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:
469
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
81
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 469 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of gobuccos
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ljc973
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hardysf
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thin, not much flavor. Drinkable, but not my favorite clown shoes or barleywine.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of risendragon
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of thebooyakid
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samEBC
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of t8dd
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a moderate off-white head. As this beer was aged a year, the flavor was more mellow than it would have been otherwise. Feels nice rolling across the tongue and the subdued alcohol makes it easy to drink--wow!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lucasj82
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leitmotif
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sundrifter
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I recently celebrated Independence Day with some Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam and it definitely did not disappoint. The beer poured a deep reddish brown color which looked quite interesting and had some very strong notes of citrus, pine and caramel with some hop bitterness to balance it all off. At 11% it's a little on the boozy side but it tastes amazing and would love to try another. Clown Shoes does it again with another excellent brew.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A year of age and it still has the citrus pine hop pop. Pours a beautiful maple-amber-dark cherry. Bready crust flavor and quite biscuity. Lemon and pine bitterness. More bitter than caramel sweetness. Alcohol flavor seems subdued. About an average mouthfeel for style. Some oils and prickles detected.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"We brewed Crunkle Sam, an American Barletwine Ale dry hopped with Chinook hops, to celebrate America, America, we love you: thank you for allowing Clown Shoes to set off a few fireworks in the craft beer world." Brewed in the style of an American Barleywine Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass. Served above 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a maple cream color over a deep amber and mahogany body with high clarity, ample sediment and light, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Biscuit malts, slick caramel syrups and grains and overtones of spicy, piney hops with a moderate bitterness. Very approachable and simple aroma, clean with little alcohol presence nor bold yeast character. 3.5

(Taste) Clean, syrupy caramel grain, toasted bready malt viscosity, possibly some moderate rye malt, finishing with creeping booze undertones and a drying piney hop bitterness. It's a lot of flavor from both the malt body and the hop profile, the alcohol, while detectable comes off a bit more modest than 11%. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately syrupy, lightly viscous, moderately dry. Carbonation is light, generating a moderate frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is moderately earthy and hoppy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Crunkle Sam is a tasty American Barleywine with ample hop and malt flavor and body. A simple but effective yeast profile keeps things clean yet effective, and the Chinook hop is a powerful standalone hop with lots of bittering power and sharp piney flavor. If there's ever been a decorated beer respectable of consumption on the 4th of July, this would be the one. Happy Independence Day, 'Merica! 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Crunkle Sam American Barleywine Ale
3.71/5.00

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz shared bottle.
Hazy dark brown body with an excellent head.
Sweet aroma with well hidden alcohol.
The alcohol is more obvious in tasting but blends nicely with the sweet malts.

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Photo of Boostie
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BHansen214
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 5/15/13. drank 5/22/15

pours a nice ruby red color with a tan head. good lacing and retention.
nose is bready, sweet caramel malts, slight alcohol
taste is sweet caramel malts, definite bitterness mixed well with the sweet. plum, bready. warming alcohol, but hidden well.
nice creamy body
a good beer. would like to try a fresh one for comparison.

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Photo of blues_fever
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crunkle Sam from Clown Shoes
3.94 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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