Dino S'mores
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #278
Ranked #4,904
4.13 | pDev: 8.47%
Mar 30, 2022
Jan 29, 2014
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Notes: 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
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4.12 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Mar 30, 2022
2.93 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jan 21, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LacquerHead from Illinois

It had all the components of a good imperial stout. I didn't taste the graham cracker flavor at first but it did show up towards the end. There was a nice sweetness to the beer so it wasn't overly robust. The chocolate flavor was definitely present. Overall it was a very good sipping beer and worth getting again.

Jan 17, 2022
4.18 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Jan 12, 2022
3.66 by loch8534 from Illinois on Jan 09, 2022
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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
by Andrew_NYC from New York

Dark, dark brown pour. Almost black. Fluffy dark, tan head that goes away pretty quickly.

Malt, graham cracker and sweet lactose on the nose. The graham cracker is the most prominent.

Dark and roasty malt flavor up front. Strong and bitter. There's a hint of graham cracker and sweetness in there but then the finish is long and bitter. You'll get some heat from the alcohol but I wouldn't guess based on the flavor alone that it's 10.5%.

It's pretty thick and viscous but not syrupy. Especially since it's not too sweet it never comes close to being cloying. Fairly light carbonation.

This is a tasty stout. For being a S'mores stout, I wouldn't mind a touch more graham cracker flavor or a little more sweetness. But it's definitely a solid stout. I'd get it again.

Dec 24, 2021
2.79 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Dec 23, 2021
4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 05, 2021
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Nice dark color but thin head. Taste is nice but a bit muddled. More like a graham cracker than mushroom. A bit boozy, cocoa nibs, roasted malts. Overall very good.

Mar 20, 2021
4.21 by robotic_being from Florida on Mar 02, 2021
4.5 by Vylo from New Jersey on Feb 28, 2021
3.7 by ZRainbolt from Mississippi on Feb 18, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
4.21 by entenduintransit from Tennessee on Jan 30, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

It's what it says it is. The flavors are on point, just don't age this one. The BA version is a lot better imo, it's a lot thicker! It's worth checking out fresh if you have the chance. If you age it, it reminds me of a good Cab wine tbh.

*Give it a try fresh

Jan 19, 2021
4.48 by mltobin from Connecticut on Dec 16, 2020
3.96 by einman from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2020
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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

As advertised. Pours dark brown/black with a very thin tan head that fades quickly. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows with roasted notes and chocolate dominate. A bit of marshmallow fluff is in there for the smores effect. Feel is right on for a RIS, so full. Overall a bit sweeter than many RIS, but tasty and smores- like.

Aug 15, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Have had this once or twice in the past, this can courtesy of @mschrei. Fudge, marshmallow, a little roasty on then finish. Exceptionally drinkable at 10.5% not too carbonated but I don’t think it needed to be considering the richness. Been awhile since I have had it probably a few years. Glad to revisit and sit down and review. Paired great with a robust cigar.

Jun 27, 2020
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4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a 20 ounce giant tulip glass canned not sure when it was canned. Pours midnight black on a cloudy winters night, with a 3 finger mocha head, that settles rather quick leaving little to know lace. 4.25

Smell is cocoa nibs, vanilla bean, marshmallow, coffee, and toffee. 4.5

Taste follows cocoa, vanilla, marshmallow, toffee, and a little hint of coffee. 4.5

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, a touch dry and not a problem with that, a little under carbonated even for the style, but at 10.5% it is extremely approachable. 4

Overall I went in expecting a lot and it almost lived up. I wanted it to be a little more carbonated and chewier, but it is one of the easiest drinking 10.5% imperial Stouts ever. Thanks Matt for this one also. 4.25

Jun 15, 2020
4.18 by HungarianCount from California on Jun 09, 2020
3.5 by David19457 from New Jersey on May 31, 2020
3.75 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on May 21, 2020
3.84 by WarriorPrincess from North Carolina on May 18, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

12 ounce bottle from Bine and Vine in San Diego.
Pours an opaque black with scant mocha/tan head.
Aromas roasted chocolate malt, caramel, fudge, hint of graham cracker, molasses, and vanilla.
Taste follows with bittersweet cocoa, caramel, graham cracker, vanilla, bit of booziness, and finishing with dark chocolate and coffee bitterness.
Creamy medium full mouthfeel - nicely carbonated - chocolate, sweet malt, and a lingering bittersweetness and alcohol warmth.

