Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Dinosmores - Off Color Brewing

Not Rated.
DinosmoresDinosmores

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

118 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 118
Hads: 896
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 25.55%
Wants: 154
Gots: 232 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 118 | Hads: 896
Photo of rypkr
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A - thin dirty motor oil. Next to no head and no lacing.

S - whoa. Not what I expected. Had I known better I would have sworn this was a BA beer. Tons of vanilla, lots of chocolate and also grahm (but is that only because I'm predisposed to expect that I don't know?). Very robust and sweet. I'm sure this is going to be sticky and sweet by the smell

T - sweetest imperial stout I've ever had. Literally taste like marshmallows and vanilla. Arguably the best tasting non barrel aged stout I've ever had. Limit was 2 per person and I intended to trade my second but might just reconsider that.

M - ugh. Botched here. Incredibly thin and boring for such high abv. I could almost gulp this it has such little substance. This correlates entirely with the appearance.

O - so good and so close to being great. Despite the watery body it's still outstanding in flavor.

 865 characters

Photo of deebo
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big time marshmallow and vanilla flavored chocolate stout. Big beer that will get you tipsy without notice. I would not mind getting this again. Solid all the way around.

 170 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rich. Dark and sweet, not picking up the smores flavors, but a solid RIS anyway. 'Smores elements in there, but you have to search. keep looking...

 159 characters

Photo of argock
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Black with tan edges with thin rim of head that leaves a few spots of lacing.

S: Sticky sweet marshmallow and chocolate with some caramel and graham cracker-vanilla-cinnamon notes

T: Huge delicious decadent sweetness but manageable but not sure how. Chocolate with sweet brown sugar tinged flavor, vanilla, and light caramel in the finish. Graham cracker impression with a ton of Munich I imagine. Crazy beer -- crazy good. Just superb and drinkable all at once.

M: Creamy and smooth with low carbonation and medium-full body.

O: I can see how people may find this heavy and hard to drink (see Creme Brulee) but this beer is like the anti-Creme Brulee -- drinkable yet aromatic and flavorful. Impressive beer and then some.

 861 characters

Photo of von_kaiser
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was thin and boozy AF! Dark brown, no head no lace. Has that s'more scent to it. Vanilla is strong. Taste is a light s'more flavor with, yet again, vanilla standing out. Mouthfeel is way thin medium carbonation. Overall..way too overly priced. May let one or two sit to take the heat out. Won't purchase again.

 323 characters

Photo of Mista_Carta
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, very little head. Great nose, actually incredible nose—intense vanilla bean, chocolate, roasted chestnut… Fair carb. A lick thinner than I had hoped for… Wanted a bit of chew, more of a bite (viscosity, not spice)—not syrupy or velvety which is what I was hoping for. Overall the taste falls a bit short of the smell. Vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark roasted malts, marshmallow are all present but the graham is subtle. Sweet but not too much so—definitely headed in the right direction but the vanilla is probably a bit much and overpowering. Seems ‘young’ rather than rich (I wish I could live up to that…). I would like to see the marshmallow upped a bit and the graham flour doubled (or close to). A little stone fruit would’ve been nice. Maybe even a touch of lactose. Just a hint of booze/heat on the finish. Feel like they focused on the nose and, not that they abandoned the taste but, it seems like they were trying to get crafty/creative in hopes of manufacturing/producing the desired goal effect by utilizing the oats and malt (rather than just dumping more graham cracker flour in). Noble but unfortunately (in this adjunct stout crazy market) might not live up to all that it’s promised… Also, feel like a touch of (campfire) smoke might have been a nice touch.

Sourced a couple more so will revisit. Will also keep an eye out for the BA version.

 1,418 characters

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip:

Appearance: everything you'd want in an imperial stout. Pours black in body, with a minimal head, which at 10.5% is acceptable. Mild retention, and no carbonation visible.

Aroma: tons and tons of malt. The side of the bottle lists about 9-10 different malts used in this beer, so that should be obvious. Lots of bitterness from the dark choco malt, along with tons of roastiness. I didn't really get any of the s'mores aroma (marshmallow, graham, etc.), but I got lots of chocolate from the cocoa nib and malt. Inviting and dessert-y.

Taste: again, tons of roast to begin. The beer tastes like straight up roasted malt and that's it at first. Only on the finish does the s'mores flavor begin to open up. I did pick up light marshmallowy flavor, especially burnt marshmallow, along with some very light graham cracker flavor. Tons of chocolate though. Tons. Not as subtle as I would have hoped, and I did want a little more s'mores action, given the name and the description on the bottle.

Feel: this was my biggest gripe with this beer. The body was simply too thin to support the massive malt bill. Drank more like a heavy Porter than an imp. Stout.

Overall: a very good stout, but not a great one. Wanted more s'mores, less roast, and a much heavier body. I'll drink again in a few months and see how it's changed.

 1,361 characters

Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This poured a dark black color into my snifter glass. Very minimal head on top. The nose starts out with the roasted malts but the chocolate and the rest of the flavors are in the back. The taste is all about the smores with the chocolate and marshmallow coming through. Not over sweet a very well done stout.

