Moses And The Misfits
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Style:
American Cream Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
126
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
84
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Moses And The MisfitsMoses And The Misfits
Notes: Soulful tunes and great beer touch the best part of us here at Clown Shoes. Moses and the Misfits is an Imperial Cream Ale with cacao nibs and vanilla beans added for a unique contrast in flavor, and it was brewed in celebration of our 6th anniversary. We encourage those who drink this beer to tune into the music they love most and join the misfits of the Clown Shoes brigade.
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Reviews by Hayes86:
Photo of Hayes86
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ichorNet
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clown Shoes' 6th Anniversary ale is this, an "imperial cream ale" that sits at a huge (for the style in general) 9.1%. It's been brewed with both cacao nibs and vanilla beans, so I'm guessing it's kind of a take on the whole "blonde stout" thing that's been kicking around in the beer underground this past year. The last beer I've had that was similar in vision was Ballast Point's Calm Before the Storm, which is a smaller cream ale made with vanilla and coffee, instead of boasting vanilla and chocolate as its adjuncts.

The pour on this one is a solid hazy straw-gold capped off with an impressive, decadent ring of bone-white foam that sticks around permanently, eventually settling to a finger-tall ring in my oversized tulip-style glass. Lacing is spotty but nice when it's around, and the beer itself is hazy and unfiltered with orange-yellow highlights.

I poured this at fridge temp, which was probably a mistake as the flavors this boasts given the listed ingredients are typically some of those that do better at cellar or room temp. At first the smell and taste were both rather harsh, but allowing the beer to warm a little over time (which is easy to do as it's a 9% bomber and will likely last a while) helped open it up. That said, there is still a slightly harsh alcohol nose that could certainly be reigned in and worked out to play well with the other things going on. I get some sweet, perfume-y vanilla alongside the ethanol kick, and the base beer is certainly in the "American strong ale" wheelhouse with sweet bready and mild noble-style hop aromas abound. The cocoa certainly seems a bit lost here, but luckily it does make an appearance on the palate. It's definitely kind of an unrefined "cocoa liquor" flavor, with all of the roughness and dryness that entails, but it's solidly done, I suppose. The slick, oily feel helps this rather strong ale go down easily and I do appreciate that it isn't too overly flavored. I would say that the aforementioned Calm Before the Storm is way, way more forward about its flavors (especially the coffee, which is probably a very robust roast), and it clocks in at a little more than half of this beer's ABV. That means this is pretty subtle and softly-spoken. The base here seems to be a rather plain strong golden ale with no particularly special qualities from the yeast, and the flavor is clean aside from very slight pulls into some traditional "stout-like" flavors from the adjuncts. With that having been said, there's no roastiness due to the lack of roasted malts in the grain bill, so, like many other beers in this new "style", it feels weirdly empty and lacking. Don't get me wrong; this is drinkable, interesting and worthy of checking out, but it's just random and, in my mind, this is definitely not the best these guys can do. Overall, I would say this is worthy of checking out once. It's suitable, for the price and format (22 oz bottle), for checking out once and hopefully thinking about what beer styles mean and where things can go. That segues nicely into my upcoming paragraph.

Apologies in advance for the slight rant, but... I don't really get the obsession with trying to do for the stout style the polar inverse of what black IPAs did for the traditional American-style IPA, and I'm usually all for brewers trying new things. This just seems like an idea doomed to failure because the color of stouts (and/or porters) is a symptom of the brewing process and of the kinds of malts used, which tend to result in the roasty, full-bodied beers that we've come to know and love. Adjuncts typically fail to call to mind these flavors because, at least to my palate, they are added in an attempt to be a substitute for the way that kilned grains effortlessly contribute these kinds of flavors and perceptions in beers they're a normal part of. Darkening the color of an IPA using heavily-kilned malts, on the other hand, isn't necessarily breaking the way the beer comes out, and can sometimes be an interesting deviation from the generic 2-row barley-heavy recipes we see all the time. It just feels like an idea that's flawed from the outset because, as it turns out, grains are very important in determining how a beer tastes in the end.

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Photo of brureview
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured an ice tea color with a three finger head in a Stone imperial pint glass.
This is a good glass for the style. Not totally clear- almost muddy.

Nice aroma. Fruit, vanilla, lemon, sweet, stone fruit.

Malty mouth feel.

Excellent fruit taste, with cacao, vanilla, and stone fruit, pear.

Finish: strong, crisp, hoppy bitterness.

Overall: perhaps reviewers were thrown off by the style. Low 80's. I don't generally
like cream ales. Is this a cream ale? Sort of. Who cares? It's a beer worth checking out. Excellent.

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Photo of Hootie159
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. A hazy creamy orange. White film head. Sweet smell. Mix of cream and a Belgian. Reminds me of a cream soda with that Belgian yeast finish. Thin feel, solid carbonation. Not a bad beer, but barrels are still the way to go with these guys.