Apr 26, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SLeffler27 from New York

Dino S'mores pours very dark brown and is black in PBGC's New Malty glass. The dark, golden brown foam is thin and short-lived, leaving no lace. The beer, while viscous, leaves no legs.

Rich is an understatement for the aroma of dark, brownie fudge and roasted malt. The roast is similar to that of burnt marshmallow. Vanilla and molasses follow, while warmth brings out unexpected cashews and faint campfire smoke.

Flavors follow the nose, with equal parts bitter and sweet. There is a massive amount of bittersweet chocolate. Alcohol lends a flavor. Along with blackberries, there is molasses and a late hint of licorice that quickly settles in a long, modest finish. Warmth brings out sweet espresso and whipped cream, as well as fresh pumpernickel and accentuation of the bitterness.

The silky smooth texture works well with its dense body. Alcohol is warming, though shy of hot. Fine carbonation is lively and there is no astringency.

This beer pairs exceptionally well with a bitter, cold, and snowy evening amidst the quiet. With a dog sleeping on one's lap, little can make the evening better. Thank you to Meghann and Kyle.

Apr 05, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by puck1225 from Texas

Very tasty little imperial stout!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark brown , thin brown head and decent lacing. Smell and taste is where this beer shines. Nice dark chocolate and booze smell. TSte has that plus, just as the name implies, marshmallow, graham crackers, licorice, and a hint of coffee. Just a lot of fun.

Mar 26, 2020
4.18 by craigbelly from Iowa on Mar 22, 2020
4.16 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Mar 11, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Scotchboy from Idaho

16oz can poured into a HotD snifter.

A: Dark and opaque pour with a brown head that fades to nothing.

S: Molasses and vanilla, cocoa and coffee, malt and roast.

T: The molasses starts strong with impressions of tootsie rolls and root beer. Vanilla and bakers chocolate, bunt caramel. Lactose on the finish.

MF: Starts thinner than I would expect but finishes viscous and full.

O: A good adjunct stout, fun and easy to drink.

Mar 07, 2020
4.09 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Mar 02, 2020
4.09 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Feb 24, 2020
3.68 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee on Feb 24, 2020
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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

Poured from a bottle. Nearly black, small head. Smells lightly of cacao nibs and sweet malt. A bit of cocoa powder in the flavor, along with roasted malt. Good, but given the style, not the *most* flavorful. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied, finishes surprisingly clean.

Feb 21, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

toot sweet.
RIS with this much candy in it is strictly for sharing as a pint is too much for one, and must be final beer of the evening.
But as a sipper, or with dessert, good. However, this is too much in direction of the sticky sweet candied campfire treat for beer. So I'll sip, share, save, take a pass.
a) Black pitch. No lace.
s) Too faint, roast, vanilla, graham, cinnamon.
t ) Follows smell but more ample.
f) too sticky sweet but weighty.
o) Maybe after reefer?

Feb 21, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Lucular from Maryland

A tasty imperial stout, with lots of roastiness and maybe a hint of smoke. Not as sweet as I expected - there is very little vanilla, cocoa, marshmallow, or graham (?) flavor. Hence the lower "overall" score.

Jan 17, 2020
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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Mdaniel723 from Missouri

Nice chocolate stout, not overly complex but very good

Jan 13, 2020
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan

L ~ dark like an Imperial Stout should be. Nice brown head on beer
S ~ nice roasted barley & dark chocolate. I’m also getting a little bourbon or liquor of sorts in there
T ~ roasted barley & Chocolate come through nicely. Also, get a little marshmallow. But the name is miss leading & leaves me a little disappointed.
F ~ nice full body mouth feel. You get that 10.5% on the back end. But it’s very nice
I ~ All in All....great Imperial stout. Just if you name a beer after the greatest camp fire treat of all time. dammit!! At least get it close in flavor.

Dec 29, 2019
Dino S'mores from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1350 ratings