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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:
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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Photo of Stevem68
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color.aroma is sweet vanilla an marshmallows. Has a soft smooth feel. Overall this is really delicious. It's missing the charred flavor in the snore. But the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours black with minimal head. Looks fairly thick
S: nice big chocolate,
T: like the nose, nice chocolate. Some vanilla sweetness, malty sweetness. Good flavors that blend well. No alcohol presence either.
F: thick and creamy. The highlight of the beer.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

L: poors a dark brown that is not quite opaque, looks solid black in the glass with an imperceptible head.
S: sweetness and chocolate, hint of booze
T: roasted malt with nicely balanced sweetness up front, creamy in the middle, but finishes dry.
F: kind of light, a hint of effervescence despite the lack of head.
O: solid stout but there is something missing besides just the feel.

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with a small town (as in blink and you missed it) tan froth. Aroma is subtle with notes of coffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Tastes of dark fruit, coffee and grain with some pine thrown in for flavor. Smooth through and through albeit thin for the most part.

Big fan of Off Color since a recent Chicago trip, but this one needs just a bit o' tweakin'.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been wanting to get my hands on one of these for awhile.... interesting.... graham cracker/smore aroma after a few minutes of sitting in the glass. pleasant taste, pleasant mouthfeel. interesting flavors of vanilla, chocolate....

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Photo of NickandToni
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy happiness Off Color. Dinosmores is mouthful of surprise. Wow. Can't believe I bought only one. After having Apex, I just had to try some more Off Color beers. The guys at Carmine Street Beers in the Village passed this over to me this afternoon and BAM!

L: Dark as a dinosaurs cave
S: Chocolaty Hershey melted river of serendipity with a little house cured vanilla
T: Sit down and relish this Russian Imperial. like eating s'mores with a shot of whiskey
F: Chocolate thinned out with a heavy vanilla/marshmallow/graham liquid concoction. Seems like reviewers are confusing the absence of carbonation with a thin disappointment, not realizing that this stout becomes more alive as it reaches room temperature.
O: Some Russian Imperials at the top of the charts are an acquired taste. This is a quick wonderful intro to an amazing category of beer style. Not taken too serious, but made to be an enjoyable with tasting notes any beer enthusiast can love with a smile.

Great, and worth having time and time again.

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Photo of HeadyHopHead
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fun dessert beer. I would not pair this with food, because Off Color does a great job of producing a brew that lives up to its name. Taste is really chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow, with hints of vanilla and coffee. Dessert in every gulp. Surprisingly little alcohol bite, given the ABV, with the sweetness hiding it well. I'd put it in the same grouping as Southern Tier's Chokolat and Warlock.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with no head.

S - Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - The flavor is dark chocolate, roasted malts, and black coffee upfront. Vanilla and graham cracker add a nice sweetness to the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A very good Imperial Stout. Nice blend of sweet and bitter.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A good base stout with appropriate dark and chocolaty roasted malt and sweet molasses. The graham cracker flour is appreciable on both the taste and feel. Vanilla weaves through the chocolates, the body is full and smooth; a very nice drink though I was not partial to the graham crackeriness, a risk I knowingly took.

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Photo of 57md
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a half finger of head. The nose has subtle vanilla notes. This offering tastes like boozy liquid smores - which, I suppose, is exactly the point.

The rich cocoa flavor really comes out on the finish. My only beef might be that this beer is a touch too thin for the style.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A roasty and sweet dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, toast, biscuit, grains, smoke, and oats along with yeast. Sweet scent of vanilla beans, marshmellow, and molasses. Subtle hints of earthy hops. A very good rich aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a roasty, rich, and sweet dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, toast, smoke, biscuit, grains, and oatmeal along with some yeast. Sweet taste of vanilla beans, marshmellow, and molasses. Some earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a low level of carbonation. Chewy and fairly syrupy. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good Imperial Stout. Nice roasty dark malt bitterness and vanilla sweetness.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a dark dark brown almost no head
S - I get chocolate, roasted malt, and some vanilla.
T - This beer comea at you in waves. First vanilla. Then bitter chocolate. Then sweet marshmallow. A very unique finish.
F - The experience is a little thick and viscous. It drinks smooth almost the same pillowy feel of marshmallow.
O - Not sure how they did it, but I definately get the taste and sensation of marshmallow. It might be just a hair on the bitter side.

