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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (323) - Helsinki, - MAY 1, 2014
650ml bottle @ Maunula beer tasting. Thanks Mikko!

Beautiful red colour with sticky white foam. Aroma of sweet caramel. Nice hoppy and not too sticky mouthfeel. Good american barleywine!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (771) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 26, 2015
Pours a lovely dark red with a huge, pillowy, off-white head. Tons of sticky lacing. Nose is malty with notes of raisins. Taste is somewhat sweet, but there’s a nice bitter aftertaste. Slightly dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (4338) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2015
Aroma is caramel, brown bread and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is toffee, caramel, fruit, malts and a mix of citrus hops and warming alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (2015) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2015
schenkt mooi robijnrood met zeer fijne gelig/witte kraag. Aroma is die van een typische Barley Wine, echter deze komt wel stevig binnen. Smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matige/redelijk bitter, zeer sterke smaken vooral van de enorme hoeveelheid graan. behoorlijk alcoholisch qua smaak, siroop, pittig karakter (iets van pepertje of zo, iig scherp op de tong), redelijk kruidige smaken, zeer sterk. medium body, glad van textuur, lage co2, en lange bittere en granige afdronk, aardig maar had hier veel meer van verwacht....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3202) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
22oz bottle, orangeish-amber color, with a light beige head, with a nice toasted, caramelized, biscuity malty, faint bubblegum yeast nose, with some toffee, brown sugar, light dark dried fruit, sugar pie, french toast accents, and a faint floral citrus, leafy, grassy hop, light candied lemon, grapefruit peel, mild phenolic note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a warmth sweet toasted, caramelized, biscuity, pale, roasted malty, earthy flowery leafy, grassy, citrus resiny hoppy character, with some lemon marmalade, candyish lemon lollipop, candied lemon, grapefruit rind, barley sugar, french toast flavours, leading towards a warming toasted, caramelized, biscuity maltiness, candied citrus peel, lingering leafy, grassy, piney, citrus hop bitterness finish. An american barley wine, in the truth american style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (968) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bomber purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar 19 months ago ($11.99). Pours an interesting orange-brown hue with one finger of beige foam. AROMA of creamy caramel, some dark candied fruit, sticky pine sap, and mellow citrus. FLAVOR of earthy malts, still-strong hoppy notes of sticky grapefruit and pine, jammy dark fruits, more earthy-like hops, light molasses, and a significant amount of booze. Still quite a bit of bitterness left in here even after the aging, and I would say that the bitterness beats out the sweetness by a narrow margin. The big 11% makes itself quite known here...really could tone down the booze to make it more nuanced. I’ve liked most of what I have had from Clown Shoes, so I expected more here. (191, 951)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (362) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5721) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PattyBat (78) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12807) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (37673) - 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]

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