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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 438
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 27
Gots: 77 | FT: 3
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Glugs out an murky, opaque, dark amber body with a small, thin, beige head now matter how lively the pour. Though the head really never gets going, it also maintains that lil' thin head throughout the whole bottle.

Smell: Toasted biscuits, toasted sugars, and, given some minutes in the glass, you get rising, angrily wafting citrus zest and alcohol set against a scent of brewed black tea.

Taste: Toasty malts, sugars (for a bolt of sweetness), and biscuits, a little extra brown sugar, some small handful of golden raisins, with bright, juicy citrus components of Seville orange and lemon adjoined to the warming alcohol. As the bitterness hitches its wagon, there's a firm tea-like herbal hint like an over-steeped tea bag. As it warms, the alcohol and cumulative bitterness awaken, giving a singe of orange liqueur on the finish. Additional sweetness lands invariably, pre-finish, post-finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Not quite chewy.

Overall: It's not the most deft, diverse, or complex barleywine around. Still, it holds its own, giving one their daily recommended allowance of citrus, sweetness, and alcohol. (1,234 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 13 oz tulip glass, not sure of the bottle date. Pours a amber brown, with a two inch off white head, that leaves behind excellent lace, with solid retention. Smell is loads if biscuity grains, hard candy, roasted toffee, brown sugar, grapefruit, and some alcohol. Taste starts with toffee, brown sugar, and biscuit and finishes with hard candy, alcohol, and grapefruit. The body is medium large, nice amount of life, a little dry, and drinks way to easy for its 11% abv. I like big hoppy barleywines and that is this. Fans of Smuttynose, Old Ruffian, Old Guardian, and Big Foot will like this tasty brew. (613 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

A beautiful, cushion-like, fluffy head forms with the pour, creamy in color. The liquid is cloudy, unfiltered looking and light copper and brown in color. Sticky lace remains all around the glass.

There's some pleasant smells here, particularly sweet, pungent malt blending with peppery spice. The hops are slightly piney and resinous and are a bit buried, but still present on the aroma.

Not a lot of variation from nose to taste, with the sweetness of the malt emerging first, then some hoppy bite and slight bitterness.

The beer drinks very sweetly, with a creamy and thick quality and little carbonation. The finish is dry but some sweetness lingers with the bitter hops to leave a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall, a great barleywine and one that's easy to enjoy. I could drink plenty of these, especially as it was fairly cheap. (864 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a deep ruby red color. two to three fingers of a tannish head. fairly hazy. leaves a slight ring around the edges

Smell: very light citrusy hops. toasty malts. caramel malts. lots of sweetness.

Taste: orange peel hops. toasty malts. maybe some barley. sweet caramel malts. a strong hop bit. there are a lot of good flavors but they are fairly weak and sometimes kind of bland

Mouthfeel: pretty full. pretty drinkable for 11%. warming alcohol. a touch sticky

Overall: this barleywine has some good things going for it. but overall it comes off as a fairly weak flavored brew. falling in as a middle of the road barleywine (636 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of this at the local Total Wine. I try to avoid 22oz bottles but this one was reasonably priced at $7.99, I have had some decent Clown Shoes beers, so I thought "Why not?" This was bottled on 6/13/13. Hopefully the last six months have done this one good.

Pours clear and a rusty cherry color. As far as appearance goes, this one is damned near perfect for the style. Fluffy, frothy, creamy, two finger sized light caramel colored head forms on top. The lacing is amazing and the retention is awesome as well.

Aroma is alcoholic and fruity. Alcohol hits the nose first, followed by some tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and peach. Huge dose of caramel malt. This one seems like a huge malt bomb. I am not generally a big fan of this style for that reason; lets see how she tastes.

Oh boy. Sweet, syrupy, fruity, alcoholic. Oddly enough there is a strong hop bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Seems way out of balance and not very cohesive. Plenty of caramel with some toffee. Not really a fan.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and probably pretty good for the style. This one is definitely one of those beers that takes over an hour to drink due to the sweetness and alcohol. I can already feel the hangover from this one. Not a fan. This one definitely needs more time; very raw tasting. (1,335 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium brown. Pours a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbly carbonation on the surface. No real lacing.

