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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | 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 JCarey
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not writing a full review, just reminding myself to pick up a few bottles of this to keep around.

Gorgeous red, overly bitter for style, reminds me more of a IIPA, and a bit sharp/young in alcohol. Completely drinkable and delicious as is.

I see this aging well.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cam12
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jrstamp
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 12/7/14

A murky brownish amber, some slow moving bubbles floating up to a dense finger of tan foam that sits around for a couple sips leaving some random patches

S heaps of brown sugar, some Swedish berries, badly bruised sour apple, soft caramel, wet herbal tea bag, smells sweet and already aged

T a little citrus rind but for the most part its caramel apple and big brown sugar notes with a little dark bread

M chewy and syrupy, the booze is very well hidden, bubbles slowly cream it up, a little sticky on the lips, caramel apple with brown sugar on the finish

O Solid BW, already mellow drinking I'm sure age wont hinder its cause, no booze anywhere and malty as they come

Not the most complex BW I've had but well worth a try, that being said I doubt I'd buy another to age with its 13$ price tag

Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of diehl07
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of aslamm75
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 musty difference maker. A slow sipper, to be sure, as duly noted already, but once past that simple physical limitation, all bets are off.

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of IanSpindler
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WreckedPalate
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jmkoller11
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Felt compelled to drink this on 4th of July weekend. Merica!

A - Impressively large head when poured aggressively. Light brown with red tints.

S - Malt, yeast, brown sugar, alcohol and sour

T - Cleaner taste than expected from smell. Vanilla, malt, sweet, bitter

M - Thick and bubbly

O - Not a bad barleywine. Taste isn't as complex or deep as the really good barleywines. It's worth drinking again, but isn't something that I will go out of my way to try and get. Prost!

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.