Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

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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:
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Added by Jason on 05-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
470
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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27
Gots:
79
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/13/13

A - Pours a dark copper with a one-finger off-white head. The head leaves some light soapy lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits, and piney hops.

T - The taste mirrors the aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, and dark fruits upfront followed by a good amount of piney hops. The finish is mellow with a light alcohol burn.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice Barleywine. The 18 months has mellowed the alcohol somewhat, but it still present. While not world class still very nice.

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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
3.94 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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