S: Caramel and butterscotch is prominent. Raisin.

T: Bitter pecan shell, bittersweet raisin, pungent tea leaf, and a little licorice.

M: Syrupy, thick, and earthy. Bittersweet finish lingers on the palate. A bit dry in the finish. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really nice. Slight head and no real lacing. But nose prominently features raisin and butterscotch. Bitter and a little sweetness to balance, pungent components as well. Boozy, thick, with a dry finish. Overall, this is a good quaff. (730 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark amber with just over one finger of head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with a lot of lacing being left down the glass.

Smell is of old hops, toffee, caramel, bread, and alcohol. No date on the bottle but it smells like the best part of the beer has already faded away.

Some citrus hops are tasted however. All the bitterness is still there and gives some balance to the huge malt bill. Probably would be a real good barleywine extremely fresh or well aged. I got it in the transitional phase and it is not as good as it should be. A lot of booze in the flavor covers up a lot of the subtle malt notes. Definitely hot in the finish.

Big and robust body. Expertly carbonated as well. Nice smooth, creamy soft feel.

Maybe Clown Shoes should bottle date their bottles so I would not give their beer mediocre scores. Would be an interesting experiment to see if the alcohol heat mellows out with time. (957 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed red colored beer with a remarkably tall tan colored head.

Smells is strong aged hop and strong syrupy, malt with a spicy scent somewhere between sandal wood and cinnamon. Molasses and hints of lemon pepper and ginger, smells a lot like Pfeffernüsse cookie.

Starts out malty and slightly fruity with a little sugar cookie to it. Bittersweet flavor with a hint of cinnamon. Alcohol is warming in the chest. Some strong tea but mostly toffee as a flavor. Alcohol not detected this one can sneak up on you.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good fairly mild flavored Barleywine. (586 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 22 oz bomber
A-pours a slight hazed chestnut color with a khaki 2 finger head that recedes to reveals nice lacing and cap
S-dank hop smell with toffee and caramel some spice with honey and light fruits
T- follows the nose citra dank hops (so good) blend with malts and spice and fruit a sweet taste with some heat from the ABV
M- a touch hot with smooth malts nice citrus dank hops medium carbonation
O- great BW love the citra its dank and brooding but also sweet and creamy (482 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (4,214 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (1,402 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance: medium dark, hazy amber. Quite a thick and fluffy off-white head.
smell: The citra hops are front and center with a malty backbone. Smells more Dipa than Barley to me, but yea I know an American is often hop heavy and blurs the line. Nice though simplistic.
taste: More balanced though the hops are still most prominent. The citra tang and malty base are nicely balanced with a bitter finish.
overall: Enjoying this. Not a standout imo but nicely done. (465 characters)

Photo of Cvogel22
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dig the barleywines so this came as a natural like. Clown shoes puts out good beers.

Has a sweet honey taste with a crisp bite. leaves a filmy feel in the mouth. the alcohol content is not in the taste so it kinda knocks you on your ass.

The local shell has stepped its game up and carries much of the good stuff.. but at high prices for sure. walked out of there with 2 clown shoes bombers and a couple 6 packs and spent about $50

either way.. you get what you pay for. (473 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby brown with a thin tan rim of head. Clear for the most part. Very little visible carbonation. No lace

Smells of honey and caramel malts at first. Brown sugar and a hint of spice. Very dank apricot esters. Grapefruit hops

Taste is similar to the nose. Very sweet up first. Honey and thick caramel. Resin and grapefruit come through midpalate and linger. Moderate bitterness. Slight alcohol heat. Some saltiness and musky flavors

Feels sticky. Very coating. Spicy and warming. Not entirely unpleasant but far from perfect

Overall a nice offering from one of my favorite brewers but definitely not my favorite. Admittedly I'm a little let down by this because I love clown shoes and I love barleywines but worth trying if you can find it. I will try this again after some aging but I worry because its already very sweet. (834 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decided a nice, big barleywine was the perfect choice for my 250th review.

Poured from a bomber, bottled on 06/12/13, and poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear mahogany/copper color, very bubbly. 2 fingers of tan head that's leaving some thick, sticky lacing as the head falls.

