Dino S'mores
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #150
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,569
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
1,328
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Off Color Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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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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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of puck1225
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Act25
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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?

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Photo of Lucular
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Jimmylikesbeer
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can to snifter.
The appearance was a very nice looking dark brown close to black color with a sly eggshell white to almost tan foamy head softly dissolving to leave a light concave lace roaming nicely around my glass.
The aroma had some shaved dark chocolate nibs roaming into some milk chocolate and marshmallow sweetness. Subtle sweet vanilla wafer sort of thing ever so slightly in the background.
The flavor yields initially to an ashy sweet contour some black licorice but allows some coffee ground bitterness to open up a shy roasty and toasty enclave boarding on into a subtle aftertaste of earthy and somewhat clipped spicy fairness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Mellow spicy harshness that I don't know where it's coming from. Good carbonation. Finishes semi-sticky with some clingy grip.
Overall, definitely a different Russian imperial stout but intricate enough to want more!

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Photo of colts9016
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer has been on my list to try. The idea of a RIS and S'more combination sounded yummy. If this beer has harmony with the s'more flavor, I will enjoyed it. The beer is about 6 months old. It is about 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger with fair retention. The head is airy and creamy. The head is more ecru and just a tan ring around the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown nearly black. The beer has carbonation bubble breaking the surface of the beer.

The aromas in the beer are graham crackers, fire, smoke, dark roasted malts, chocolate, marshmallows, vanilla, molasses, anise, dark roasted malts, sugar, toast, toffee, caramel, raisins, and earthy.

The flavors in the beer are molasses, smoke fire, dark roasted malts, chocolate, marshmallows, loads of molasses, anise, raisins, burnt sugar, graham crackers, fire, dark roasted malts, earthy, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and toasted bread.

The mouthfeel is slick and coating.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is stupid good. The mash-up of the beer is near perfect. It taste like a dark beer with s'mores. The beer is not hot and the alcohol blended well. I am so glad that I got to try this beer. The only issue I had was a dismal head retention.

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Photo of dandandan79
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black pour with caramel lacing . The first taste is bubbly carbonation which fizzes into chocolate, mocha, coffee aftertaste. For me it’s a bit over carbonated, but there’s enough complexity to over come this. Chocolate and coffee with vanilla sweetness are present . A little bitterness at the end. I enjoyed this beer .

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Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019-12-01
8 oz pour at the mousetrap location.

Black with a small head. Little carbonation. Smell is roasty, coffee. Taste is nicely balanced sweetness, coffee, roast bitterness. Some anise. Mouthfeel is thick but not too thick. Really good beer.

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Photo of softmachine
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark, an almost jet sludge-esque stout, with a fair amount of dark, caramel brown head.

S: Primarily marshmallow and vanilla initially, supported by a bitter chocolate and slight coffee smell that come in second.

T: Sweet vanilla taste at the forefront, tied together with a bitter chocolate after taste. There are slight hints of marshmallow, but it is difficult to discern. Initially sweet with a touch of bitter coffee and chocolate that lingers after the sweet vanilla and marshmallow have faded.

F: Medium to thick bodied, with a creamy, velvety feeling. The bitters are sharp on the tongue.

O: Great imperial stout, which certainly does a great job of masking the 10.5% ABV. The thicker body is nice, and this is an all-around beautiful looking stout with easy drinkability. The sweetness is a bit much, and as I've noticed with a lot of marshmallow stouts, vanilla seems to be the most prominent flavor, which isn't quite what I'm seeking out of a marshmallow stout. Still worth getting a pint of, no regrets!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: totally black with a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet and creamy with a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of roast; nice and appropriate for the style.

Taste: very sweet indeed, as per the style, with a good level of roastiness at the end. The end brings out more of the subtle coffee and stronger chocolate flavors, whereas up front there's more sweetness and actually a reasonable bitterness. There's maybe not quite as much going on here as in a regular s'more, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: big body with a well-integrated carbonation and a good creaminess indeed. Love it.

