Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

Crunkle SamCrunkle Sam
BA SCORE
81.8%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 472 ratings
Crunkle SamCrunkle Sam
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States
clownshoesbeer.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
472
Liked:
386
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
9.16%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
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Photo of StormAles
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heeenrik
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AreSoms
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kohn
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZEB89
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beeragent
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MykeJ
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of davidperez
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakerLou
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cheefdaddy1
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 81.8% out of 100 with 472 ratings
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