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Photo of BSiegs
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black pour with some brown foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Leaves a ring of head with little lacing. The nose is mild, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Hint of breadiness, likely from the graham flour. The taste again has traditional stout flavors: roasted malt, chocolate. The s'more comes through a little more with a slight marshmallow-y sweetness. Thick, smooth mouthfeel with low-moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter and balanced for a sweeter beer. Overall, a good stout!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No label information. DinoSmores is brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout with cocoa nibs added. Available in 12 oz. bottles and on limited draft. late 2014 bottle (1.5 years aged) alongside a 2015 bottle for vertical comparison.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a dark brown color that quickly fades away. Body color is very dark brown, near black. Retention is poor and there is no visible lacing. 2.25

(Smell) Moderately roasted barley grain with a malty richness accented with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Very accessible aroma, bordering slightly sweet, potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Roasted grain and toasted barley malt give a nicely malted first impression, and subtle vanilla and chocolate character creeps into the finish for a subtly sweet back end. Fairly accessible flavors although decidedly sweet, somewhat pedestrian. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately frothy, lightly chewy, smooth, and medium dry. Carbonation is light, generating a medium frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slight earthy roast and toasted grains to sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A good bit of malt character with a bit of specialty malt edge, although it stays fairly drinkable with a lighter body than most and a very reserved sweetness comparatively. I was expecting many of the secret ingredients to burst forth, but many of them play kindly with the malt characters, contributing no more and no less than the malt build of this beer. Pretty doggone sweet, expectedly- it's not my favorite beer from Off Color Brewing, but if you can find a single bottle, it may be favorable to some who enjoy a big variety of stouts, expecting something lighter bodied (and dessert beer potential) for an imperial - it's hard to accept an ABV on this one of over 10%, this one comes across quite sneakily. 3.5

Off Color Brewing's

Vertical Notes:
2014 (1.5 years aged): Pours a frothy foam head that has longer staying power than the most recent vintage, deep brown in color over a solid black body. The nose has turned somewhat south, exposed graininess, some wet cardboard, faded vanilla and light char. The flavors are further collapsed, with ample wet cardboard, trace cold smoky malt, exposed grain malts, and little to no preserved adjunct character. The texture continues a very light carbonation presence, more frothiness than crisp character for an appropriate mouthfeel. Overall, this beer clearly does not hold up well with time and I attribute the lightness of the body to that. Perhaps worth an annual visit if you're truly a fan but I do not recommend stockpiling bottles to see how it pans out- it doesn't, take it from me.

Recommended Vintage: Fresh

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Headless and the aroma melange of cocoa and coffee lead to lighter body than would be expected. It is that light style that is so appealing and leaving nothing out.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid Russian Imperial Stout among some stiff competition. Even fresh, this beer has absolutely no head. It is black, not very aromatic, but it tastes of velvety dark chocolate and a little coffee perhaps. Mostly tastes like a liquified dark chocolate bar. I think I am spoiled with all of the other amazing stouts that I have tried before, but Dinosmores is still delicious.

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Photo of chicagopubcrawler21
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sniffer. Pours near black with next to zero head. Aromas of malt, toast, dark chocolate, and a sense of smoke. Mouthfeel is decently rich and almost sticky, that's about as close to marshmallow as this gets for me. Still a little light, but I'm ok with that. Taste is dominated by toasty dark chocolate, with hints of vanilla, and maybe a stretch for the graham on the backside. Interesting beer overall. Highly sought after here in Chicago, and rightfully so. Awesome name and nifty label help the draw. Hoping to try this on draft.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

No head creation when being formed, and looks lifeless out of the bottle. Dark red mahogany body, with barely a thin collar on it. Top is very fine with the odd rare singular fine bubble, but is mostly just flat out empty. Slightly spotted lacing in the legs, otherwise the beer looks dead on arrival.

