass.
There's some pleasant smells here, particularly sweet, pungent malt blending with peppery spice. The hops are slightly piney and resinous and are a bit buried, but still present on the aroma.
Not a lot of variation from nose to taste, with the sweetness of the malt emerging first, then some hoppy bite and slight bitterness.
The beer drinks very sweetly, with a creamy and thick quality and little carbonation. The finish is dry but some sweetness lingers with the bitter hops to leave a pleasant aftertaste.
Overall, a great barleywine and one that's easy to enjoy. I could drink plenty of these, especially as it was fairly cheap.
01-02-2014 22:36:16 | More by ONovoMexicano
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
12-24-2013 01:47:18 | More by SportsandJorts
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.
11-29-2013 19:49:55 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.51/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured from 650 ml bottle into a snifter.
A: Medium brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbly carbonation on the surface. No real lacing.
S: Caramel and butterscotch is prominent. Raisin.
T: Bitter pecan shell, bittersweet raisin, pungent tea leaf, and a little licorice.
M: Syrupy, thick, and earthy. Bittersweet finish lingers on the palate. A bit dry in the finish. High alcohol is apparent.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is really nice. Slight head and no real lacing. But nose prominently features raisin and butterscotch. Bitter and a little sweetness to balance, pungent components as well. Boozy, thick, with a dry finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.
11-29-2013 03:04:14 | More by bmwats
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.
11-24-2013 19:01:00 | More by morimech
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
11-03-2013 23:13:37 | More by Zorro
Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 282 ratings.