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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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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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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The year/batch/version dry hopped with Chinook (if there's different versions).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy white head that leaves a wide ring of lacing. Pours a hazy brownish red.

Smell: Caramel and brown sugar American barleywine malt aromas. No Chinook aroma, which is sad since Chinook is one of my favorite hops. Not really very complex, but a nice, persistent malty aroma. Would be great in the Winter.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a nice oily hop flavor and feel complementing the brown sugary malt. Bit too sweet for my taste, but a lot of great barleywine flavors. Enough hot alcohol to cut through the sugar and develop the malt flavor. Again, a good Wintery sipper.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied. Slight dryness, moderate carbonation. Pretty hot, which works well.

Overall: If you like Old Ruffian style American barleywines (bitter, with a heavy caramel/brown sugar malt backbone and ample alcohol), you'll like this. If you bought the bottle because it says "Dry hopped with Chinook," you may be disappointed.

As a side note, I'm not sure if this is the base beer for Billionaire, but it would taste great barrel aged. Time, slow oxidation, and wood can only do good to a big flavorful beer like this.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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