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Cleveland Crusher - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 8.33%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: warrenout330 on 11-01-2012)
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Photo of BuckeyeSlim


3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a shiny oil-black into the glass. There's no head to speak of, just a thin milk chocolate sheen of very tiny bubbles that quickly disappears. Held to a full spectrum light, the beer is black and solid, with dark khaki lace on the sides of the glass when it's tipped. There's a wisp of an island in the center that's being fed from bottom of the glass.

S - Amaretto with dark black cherry and plum, and as it warms, hints of vanilla. Chocolate malted balls with under-currents of espresso. Hints of alcohol, but overall, the nose is quite soft.

T - Dark fruits backed by very dark but not too bitter chocolate. Rich, medium-roasted malts with cocoa powder. Really dark grained bread made with molasses. Not a trace of the ABV. Soft, subdued notes of dark milk chocolate dominate the front end of the finish, followed by a slide into oat grains on the fade out.

M - Smooth across the tongue, but still fizzy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. Solid, tight body, but not at all heavy. Components are completely integrated, as if this beer was just made in a blender. Rich and elegant in the mouth. Finish lingers and is rather dry.

O - With the name Cleveland Crusher, I expected to find a tiger in the tank; instead, I found a purring pussy cat. Silky smooth and rich, this beer's taste profile is so thoroughly blended it risks seeming unfocused and vague. I like the effect oatmeal has on big, robust stouts, but it typically is used just to sand down the rough spots. In this beer, it becomes a velvet glove. To be sure, the ingredients are of exceptional quality, and on that basis alone it deserves a taste if you like imperial stouts smoothed by oatmeal.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 03:42:09 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in late 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, toast, coffee, light char, oats, light molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, dark bread, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, biscuit, molasses, coffee, light char, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark bread, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, molasses, coffee, oats, light raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of big dark/roasted malt flavors; with nice roast/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:52:31 | More by superspak
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as night, thick as oil. 1/2 inch foamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Smokey malts, grapes, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Almost has a sugary fruity note like big league chew bubblegum.

Taste - First sip is rather sweet. Lots of chocolate, roasty malts and cocoa, along with a creamy finish. Coffee is present but not overly as strong as I expected. Some sweet fruits like grapes and plums add some flavor. Alcohol is very masked but does add a little warmth at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tongue gets malts, chocolate and coffee immediately. Palate really gets the same with a added sweet fruit flavor. Aftertaste is malty, chocolate and a little sweet.

Overall - A nice smooth, malty stout. Very easy to drink and enjoy. Not as big and coffee strong as boris and doris but still, nice and enjoyable. As always worth a drink from a world class brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 23:42:08 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of Brenden


3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a big, thick stout as it's known Hoppin' Frog can brew. It looks about as big, robust and hearty as any they make, heavy and black with just a bit of brown at the thinnest points. The head is fairly sizeable, 1/2 to a full finger, tight and creamy with good retention and lace sticking to the glass in tight rings and some patching.
In its overall character, this beer is sweet up front but very roasty. There's lots of cocoa, closer to milk chocolate and powdered cocoa than the typically stronger, more bittersweet. There's a hint of brewed coffee, too, with some earthier yeasty notes and a little bit of something like banana. All in all, while unusual, it works very nicely. Vanilla lies in with the sweetness underneath and comes out more strongly into the finish accompanied by the heavier, roastier notes.
As an Oatmeal Stout ought to, this beer carries a nice smoothness through most of the way in its big, heavy body. There's just enough crispness for a stout, allowing it to focus on smoothness. Eventually, though, the roast builds up and on the final sips there's a little harshness to the dry follow through on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 19:20:06 | More by Brenden
Photo of BB1313


3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with no light getting though; fluffy dark mocha head that slowly fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty. Hints of chocolate along with some dark fruits. There's hints of black coffee as well. Smells good, but it doesn't quite pop. The flavors have a ton of chocolate notes. There's some hints of vanilla. This is pretty rich. It has a decent bitterness to it, but it also has a subtle sweetness to it. There's a subtle spice to it as well. The alcohol clearly goes unnoticed, but there is just the slightest amount of alcohol flavor. It's absolutely not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. The carbonation is there, but it's on the lower side. At moments it feels flat, but it works. It's easy drinking. It's a nice beer to relax with. It becomes even more alive as it warms up.

This is a nice stout, I like it. I personally can't put it in the same ballpark as B.O.R.I.S. and D.O.R.I.S., but it's well crafted nonetheless. Hoppin' Frog makes wonderful stouts and this is no exception, but it just seems a little redundant and lacks the true depth that they're known for, in my opinion. It's still worth checking out though if given the opportunity. It's ultimately pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 23:31:04 | More by BB1313
Photo of bluejacket74


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch brown head that sticks around a while. There isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, oats, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark chocolate, oats, dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of Belgian yeast/banana. It's certainly different compared to the regular BORIS. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and a bit creamy with low carbonation. I like the regular and barrel-aged BORIS beers better, but this one is good too. $9.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:11:10 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of raznug


4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The Crusher pours a thick black color and is topped with only ¼” of brown colored head that doesn’t stay there for long.
Smell: There is no dominate aroma in this beer is just has a nice easy smell that is pleasant on the nose without being to subtle.
Taste: This beer is a tasty blend of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. DAMN tasty brew, that has no real alcohol burn to it.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium to heavy bodied beer yet it is smooth and a darn creamy finish that makes it easy to drink for a almost 10% stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 23:23:24 | More by raznug
Photo of warrenout330


4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Growler I got from tap.... probably my most expensive Growler fill ever.

A- a thick pitch black color.... big thick tan colored head... slowly grows out of my snifter. Thick lacing that stays forever. This beer looks thick

S- sweet chocolate, chocolate chip cookies, bready dark malts

T- sweet Belgium chocolate, bready malts, ever so sweet chocolate all over the beer

M- sweet, creamy mouth feel.... thick, oily body followed by a faint bitter chocolate hop bite....

O- I love this beer... I love this more then Boris the crusher! Cleveland crusher is supposedly to be boris's bigger brother, from what I heard and gathered? They took out the roasted barely and put in Belgium chocolate malt. All Ohio people find this, take it home and enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2012 03:48:03 | More by warrenout330
Cleveland Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.