Bonecrusher Stout | Schmohz Brewing Company

Bonecrusher StoutBonecrusher Stout
68 Ratings
Bonecrusher StoutBonecrusher Stout

Brewed by:
Schmohz Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.08/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a beer glass of some sort. Pours dark, like coffee, with a very thin, almost not noticable foam head of tan colour.

Smells like a typical stout, a little coffee, a little chocolate. Not much aroma though.

Tastes like a typical stout, though a little thin. Chocolate or coffee notes, but average, if not slightly watery compared to others.

Somewhat carbonated, but smooth none the less, feels a little thin.

Overall, unimpressed with it, and the cost of the single bottle was a bit much for what it is.

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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 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 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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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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 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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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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 schnjac
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Shatter
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KISSFR33K
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Filabee
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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 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 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 tmcarter23
3.24/5  rDev -2.4%

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