S - The smell is very carmel malt forward. A nice honey, graham cracker malt nose with some nice citrus notes. Also some hints of some light, fruity esters.

T/M - Follows the nose. Has a somewhat sweet malt taste in the front, then some of the spicy esters follow, with a hop-bittering finish. The resinous hop aftertaste is necessary because the base is almost tongue-coating. Medium-syrupy mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

O - This is a damn fine barleywine. Clown Shoes amazes me again with this one. It is surprisingly drinkable at 11%, and very little alcohol warmth. This is defenately a brew I would buy again. I do have a 2nd I am keeping in my beer fridge to age for a while. Cheers! (997 characters)

Photo of t420o
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam

A- pour yields a 1 finger tan was with very good retention. Beer is a beautiful copper color with some very active carbonation 4.25

S- I can smell a s sweet honey graham cracker smell from 2 feet away. Up closer a nice citrusy, dank herbal quality. A hoppy Barleywine, to be sure. Some alcohol on the back end. Smells very good. 4.25

T- nice citrus punch on the front in good balance with the malt. Molasses, graham cracker, caramel, toffee. The hops, specifically Citra, are there all the way and leave a slightly bitter finish. . Alcohol becomes pretty present in the finish as it warms. A very good American Barleywine. 4

M- good lightly creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. 4

O- a very solid American Barleywine. The 11% was prevalent and on a 90 degree night was a little much (hey, they released it in the Summer, so that's when I'm drinking it!). That hindered the drinkability, but not the beer itself much. 3.5

High B+ (971 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: looks dark brown but really its a very deep crimson red when held up to the light, with a half inch off white head.
s: hints of citra hops and some strong sweet maltiness
t: very rich and complex, malty sweetness in the forefront. even though its rich and complex its still pretty balanced, doesn't hang offensively in the mouth for aftertaste.
m: has an excellent mouthfeel, pretty low in carbonation compared to some other barley wines I have tried.
overall: this is one of the better barley wines I've had, although I've not had many and don't consider myself an expert on this style but this one stands up to stone's "old guardian" just not as hoppy. (657 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Crunkle pours a very dark brown hue. Thin tan head dies off to nearly nothing. Not a lot of lacing and the body is lightly hazed.

S-Big whiff of dank Citra dry-hopped goodness. Grapefruit and herby hops. Some deep caramel malt in the back but this smells like a huge, resinous DIPA.

T-Now Crunkle tastes more like a Barleywine. However, the Citra dry-hopping lends an astonishingly long and very bitter finish. I find Citra to be a very clearly defined flavor profile. This is just a danker take on that base Citra flavor. There is plenty of malty flesh to pair with the greens. Bitter, juicy fruit hops and loads of liquid caramel.

M-Fairly hearty. Bitter with a slight boozy sting. Softer carbonation.

O/D-Starts off smelling like a DIPA then it ends up showing its Barelywine roots. But be warned, Crunkle Sam is still a hoppy beast of a beer. Quite cool. One of Clown Shoes' better hoppy offerings. (909 characters)

Photo of cfaulman
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange hue with minimal white head. Smell was very intense and very good. Rich mango and pineapple followed by bitter hops and ending with sweet malt. This tasted very much like an IIPA but I feel like a lot of extremely fresh american barley wines taste this way. Notes of citrus, pine, vanilla; and very hoppy. As it warmed the barley wine character came though as the sweet malt started to balance with the hops. I really enjoyed the progression of this beer over time and would like to see how it does with some age as the hops will die down considerably. (564 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 5-15-13

Pours a somewhat mahogany red, fairly opaque, with an off white head. Looks good, nice retention. The nose has plenty of citrus hops, with touches of floral and resiny hops, brown sugar, caramel, and dates. There's a stark, but somewhat mediated bitterness. It's got a punch to it, but its not wrecking. Plenty of citrus hoppiness, florals, caramel, maybe a slight toast character. It's got nice balance and full flavor. Mouthfeel is great. It's full bodied, without feeling ad all syrupy, or overly sticky. Drink smooth and easy.

There's definitely some blurry lines between this and an imperial ipa, but while nice and hoppy, still has a distinguishable American Barleywine feel, and its good. (713 characters)

Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.