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Photo of BHansen214
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jadjunk
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Soulful tunes and great beer touch the best part of us here at Clown Shoes. Moses and the Misfits is an Imperial Cream Ale with cacao nibs and vanilla beans added for a unique contrast in flavor, and it was brewed in celebration of our 6th anniversary. We encourage those who drink this beer to tune into the music they love most and join the misfits of the Clown Shoes brigade." Brewed in the style of a Cream Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. 6th Anniversary limited release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth, frothy foam head of a pastel white color over a densely hazy amber body with relaxed, abundant carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Light aroma with malt tones of pale, wheat and pilsner malt with a gentle sweetness and a soft hop presence with notes of grass, citrus pith and floral hop notes with a light bitterness. No suggestion of vanilla nor cacao nibs is present in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Largely follows the aroma, with slightly more voluminous flavor- malt characters of pilsner, malted wheat and pale grains, and a gently bitter finish with little to no discernible hop flavor. Cacao is not discernible in the flavor of this beer, although a hint of vanilla bean peeks through ever subtly. Finishes clean with a decided lightness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, clean and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, light+ overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to malt grain character and hoppy bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nice malt character to it, but a somewhat disappointing hop profile that doesn't contribute much to the beer otherwise. The most unique additives of vanilla and cacao do not come through strongly in this beer. Drinks light and clean, but falls short of being memorable, even within the mark of the style. 3.5

Clown Shoes'
Moses and the Misfits
3.65/5.00

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Photo of whatname
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TBoneJones
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rick778
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TripelMark
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Clown Shoes Moses And The Misfits for $9.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new Clown Shoes beer and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz botle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy burnt orange color that took on more of a golden orange color when held to the light with almost a fingers worth of slightly creamy and bubbly almost tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the chocolate being the first to show up, it's on the light side but it's noticeable and it's followed by the vanilla which is also on the lighter side and it showed up just a little more than the chocolate. Towards the end there's a sweet grain and a little bit of a creamy aroma. The aroma is nice, but I was expecting it to be a little bolder.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a typical cream ale flavor, but the sweetness is higher with that grainy malt and creamy flavors coming through. Up next comes some doughy and slightly estery yeast flavor that goes right into the chocolate which is noticeable and it's followed by the vanilla which is barely noticeable and it's hard to tell it's there. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a creamy sweet grainy and slight vanilla like aftertaste. This is a decent beer, but I wish it was less sweet with more of those chocolate and vanilla flavors coming through.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this beer was decent and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, it's not bad, but the flavors aren't as balanced as I think they should be. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is that it didn't have less sweetness with more cocoa and vanilla coming through. I wold buy this beer again if they change it, but not how it is and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all this was a rare let down from Clown Shoes, I like the out of the box thinking, but I think it could have been executed just a little better. All in all this is one of my least favorite beers from Clown Shoes and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/10/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of cracker, corn, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, cream, light vanilla/cocoa, light pear/apricot, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hops; with light vanilla/cocoa and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, bread, vanilla, cocoa, cream, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apricot, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, bread, vanilla, cocoa, cream, herbal, grass, light pepper, light pear/apricot, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, vanilla/cocoa, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced imperial cream ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, earthy hops, vanilla/cocoa, and light fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. This followed the classic style characteristics very well, despite being an imperial version. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rkf1976
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRizz62
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheGent
2.26/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

No cocoa, no vanilla. Smooth mouthfeel, but drinks like a moderately bitter, piney hop forward pale ale. 95% of the time CS knows it's way around stouts and barrels, but otherwise I have yet to be impressed. This beer is so far off from the description in my opinion. Of course, I have no way of knowing how much the brewer intended for these flavors to be present, but I'm not getting anything on the nose or palate.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass to a slightly cloudy light orange with a finger and a half of dense white head that retains well and leaves decent lacing
S: Smells of orange peels and pale malts. maybe a hint of vanilla
T: Taste is citrus and piney hops with a slight vanilla and hit of chocolate flavor in the middle. swallow is more oily piney and citrusy hops that lingers for a bit
M: fairly full and creamy in the mouth with soft carbonation that works for the style and a refreshing finish
O: This is an odd one. It's like they took a pale ale recipe, kept the hop bill the same and got rid of all the specialty malts. I thought this would have some stronger adjunct flavors but it really didn't. An interesting experiment but not one to revisit.

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdub70085
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12/10/15 bottling date.

A: Hazy amber pour. Tall, dense white head. Top-notch head retention and thick bars of lacing up and down the glass.

S: Interesting aroma. It reminds me a lot of an AAL, just ramped up. Like mega-corn malt or something. Sweet for sure, especially with a little vanilla backing it up.

T: Definitely cream ale. Lots of bland cereal malt. Then there's a bitter chocolate flavor that really doesn't work here. You get hints of sweet vanilla, especially in the middle and finish but it doesn't help. Long-lingering bitter cocoa in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, higher carbonation.

O: Egh. Well, an interesting-sounding attempt but boy did it not work. Chocolate and vanilla just don't go well with a cream ale. Tastes like a gross mess. I poured it out quickly.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow color, with a nice off white head. Aromas and flavors are a bit of a mess, but there's cream soda, vanilla bean, and an ethanol-presence from the 9% abv that is sharp and drying. A medium bodied and carbonated mouthfeel. A good "imperial" cream ale.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Interesting champagne color with a drop of copper or bronze. Poured into a snifter with a very thin head.

Nose smells like malt, bread, and cars, with a hint of sprite and springtime. Surprisingly, no vanilla or chocolate.

Flavor is very vanilla on the back end, with a bit of creaminess on the front. I can't pick up chocolate, but it does remind me a bit of Boston creme

Body is very nice and smooth.

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Photo of MattXT
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moses And The Misfits from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 126 ratings