Dinosmores - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 707
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 129
Gots: 165 | FT: 19
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 Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into a Sump snifter 5/19/2014.

A- as expected, dark brown & nearly black body. Nice half finger off white head, minimal retention, no lacing.

S- graham crackers, marshmallows, burnt malt. Some roast and dark chocolate. Pretty interesting nose actually.

F- graham crackers at the forefront, raw vanilla bean, some marshmallow character but not a ton. Bitter charred malt with some roastiness, dark chocolates. The marshmallow and graham cracker sweetness gets a nice balance with the vanilla bean and burnt/charred malt.

M- medium bodied, lower in carbonation. Slick and resinous as expected. Burnt malt finish tempered with a bit of vanilla.

O- not as vanilla forward as expected but a wonderfully balanced and nicely done stout that's heavy on the graham crackers.

Photo of Resuin
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a teku. This was bottled around March 2014 so has around a half year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours black with a fizzy tan head of a couple fingers which fades at a medium pace, before leaving a little tan fuzz atop the black beer. (4.25)

Smell: Mmm. Chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows, graham cracker (yep, I actually smell that), a bit of caramel, toasted malts. Pretty fantastic, well blended aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Follows the nose pretty well. That graham crackery/malt flavor, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, marshmallow, roasty malts. Not overly sweet at all though, a nice balance of the roasty, bitter malts and the sweet flavors. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to full, slightly sticky body. Fits the flavors well. Finishes smooth. (4.5)

Overall: This beer definitely delivered on being a s'more stout. Especially that sweet nose. Very well balanced, and really drinkable. Really nice, full body as well. (4.5)

Photo of tjk135
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Jared14
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Batch 1

Photo of tigg924
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 pwalkley
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. L: pitch black, thin tan head with some good lacing. S: dark chocolate, coffee, burnt sugar. T: a sweeter stout. Mild coffee flavor and dark chocolate bitterness, but the sweetness from the marshmallow really comes through but not too sweet. The alcohol is barely noticeable. It's hard to believe this is 10.5% ABV based on taste. F: so smooth! This is one of the smoothest imperial stouts I've had. Almost creamy feeling in the mouth. O: this is a great beer. I went back for a second 4 pack after drinking my first beer. This is a very drinkable, smooth imperial stout.

Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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 Vonerichs
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a minimal fizzy khaki head. Thick body.

Heavy vanilla and roast aromas. Graham crackers, chocolate. The marshmallow is faint.

I wish the marshmallow and graham popped more than it does. Still, the vanilla and cocoa come strong with dark roast. I pick up a slight tinny aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is heavy, soft, and oily.

A very good stout. I wanted something closer and more true to a s'mores, but in retrospect I think it was wise to tone down the graham cracker and marshmallow and let the stout do it's thing.

Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent brew flavors get better as it warms

Photo of Chief09
3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very good Russian imperial stout. Only thing I wish for is more of a marshmallow flavor other than that it was a great brew

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours creamy and dark brown and sits in the glass near black, accompanied with a graham cracker brown head of foam that screams this beer is going to be delicious.

The aroma of graham cracker grabs you, but then you realize there are no graham crackers in this beer. Truly outstanding craftsmanship on this one. Rich dark chocolate and vanilla notes as well, a dessert brew for sure.

Served cold, the beer starts off heavy on the dark chocolate, a little too much so which degraded the score a tad, but once this beauty warms up a bit, the vanilla and the graham cracker flour come out to play. Sweet, creamy, and buttery, complimented with the bittering agent of cacao nibs to cut through the sweet with rich chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy, buttery, and just overall damn fine.

Overall, an outstanding brew (and my first from!) Off Color, well done.

Photo of dexterk1
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap as part of an off color tasting. Appearance is dark/black. Head was minimal to almost non-exsistant for my pour.
Odor was pretty complex. Creamy chocolate was number one. Sweet sugar marshmallow is second.
Taste is really pleasant. Hits first with a mix of chocolate and marshmallow. The marshmallow is more of a subtle sweetness. The chocolate hangs around throughout, but some slight toffee and a bit of alcohol come through.
Mouth feel is smooth and nice. Not as heavy as I thought.
Overall, a very unique and interesting stout. Worth a try for sure as it is well done.

Photo of Bung
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Good Bottle Charlotte NC of all places. Fantastic used motor oil black pour, 2 fingers of frothy dark tan head. Retained and laced the glass nicely.

Aroma, toasted malt, quite a bit of caramel and vanilla. Some milk like chocolate.

Taste, vanilla up front along with sweeter chocolate and molasses. Nearly a lactose sugar like quality, maybe from marshmallow? There is just enough roast malt in there, with a little coffee bitterness to finish.

