Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 64
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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Photo of RickS95
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's gorgeous. Pours a copper brown that's dark enough to keep light out. Looks rich and filling. The head is slow forming and doesn't retain worth a crap. However, give the snifter a few swirls and a new off white band of bubbles, not quite a finger thick is born again. This time it retains well, though lacing could be better.

I enjoy the barleywine malt profile and this is on the gentle side of that. I don't care much for the hop presence as Chinook doesn't do much for me. While both the malt and hop profile are a bit subdued, there's enough of it to make known this is a barleywine. The hops scent is a bit more savory than I like. You get a smokey, tobacco like scent with each whiff.

The beer tastes like it smells. Again, everything is a bit on the subtle side, not something you normally find in a barleywine. Like the scent, the flavor is mostly hop driven and you again think smokey and tobacco. Somewhere deep inside the taste is a dark fruit profile that I can't quite place. Alcohol only slightly registers, and it's deep in the swallow.

As it warms, it becomes more complex. There's a sweetness hiding in the malts of this beer. Even tobacco can have a slightly sweet feel and this has it. It is very bitter and the bitterness starts mid-sip and lasts forever. Only in the throat does the heat build. Just medium-bodied. A slight acidic swallow.

Overall, it's a good beer, particularly as it warms. It never comes across as overly bitter, until you've swallowed and the pucker never leaves your palate. Alcohol is well moderated, providing just a touch of taste and a slight burn.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of matt_duthie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of arizcards
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up in mid-August from Total Wine for $8.99. Bottled on 6/4/14.

Beer poured a murky reddish brown with a nice off white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is classic barleywine, citrus and dark fruit dominate.

Taste is classic as well. Citrus and dark fruits dominate with a nice grapefruit rind bite in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice classic barleywine. Glad i had the opportunity to try it!

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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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1.4/5  rDev -64.2%

Photo of Jeff_Byrd
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap @ Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - This American barleywine is a hazy, deep orange rust color served in a 12 oz snifter with a sandstone, half finger head that settles to a broken layer surface suds. Streaky, spotty lacing down the sides of the glass with fair stick.

Smell - Moderate aroma, touching on notes of earth, grass, floral character and a caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose, with lots of earthy hop notes throughout. Floral and grassy, with touches of pine. Malts are in the back, with a bit of toasted bread and caramel. Finish is a strong punch of earth high-pitched grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Lighter in body than expected, with medium feel. Sticky texture, but goes down with exquisite smoothness. Slight warmth from the alcohol.

Overall - Certainly one of the more unique barleywines I've had, though far from the best. High focus on the hop profile while the malts seem fairly generic and simple, so questionable as to how this one might age. I enjoyed it for what it was, but likely wouldn't seek it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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