Dinosmores | Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Amager Bryghus and West Lakeview Liquors 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

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. with a quarter-finger width, dark tan head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a mostly barren surface and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Chocolatey aroma with lesser molasses and hints of vanilla and graham cracker. Vague roast.

Taste - Follows the nose. Chocolatey flavor upfront and throughout. Graham cracker is fairly noticeable, but the marshmellow and vanilla come through only faintly. The finish turns a darker chocolate note with a hint of molasses, vague metallic bitterness and some lingering booziness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate, tingly carbonation. Goes down well for a 10.5% brew.

Overall - Pretty decent 'Smore' stout. The flavors could have used a bit more depth and distinction. I wouldn't say no to trying it again within reason, but I wouldn't trade for it again.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler into pint glass. Pours a very dark brown with just a hint of ruby red at the edges. Thick tan head. Initial impression is slightly bitter dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is on the thick side of medium (but could be thicker); carbonation is light. Finish is lingering molasses and dark chocolate. Alcohol is pretty well hidden - it would be too easy to drink a couple of these. Overall, it's enjoyable but not the best of breed.

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Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate/black color with a slow forming head, which is then very thin. smell is chocolate and vanilla and graham cracker. Taste is straight chocolate/vanilla and its nicely blended , with marshmallow and graham cracker adding to a sweet balanced finish. Lower carbonation sweet and chocolatey ABV nowhere in sight. Really liked this it asipper with no problem finishing brew even thou a tad to sweet. good stuff.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 14 Dec 2016. A very vigorous pour produced almost no head on a dark brown/black body. The smell is coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla, which is odd because I don't think there's coffee in this beer. Perhaps it's the molasses I'm smelling. The taste is sweet and dark. Definitely molasses hitting very prominently. The vanilla and dark chocolate are there too. I think the graham cracker and marshmallow contribute to the sweetness more than anything. There is a lingering roasted malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and medium body. Overall a decent beer. It's not as sweet as I expected, although there is definitely sweetness to it. The aftertaste is a bit of a turnoff for me, but a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of brentk56
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: The graham colored head never really builds here and fades to a ringlet rather quickly; leggy, though, with dots of lace dripping down the side of the glass

Smell: Captures the s'mores aromatics, with chocolate, marshmallow and, especially, the graham cracker

Taste: Chocolate and vanilla tones forward, with the marshmallow effect coming from the vanilla bean; through the middle, the graham cracker tones build, with just a hint of the molasses appearing in the finish to sweeten things up further

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A fun beer to drink, given the power of suggestion is supported by the recipe; don't really get why it is called an RIS as I think of it as more American than Russian in influences; the mouthfeel could also be bigger and that would knock it out of the park

Thanks HIGHPA, for the opportunity

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Photo of BWood
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow! This beer tastes like a smore. The aftertaste lingers with the chocolate and marshmallow. Slight graham cracker there as well. Really enjoyable beer. Very easy to drink at 10.5%.

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Photo of aquabears
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yellowy reddish dark brown with a yellow foamy head. Visible yeast particulates. Smell is roasty chocolate, boozy, vanilla, sweet. Taste is slightly cinnamon, bitter - and sweet - roastiness, sweet chocolate and vanilla, and an alcohol warmth left in your throat. Chewy and sticky, low carbonation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours black, with a minimal head. The aroma is full of marshmallow, milk chocolate, vanilla, nutmeg, and almond. The flavor is quite sweet, with tons of marshmallow, a hint of graham cracker, honey, chocolate, vanilla, and some hints of raspberry and apricot. The mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, and has a very sugar finish. Overall this is clearly a dessert beer, and it is very sweet - but then it does do exactly what it says it is going to, and it does it deliciously.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours viscus black color with nice mocha colored head spotty lacing.

Aroma - It really smells like a liquid brownie lots of chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and graham cracker.

Taste - Really great flavors lots of chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker. The finish tastes like liquid fudge.

Feel - Full bodied coats the mouth slick and smooth.

Overall - A really good stout like liquid dessert in a glass.

