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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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88
very good

410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 67 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013

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Clown Shoes "Crunkle Sam"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 06/12/13"
$8.99 @ Total Wine & More #901, Tampa, FL

Notes: Sampled at cellar temperature. Beautiful looking glass of beer: clear deep copper body with orange highlights beneath a massive head of frothy yellowish tan that slowly drops to a fairly thick, sudsy covering. Wide splashes and craggy, broken walls of lacing are left behind on the glass. Distinctly caramelish malt as expected in the nose with a bit of fruit (apricot, tangerine, nondescript citrus) as well, and some background raspy hops (or is that spiciness from the alcohol? Or a combination with the citrus edge?). As an "American" barley wine I would expect more hop aroma, but the very moderate amount that's there is OK. Medium-full in body... or should that be full-medium? Decidedly dextrinous and creamy with a very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation - thank goodness as too many barley wines are over-carbed these days, 'thinning' the malt and amping up the perceived bitterness with carbonic acid... this softer carbonation works really well to accentuate the malt. And malt is what it's about here, although there are more hops in the flavor, and some clear alcohol (which seems to be the only fault, with some higher alcohols). Rich, with a combination of golden and darker caramel notes that make me think of the color red, not that red is a flavor, but that's how I perceive it - I guess meaning that it's a midway point between the golden and the dark (?). The malt is the main component, but it's malt that's threaded through with hop flavor: dank, slightly resinous, and citrusy (clementine, lemon zest)- almost berry-like in a way (perhaps Simcoe?). But again, as an "American" barley wine it still seems a little light. The balance, however, is quite good; and overall it shines. Given the price of $8.99/22 oz. bottle (and I know you can find it cheaper) it's hard to argue against.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a snifter to a deep amber with a finger and half of dense off white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of caramel malt and piney and juicy citrus hops
T: taste is sweet caramel with some orange marmalade and citrusy hops. a little tropical fruit as well but the sweetness from the malt keeps things in check. swallow is toasted malt, slight alcohol, more caramel and piney citrusy hops
M: heavier side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a oily finish that slowly dries out
O: Pretty solid for a young barleywine. I snagged a second bottle so we'll see how this does after a year. It is nowhere near as abrasive as fresh Old Guardian so this is pleasant to drink fresh. Alcohol could be masked better but other than that this is a pretty good beer.

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A: This poured an opaque mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet raisin and fig and molasses, with some copper and biscuit.
T: It tasted like candied oranges and caramel, with some copper and raisin. It had a clean but hot bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with some carbonation. Nice big body.
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Bottled on 6/13/13

A - Pours a dark copper with a one-finger off-white head. The head leaves some light soapy lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, and piney hops.

T - The taste mirrors the aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits upfront followed by a good amount of piney hops. The finish is mellow with a light alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice Barleywine. The 18 months has mellowed the alcohol somewhat, but it still present. While not world class still very nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Bottled on 6/4/14 found a 2nd to last bottle at South Hills Giant Eagle Market District...pours into a chalice with a cloudy deep muddled ruby amber body. Creamy textured tan head intricate lacing.

Dry hopped with Chinooks those are basically muted after 6 months of age in the bottle, the aroma comes of with deep pine earthy dankness, big under current of caramelized malts and bread...dark fruit a bit of sherry or cognac.

Flavor way too smooth I'm getting the last bottle to age even longer, dark chocolate in the middle over ripened fruits some apricot and raisin very juicy notes. Big earthy pine accented hops with a big creamy malt finish caramelized sugars a hint of caramel and bourbon esque finish even though this has never touched a barrel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied chewy beer this is Crunkle Sam and I'm really enjoying the beer a star of the base beers I've had from Clown Shoes...really well done to style American Barleywine I'm burping up hops and the booze is way too well hidden one could not tell this is 11% abv.

Overall, world class barleywine this would win most blind tastings out there, can't wait to grab another bottle to store away in the cellar.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.