Overall: this is a good, solid dessert beer. I don't think it has the depth of the best imperial stouts, but it's no slouch in the flavor department.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/28/18.

Dark, fairly viscous pour. Nearly jet black in color, with only small amounts of rising ivory head.

Loads of coffee on the nose, with subtle vanilla and chocolate. Rich, inviting, and with some toasted malt coming through as it opens up a bit more.

Flavors are good, a bit more subdued than I expected. Again, coffee hits strong, roasty and only mildly bitter. More malt-forward than the nose, with prevalent flavors of caramel and molasses. Some vanilla emerges, but very subtly, and on the tail. Good contrast from the nose, but hoped for just a tad bit more from some of the “secret ingredient” additions. Some of the marshmallow does come out as it warms a little.

Medium-bodied, with a fairly high carbonation. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, with a warm booziness that numbs the palate slightly and continues all the way down.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Off Color Dino S'mores, 10.5% ABV, 40 IBU. Pours blackish with a slight brown ring of foam. Nose is graham and moleasses, taste follows with little sweetness, and moderate bitterness. No alcohol taste, but also no roast marshmallow. Feel is a bit over-carbonated for my taste, overall very good to excellent, but as a stout - not as a S'mores stout. I had wanted to try this for some time, having heard how good it is, and liking S'mores beers. It was a bit disappointing - have had better.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight up 4.25 all the way! Initially it was a dark chocolate, but then smoothness takes over with a little bitter bite. This is a solid beer that I am glad I have more.

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Photo of jkblr
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 05Dec18 (5 months ago) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 10.5% ABV 40 IBU. The beer pours dense very dark brown with mocha brown head that recedes to a thin cap. There are a few spots of lacing. The aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malt and molasses. The taste is more of the same with dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla bean and dark roasted malt all mixed in. The finish is moderately bitter and mostly dry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation. Overall, good, but not worth the price. This is better than the coffee version to my taste, but still disjointed. Would not purchase again at $6.

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Photo of grinreeper
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm drinking it right now!

A Russian Imperial Stout that I think of as a very good substitute for a breakfast stout. I can taste the notes of marshmallow, vanilla and molasses. With dark chocolate, oats and roasted barley. And that tinge of graham cracker that the flower gives...reminds me of the graham cracker pudding my mom used to make. Yes I'm drinking it right now in the AM. There's a lot of complexity in this drink but it's so well balanced that it comes off perfect.

Dino S'mores is putting me in a good mood this morning. So...like any Czar...no heads should roll in my kingdom today.

If you're in a bad mood, or filled with anxiety...ya don't need meds...just take Dino S'mores in the morning and you're good.

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Photo of Antg8989
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, a little disappointed by this one. Pour looks rather thin - foreshadowing the feel. Black in color - quickly dissipating head. No lacing. Aroma is chocolate, some molasses. Taste is similar possibly some cinnamon from the graham flour. There is some vanilla there as well. Feel is lightly bodied, soft with medium carbonation. Overall, for a beer that is called "Dino Smores" I was expecting a little more S'more flavor. Drinks easy for a 10.5 ABV which is the best thing about it IMO.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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 -15.5%
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
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look - pours black into a glass , had a fair bit of brown head

Smell - subtle sweetness and chocolate

Taste - had initial taste of sweetness and chocolate and very very slight taste of marshmallow, but what over powered it was the BAM of the burnt wood taste if you over cooked a s’mores and it was just black burnt food. Dang it just over comes the sweet knees at the start and ruins the finish, I don’t like it. It’s amazing how the flavor changes all the way through the drink, but the ending isn’t good.

Feel - it’s a decent slow sippy feel of a stout. But dang that burnt taste that lingers is not for me.

Overall - it looks and smells like a winner, but the taste while nice at first, doesn’t end up tasting like a s’mores, but instead the burnt end of the stick.

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Photo of VolatileAgent7744
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1328 ratings