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Crunkle Sam - Clown Shoes

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BA SCORE
88
very good

258 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.95%
Wants: 15
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
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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Petegrieco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-04-2014 06:52:51 | More by Petegrieco
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JavaNoire

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

07-04-2014 04:08:59 | More by JavaNoire
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2014 02:53:33 | More by tommy5
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hef

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-04-2014 01:28:12 | More by hef
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Sean32

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-03-2014 21:43:09 | More by Sean32
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-02-2014 20:54:11 | More by skaboom420
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Pahn

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The year/batch/version dry hopped with Chinook (if there's different versions).

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch frothy white head that leaves a wide ring of lacing. Pours a hazy brownish red.

Smell: Caramel and brown sugar American barleywine malt aromas. No Chinook aroma, which is sad since Chinook is one of my favorite hops. Not really very complex, but a nice, persistent malty aroma. Would be great in the Winter.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a nice oily hop flavor and feel complementing the brown sugary malt. Bit too sweet for my taste, but a lot of great barleywine flavors. Enough hot alcohol to cut through the sugar and develop the malt flavor. Again, a good Wintery sipper.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied. Slight dryness, moderate carbonation. Pretty hot, which works well.

Overall: If you like Old Ruffian style American barleywines (bitter, with a heavy caramel/brown sugar malt backbone and ample alcohol), you'll like this. If you bought the bottle because it says "Dry hopped with Chinook," you may be disappointed.

As a side note, I'm not sure if this is the base beer for Billionaire, but it would taste great barrel aged. Time, slow oxidation, and wood can only do good to a big flavorful beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 02:17:09 | More by Pahn
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Acadia09

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-27-2014 16:55:23 | More by Acadia09
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red body with brownish tints and minor head and lace. I pick up figs, booze (bourbon), wood, caramel, toffee and other sweet malts in the aroma along with hints of dark fruits. The body is thick, smooth, the booze does come out as there is a little heat. Malts are centerpiece as the sweetness from caramel and toffee, maybe figs, is prevalent but a good bit of balance from dry, citric hops gives this beer a varied taste profile. Maybe not a barleywine for everyone with extra hops and alcohol dialed back for style but it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 20:51:32 | More by clayrock81
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timjr2500

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-23-2014 21:04:02 | More by timjr2500
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Ok, I admit, Clown Shoes beers have not been one of my favorites. I keep on trying them, my co-workers love them and I respect their beer knowledge and tastes.
I have liked most of the Clown shoe brews I have tasted, but the one thing that keeps me in the drak is the aftertaste. I cant put my finger on it, but its just something I do not like.

Crunkle Sam was an good overall Barley Wine. It had all the major ingredients into which a good beer should be. It had a nice nose, the mouthful was big, in fact very big, there was a nice balance between malt and alcohol,

But still in the end there was something I just did not like Its not been with just one clown shoes but most of those I have tasted

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2014 04:38:01 | More by rdilauro
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

06-23-2014 03:08:29 | More by wrightst
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Johncnh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-22-2014 00:41:54 | More by Johncnh
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my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-21-2014 23:51:12 | More by my_knew_craft
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Bertmnd_78521


4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-21-2014 22:11:07 | More by Bertmnd_78521
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MonkeyBread

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

06-19-2014 22:34:14 | More by MonkeyBread
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RyanCFriedrich

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

06-18-2014 04:27:43 | More by RyanCFriedrich
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-17-2014 20:46:55 | More by VeganUndead
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-17-2014 18:16:01 | More by RMoeNay
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled On 05/30/14

A: Pours a tawny amber/mahogany color with less than an inch of head that reduces to a fine layer of bubbles

S: Quite malty with big notes of fruity hops, sweet caramel, and estery alcohol. Nicely layered and complex

T: Starts off with a big malt presence, a bit of candied hops with some fruitiness, and some dark fruit notes as well. Goes into the caramel sweetness towards the end, which hides the alcohol very nicely. Some bitterness throughout, but it's overtaken by the maltiness and actual hop flavor. Finishes with some raisiny notes and more of the maltiness

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: A nice American barleywine that is good to sip on. The alcohol sneaks up on you, as it's barely detectable under all the maltiness. Pretty good price-point as well (relatively speaking), at $8.49. Certainly worth a try

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 04:23:38 | More by BEERMILER12
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hardy008

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark orange, with a 1/2 finger off white head, which fades to a small ring of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has caramel, citrus, citrus zest, and toffee.

Tastes just like it smells with caramel, citrus, citrus zest, and toffee. Nicely balanced with plenty of hops, and sweet malt to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden for an 11.00 % abv beer, and is not noticeable.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a citrus and caramel malt aftertaste. Easy to drink, and worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2014 03:11:09 | More by hardy008
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jhlosito75

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-15-2014 23:35:55 | More by jhlosito75
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-15-2014 18:00:39 | More by mbeerdino21
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EGreen

Texas

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice raisin candied yam, and how I don't know.. You may think this is crazy... But ice cream. Maybe its because its hot outside... Anyway... Very malty caramels and toffee. Raisin, prune, blackberry, plum(yes prunes are dried plums but the flavors are different), and somewhat syruppy... Now, not the maple, but if you've ever made syrup at home and tasted before adding any flavorings... Yeah, that. Mild hops on the finish. Bigger bodied and very representative of the style

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 23:21:42 | More by EGreen
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dmachado

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

06-14-2014 13:19:30 | More by dmachado
Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
88 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.