Crunkle Sam | Clown Shoes

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471 Ratings
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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:
471
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.14%
 
 
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27
Gots:
78
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Delicious, solid Barleywine from Clown Shoes. Subtle in its booziness for 11%. Perfect on a cold - ass fall evening.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 6/04/14


A: Pours a hazy, really dark copper thats nearly brown, with 1 fingers width of tan head which has good retention but leaves only very little lacing. 3.75

S: Candied sugar, toffee/caramel, some sweet dark fruit notes, a bit of booze, some floral and herbaceous hops. Really nice nose. 4.25

T: Boozy up front, with caramel and toffee on the finish. Some bitterness, floral hops, some soapy hop characters. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV is noticeable but its not hot. Drinkability is good. 4

O: Not bad, I actually kinda like the booziness, but I could see how others would be turned off. I do think this has the potential to develop nicely with some time in the cellar. 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's gorgeous. Pours a copper brown that's dark enough to keep light out. Looks rich and filling. The head is slow forming and doesn't retain worth a crap. However, give the snifter a few swirls and a new off white band of bubbles, not quite a finger thick is born again. This time it retains well, though lacing could be better.

I enjoy the barleywine malt profile and this is on the gentle side of that. I don't care much for the hop presence as Chinook doesn't do much for me. While both the malt and hop profile are a bit subdued, there's enough of it to make known this is a barleywine. The hops scent is a bit more savory than I like. You get a smokey, tobacco like scent with each whiff.

The beer tastes like it smells. Again, everything is a bit on the subtle side, not something you normally find in a barleywine. Like the scent, the flavor is mostly hop driven and you again think smokey and tobacco. Somewhere deep inside the taste is a dark fruit profile that I can't quite place. Alcohol only slightly registers, and it's deep in the swallow.

As it warms, it becomes more complex. There's a sweetness hiding in the malts of this beer. Even tobacco can have a slightly sweet feel and this has it. It is very bitter and the bitterness starts mid-sip and lasts forever. Only in the throat does the heat build. Just medium-bodied. A slight acidic swallow.

Overall, it's a good beer, particularly as it warms. It never comes across as overly bitter, until you've swallowed and the pucker never leaves your palate. Alcohol is well moderated, providing just a touch of taste and a slight burn.

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Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
3.94 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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