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Dinosmores - Off Color Brewing

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 746
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 148
Gots: 168 | FT: 15
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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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. Lots of chocolate on both the nose and taste with a nice balanced finish. Despite the high ABV, this is very drinkable and fresh.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Hopgoddess312 for this bottle.

A - Pours a pitch black with a micro-thin toffee colored lacing.

S - Marshmallows, chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs, vanilla.

T - Cocoa nibs, vanilla, roasted dark chocolate, some smoke presence.

M - Full body beer, velvety and thick, viscous, lip smacking sticky.

O - A solid Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a thin fizzy dark tan head that diastase quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of chocolate and cocoa powder on the nose up front, complimented by a sweetness of vanilla and marshmallow cream. Roasted malt and licorice undertones

T- sweet dark chocolate and cocoa powder up front, with some slightly charred roasted malt. The vanilla adds more of a sweetness as it warms. Roasted finish with a hint of coffee & dark fruit

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly thin finish

O- a sweet stout that drinks pretty easily, given the abv. Didn't really get as much of the 'smores' aspect as I was expecting.

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Photo of SteveCarrozza
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this one. Lots of chocolate on the nose but not too overpowering in taste. Just enough to compliment the flavor profile. Very easy drinking

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Photo of kkleu357
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a World of Beer. Thin dark body. Kind of boozy smelling. Interesting. Tastes like marshmallows. Was hoping for more, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Black pour. Half a finger of brown head sticks around for a while before settling to nothing. Almost no lacing, just the odd dot here or there.

S: Burnt toast, soot, black cocoa powder. Walnuts. Whiff of plum and blackberry. Vanilla/marshmallow pull. Prick of alcohol. Fudge sauce and molasses come on strong once it starts to warm a bit more.

T: Fudge sauce and molasses are bold and sticky. Hints of roasted malt and burnt toast pop up every so often. Spike of alcohol brings some welcome balance. Blackberry. Vanilla pulls toward the back. Toasty/cocoa finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Coating and sticky. Not too weighty. Slight tingle of carbonation.

O: The adjuncts and additives are all apparent, and they strike a pretty good balance. It does seem a little busy, but not so much so that it's a turn-off. The sticky texture wears on the palate a little, but again, not so much that it's a turn-off. Decent overall.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle to a snifter. No bottle date.

A-The beer looks more thin than other RISs when I pour it. It is black with short, tan head that fades immediately to a film. No lacing and no bubbles. Ho-hum looking.

S-The aroma displays lots of chocolate and roasted flavors at first. As the beer warms the vanilla creeps out, along with just a hint of graham flavor and cream. A little bitterness hides in the background, but this thing is pretty sweet.

T-The taste is more marshmallow and vanilla than the smell. Chocolate is still there, but it reminds me more of cocoa and milk chocolate than the dark-chocolate smell. The beer also suggests vanilla sauce (creme anglaise, in fact) with a little graham cracker underneath. The alcohol is hidden completely and provides just a little fruity sweetness.

M-The feel is lighter to medium in heft with a mild, soft carbonation.

O-I'm not sure how many of these beers I want to drink because of the ABV and sweetness, but this bottle sure was tasty. This is big beer that hides its ABV really well and mostly delivers on the advertised flavors. Perhaps not as much on the graham and marshmallow, but I think the chocolate and vanilla flavors work really well. A nice dessert.

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Photo of tjk135
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is just not as advertised. A very good imperial stout but not enough marshmallow and chocolate flavor to be considered a smores beer. Kind of disappointed, especially at that price point.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Received in trade as an extra from nhindian. Big thanks!

Pours a deep dark brown with a mocha head of less than a finger. Aroma of charred malts, coffee, dark chocolate, faint marshmallow, smoke and earthy undertones. Maybe a touch of campfire, but I wouldn't quite say smores for the nose. Flavor starts off smokey and finishes sweet. Nothing tastes bad, but things are just all over the place at times. Alcohol is well hidden, but the body is fairly thin.

Overall, this was good, not great. I'd prefer Big Shanty from Burnt Hickory when it comes to this style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8 ounce pour - $8.00 at The Porter in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed black from the tap and topped with half an inch with tan froth. Coating lace on the descent.

Smell: Predominately, a scent of well-roasted malts, with bitterish dark chocolate, cinnamon-dosed pie crusts with light touches of dark fruit.

Taste: Roast malt, burnt cream with an understated taste of bitterish chocolate. The graham cracker flavor sure feels infused with a heavy dose of powdered cinnamon. Minor, fleeting touches of the vanilla and marshmallow. Dark fruitiness, a little bit tangy. Drying, roasty finish, and, I swear, still so cinnamon-y.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation, though feeling fairly soft on the tongue.

Overall: Though interesting and well worth a try, I was a little thankful for the scant serving size of a mere eight ounces.

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Photo of RossiDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of adapt313
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of snipermonkey
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of blockdude
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

There must be a lot a variance with this beer because I thought the first bottle I got was amazing, awesome graham cracker flavor combined with a lot of marshmallow and minimal chocolate. However, the second bottle had none of these features I came to love with the first bottle. Hopefully the third will be better.

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Photo of Slack
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of thegerm87
1.59/5  rDev -61.4%
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.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Dinosmores from Off Color Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.