Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 54 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Clown Shoes visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013)
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3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 06/12/13. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours a deep but translucent amber russet with a anout a finger and a half of ecrue head. That head really lingers and leaves small spots of lace.

Smells of soft floral, earthy and citrus hops with sweet malty notes of caramel, bread and brown sugar.

Taste is a nice mix of tangerine, floral and piney hops with caramel, sweet bread, brown sugar and a healthy dose of booze. It leans a tad hot overall but I like the flavors.

Slick medium heavy feel with moderate carbonation. A little alcohol cooling effect. Caramel and hops in the finish.

Clown Shoes' first barleywine is darn good. There's a nice balance of hop presence and malty goodness. I may have to procure another to revisit in a couple years.

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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam a couple weeks ago for $11.29 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for something new and different to try and an American Barleywine brewed with Citra hops sounded pretty interesting and I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, what's not to like about a pimped out Uncle Sam and in typical Clown Shoes fashion it's definitely eye catching. It poured a pretty nice crimson/orange color that took on more of a ruby red color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, the color was nice and unique with the head and lacing being very good especially for an 11% Barleywine.

S- The aroma starts off with a pretty high amount of sweetness that reminded me of candied sugar and it's followed by lots of sweet and bready malts with some nice caramel and toffee aromas coming through. Up next comes the citra hops that impart that signature citrus fruit aromas that show up just enough and imparts some nice orange and pineapple like aromas with a light amount of spicy hop aromas in the background along with a little bit of noticeable alcohol. This beer has a pretty good aroma, it's true to style and citra hops seems to compliment the caramel and toffee like Barleywine aromas.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a very high amount of medium sweetness that bordered on a high amount of sweetness and was followed by loads of sweet malts imparting some nice caramel and toffee like flavors with a noticeable amount of alcohol that's slightly warming. Up next comes the citra hops that impart a nice orange rind like flavor with some spicy hops in the background and a higher amount of medium bitterness that borders on being highly bitter with some sweet caramel malt and citrus rind like flavors in the aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer, but I think it would be even better if the citra hops showed up as much as they did in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth for the style, chewy, filling, pretty sticky, rich, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was pretty nice, it worked well with this beer, but I wish it was a little less sticky.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a very nice example of an American Barleywine, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought the citra hops were a nice touch and they worked well with this beer, I even think more citra hops would make this beer even better, but it may make it more DIPA like and as it stands now it's pretty easy to tell this is an American Barleywine. This beer had good drinkability, especially for the style, the 11% didn't show up as much as I expected and even with the higher bitterness it still remained pretty drinkable and I think a bomber to myself would be a good amount and I can't say that about a lot of American Barleywines. What I like the most about this beer was the how true to style it was, this is a pretty nice example of what an American Barleywine is all about and I thought the drinkability was pretty good too. What I like the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad and it was pretty true to style, but it was just a little too sticky for me. I would buy this beer again, since it's a little heavy on the hops I don't think this would be the type of beer I would cellar, but if I could find it fairly fresh and was in the mood for the style I'm pretty sure I would get it, but it is a little pricey. I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppier Barleywines. All in all I was happy with this beer, I was on the fence about this brewery but the more of their big bottles i try the more I start to like this them. They had a good idea to add citra hops to Barleywine while keeping it recognizable as a Barleywine and not a DIPA. Good job guys, I'll have to be on the look out for more of your big bottles to try.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, decent lacing, esp for an 11% beer, fairly clear reddish maroon slight rosy colored beer.

Nose brings typical barleywine aromas, sweet candy malts, caramel, toffee, little nutty, candied apple, touch syrupy, with lots of reddish sweet malts, slight toasty, candy, various crystal malts, etc. with a touch of an earthy spicy hop, as well as light booze aroma and hint of esters.

Taste brings more sweet malts, reddish malts again, toasty, chewy like, with candy red malts, into the caramel, lots of toffee with a bit syrupy flavors, nutty even, more candied apple flavor, rock candy syrup, etc. That also brings plenty of booze, warming and tingly even, but mostly clean booze, just a touch of esters and eventually gets a little fusel, and an interesting fruitiness in there too, touch of raisin, little candied apple, touch fig, etc. Also in there is a med to milder bitterness wit light spicy earthy hops but not a lot. Finish is fairly bitter though as the hops finally ramp, more spicy chewy hops with a bit of pine and earth, more candied flavors sweet malts and semi dry finish, bit more tingly anesthesizing booze.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit syrupy, plenty of warming tingly booze, decent carb.

overall not bad, not sure how it would age but not bad as a basic barleywine, but doesn't do much to stand out or anything like that.

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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this beer because of the label... AWESOME! Pours a hazy, brownish-red color with a small white head that goes down quickly. Scent is hoppy at first. The presence of citra hops is definitely noticeable...lots of hops followed by burnt sugar. Lots of citrus and orange peel aromas. Sweet malt and more hops. Taste is sweet malt up front with a heavy hop profile followed closely behind. Quite hoppy...definitely an American barleywine. Bitter hops with a bit of booze and some burnt malt and sugar. Some dark fruits as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, yet crisp...not too syrupy. Drinkability is high. Overall, I feel this is a solid representation of an American barleywine.

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3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

S: Citrus with some burnt toffee, slightly grainy.

L: Crystal clear, ruby red, little white head.

T: Rich, caramel with some toffee and hints of citrus. Very malty. Medium-high citrus bitterness with a smooth, caramel maltiness,. Alcohol dries the finish, a touch spicy. Some citrus hoppiness also in the finish.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, citra hops come through, but still dominated by the malt flavors.

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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/15/13.

A: Pours a dark red with a good sized and fizzy dark tan head. Head fades pretty slow with a nice island of foam remaining behind. Excellent thick streaks of lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt with some decent hops up front. It's no IPA but you can't mistake that dank citra aroma up front. A bit of spicy alcohol. Probably doesn't make sense, but it kinda smells like a really big hoppy amber ale more than a barleywine. Kinda like a bigger nugget nectar or something.

T: Yup, definitely some citra up front. Spicy, resinous and dank. Sugary caramel malt. Burst of citra and a decent wave of bitterness on the back end too. Some spicy alcohol in there too but not overly boozy for 11% ABV.

M: Fairly heavy and sticky.

O: Decent hoppy barleywine. Hoppiness isn't overpowering due to the strength of the huge caramel malt base. Pretty simple overall, lots of caramel and citra. Not to say that it's bad at all. Big, bold and heavy flavors. Good booziness that's not overpowering, just adds more kick to the flavors. I enjoyed it.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is a nice example of a citrus hop forward barleywine.

Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.