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Dinosmores - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 121
Gots: 165 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 01-29-2014

When we launched BorrachaBaker made us some s'mores shaped like dinosaurs for our launch event. Then, we made an imperial stout with graham flour, marshmallow fluff, vanilla, and cocoa nibs with Amager and West Lakeview Liquors. Then, we brought this beer to the Brewpub Shootout and paired the beer named after the food with a food the beer wasn't named after. People were confused and named it best beer (or was it food?) at the Shootout.

40 IBU
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Ratings: 657 | Reviews: 90
Photo of RossiDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Deep brown almost tar-like in color with a tan 1 finger head that faded quickly. Smell was burnt chocolate with a hint of sweetness. I tasted more vanilla and brown sugar than marshmallow but it was extremely smooth for the high ABV. Carbonation was on the low end for my taste but was still appropriate. Overall, a gimmicky name on this nice smooth 10.5% that I'd buy again.

Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Densely black topped with a sliver of tan cream. Sweet chocolate roast aroma with a smokey edge. Creamy vanilla, marshmallow, caramelized sugar, and Oreos. After a short while, the aroma sort of flattens out to something sweet and syrupy. Sweet milk chocolate syrup and vanilla bean flavors on subtle roasty char. Lush, chewy body, but not terribly thick. Pretty tasty in small doses. Heavy on the vanilla.

Photo of adapt313
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressive non ba stout from off colour. Really opens up as it warms. Goes from drinking like a one dimensional chocolatey stout to a nicely complex and balanced stout that really does come off like a s'more. The mouthfeel is fantastic, thick and creamy and velvety smooth. Really developes a lot as I drink it, i get little more than chocolate at first but as it opens up the vanilla becomes more prevalent and begins to turn to marshmallowy goodness that really coats the mouth. Can't wait to try the coffee variant, a little more roast might give the allusion of a campfire smoked mallow. Would love to give the barrel aged version a go as well. Fantastic imperial stout.

Photo of snipermonkey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there a more tasty imperial stout out there? Probably not, although others might disagree. This would go great with a piece chocolate cake, or dare I saw smores.

Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thrown in as an extra on a trade. Thanks a bunch halo3one.

Feeling lazy with this review but super impressive beer. Very nice mouthfeel with a lot of richness. Tasty stuff. Great pour and I already have a trade set up for a 4 pack. Great non-BA stout.

Photo of blockdude
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kicks ass! super drinkable and the closest thing to eating actual s'mores. I really don't mind the average ratings if it means I can more easily obtain it in the future.

Photo of Slack
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Black and opaque with mahogany showing through on the razor thin amount of head.

Smell is sweet boozy vanilla, coffee notes, faint graham cracker and marshmellow.

Taste is like the smell, sweet vanilla, marshmellow, root beer, graham cracker, coffee, very minor peat/smoke and alcohol warming on the finish.

Mouthful is surprisingly lighter than expected with very light carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It isn't overly sweet and surprisingly tastes like a smores. Very well balanced and a great after dinner sipper.

Photo of John_M
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap during the Hellshire release. Incredible beer. This is like drinking an oreo cookie stout, but with lots of vanilla and marshmellow as well. The beer comes across as actually fairly light on the palate, but the beer delivers plenty of flavor, and finish is long and chocolate smore filled.

An amazing beer. Would love to be able to have this around on a regular basis. Delicious stuff.

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Missing those s'mores flavors to me. Better as it warms.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting marshmallow notes but the rest is just harsh and not cohesive

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

How much does word-of-mouth and marketing releases affect perception? My go to craft beer store owner very favoribly described the flavors to be found in the beer as well as other marketing sources. Is it a good imperial stout - yes - a great one - no. It does have wonderful light chocolate and dark chocolate flavors, and some vanilla - that one might be persuaded is marshmallow. A sweeter imperial stout that begins to cross the border into dessert beer. Abv exceptionally well hidden.

Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells incredible. It also delivers on its name. It tastes like a s'more in a beer. Taste is dark and sweet chocolate, some Bosco, marshmellow, vanilla, and light cracker. Did not like some of the Bosco syrup taste, but overall this was a really good beer. It added something new to the RIS concept and still stayed true to the style. Worth seeking out.

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 4.25 - Black but not BLACK black, with a thin, tan head.

Smell: 4.25 - Malt, surprisingly some graham cracker, faint vanilla. Not a very strong scent, but it does actually resemble s'mores. I wish the nose was a little stronger.

Taste: 4.75 - Holy hell that's delicious. WOW! I'm actually really surprised. It tastes like some damn s'mores. There's a fabulous marshmallow, chocolate, graham cracker taste. I actually really love this. Way to go, Dinosmores, way. to. go. I can't even taste the 10.5% alcohol.

Feel: 5 - Feels good. Feels real good to drink smores beer. AND it's super easy-drinking. Such smores. Much dino. Wow.

Overall: 4.5 - I f*****g love this beer. Yes dinosmores. YES!! A!

Photo of thegerm87
1.59/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not sure that this isn't a joke.

A - a translucent milk-chocolate-brown pour with no head. No viscosity, no lacing, no appeal.

S - sweet milk chocolate. That's all

T - tastes like a liquid form of the crappy movie theater candy (snocaps?). Mildly bitter Chocolate in the back, all vanilla (almost medicinal) up front. Cloying, milky, and simplistic.

F - watery, thin, boring. Not fit to be called an RIS.

O - not sure I've ever had something more overrated. A joke beer if I've ever had one.

Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dessert beer (no surprise here). Hit all the notes I was expecting, but didn't blow me away. More one-dimensional than expected, but still very good.

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This just didn't live up to expectations. Was expecting more flavor, more maltyness,ect...

Glad I got to try it...

Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch black with a one finger tan head that almost dissipates to a collar. Popped collar if you will. Decent lacing. Acceptable for 10.5%

Aroma: Medium+ notes of graham cracker, with layers of molasses and chocolate.

Flavor: More roast than on the nose, which comes out on the forefront, followed in order by chocolate, toasted marshmallow, and a graham cracker finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ bodied, somewhat dissipating finish for a dessert beer. Touch of booze.

Overall: A very good beer. Hit's all the flavors of its namesake, more intensity on all those flavors and a touch more body would turn this from very good, to amazing for me personally.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's a dark black stout with a marshmallow sweetness and vanilla in the mid palate. Not getting many other flavors. It's a hair thin. Nice flavor profile and an enjoyable sweeter stout.

Photo of Khoward
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was fantastic. Well balanced, subtle s'mores flavor with graham notes through the finish while being surprisingly easy to drink for a sweeter imperial stout. I'll be buying this any time I'm able to locate it.

Photo of portia99
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a deep, black color - opaque and capped by a meager skim coat of off white foam and a thin collar with no lacing left behind.

S - Chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow are all present in the aroma sitting alongside some black coffee and a touch of charcoal. Nice and roasty. Adjuncts are at a nice level that doesn't overpower the base but makes its presence well known in a complementary way.

T - Heavy on vanilla-y marshmallow up front. Backed up by the graham cracker and a burnt, roasty malt base. Milk chocolate follows and fades back to a sweet marshmallow at the finish. Coffee in middle holds everything together and provides smooth transition from beginning to end.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Roasty, chocolatey, a bit of char throughout. Mild alcohol, almost still in feel. Starts on the sweet side, fades to coffee roast and finishes sweet. Lives up to its namesake...

O- Good imperial stout. Nice complement of flavors with a focus on vanilla and coffee. Graham cracker and chocolate mix in nicely to really live up to the name and brewer's intentions. I would definitely have this one again.

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black color with a thick foamy 1 finger dark tan head that faded slowly and left great spotty foamy lacing.

Smells of cocoa powder, malt, a penny/metallic aroma, dark chocolate, roasted grains and some citrus hops that lets out mild lemon. Overall the nose is pretty basic with cocoa and the metallic penny aromas dominating it, but it does completely hide the ABV.

Tastes exactly like it smells but with more toffee, caramel and sweetness like molasses, chocolate syrup and some dry herbs and a hint of vanilla at the end. The dark chocolate is very tasty and the grainy backbone adds some nice complexities, but the hops are weaker in the flavor. Marshmallow is simulated by the combo of chocolate and grains, but this did not have distinctive graham cracker flavor to really impress me and nail the true flavor it was trying to replicate.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and bordering on watery with a medium chewy body and a sweet cocoa centric aftertaste. Decent RIS that hides the ABV masterfully, but lacks the bold flavor I was hoping for. I'm not a big s'mores fan but thought that this would be interesting to try.

Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque deep brown with a creamy topping, medium brown in color and tightly foamy with a few larger bubbles here and there.

S: Smell is loaded with desserty aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, toasty light roast coffee, dark berries, molasses, lactose, caramel, and glazed chocolate doughnuts.

T & M: The taste reminds me that this is in fact beer. A very chocolatey, creamy, caramelly, indulgent beer at that. Fruity coffee beans, milk lactose, a little bit of warming alcohol well hidden in the lightly viscous, syrupy, melted cocoa. Smooth, subtle carbonation, evenly distributed throughout this large bodied beer. Not overly sweet but it is sweet. Sweet sprinkled with light bitterness. The ABV is well hidden...

Overall this is an excellent imperial stout that keeps you're mouth watering for more.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: pours a deep mahogany, almost black color. a small half finger tan head forms with decent retention and leaving behind the slightest lacing. completely opaque with darkness.

Smell: cocoa, molasses, roasted malts, vanilla cream.

Taste: opens up with a huge amount of cocoa. the depth of the taste widens with some molasses and toffee like flavors coming in. the marshmallows come through next, nice and creamy vanilla. a hint at large amount of blackened barley comes through with some roasty notes. more chocolate at the backside.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. very creamy and overall sweet.

Overall: a nice and more unique take on the RIS. really has lots of depth of flavor coming through with great balance.

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Dark brown color, pours thin with almost no head on an aggresive pour. Looks a little flat. Smells of some marshmallow, toffee, malt. A little bit of bubble gum when warm. Taste continues the marshmallow, some roastiness and bitterness. Getting some chocolate and a wee bit of a cream soda taste (wow, haven't even thought about that for years). A little thin for the style and the ABV. Not quite as flat as it looked, but still too much so.

Ahhh, I'm not real on board with this one, and the word of mouth is even higher than the rating (4.17 as I type). Maybe I shouldn't have made it the last beer of the night. Three more bottles that I'll space out, hopefully I can edit this upward later.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, opaque, no head nor lacing.

S: Almost smoky, roasted malt, soft vanilla and sugary. Sweet.

T: Really nailed s'mores... I think. Something is slightly off. But anyway... first impression is sweetness, sugary vanilla and fluff. Closely followed by sweet milk chocolate and sweetly roasted malt. A bit of smoke permeates everything, as well as a bit of cinnamon sugar. As close as everything seems to be s'mores, it is all just a step away. Not to say it isn't one of the most precisely stylized beers I've ever had. Finish takes a step towards the dry vector, although it is coming from far left field sweet.

F: Pretty creamy, some prickly carbonation. A touch, only a touch, of film.

O: Sessionable, and I do mean sessionable. For all the mentions of sweetness, this isn't a cloying beer, and the high ABV is undetectable. Highly nuanced and highly balanced, although just a hair away from its food idol. It is not a classical style; be forewarned, this is indulgent!

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Dinosmores from Off Color Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.