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Bonecrusher Stout - Schmohz Brewing Company

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Bonecrusher StoutBonecrusher Stout

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 25.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Schmohz Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 64
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. This was highly over carbonated when I opened it, so it took a while to pour initially. I let most of the extra carbonation diffuse out by swirling in the glass. Zero notes of any infection. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky dark brown head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, moderately silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice American stout. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$5 (?) bottle from Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Appearance: A nice black color with a slight head on it. Opaque, with sediment stuck to the bottom of the bottle after pouring.

Smell: Roast. Mostly coffee. Maybe some chocolate, but very little. Relatively one-note.

Taste/feel: Surprised at the 77 rating on this site, but I guess it's because it almost just tastes like coffee. A bunch of roast, no noticeable hop presence, maybe a slight hint of chocolate? Reasonably bitter aftertaste. Body isn't too thick, so you could drink a couple of these and be fine.

Not all that interesting, but it tastes pretty nice to me. I'd try it again.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pitch black and opaque with a thin tan head.

Aroma: Something off-putting here that I can't quite place. Besides that there is some dark roasted malt. Not all that aromatic.

Taste: On the label they mention lots of hops in this beer and I'd agree that it is nicely bitter, both from the hops and the charred dark malt flavor. Pretty much a typical American Stout (not sure why this is classified as an English Stout) with lots of roasted chocolate and bitter black coffee. The finish is pleasantly drying with a deep aftertaste of roasted malt. The 6.4% ABV seems to do the job of making the flavor robust.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and overcarbonated. Decent drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good American Stout but nothing special. It's robustness is almost a bad thing because I was anticipating something more drinkable. Would I drink it again? Probably not.

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Photo of redleg64
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This tastes like someone tossed some Hershey bars and a can of coffee into the bonfire and then made smoke juice. This really tastes like bottled smoke. On a side note they could put a little more effort into their packaging. The labeling kind of sucks. The only reason I bought the six pack is because it had six different beers in it and I couldn't make up my mid at the store as to what I wanted.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps their best beer, obtained bottle at Champane's Cellars. Dry, chocolate coffee roast stout. Black, with enormous amount of mocha coloured head. Cocoa aroma, as well as roast and chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel. Similar to Oveltine, if Overltine was a beer. Good drinkability,though dry with sips revealing more sugar sweet and roast bitter.

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Photo of ahking
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like oil from the bottle to the glass, however, remarkably not a cloying stout. Nice and roasty, smokey flavor with a clean dry finish. Not super complex flavors, but that makes it clean and drinkable. Light cocoa, dried fruit, with a tinge of floral hops make this a very drinkable and appreciated stout. Would not hesitate to buy a 6 pack.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pitch black in color, with a chocolate milk head of foam
Aroma-Roasty,faint chocolate
Taste-Big roasty flavor,Subtle coffee and dark chocolate. Semi-dry finish, with faint herbal hop note. Decent flavor and drinkability. A nice match for a pulled pork sandwich.

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Photo of Vonerichs
2.69/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard dark brown body with a 1/4" off espresso colored head.

The smell is pretty one dimensional and that's burn malt. There was a slight whiff of rotten garbage. After smelling this I was dreading tasting it.

The taste is heavy on the char with the slightest coffee.

Medium body, not soft or creamy at all.

As a beer in general I didn't mind drinking this, but for a stout it's poor.

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Photo of JesseP09
2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a weak stout, to be sure. I expected so much more when I purchased the six-pack of it in Marshall, Michigan.

Appearance is nothing notable, smell is average. That was kind of a red flag for me when I didn't smell anything in particular in this stout.

Taste was not good, not good at all. Nothing distinctive and nothing good, just bland and gross.

Moutfeel and overall is meh. Nothing special, nothing awful. I hope this brewery does well and makes great beer, this just is not one of them.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.74/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A. Pours a dark brownish black with a thin tan head than has little carbonation, and retention, but has some really superb lacong on the side of my beer mug.
S. The aroma is chocolate, roasted barley, some molasses, some vanilla
T. The taste is some dried fruits which taste like raisins and rotting plums, some malted barley, some hops, a weak chocolate taste that is hard to notice that does not seem to mix well together. The after taste is the spoiled fruits and some hops.
M. The mouthfeel is a nice smooth creamy feel that finishes off with a nice dry feel.
D. The smell, appearance and mouthfeel makes this drinkable, but the bad taste makes me not want to drink this.
I see that a lot of reviewers liked this beer, and will admit that while this beer was made good for what it is, I just find it to not be a good tasting stout, but luckily there are stouts out there that I like.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes made on 10/23/10.

A: Bonecrusher has a very dark black color with just a hint of brown. The head is a frothy, one finger mocha that retains fairly well. The lacing is pretty sticky in the form of large dots and arches.

S: The smell from the beer is not very powerful, but what is present consists of toasted dark malt and coffee. A slight hint of cocoa is detectable, but mainly roasted barley and water is the aroma.

T: Water is rather present in the taste as well, with a slight cocoa and coffee flavor. Hops are pretty present on the finish and combine with the malt to leave a very roasted, bitter aftertaste.

M: This is a pretty light and thin MF for an English Stout. The body is very watery and the finish is puckering. I would usually look for a little more creaminess in the feel of a stout with this a.b.v.

D: Overall, not a beer I would seek out again. It's just a little too watery and one-dimensional for a stout. It is an okay beer, but not one that really showed me a lot.

