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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

308 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | 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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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Bradaplast, Aug 23, 2014
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

TheDudeAbides14, Aug 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

chewymangos, Aug 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Had this on the 4th of July and very impressed nothing from Clown shoes disappoints

IvanJ126, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber-orange with a finger of lightly orange-tan tinted head.

Smell. Candied orange rinds, caramel, a little grapefruit, and some toasty sweet malts.

Taste. Orange, grapefruit and lemon rinds with some oily bitterness, some sweet caramel and lightly toasted malts. Very big and bold.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, below medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy bwine.

Rutager, Aug 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

YOSHl, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of maximum12
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

Even though I find most of their beers merely "good", which doesn't rate Clown Shoes price tags, I keep buying them. There's something wrong with me. I blame it on my mistress. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is a dark, clear, filtered red. Smells sweet. Two-year-old-sitcom-sweet, the kind that makes your hind-brain hurt. Then there's the corn-fructose-dipped fruit. Recommended by 9 out of 10 dentists. The other one's going broke.

Crunkle Sam lays the lie to the nose. Huge hoppy citrus punch up front is cut by the dark fruitiness that's so strong up the schnazz. Malty sweetness is tamed somewhat by the hops. Alcohol bites, leaves some lingering side effects. I'm slugging this far faster than is warranted.

Another 'merely good' CS brew. A rather routinely good, hopped-to-the-gills barleywine. I'll enjoy it for the few more seconds that it lasts.

maximum12, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

twincano, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

AdmiralOzone, Aug 16, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%

myteam24, Aug 15, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev 0%

weeare138, Aug 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Boozecamel, Aug 14, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Bottled 5/20/14 and consumed 8/13/2014. Pours an attractive amber color with a brownish tint in the right light. A dirty brown head fades quickly.
S: Grapefruit, pine from the chinook dry-hopping is a nice complement to the caramel, molasses, brown sugar you'd expect from a big american barleywine.
T: Hops are very apparent, again with the chinook pine/grapefruit shining through. Sweet molasses, caramel flavors and a strong alcohol taste exist as well. I pick up some chocolate notes linger in the finish as well.
M: fairly big body, medium-low carbonation, dry.
O: I recommend trying this if you are on the fence. I'm happy that I caved and picked one up.

snowmageddon, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

BostonHops, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Stagga_Lee, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

jemarent, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Aug 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

pyite, Aug 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Beastcpa, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Joey1566, Aug 05, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber slowly decanted into a tulip glass over the course of an evening. Really quite a looker, a ruby red brown admixture with a well-formed mocha colored head and a rather appealing aroma of well-toasted malts (almost reminds one of burnt popcorn), strong hazelnut, raisins, apples, pears, and some grapefruit, tangerine, and faint pine from the bold hop regime. All the expected elements are there and well-integrated. Some folks have described this as "hot" or "young" in terms of the alcohol flavor and although you can taste the booze, I might have snagged a well-aged example as this ain't too hot at all (but see below). The alcohol flavor peeks out here and there, with the whole package bitter and resinous plus sweet in equal measure. Lots of orchard fruit, butterscotch, nuts, golden raisin, and molasses kiss candy with an astringent tea bag note that comes on strong late. IPA-like hopping in the finish, which veers towards the harshly medicinal but does remain rooted in dried citrus peel and pine territory. Standout features for me include the malt complexity, nuttiness, classic barleywine orchard fruit elements, and assertive hop flavors. If there's a drawback its that things do get a tad harsh late into a bomber, which is probably a good reason to share this sucker with some appreciative aficionados. Still, a welcome introduction to this new to Alberta contract brewer for me.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

TasteTester, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.