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Off Color / Amager - Dino S'moresOff Color / Amager - Dino S'mores
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:
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

Added by emerge077 on 01-29-2014

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#3,468
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203
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1,241
pDev:
8.47%
 
 
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Photo of BSEDS
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Muss42
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This imperial stout pours a pitch black color with a fairly minimal tan head. The smell is richly chocolatey and has some vanilla notes and alcohol kick to it as well. The taste is very sweet, but not at all artificial, a difficult feat to pull off sometimes. Chocolate and vanilla come to the forefront, but there is also a definite marshmallow flavor that I couldn't detect as easily in the smell. There is a mild alcohol presence as well. Although it has a heavy body the malts are perhaps slightly more toned down then your average imperial stout. The malts don't linger on the palette as much as many of the style giving it a smoothness that is rare for imperial stouts. This is a clear, and quite good, example of a dessert stout. I haven't tried anything else from this brewery, but now I would like to.

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

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a thick pitch black. The head is minimal. What is there is tan, but wasn't long lasting at all.
The nose is boozy, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. There is also a sweet aroma that I can't quite place - maybe the marshmallows.
The taste is smooth. I get the chocolate for sure, along with what I think is the marshmallows. There's also vanilla mixed in with a boozy finish.
The body is quite decent, and full. There's a nice booze feel to it that does linger.
High quality RIS.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a slick black color with a mocha colored head that collected carbonation at the top of the glass.

Smell - The nose radiated coffee flavored malts with a level of sweetness.

Taste - The chocolate really came to the front. It was supported by marshmallow and a coconut cookie backbone. The sweetness was not overwhelming and had a measure of staying power toward the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was smooth enough to make me think of a milk stout.

Overall - I enjoyed the regular more than Coffee Dino S'mores.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhawk1
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: Smells of rich milk chocolate, a little coffee, some vanilla, and a hint of marshmallow along with a little graham cracker.
T: Taste is rich chocolate, marshmallow, a little vanilla, hints of coffee and roasted malts, some graham. Slight oxidation as well but not too bad. Swallow is more chocolate and marshmallow with more roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of vanilla.
M: This beer is silky in body with a pretty good amount of heft on the palate. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style and the beer finishes on the dry side of things.
O: Overall this is a pretty well done beer. Good flavors and complexity that is executed pretty well. Definitely a nice one that probably tastes best fresh when the flavors are brighter than letting the vanilla fade a bit. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Larueminati
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chilmer
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caahare
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgarvis
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jmar25
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with lots of bubbles coating the glass. Nose is chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, lactose, and a nice nutty note. Taste follows the nose for the most part. Also picking up some black licorice and a bit of bitterness. Lots of chocolate and marshmallow though. Really nice taste. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the aftertaste is a mixture of chocolate and licorice. Overall, a great beer!

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3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a never-ending thin tan ring of head that leaves no lacing. Smells and tastes of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, Graham crackers, vanilla and slightly sweet roasted malts. Mild bitterness comes out as the beer warms. Medium bodied for the style, light carbonation and a creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of AirBob
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kemoarps
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is Sharp black coffee. Reluctant head is non-existent even with an enthusiastic pour until I set it down, then everyone wants to rush to the party to give it a tight mocha brown head, before everyone realizes the party sucks and abandons ship leaving barely a ring and maybe a touch of spectral geometry dispersed across the cap.

Nose is sweet and roasty off the bat with less of the adjuncts than I'd imagined. I can get some marshmallow and vanilla sweetness if I dig, and I can convince myself that the chocolate and slightly... toast-esque notes are the cocoa and graham flour (no touching!) as opposed to just the malts, but I'm not sure I would have gotten there on my own. As I let it sit, actually, the one 'secret ingredient' I had somehow forgotten was there comes out of the fold to assert itself as the grand dame of the whole scheme: molasses. Yup, there is definitely a strong presence of subterranean posteriors present emanating from the top of this glass. It smells fine for a decent stout, but I was hoping for more complexity/more of a s'mores presence given the promise on the outside.

Flavour begins with some easy char and a little injunction of cocoa and molasses. That molasses tang is the bridge to the next step which gives more bitter chocolate/molasses/touch of coffee and then the round sweetness of molasses/chocolate syrup carries it through to a finish which is primarily driven by char and a touch of bitter coffee, but here the marshmallow really comes through to wrap the whole experience. The char and marshmallow together definitely give the impression of flaming sugar balls at the end of a stick around a fire, and the sweetness of the mallow and the bitter of the dark malts etc come together nicely at the end, like a story that is neatly wrapped up in the last chapter.
Thinner body and incredibly dangerously easy drinking for double digits ABV, the carbonation is a fine little peek without imposing. The mallow notes in particular contribute to make the impression stickier than the beer really probably is.

Overall this is a tasty stout and one I'm glad to have tried. I had incredibly high hopes for this one, and while it didn't quite live up to them, I did enjoy it a fair amount on its own terms.

Thanks @FlintB for sending this along during NBS BIF#007, it's one I'd been super curious about and wanted to try. Glad to have gotten the chance!

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

Photo of jmdrpi
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated November 2017

Jet black in color, tan head that fades. Aroma of chocolate, graham Crackers, a bit of roast, and some toasted marshmallow. All the flavors are there. Only mildly sweet. Thick bodied.

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Photo of kkarimi
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Got this as was recommended at my local liquor store. Pricey at 24 for a four pack but was rather impressed. Heavy but a great beer to sip on and enjoy. Smoked a coffee cigar and enjoyed as a pairing.

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