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Cleveland Crusher - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: warrenout330 on 11-01-2012)
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4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber from SomethingClever. Thank you beer brother!

I'm getting down to business with this brew here. This isn't for the newbie beer taster. There is a lot going on with this brew than just an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Never mind the Bollocks, time to describe this beer! First off, this brew pours massive! Straight jet black body that is as pitch dark as a moonless witching hour! Very impressive deep mocha head crowning its horror...I mean glory. This brew has so much roasted malts that it coats the sides of my Chalice as I twirl it around. Yeah this is a perfect looking Imperial Stout!

The nostrils pick up so much roasted malt complexity, it's as if this wasn't even an American Brewer that crafted this. First whiff picks up your normal roasted malt goodness. Then it switches gears and goes full throttle with fruity red apple and pear notes that scream excellence! Then it bends my mind with a caramel sweetness that seems to excel in the background. In reality what I'm saying that this smells like a cup of coffee with a piece of toast and a caramel apple thrown in the mix. Breakfast in America!

The taste is just as excellent! First hits the palate with subtle oats, then punishes your tongue with all this roasted malt goodness. This brew hits hard and clean at the same time. After the swallow all the flavors get back to their stations and leaves you with a well orchestrated brew. Caramel, cocoa nibs, red apple skins with some unripped pear meat that seems to meld in harmony with some coffee roast. This brew finishes dry with slight booze on the back part of the palate, yet it adds diversity and not offensive as say KBS. The feel on this brew is very smooth slightly on the heavy side yet not overboard with chewiness. Carbonation plays its role to make sure the flavors pop on the tastebuds.

Overall: This brew is Fast and Loud like an Amon Amarth concert in your mouth! There isn't anything offensive about this brew at all. All the flavors are well orchestrated, smooth body that is approaching vicious. Even the alcohol plays a part to add depth like a good Belgian Strong Dark. There is only one thing that I say that I hate about this brew..... That Hoppin Frog doesn't Distribute their Malted Beers to central MD. WIth that said this brew is Recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Monday at 05:02 PM
Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -2.2%

lillitnn92, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up Cleveland Crusher at Vintage in Boardman OH last week

A- Body is a thick, deep, dark black coffee color. Pours with a 1 finger dark brown head but it quickly fades leaving behind a thin collar and little lacing in the glass. When held up to a fairly dim light-body is opaque.

S- Lots of dark chocolate and anise come through in the nose. Just a hint of alcohol astringency and roasted malt come through.

T- Very similar to the nose-but bigger. Dark chocolate and a hint of anise upfront. The finish adds a fair amount of roasted malt bitterness, a hint of pine hops, and a bit of alcohol astringency. Left to linger is a nice balance of roasted malt, dark chocolate, anise, a very minute hint of pine, and a nice moderate alcohol warmth.

M- Big heavy body, and low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and rich. This is what I love about oatmeal stouts.

O- Overall this is a nice, big, rich imperial stout by Hoppin Frog. It has a lot more chocolate and anise and a lot less roasted malt than B.O.R.I.S. Much more of an oatmeal IRS tone as well. Reminds me of the late, great Southern Tier OAT. Great beer.

PittBeerGirl, Nov 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

HollyHops, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Pulling off of their famed imperial oatmeal series and devising such taste for Cleveland's Beer Week. Its luxuriously dark taste and lavish texture suits the scene well.

The Cleveland Crusher layers into the glass with an ominous viscosity. Showing as much legging as lace, its inky texture applies an even and tawny stain against the glass. Heavily roasted malt unleashes the aroma of espresso, cocoa and burnt toffee. Underlying malt sweetness coats the palate with lavish chocolate, black-strap molasses and brownie batter.

As the stout opens up to a full-blown tar texture and oily viciousness, its the bittersweet chocolate, roasted walnut and espresso bean. Milkshake-like underneath, the roasted elements are upheld with the underpinnings of oats, cake, and seared toffee. With a pep of grilled fruit, cherry, berry and blackcurrant enter the mix as the stout concludes.

With drying roast, alcohol warmth and the acrid astringency of coffee grounds, its woodish hop bitterness seems more coffee-derived as its mild ash and campfire character arises. Still, its cocoa-laden sweetness calls attention even late.

BEERchitect, Nov 08, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -11%

Mclendpm, Nov 07, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

hollywood_15063, Nov 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Mikus, Oct 26, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Iparedman, Oct 25, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +13.4%

SBell96, Oct 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

MarkyMOD, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Cleveland Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.