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Photo of beveritt
2.46/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a plastic stick on type, depicting a horned skull helmet wearing guy wielding a rusty/bloody axe. Described as an "aggressive ale" made with 5 different malts and 2 different hops. No freshness dating, but I picked this up at the brewery not too long ago.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of dark brown head. This settles very slowly, dropping to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is as black as ink; opaque even at the edges. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted barley with distinct acidity/acrid overtones. Hints of bitter chocolate and black coffee.

Taste: Sharp, acrid roasted barley upfront without any of the associated malt body upon which it should be layered. Very thin. It is akin to hopped water.

Mouthfeel: average carbonation level. Body is very thin and watery.

Drinkability: Everything started out so well, but fell apart at the first sip. Ridiculously thin and watery. Oh well, one and done for this beer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for a mixed 6'er. No specs on the mfgr website. 6.4% ABV. "Robust","aggressive","huge" as described on the bottle...makes me skeptical already considering the 6.4%, which is quite average for a stout. Bottled conditioned, pours out to a cloudy deep black, forming a modest cocoa colored head with poor retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is quite nice with black molasses, black walnut, vanilla, chocolate, and prunes. The mouthfeel is good...smooth, but with a medium light body. Thankfully no kiwi fruit in this bottle like I have had in the other 3 from this mixed 6'er. The taste is a recap of the aroma...plenty of black patent and roasted barley give a nice burnt marshmallow taste with some french roast coffee in the middle. The finish is chalky, obviously supplemented with minerals, which is fine with me. I prefer this, but some may not. Mild earthy dank basement bitterness, which is cool. Hop level is spot on. There is a slight bit of tartness and astringency to this beer that is somewhat peculiar.

Overall, quite enjoyable. It's not a huge aggressive beer as advertised, but it's tasty and rich and doesn't appear infected like the other beers in this 6'er. I would purchase this one again. It reminds me of Bert Grants Imperial Stout if anyone remembers it...another misleadingly labeled beer.

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Photo of david131
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Extremely deep, dark black with a thin brown head that settles to a thin, splotchy covering. Looks great.

S- Caramel, chocolate, coffee, anise, and vanilla. Extremely rich and fragrant for the style.

T- Much more of a roasted aspect than the aroma would lead you to believe, and also no nearly as rich. Unique and smooth.

M- A little thinner than the appearance or aroma lead me to believe. Smooth on the finish though.

D- A very nice take on the style that is smooth and not overly rich. I would get this again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.31/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Cinder black with an absolute absence of accents. Bright backlighting failed to lighten the edges one iota. The brown sugar colored crown is smallish, but has character, lasts, and does a better than decent job of decorating the glass.

The aroma is an interesting mixture of butter caramel and roasted malt. It isn't very often that a stout delivers this much diacetyl. I'm okay with it as long as it doesn't dominate the flavor profile.

Sorry Schmohz fans, Bonecrusher Stout (in the bottle at least) is not a very good English stout. One more thing... the brewery uses words like 'robustly presented', 'aggressive' and 'huge' on the label and the website. That's BS because BS is none of those things. Besides, the ABV is only 6.4%, so how big could it be?

A major malt shortage starts things off on the wrong foot and ultimately keeps the beer from being successful. A minor sweetness and a minor bitterness are superceded by a significant lemon juice tartness that has no place in a stout, not even a milk stout.

Flavors include Nestle Quik mixed with mineral water, weak caramel notes, watery butter and lemon juice. Even though it tastes like it, this can't be old beer because SBC has just started bottling in the past several months. I hope the brewers get the kinks worked out because this is seriously kinky beer that isn't easy to drink.

Simply put, the mouthfeel is atrocious. This brew feels like a poor-quality Euro dark lager whose bubbles decided they had better things than to do and skedaddled after the first few mouthfuls. Thin and borderline lifeless is not a recipe for success.

Speaking of which, I wish this small Grand Rapids brewery all the success in the world, but they'll have to earn it. Bonecrusher Stout is not getting them off to a rousing start. Maybe Hopknocker Imperial IPA will be better. It could hardly be worse.

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Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Schmohz. Pretty dark brown pour, some whitish head. Quite roasty aroma, malt and coffee mostly. Mouthfeel a tad thin, but ok. Chalky/cocoa powder dryness, mixes well with the roast malt. Some coffee bitter finish. Would not be a problem drinking a few of these.
Good English or Foreign type stout, just don't expect and American Stout and you'll enjoy this fine.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct12 08
Dark brown in color,with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt,chocolate,and sour bitter coffee. Flavor was chocolate,and a very storng almost bitter coffee roast,with a dry finish,medium body, oily mouthfeel.Drinkable but not my favorite.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a dark red ruby highlights, dark tan to carmel head, about 1 finger.

S - Malt, roast, slight ho aroma.

T - On this, I get a malt forward, followed up with some roasty cinder flavors, then a little hop bitterness.

M - Thick, full, ever so slightl dry, with not a little carbonation.

D - Pretty good. I had a few of these at Thanksgivng, and it was about perfect for this. Cheers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Super Terrific Stout Tasting on 02/16/08. Two Stouts whose labels feature an axe being wielded. Cool. This beer is blackish-brown with a medium and foamy light brown head that diminishes slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists mainly of coffee along with hints of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Medium, smooth body with a tasty chocolate and coffee character, along with light hops and malt. The finish is mild and roasty with a mocha aftertaste. Better than expected, I would try this again.

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Photo of DanBob35
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Above average twist on an Americanized English Stout. Schmohz does a good job keeping this one consistant between batches. This is one of their mainstays, so you don't have to worry about falling for it and then having it go away. The icing on the cake would be to offer it on Nitro with a creamer faucet. Very drinkale!

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Bonecrusher Stout from Schmohz Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.