 309 characters

Photo of CraigP83
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black, very little evidence of head, slightly Brown around the edges when held to the light. Smell is roasty malt, espresso, chocolate and surprisingly marshmallow. Taste is a WOW, tons of marshmallow and chocolate goodness. Awesome stout

 238 characters

Photo of ccg
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minimal head, but nice lacing. Black, but slightly watery-looking translucence around the edge.
Smell is sweet, chocolate malt and loads of vanilla. Not really getting marshmallow or graham cracker on the nose.
...but you can definitely taste it. The s'mores thing comes through better in the flavor than in the smell. It's still chocolate and vanilla but also the graham cracker and marshmallow flavor. There's some maltiness, but it's not particularly roasty. A litte bit of smokiness emerges as it warms up.
The mouthfeel is smooth and a little creamy.
This is a delicious dessert stout.

 590 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-draught at Torst. Regrettably brief notes below:

A: Khaki ring recedes inside a minute, leaving no lacing.

Body colour is an opaque dark black.

Predictable for the style, and appealing albeit without unique or special characteristics.

Sm: Immediately sets itself apart, with a rich Dessert-like aroma replete with genuine vanilla bean, chocolate/chocolate malt, cocoa nibs, Graham cracker, and sticky marshmallow...so, in short, s'mores. Definitely sweet, but seemingly not saccharine. Icing, vanillin, dark malts. Aromatic intensity is moderate to high.

T/Mf: Soft vanillin is prominent, but unfortunately this leans towards artificial sweetness on account of the marshmallow and cocoa. Dark malts, chocolate malts, vanilla icing, milk chocolate. It's rich, and many will find it a bit too sweet (even as a dessert beer). Even my meagre 8 oz pour us a bit much, but I do like it.

Does it succeed at evoking s'mores? Not quite, actually. Subtle char would give this some needed harsh bitterness, and a kiss of smoke wouldn't hurt. The depth of flavour and intricacy of superior stouts isn't quite there, and the sweetness throws it out of balance.

Slightly sticky, a biteen syrupy, smooth, wet, unrefreshing, and well-carbonated.

There's not a harmony of texture and taste here, but the former complements the latter generally well.

O: I hoped for better given my high respect for Off Color, but this is too sweet even for a dessert beer and doesn't succeed in evoking the intended s'more flavour profile. I don't dislike it, but it leaves much to be desired, and even 8 oz is too much in one sitting in my opinion.

Low B- (3.26)

 1,643 characters

Photo of Moose90
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A — Pours a nearly pitch black hue into the glass, there is a dark roasted chocolate colored head with light bubbles that sits on top. Lacing left behind is fairly oily and sticky, nice.

S — Loads of aromas and notes here, starts semi-dry with notes of bitter dark chocolate and roasted malts, little bit of a chewy molasses note as well. There is a touch of graham cracker and marshmallow, but overall this is fairly dry and not overpoweringly sweet.

T — Wonderful notes of…S’Mores, this sound ridiculous but there are major notes of graham cracker, toasted marshmallow, Tahitian vanilla bean, Blackstrap Molasses, light cinnamon like spice note on top of a cocoa powder and chewy dark bitter chocolate body.

M — Velvety smooth and creamy, no real alcohol presence even though this sits at over 10% ABV, just remarkable how all of these flavors meld together and go down so smooth with nothing overpowering anything else in the profile.

O — Very well done, I expected this to be sweeter, but I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed by the balance and complexities brought forth here. I can’t say this was unexpected, but this absolutely exceeded my expectations. It is a bit spendy, but like everything Off Color, you truly do get what you pay for. I will be stocking up on this, once its gone its gone. Cheers!

 1,338 characters

Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours jet black with a thinner deep beige head atop.Light vanilla notes on the nose along with cocoa powder and roast.I don't get as much of the smores aspect flavor-wise as many others,deep dark roasted notes along with vanilla and dark chocolate,it's quite roasted and dryer than expected.It gets a little boozy and sweeter as it warms,not bad but not quite what I was expecting really.

 388 characters

Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a black body with one finger khaki head and little lace ring down glass. Graham cracker (really the flour) and cocoa nibs shine in the aroma; vanilla sweetness comes through in aroma as well. Full, sticky body (this is key) with cocoa nib and vanilla sweetness, could be marshmallow as well, that is well balanced with a cracker like dryness and basically all I can say is it really does taste like smores (pretty close).

 430 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle $5.99. Looks like your typical imperial stout. Aroma is great, rich, thick, chocolate, sweet, enticing. Flavor is weird and I think it's the graham flour, just a strange taste and a let down from the aroma.

 218 characters

Photo of Chris7482
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour. has a nice roasted aroma but didn't get a whole lot of graham or marshmallow initially. left a lasting smores impression afterwards. was a little more bitter than expected with a nice smooth fluffy, pardon the pun mouthfeel. Overall a nice change of pace stout, worth giving a try.