Pretty full body, creamy carbonation. The dryer finish helps with the sweetness and helps the drinkability, which is not bad. Just a little warmth. Would be an outstanding dessert beer.
First from these guys and it did not disappoint.

Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Northdown, served in a "fun size" mini-nonic glass.

"Imperial Marshmallow Stout" brewed with mini-marshmallows, cocoa nibs, graham crackers, & vanilla beans (info straight from the brewer).

Dense black body with brownish edges, dark tan foam around the edges formed arcs of lace down the glass. Initial finger of foam faded away after a couple minutes, understandable due to the double digit abv.

Aroma was intense, deep chocolate and real vanilla from the beans.

Taste was similarly intense, all of the component flavors of smores danced around a big bonfire on your palate. Dark chocolate was most intense, rich and creamy with a nice roasty malt depth to it. Vanilla marshmallow and graham cracker flavors were less intense, but lingered nicely in the aftertaste. Body was somewhat light, though it had considerable substance and texture. Overall this was a big hit, and deservedly won 1st place at the recent CBS Brewpub Shootout.

Photo of docoman
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of a trade and this was very good. Definitely reminded me of having a good ole chocolate / graham cracker / smore... kinda a roasty chocolate flavor... not a lot on the nose, but taste was pretty good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a glossy black, with slightly dark brown tinges, with a half inch head that's foamy and nice looking. Not much lacing down the glass, most likely due to all adjuncts.

Smells like rich milk chocolate, graham crackers, vanilla, and a little bit of smoke.

The taste is great, unbelievably smooth and rich. The biggest accomplishment of this beer isn't the taste itself- it's obviously great- but the fact that they hit all of these smores flavor perfectly, and it isn't syrupy or cloying. Just so smooth, decadent- and ultimately, drinkable. Tastes rich and chocolatey, much like a melted candy bar, with graham cracker in the middle, followed by a creamy vanilla finish. Just outstanding.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, thick bodied, but not the thickest adjuncted stout I've ever had. Low, almost non-existent carbonation. Unbelievably drinkable.

A real winner, and quite a unique beer. I want to find this in bottles.

Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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 LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass, with a half finger, light brown head that dissipates to a fine thick cap with good lacing. Nice aroma of sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, a hint of dark fruit and yes, graham crackers, although I might have been influenced by the name. Flavor is choclatey dark toasted malt, vanilla, a hint of sweetness, but nicely restrained, considering the inspiration. Not much graham cracker, but probably because the malt is rich enough to cover subtle flavors. Finishes with good semi-sweet chocolate malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Nice mouth feel with light creaminess. A bit more graham cracker would have made this spot-on, but it is so flavorful and chocolatey that it's hard to fuss about that. ABV is dangerously covered, this is as innocent as a chocolate shake. Nice job from Off Color. Mmmm, s'mores.

Photo of Cheers69
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smooth and creamy with a gorgeous color. A little more graham or something would have been good for a richer flavor.

Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Graham cracker, dark roasted malt and some vanilla sweetness.

T- Dude, how'd they do that? It tastes like a not-so-sweet s'more with graham cracker, marshmallow, milk chocolate and some booze flavor.

M- Not quite as substantial as one would hope but still not bad. Medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Well, they nailed it. Could use a thicker mouthfeel but, beyond that, it tastes exactly the way it's supposed to taste and it's damn good.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first stout from Off Color Brewing, with good expectations given the source. Per the label: "Secret ingredients: marshmallow, vanilla beans, molasses, graham flour, cocoa nibs." Brewed also with 9 different types of malt, and Nugget hops. Sounds very intriguing, to say the least.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick chocolate brown body; opaque black in the glass with about one finger of dark chocolate mocha head. Leaves behind good sticky strands of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma constitutes of cocoa, vanilla beans, & honeyed graham crackers. The idea of marshmallow fluff is conveyed nicely. Mild alcohol fumes present, but not distracting.

T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate / cocoa, vanilla beans, & lots of dark coffee bean / malt roastiness. A slight hint of yeast makes an appearance as well. Not nearly as dark or roasty as I would have imagined though, considering the 9 different types of malt used. The honeyed graham flour is noticeable, but not as prominent as it was on the nose.

M - The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking for the high 10.50% abv.

Overall, an excellent s'mores beer, though not quite as sticky and authentic as the Pipeworks S'more Money S'more Problems that I tried again recently. Still, an excellent Russian imperial stout. Very recommended if you can secure a bottle.

Off Color Brewing Dino Smores -----4/5.

Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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 CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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 MNishCT77
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

9 oz. pour on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont Circle, NW D.C.), unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a small snifter glass, drank over 30 minutes

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Dinosmores from Off Color Brewing
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