Cleveland Crusher | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by warrenout330 on 11-01-2012

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Brenden
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Can glass

A: Liking looking into the abyss just total darkness and like the abyss it may look back at you. Creamy milk chocolate head pours as big as you want depending on how aggressive you get. This beer coats the glass

S: Sweet roasted malts, smells licorice a little, with some chocolate

T: Nice chocolate taste it's sweet has some oats taste and a little roast coffee on the aftertaste. It's a huge beer the booze is well hidden mostly you taste the chocolate thick then thin but never super sweet almost like bakers chocolate

M: This has a lush and thick mouthfeel you know you are drinking a huge beer and it just clings so you can keep tasting it long after it's gone

O: This beer is fantastic the difference between this and regular BORIS us this is brewed with Belgian chocolate. It's a big beer that drinks incredibly smooth. Hoppin Frog is considered expensive big this one is worth it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy/frothy medium brown head. Retention is about what you'd expect from a big beer like this and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.25 S: Awww yeah! This smells wonderful. Big roastiness to start. Layers of caramel and molasses. Oats and vanilla. Mild dark fruitiness. Bittersweet chocolate.

4.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Moderate sweetness, supple roastiness. Oats and vanilla are super strong in the taste. Molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Subtle warming throughout without much booziness.

4.25 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess and supremely smooth.

4.5 D: Really good beer. Definitely on par with their other stouts.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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