Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

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Crunkle SamCrunkle Sam

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of dheatwall57
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer, I loved it! Very expensive in Mexico but it´s worth it. Pours deep amber, almost copper with a mild white foam head. Aroma and taste are very complex and hoppy, great barleywine.

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Photo of ToddGingerich
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Delicious, solid Barleywine from Clown Shoes. Subtle in its booziness for 11%. Perfect on a cold - ass fall evening.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Neorebel
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam... first of all, it's a clever and humorous name! Personally, I love the comic nature of the names and art direction. I'm a fan of all manner of slapstick humor. Now... the look of this beer is very idyllic. I think this very hue could be in the dictionary next to the word 'auburn.' It's as clear as a gemstone. A very desirable color... Encircling the glass is a nice khaki color head, which recedes a bit but never below 1/4 of an inch. Stubbornly clinging to the side, the head leaves some very nice lacing in its wake as it is consumed. There is a definite low level of carbonation present here, unlike some examples of the style which are for all intents and purposes, flat.

For the aroma, one might mistake this to be a super fresh Imperial IPA... the hop scents are so fresh, they bring to mind the air in springtime, juicy oranges, tropical fruits, and alpine fields. I am not sure of the finishing hop process but whatever was in the recipe produced magnificent results. I'm serious - this fragrance is ethereal! After frantically downing a quantity of this sweet beverage, I can confidently state that the flavor certainly lives up to the nose!

For a split second, my senses are sprayed with tropical fruits , then an earthy, mossy, resinous hop complexity is taken in- consider me a passionate lover of Citra hops. The malt backbone on this one is enormous - similar to raisins, eucalyptus and various herbs, and all nice and tart. The finish is intensely sharp and dry... crisp and numbing. After drinking 22 oz, at various temperatures, I am shocked that the experience is over. The perceived body and ABV is much lighter than it really is.

I don't often drink Barleywines - I've had only 6-10 different selections since I have gotten into craft beer in 2003. The best compliment I can give this brew is that it has re-invigorated my interest in the style, and bolstered my love of big beer. Ultimately, the latest from Clown Shoes defies preconceived notions of Barleywines, displaying a very complex libation that is literally a journey though potent beer sensations. Very true to Clown Shoes' style in general, this is expertly formulated and the antithesis of boring. You need this beer in your life... & Drink it fresh!

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4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at E & A Mart in Hudson. They don't brew this stuff anymore? Shame!

L- Brown, some amber hues, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Great lacing. (4)

S- Sweet, malty, grape notes, cherry, some roasted hints and vanilla too. (4.25)

T- First time drinking a barleywine, so I had to get used to the booze level before getting a good read on the taste. Malty, holy Lord, malty! The malts fade into a dark fruit and vanilla hailstorm with hints of lightly roasted malts as well. The hops are present, but definitely complement the beer instead of overpowering it. The hops bite on the back end. Quite damn near perfect! (4.75)

F- Smooth, easy going down despite the 11% ABV. (4.5)

O- My first foray into barleywine is a successful one! I can close my eyes and see RPG characters knocking off pints of this after a hard day of fighting dragons and demons. I am impressed. (4.5)

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brilliant chestnut to garnet mahagony with a finely bubbled, lacy off white foam cap. Smell: Citrusy hoppy nose. Taste: rich, malty, some caramel, bread, cardamom to cola finishing with a big bitter hop finish balanced by the malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel: Very creamy, big and chewy, slight warming. Overall: Reminds me of a mixed drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Bottled on 6/4/14 found a 2nd to last bottle at South Hills Giant Eagle Market District...pours into a chalice with a cloudy deep muddled ruby amber body. Creamy textured tan head intricate lacing.

Dry hopped with Chinooks those are basically muted after 6 months of age in the bottle, the aroma comes of with deep pine earthy dankness, big under current of caramelized malts and bread...dark fruit a bit of sherry or cognac.

Flavor way too smooth I'm getting the last bottle to age even longer, dark chocolate in the middle over ripened fruits some apricot and raisin very juicy notes. Big earthy pine accented hops with a big creamy malt finish caramelized sugars a hint of caramel and bourbon esque finish even though this has never touched a barrel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied chewy beer this is Crunkle Sam and I'm really enjoying the beer a star of the base beers I've had from Clown Shoes...really well done to style American Barleywine I'm burping up hops and the booze is way too well hidden one could not tell this is 11% abv.

Overall, world class barleywine this would win most blind tastings out there, can't wait to grab another bottle to store away in the cellar.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 472 ratings
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