 303 characters

Photo of drew42e
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Graham cracker and cocoa on the nose and flavor matches with some sweetness . Mouthfeel ok not viscous but not thin either . Delicious dessert type beer. Alcohol well hidden

 174 characters

Photo of ichorNet
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to finally see this being distributed to Massachusetts! Last time I had it, I purchased it in Vermont for about $5 a bottle (only available as singles), and I just paid about $12 for two bottles here in MA, though it was available as a four-pack at my local Craft Beer Cellar location. ~$24 is an expensive four-pack, for sure, but I'd be willing to go back to this one, if only to age a couple to see what time does to them.

The pour on this 10.5% beast of a beer is solid but unspectacular. For a RIS, I'd say it's about on par with my expectations. Very close to 40 SRM with some slight dark ruby highlights towards the top rim of the glass. The head is long-sustaining but very small, only about 1/6th finger. It can be slightly re-roused by swirling the glass, which also happens to make the complex nose pop as well. This is brewed with a blend of 9 malts (7 kinds of barley, wheat malt and flaked oats) and is single-hopped with Nugget, but the blend of adjunct flavorings is what really makes Dinosmores unique. Marshamallow, vanilla beans, molasses, graham flour and cocoa nibs are all added to emulate the flavor of a s'mores, and they all actually come through in the scent, a deep and engaging profile of dark roastiness, mild sweetness, chocolate and dusty flour notes. On the tongue, it drinks very thick and chewy even at cellar temps. Viscous and full of dessert-like flavors, Dinosmores opens on the palate with extreme roastiness before coalescing into marshmallow and milk chocolate.

The finish is replete with the graham cracker notes I noticed when I first poured the beer, but it all kind of ends up very dry, surprisingly. I wouldn't consider this a "traditionally sweet" beer in terms of how each sip finishes; there's definitely a conclusive end to each small drink taken and it works to make the beer something you want to return to again and again to recall the complex, subtle notes. That said, as other BAs have noted, the graham flavors kind of lose out to other, sweeter and denser suggestions, especially on the tongue. As my glass warms, for instance, more marshmallow creme notes are coming to the fore, presenting as a flavor somewhat analogous to vanilla, though that is also featured as well.

This is definitely a worthy "double dessert stout" and one I'll consider putting down in the cellar for a while. Though the price tag seems kind of hefty, I guarantee everyone seeking this out will find something to love about it.

 2,468 characters

Photo of Rothobinide
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours charcoal black with barely any foam or lacing. Smells like a toasty stout with marshmallows in it. Flavor is marshmallow cocoa puffs. Mouthfeel is silky smooth fudge cotton candy. A decadent, great beer.

 209 characters

Photo of mbfolk
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

This one I had high hopes for, I was hoping for "smore" S'mores taste to it. Mouthfeel was really thin, taste was pretty sweet with marshmallow and coco taste not very much graham. The color was great.

 201 characters

Photo of Beerlover
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid example of a r.i.s. but the added flavors or "secret ingredients" are lacking in my opinion. Mainly the lack of marshmallow, graham flour and molasses in both the aromas and flavors. Personally the secret ingredients list is completely backward as far as the flavors that come out. The cocoa nibs scream forth in both aroma and flavor, this is one of the most chocolatiest stouts I've ever had next to Youngs double chocolate stout. All the other ingredients in that list are faint to hint at best. This one is sweet but not overly sweet by any means. Very good and worth a try if you can hunt it down!

 623 characters

Photo of johnsweber
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love it! I wonder how many raters would have mentioned marshmallow had it not been for the name and description on the bottle. That said, this is a delicious, well brewed stout. Not overly sweet as one might anticipate given the whole S'mores association, but this is a good thing. Subtle chocolate and sweet notes in the nose. Deceptively thin mouth feel given the ABV. Settles in nicely on the palette. Pleasant and not too syrupy. Very good! I finished it and opened another. The folks at Off Color are doing brilliantly!

 535 characters

Photo of OmahaKF
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is chocolate, lactose - basically s'mores with a little bit of coffee and a hint of graham cracker.

Taste is sweet, big chocolate, and coffee bitterness on the finish.

Comparing this to the only other s'mores stout I've had (S'mores Moo Joos), this beer has a much richer flavor that is less artificial tasting. A little too sweet for everyday drinking, but a nice dessert beer.

 387 characters

Photo of Pauken
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really solid imperial stout! Very smooth and if my stomach didn't tell me "no more" I could see myself having one too many. I, like many of the other users, wished for more graham out of this. Every other part of the "s'more" comes through. Half imperial stout/half campfire treat, this beer is delicious.

 305 characters

Photo of brureview
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque dark chocolate color in a Moa snifter with a 1F head which quickly resolved.

Aroma: deep chocolate and cocoa.

MF: bitter and not too carbonated. light body.

Taste: Deep chocolate, cocoa, some vanilla. Finishes with a coffee flavor and medium bitterness.

Overall: excellent stout. I didn't pick up marshmellow notes- just deep chocolate and cocoa.
Some vanilla. Best warmer when tastes broaden. Excellent IS.

 428 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dinosmores from Off Color Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.