Cleveland Crusher - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
03-20-2014 03:42:09 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
11-19-2013 19:20:06 | More by Brenden
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-10-2013 23:11:10 | More by bluejacket74
3.8/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-18-2013 23:31:04 | More by BB1313
Cleveland Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.