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Photo of Riff
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an inky black color with a thin tan head about a half finger thick. Head dissipated away quickly. Smells of graham cracker, marshmallow, vanilla, and roasted malts. Taste follows along with the smells, graham cracker hits first, milk chocolate, marshmallow, roasted malts, and a little vanilla to the flavor. Flavors don't linger long on the palette. Slightly heavier than medium body. Overall it's one of the better s'mores stouts that I've had.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a dark black with a brown-colored head.
S: Graham cracker, chocolate, coffee, and dark malts.
T: Dark malts: chocolate, coffee rinds, and some graham cracker and vanilla sweetness.
F: Slightly boozy but fairly chewy, but not as chewy as I expected.
O: Tastes like a RIS with s'mores added in, which is what they were going for.

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Photo of thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red-tinted black with a half finger of airy, cola-like, mocha-colored head that's quick to dissipate.

Roasty malts stick out in the aroma, with milk chocolate and a little marshmallow behind.

Lighter tasting with the sweetness of the marshmallow and milk chocolate hitting first. Roasted malts and powdery cocoa behind that. Then a touch of alcohol and strong chocolate bitterness linger in the aftertaste.

Thick, heavy mouthfeel with modest carbonation.

Nothing out of this world, but a fine stout nonetheless.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of cacao nibs + vanilla over light to moderate aromas of dark + roasted malts. Light aromas of graham cracker + marshmallow.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark + roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of milk chocolate sweetness and a hint of dark fruits (plum). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of graham cracker + marshmallow and slightly stronger than moderate flavors of vanilla. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Drinks very easily considering the strength with the very well hidden alcohol presence and somewhat subdued sweetness. Enjoyable and definitely reminds me of a slightly less sweet s'mores blended with a traditional RIS.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown, basically black color with a thin layer of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. The aroma is chocolatey with some vanilla and graham cracker. The taste is dark chocolate, espresso, and vanilla. Some slight cookie sweetness at the end with bitter dark chocolate. Lighter mouthfeel than expected with very little carbonation. Overall, it's an alright beer but too pricey for me to buy again.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a good 1/8" of sediment compacted in the bottle that I optioned to decant from. Pours a deep dark brown with hints of auburn in the light. A thin khaki head dissipated rather quickly into a ring around the edge.

A: Roasted malt, almost a cola like sweetness, vanilla, and some alcohol.

T: Lots of vanilla, almost like a vanilla cola as well. Some roasted malt and molasses follow along with hints of slightly bitter bakers chocolate. Alcohol is well concealed. Actually a pretty good balance of sweet and bitter, and a good aftertaste of heavily toasted bread lingers.

F: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly slick and coats the mouth. Smoother than expected.

O: Overall, this is uniquely delicious Imperial Stout, but wouldn't exactly call it a Russian Imperial Stout. It lacks the intense roast, texture, and bitterness to be such.


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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured out like motor oil and only had a few specks of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cocoa nibs and vanilla beans are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with lots of flavors of dark malts and licorice and then has notes of cocoa nibs, marshmallows, and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This would make for a nice dessert beer as the taste comes close to resembling liquid S'mores. It does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: minimal milk chocolate colored head, receded very quickly. Faint legs in the glass. Deeper in color and more opaque than cola.

Smell: graham cracker, toasted marshmallow, molasses, cocoa, impression of baked cherry. Very nice.

Taste: sweet, chocolatey, roast is fairly light for what Off Color says is a Russian imperial stout at its base. Finish has some booze to it. Get some vanilla on the back end.

Feel: fairly creamy, moderately carbonated but the oats add a slickness that was pleasant.

Overall: this is a beer worth trying if you can buy a single or score a pour at your local of choice. Twelve ounce packaging makes sense, I don't see a reason to have a bomber of this. Aging not recommended because of the adjuncts, drink fresh.

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Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing here.

S: A decent aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla as well.

