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RATINGS: 190   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Draft at Lemon Hill. Pours a clean amber with thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nose of caramel, honey, roasted malt, citrus, pine and dark fruits. Full body, a little hot. Lot of good hop flavor for a barley wine


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (293) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
Aroma is malty and full of fruit and nuts. There is a lot of fruit esters lingering in here. Exciting. The taste is pretty heavy from sweet dark fruits, figs and overripe plum. There is a big hop presence in here and that brings a pretty good citrus zest and grapefruit to the finish. Medium dry and quite bitter. Alcohol remains well hidden. A solid brew

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5510) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
13/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: n/a (2015-43) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear deep amber to purple beer, big creamy beige to yellowish head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: very heavy, sweet, honey, red fruits, raspberry jam. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet, caramel, fruity, strawberry jam, little sourish, lemony, nice bitterness. Aftertaste: some citrus, red fruits, honey, caramel, alcohol, sweet, dried fruits, soft bitterness, citrus. Pretty good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBat (76) - - FEB 1, 2015
Bomber poured into snifter. Light head that recedes quickly leaving a clear amber body. Smells of caramel and sour sweet fruit. Hoppy bitterness upfront with the sweeter malty backbone coming in for a decent balance. Definitely feeling the dry hopped nature. Pretty good American barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12332) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle from Mikkeller Web Shop. Hazy reddish orange with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 300115

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36929) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

[ As Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam ].
Clear medium to dark amber - red orange color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried fruit, hoppy, fruity, caramel. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic nad quit hoppy. [20141231]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
Thick butter-coloured head, fast receding over hazy red-amber beer. Rich malts, cakey, under fragrant, sweet-fruity (muscat grapes) hops. Alcohol and fusels apparent, musk. Bitter flavour, hoppy, but with again a strong malt undercurrent, suggesting sweetness and even syrup, without really surfacing. Quinine-like bitterness, fruit as passion fruit and melon, but bitter. Vinous, especially warming up. Rich, but too wry to be velvety. Well-carbonated, well-bodied. Nice BW.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1834) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2015
The pour is a dark copper and amber in the body with a thin off white head that dissipates instantly leaving a thin layer clinging to the glass. The aroma is well hopped with notes of pine resin and citrus zest among the trademark toffee and caramel malts of the barleywine. The aroma is laced with notes of alcohol. A bit sweet up front with caramel and nutty notes along with a bit of fruit like apple or pear. The hops are definitely not subtle and present themselves towards the finish with big zesty citrus notes, grapefruit and spicy floral notes. The finish is moderately bitter with more of a hop flavour and juicy grapefruit notes. Heavy alcohol is present but mostly subdued by heavy toffee and toasted malt notes. A nice brew with a big profile despite a light bodied mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeratarian (128) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt, citrus hops, fruity alcohol esters, soap. Flavor is a little sweet then some soapy lemony hops with a lite citrus. Alcohol is actually hidden well. Easy drinking but a little sweet. Great as a 4 oz taster at Rozi’s

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dedollewaitor (14205) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2015
Bottle @ Odense Tasting January, 2015. Pours dark unclear amber with a creamy head. Nose is rich and vinous. Dark fruit and caramel. Very sweet with a note of oxidation and dusty hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emartell (267) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - JAN 11, 2015
Muy buen aroma. Definitivamente destacan las notas lupuladas, las cuales provienen de su Dry hopping de lúpulo chinook. Posteriormente se perciben ciertos aromas afrutados, que nuevamente se ocultan por lo cítrico del lúpulo. En cuanto a su apariencia color cobrizo con destellos rojos a contraluz, cuerpo redondo, espuma baja de poca retención. Carbonatacion baja. En boca, suave, lupulada, compleja y muy rica. Al paladar nuevamente se percibe compleja y a la vez equilibrada. Suave en un principio, ligeramente amarga, lupulada y citrica después, para finalmente dar paso a las notas frutales, quizá para, durazno, también frutas cítricas, percibiendose su potencial alcohólico en garganta. Final ligeramente amargo y cítrico de media duración. En resumen es una muy buena cerveza. Barley wine definitivamente al estilo americano, con un muy buen amargor y un excelente manejo de los cítricos debido al Dry hopping. Buen equilibrio y complejidad. Excelente!


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