Bonecrusher Stout | Schmohz Brewing Company

Bonecrusher StoutBonecrusher Stout
BA SCORE
20.6%
Liked This Beer
3.32 w/ 68 ratings
Bonecrusher StoutBonecrusher Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Schmohz Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
schmohz.com

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,966
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
68
Liked:
14
Avg:
3.32/5
pDev:
14.76%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 22
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 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 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 Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of enelson
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DanGeo
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of stortore
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 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 aussiebeer
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kerrie
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of gordavidson
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 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 gopens44
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Giggy
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Wayne17
3.52/5  rDev +6%

Photo of NJB145
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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 Filabee
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Bonecrusher Stout from Schmohz Brewing Company
Beer rating: 20.6% out of 100 with 68 ratings
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