Aroma is strangely absent of anything. Slight coppery penny smelling and metallic, just a hair of roasted malt. There might be a small smoke component to this, but it's very closed on the nose here.

Palate does manage to do the job. Front forward malt roast, with complimenting dark chocolate flavors. Milky cream and marshmallow like vanilla sweetness along with graham cracker like dough does come out tasting like a smore. Very nice controlled sweetness without a real sugary rush. Siight rusty aftertaste, but has a good puffy like vanilla flavor and feel if somewhat wet.

Flavor of the beer delivers but looks and aroma certainly don’t hint at it that's for sure.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a smallish, clear glass coffee mug.

A: Pours a purely opaque black with only small traces of a milk-chocolate brown head. Retention is better than expected, with a small brown ring that never goes away. Lacing is very poor.

S: Milk & dark chocolate, cocoa butter, vanilla, confectioner's sugar, maybe nutmeg. Very, very impressive - definitely implies sweetness.

T: Comes on with a rich, buttery cocoa quality that gradually reveals some layers of flavor across the mid palate. Marshmallow, vanilla, graham cracker & semi-sweet chocolate all color the palate leading toward the finish. Finish is mercifully slightly bitter, with a dark cocoa powder note that lingers.

M: Low carb married to a fairly dry, slightly heavy body. A bit syrupy.

O: Despite being pretty doggone sweet, this brew still reads like an RIS to me - subtle heat & depth of flavor really round this one out. Good stuff.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Near black pour with thin tan head that fades quickly with minimal lace. Powerful chocolate coffee aroma. Sweet tasting imperial stout with chocolate dominating, mild vanilla marshmellow and spice around the edges. Just enough bitterness in a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin but semi slick. On the sweet side for an imperial stout, alcohol very well hidden, tasty brew.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Very dark black with no light coming through, with a very small tan head that dissipates quite quickly and no lacing

S: Lots of chocolate and vanilla, with hints of marshmallow and a little Graham cracker, smells very sweet.

T: Lots of chocolate, marsh mellow, some graham cracker And vanilla finishes quite sweet.

F: Body quite be a little thicker but other than that it is quite nice.

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Photo of gopens44
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to get any head on this one, as a forced pour gave me this fairly small dark, foamy. Otherwise, black and opaque.

Nose says chocolate and not a ton else.

Taste is massive chocolate bomb time, seriously. Sweet up front with a little dark fruit as it falls off, but wicked sweet.

Decently bodied, more carbonation than if thought based on lack of head. Aftertaste is cloyingly sweet.

Pretty decent, but wow it's sweet.

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Photo of rypkr
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A - thin dirty motor oil. Next to no head and no lacing.

S - whoa. Not what I expected. Had I known better I would have sworn this was a BA beer. Tons of vanilla, lots of chocolate and also grahm (but is that only because I'm predisposed to expect that I don't know?). Very robust and sweet. I'm sure this is going to be sticky and sweet by the smell

T - sweetest imperial stout I've ever had. Literally taste like marshmallows and vanilla. Arguably the best tasting non barrel aged stout I've ever had. Limit was 2 per person and I intended to trade my second but might just reconsider that.

M - ugh. Botched here. Incredibly thin and boring for such high abv. I could almost gulp this it has such little substance. This correlates entirely with the appearance.

O - so good and so close to being great. Despite the watery body it's still outstanding in flavor.

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Photo of deebo
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big time marshmallow and vanilla flavored chocolate stout. Big beer that will get you tipsy without notice. I would not mind getting this again. Solid all the way around.

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rich. Dark and sweet, not picking up the smores flavors, but a solid RIS anyway. 'Smores elements in there, but you have to search. keep looking...

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Dinosmores from Off Color Brewing
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