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Dino S'mores | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Off Color / Amager - Dino S'mores

Initially an Amager Bryghus Collaboration

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,743
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
1,272
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Dark black body with a semi thickness going with it. Dark tan head rising roughly half a finger's length with a hard por and no stickiness to the body of the glass.

Smell: Coffee aroma with hint of chocolate. Not super strong but very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet chcolalte with hints of coffee bean and hint of brown sugar. Malty and touch bitter all at once. In a few minutes you will realize you want let it go.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and full bodied with smooth dryness to it, yes a little awkward but you will not complain.

Overall: Good brew, should've. Light more while I had the chance, do t let it go and keep drinking. Salud.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StrongBelwas
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, which is not marked for a bottling date.
Dark brown colored body with brown backlit highlights. There is a thin cola like, fizzy head upon pouring. This head disappears but the beer surface remains very active with the popping of rising bubbles. No lacing, but an oily texture is left on the surface of the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with dark chocolate, vanilla, and graham cracker.
Taste is very close to a sweet cola. Has the chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, and graham cracker. With a touch of molasses. No bitterness.
Thinner mouth feel, and fizzy. High carbonation.
Hides the higher ABV%, with a sweet dessert like taste. Quite easy to drink because it drinks like a cola.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/1/16; drank 11/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, extremely noisy dark khaki head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Sweet milk chocolate, peanut butter & faint metallic notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel & sweet milk chocolate flavors up front; peanut butter notes on the finish. No booze heat.

A cloying stout; I like the flavors up this is over the top.

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Photo of briandgilbert
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easy to drink but wow is it strong on the booze. Nice sweet flavor all over. Not thick like other stouts in this category.

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow found a 4 pk in KY. Odd, but cool. Shout out to The Beer Trappe.

"Subtle" is what i get in this stout. Aromas are faint and the tastes of marshmallow and cocoa are just barely there, but it's extremely smooth. Amazing that it's 10.5%, as there is zero fusel character for me. If you told me this was their 3.5% "serf" stout, I would believe you.

Super smooth and drinkable with very mild adjunct flavors. I like it, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of pants678
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, thin foam.

Roasted malt.

Graham cracker is there, smoke isn't, marshmallow is but maybe placebo, milk more so than dark chocolate. Not a beer that's on 11 but still enjoyable. Alcohol's very well hidden.

Fine carbonation, needs viscosity to be considered imperial IMO.

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Photo of Allurex
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jzlyo
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is chocolate, dark malts, graham cracker and a hint of whiskey. The flavor is dark malts, slight vinous, chocolate/dark chocolate and a graham cracker/slightly sweet/acidic/alcoholic finish.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown where no light passes through the edge. Lasting rim bubbles from a minor head. No lace.

Winter spices to the darker malt notes. Strong chocolate notes and I do get the marshmallow as well.

Far more sweet than even a milk stout but it isn't simple sugar or lactose, it's the flavor of marshmallow added to the chocolate. I also note a good dollop of hop bitterness. Rich bodied with ample carbonation. Strangely, the combination works well.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with some ruby highlights around the edge as it pours. Thin barely-there brown head leaves thin rim of lacing. Modest carbonation. Dark sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S: Light roast... sweet graham cracker and cocoa.

T/F: Roasted grains and burned sugars. Surprisingly able to pick up on the graham cracker. Chocolate, vanilla, molassas, and sweets. Some bitterness mixed in... creamy on the tongue. Low carbonation.

O: A solid RIS. A lot of flavors going on, but they mostly work together and they do hit on the 'S'mores' theme that they're going for. This is a dessert sipper. A good beer with an ABV that will creep up on you.

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Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this one after finding a single in my local store this weekend.

A- Pitch black brew from the 12oz bottle into a chalice. The cap is a dark nutty coffee brown and it has a foamy and creamy texture. After rising to a finger high the head slowly falls and leaves small sheets of lacing.

S- Not the most prominent of RIS aromas as the dark grains are generally strong but it is hard to pick up a ton of specific notes. Leans towards the sweet and rich side of things rather than the intense roasty spectrum of blackened grains. Chocolate milk, toasted marshmallow, sweet graham crackers and chocolate.

T- I kind of felt it in the aroma but this brew seems to have a bit of banana estery character perhaps from the yeast that kind of interferes with the flavor profile overall. It fades with time but it is hard to ignore. The brew has a ton of chocolate flavors and the marshmallow also comes in big. Molasses is prominent as is sweet caramel, vanilla sweets, bitter cocoa powder, licorice, graham cracker and straight roast barley. Again, it leans towards the sweet chocolate spectrum instead of bitter and roasty. Have to appreciate some of the fruity cocao notes that come out.

MF- Slick and oily sweet big bodied brew. The texture is foamy and slightly creamy and the carbonation is slightly low. Ends somewhat warm and very sweet.

Sweet dark chocolate milk when the grains, cocoa nibs and marshmallow. The graham cracker hint is minor and in the end this is a very sweet brew with a ton of cocoa flavor.

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Russian Imperial Stout with marshmallow, vanilla beans, molasses, graham flour, and cocoa nibs. Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The pour is very dark, not quite black, and about as viscous as the color would suggest (meaning typical for a big stout). There is lower carbonation than I expected, given that this is not a barrel-aged beer. The nose is all cocoa and molasses. The vanilla doesn't show itself just yet. There are also some nice char and roasty notes.

Full body with a firm, oily feel and a nicely balanced flavor. First I get toasted malt and caramel, then a faint root-beer flavor, some vanilla, and roast. Everything balances out well and nothing really dominates. The roast and cocoa particularly blend well and don't team up and overpower the other flavors. One would like for the marshmallow and graham flour to contribute more (so that it really would taste like s'mores). As it is, the beer reminds me more of a slightly sweetened Baltic Porter.

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Photo of yuno
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of I_Like_Beer
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of travelguy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dino S'mores from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,272 ratings