Crunkle Sam
Clown Shoes

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From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
ABV:
11%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 9.95%
Ratings:
480
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 14, 2021
Added:
May 09, 2013
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  77
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: None
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Bottle from cellar - did not date this one and no date on bottle but at least five and probably more years old.
Pours a murky dark orange amber with a half finger of tawny light beige head that fades to a minor bubbly cap.
Aroma of burnt orange, caramel with aggressive hops - piney, citrus, resin, and some booze soaked dark fruits.
The palate is hit with the aggressive hopping that years in the cellar have not diminished - there is sweet caramel, toffee, again burnt/over ripe orange, and resiny bitterness with a boozy warming burst.
Full mouthfeel with active carbonation belying its age - a lingering boozy bittersweetness finishes the ride.

Dec 14, 2021
 
2.19 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
 
3.91 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on May 26, 2021
 
3.78 by AGoodStout from Kansas on Jul 19, 2020
Photo of Joe_Tool
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Joe_Tool from New Jersey

I've had this in the cab for 6 years. Wasn't expecting much. Poured in a mug, see expectations above. Murky as typical. Aroma of America's influence on this ambiguous ale. A touch sweet but a small price to pay for an otherwise delicious aromatic brew. Maybe another few years would have served this brew better than my relative impatience. Thoroughly enjoyed and regarded. Clown shoes, who knew?

Aug 18, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

2014 release enjoyed on draft. Still just as aggressive and American a barleywine as it was when fresh. Hot and sharp, with massive pine resin and bitter citrus.

Oct 14, 2018
 
1.6 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 22, 2018
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3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by bark from Sweden

1½ year old bottle.
The colour is dark gold; the liquid clear. The finger thick head is compact and beige, it sinks slowly to a thin lid leaving no lacing on the glass.

The smell is semi-sweet with some toffee and sweet almonds. Earthy hints a touch of brandy, and warming alcohol.

The taste is semi-sweet with a fine balance between semi-sweet malts and smooth citric marmalade hops. Toffee, brandy and banana peels. Medium body. Growing hot alcohol in the aftertaste as well as shortbread, oak barrels and bitter herbs. The finish is rather bitter with alcohol, vanilla and cookies.

The carbonation is medium strong, the few mid-sized bubbles long-lived. The liquid is somewhat sticky.

Not as smooth and elegant as I want barley wine to be.

Jan 04, 2018
 
3.75 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Dec 11, 2017
 
4.12 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 30, 2017
 
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jul 02, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Bottle to snifter, the appearance was a murky dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of white foamy head that fell off at a moderate pace. Slim concave lace. The aroma had some sweet dried dark fruits, light leather, subtle earthiness, vanilla, driftwood, dried leaves and light smoke. The flavor took all of the prior mentioned aromas to boot and seemed to have the normal level of tobacco that I usually get in this style. Aftertaste was brisk and sweet. Finish followed suite. The palate was medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt just a touch under than what was projected, but I wasnt bothered by that. Overall, pretty nice barleywine seemed to lean towards the English side more than the American, in my opinion.

Jun 22, 2017
 
3.6 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Apr 20, 2017
 
4.25 by Heeenrik from Finland on Dec 23, 2016
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 18, 2016
 
4 by AreSoms from Sweden on Oct 30, 2016
 
3.84 by FatsoSvuLLo from Sweden on Oct 29, 2016
 
4.19 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Oct 10, 2016
 
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Oct 08, 2016
 
4.03 by kohn from Sweden on Sep 24, 2016
 
3.85 by JamFuel from Sweden on Sep 06, 2016
 
4.17 by REVZEB from Illinois on Aug 17, 2016
 
4.37 by beeragent from Texas on Aug 14, 2016
 
4.39 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Jun 16, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by davidperez from Mexico

Bottled in 2014.

Served in a snifter, it pours a beautiful reddish orange of a dark hue, like a dark amber, solid and murky. It develops a one-finger head, ecru, sudsy, with low retention. Some lacing visible in the glass.
Gentle swirling reveals small streams of bubbles eager to resurface.

The bouquet is quite interesting, assertive and complex.
Fruity as in apricot, peach, overripe apple, overripe brown pear. Definitely a malt backbone, slightly toasted. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and the alcohol is barely present in the form of a sweet liquor. Slight butterscotch.
There are also a lot of hops in this beer. Swirling the glass unveils a very clear earthy and spicy hoppiness. Notes of pine resin and citric fruits as tangerine and orange.
Delicious.

Cheers.
Now this is an strong beer.
Upfront a high carbonation, pleasant.
The flavor is one balanced intensity, very sweet, and bitter at the same time. A booze is definitely felt, mildly hot, which reminds of a spirit in flavor.
The notes follows the nose. Caramel, toasted malts, pine resin, overripe apple and pear, citrusy sweetness.
The aftertaste is long and bittersweet; yet, the sensation in your mouth after this beer is that of dryness. The hop bitterness accumulates after several sips and coats your palate, making you crave for more flavor.
Full body, very smooth, nice carbonation.

I guess two years worked out pretty good. I really liked this beer, and it sort of reminded me of the Arrogant Bastard ales.

Jun 08, 2016
 
4.14 by bubseymour from Maryland on Apr 22, 2016
 
4.08 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Apr 22, 2016
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Bottled 5/14

Smells of rich toffee backed by dank pine resin and hints of citrus rind. Mellow and enticing, nearly two years on the shelf was time well spent.

Tastes as the smell suggests it would, with strong toffee dominating. A pine-y tingle helps cut the sweet, although the finish is a bit too sugary.

Overall this reminds me of a sweeter version of Bigfoot. High praise, sorry to see this is retired.

Mar 21, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Flounder57 from Massachusetts

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy amber brown color with slight clarity and vision of nothing coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Herbal, citrus, grassy, caramel, toasted, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Same as above. Light bitterness and warm boozy alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smmoth, nice warm alcohol, light tingly bitterness, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and light chewy notes.

Overall: Haven't had this one in a bit and hope yo see more of it in the future. Nice, nice barleywine.

Mar 11, 2016
 
3.75 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Feb 06, 2016
 
4.01 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jan 20, 2016
 
4.07 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Jan 02, 2016
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Very tasty beer, sweet, caramel, big hesdad on this one, nice dark amber red color.

Dec 12, 2015
 
3.75 by KarlHungus from Minnesota on Dec 11, 2015
 
4.29 by jamesmk48 from Texas on Dec 01, 2015
 
4.5 by Josholson666 from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2015
 
3.25 by jrob21 from Georgia on Nov 19, 2015
 
4.4 by gobuccos from Ohio on Nov 16, 2015
 
4.34 by ljc973 from Michigan on Nov 16, 2015
 
4 by NSXAG from Arizona on Nov 10, 2015
Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 480 ratings