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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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We brewed Crunkle Sam, an American Barleywine Ale dry hopped with Citra 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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnielsen13 (250) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ home. Pours red-brown with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, spicy, malty. Flavor is citrus, hoppy, caramel, vanilla, malt. Nice barley wine.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1086) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
On the Twelfth Day of Christmas 2014 the beer gods gave to me . . . a beer with a great name. I wanted to end the 12 days this year with a Clown Shoes beer because 2014 was the year I discovered this brewery but this beer underwhelmed. Pours a murky orange brown color with thin soapy white head. Aroma of heavy caramel and dark fruit, with some grapefruit and cider on the backend. Sweet caramel and dark fruit with citrusy grapefruit and more caramel on the backend. This beer is more of a malt forward bwine whereas I prefer the hop forward variety. And it was dry hopped on citra so perhaps my batch was just off. Solid overall.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (516) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber pour with a small beige head. Some fruit, light citrus, tobacco notes. Medium body for the ABV and somewhat boozy with a dry finish. Very nice BW.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle shared with Casey, Pete, Ben, and Travis. Pours dark yellow/light brown. Aroma is hoppy, with lots of malt and some biscuit. Flavor is good - lots of malt and some sweetness, but overly hopped. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
Light hazy red brown colour, off-white head. Sweet aroma, malts, red fruits. Sweet flavour, malts, red fruits, hops. Finish honey, malts and hops.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT 9. Thanks for sharing, Benzai!)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2014
22oz bottle, vintage 2013. Copper color, creamy foam. Aroma of aged, malted BarleyWine. Smells more English style. Flavor has hops bitterness, sweet sugary malts, toasted barley grains, bitter wood finish. ABV is very well hidden. (4256)

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oldschool_Mike (84) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle into snifter glass. Pours a clear reddish brown. Aroma is of ripe stone fruit. Taste is of bitter stone fruit and sweet malt with a little boozyness. Really good barley wine with nice balance. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5941) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2014
thanks Matt, appreciate the snifter of shift beer .. . deep brown .. mild headring, some spots of sticky lacing .. . nice and rich, toffee and burny sherry .. . shows the abv quite a bit, fantastic barleywine. hoping for a barreled version of this .. . . i’ve never been happier than that time some girl did the splits at the gym and i made a farting noise and everyone thought it was her

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scooter131313 (22) - - NOV 24, 2014
A tasty barley wine. A little lighter APV than I prefer, But I can hardly wait for my next bottle to fill a tall and frosty glass. :-) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
Flaske: Amerikansk Barleywine er et sandfærdigt udsagn om denne øl. Masser af citrus humle ovenpå en frugtrig øl. Smagen sidder i skabet og der er egentlig ikke så meget mere at sige andet end at den holder hvad den lover i beskrivelsen. Rigtig god øl.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3058) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2014
Bottle bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours clear deep amber with a frothy and creamy goldenish brownish beige head that leaves some spares sticky trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty, fruity, tiny earthy and tiny boozy with caramel, toffee, grapefruit juice, mango, canned peaches in simple syrup, resinous wood, pine needles, moist grass, orange zest, lemon zest and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, fruity, slightly herbal, slightly earthy, tiny floral and tiny boozy with sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, grapefruit juice, cape gooseberries, resinous wood, moist soil, pine needles, moist grass, lemon balm, orange zest, lemon zest, alcohol and hints of cardboard. Mouthfeel is round, slightly viscous, sticky, slightly oily bitter, slightly astringent, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter, malty, slightly fruity and slightly earthy with caramel, toffee, grapefruit juice, resinous wood, pine needles, moist soil, alcohol, kumquats, lemon zest and hints of cardboard. Solid, tasty and sadly slightly cardboard oxidized US barley wine.


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