T: Tasted of a good shot of roasted malt, some dark chocolate notes, a hint of vanilla, graham crackers, a little caramel, some marshmallow, and molasses as well. Not a bad flavor, but slightly underwhelming. It felt as though some ingredients could have been more prominent. Still, fairly tasty.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Dinosmores is a solidly made, generally likable beer. It has its flaws, but is still drinkable.

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Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/14/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that quickly fades leaving little retention and lacing. The aromas have roasted malts along with some chocolate. There's some subtle hints of vanilla. The flavors are very rich. Lots of milk chocolate with some hints of vanilla. There's also some hazelnut in the mix. Molasses is definitely there. The graham characteristics are subtle and almost go unnoticed. It's on the sweeter side, but it's definitely not cloying or over the top. It finishes with a mild warmth, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy, velvety and creamy without being thick. Smooth stuff.

This is a nice stout. I guess maybe I was expecting it to be more unique though. I personally don't get a ton of "s'more" flavors, but it's still bold. It's pretty good despite feeling slightly disappointed due to personal expectations.

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Photo of Mdog
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, small fizzy head. Looks like a cola.

Smell: Sweet, caramel and vanilla, chocolate.

Taste: Very sweet, chocolate and table sugar, surprisingly light feel.

Overall: Picked up a single as I'd heard this was tasty. I normally like sweet beers but this was right on the border of being too sweet for my taste buds. Really light in feel, maybe that's the marshmallows or something.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on Dec 14, 2016

Pours dark brown with a frothy light brown foam head. Smells like dark chocolate, sweet marshmallow, vanilla bean, graham cracker, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, cherries, with mild earthy grassy pine. Tastes like dark chocolate covered cherries, some marshmallow, vanilla, graham cracker, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with low carbonation. Overall a real nice imperial s'mores stout.

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Photo of Cfred371
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours like a cola, but with a thin khaki head. The beer looks darker in the glass, but light is passable through the beverage.

Smell: Big chocolate, I can get some of the graham cracker, and some smokiness deep down as well

Taste: The taste is big chocolate, vanilla, and some smokiness shines, but I don't get much of the graham cracker, and I get some marshmallow sweetness on the back of the tongue. All that said, the flavors I wanted to shine didn't come through, and I feel the dark chocolate punches too much.

Feel: Considering how thin the beer appeared, the body is a nice creamy, silky feel, and medium full body. There is a bitterness that hits in the finish that is undesirable.

Overall: I like this, but the flavor is lacking the elements I really would've preferred out of this. Considering the price tag, I'd maybe buy a bottle annually, but this isn't a beer I'm going to seek out too much.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown to coffee color, with a thin ring of head in the snifter.

On the nose I'm mostly getting coffee and black pepper notes, with a little vanilla bean extract and yes, maybe a hint of marshmallow if I use my imagination.

Flavor is kind of fruity - dark fruits, some plum; followed by synchronized roast malts and coffee, and then some vanilla extract on the back end with a hot boozy finish and more pepper.

Feel is on the thinner side for a RUSSIAN Imperial Stout, leaning almost towards medium bodied. Hot booze remains in the throat and at the back of the mouth. Light parch.

Overall? A bit disappointed in this one. $23 for a 4 pack is just a lot of money. For that price I thought I'd be getting something a little better. On par with most $9.99 4 packs for sure, though. :-\

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer, A bit thin for a stout, smells and tastes wonderful. Get's a bit too sweet as it warms for my taste. I get the chocolate and marshmallow but can't taste the graham cracker. Either way a very nice beer.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks great when you pour it - the head is thicker than a lot of heavy stouts, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

The smell is not as great as I would have liked. I get a little vanilla and marshmallow sweetness, and a tiny bit of chocolate. But the strongest smell I get is graham cracker.... actually, stale graham cracker.

Taste is pretty good. A lot of vanilla flavor and some sweetness from the marshmallow, and a little chocolate and graham cracker. Thankfully, the staleness of the graham cracker smell doesn't come through in the taste. I like sweet stouts, so this works well for me. Definitely gets better as it warms a little too.

Leaves a little bit of stickiness on your lips, probably from the marshmallow. Not so bad, although a little strange.

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