Dino S'mores
Off Color Brewing

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #174
Ranked #2,972
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
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
Reviews: 243 | Ratings: 1,342 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Donaldearl from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jan 26, 2017
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Resuin from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a teku. This was bottled around March 2014 so has around a half year of age on it.

Appearance: Pours black with a fizzy tan head of a couple fingers which fades at a medium pace, before leaving a little tan fuzz atop the black beer. (4.25)

Smell: Mmm. Chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows, graham cracker (yep, I actually smell that), a bit of caramel, toasted malts. Pretty fantastic, well blended aroma. (4.75)

Taste: Follows the nose pretty well. That graham crackery/malt flavor, vanilla, cocoa, molasses, marshmallow, roasty malts. Not overly sweet at all though, a nice balance of the roasty, bitter malts and the sweet flavors. (4.5)

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium to full, slightly sticky body. Fits the flavors well. Finishes smooth. (4.5)

Overall: This beer definitely delivered on being a s'more stout. Especially that sweet nose. Very well balanced, and really drinkable. Really nice, full body as well. (4.5)

Oct 21, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into a Sump snifter 5/19/2014.

A- as expected, dark brown & nearly black body. Nice half finger off white head, minimal retention, no lacing.

S- graham crackers, marshmallows, burnt malt. Some roast and dark chocolate. Pretty interesting nose actually.

F- graham crackers at the forefront, raw vanilla bean, some marshmallow character but not a ton. Bitter charred malt with some roastiness, dark chocolates. The marshmallow and graham cracker sweetness gets a nice balance with the vanilla bean and burnt/charred malt.

M- medium bodied, lower in carbonation. Slick and resinous as expected. Burnt malt finish tempered with a bit of vanilla.

O- not as vanilla forward as expected but a wonderfully balanced and nicely done stout that's heavy on the graham crackers.

May 20, 2014
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Rothobinide from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours charcoal black with barely any foam or lacing. Smells like a toasty stout with marshmallows in it. Flavor is marshmallow cocoa puffs. Mouthfeel is silky smooth fudge cotton candy. A decadent, great beer.

Jan 09, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I discovered Off Color only in early 2016 and they became my best buddy in record time. Until now, Dino is the only top-selling ale from Off Color that I had not Had.

Fall came, Dinosmores was released and I biked the 606 to their bottlestore/brewshop to make sure that I got it.
With heightened anticipation, I popped it, poured it, smelled it and, then, my buds got popped.
Too many flavors to process at once !
My immediate reaction was: "You fool ! Why did you buy two 4 packs of a beer you never tasted just because others rave about it?"
But by the second sip, I was about a third of the way through the process of assimilating a great beer. (By the third sip, I was convinced my purchase was the correct decision and my self-esteem had returned.)
Then, dessert (chocolate cookies and vanilla ice cream) came into play and I began to understand much better the attraction to Dino. By the time it warmed, I knew the rave.

Given that I have two 4 packs, I will revisit and add to this review.
But for now, I get it.... and I will get it again.

12/9/16 I finished the first 4 pack and am amazed at the versatility of this beer with desserts for colder weather. It's all good... and if it's not, then consider what is wrong with the world around you. If "In vino veritas" is still a useful maxim, then also is "in imperium stout veritas."

1/17/17.... No change in my rating. But because it is so sweet, Dino smores really needs to drunk with dessert... or if you are worried about a sugar high, have Dino as dessert.

12/1/20 Who ever thought that a beer could be a bookend ! I used the two 4 packs from 2016 to drown my sorrows about Don The Con ascending his throne... then, I ignore Dino for the duration of democracy's prison term. Then four years later, Dino gets its annual re-release after Thanksgiving and... I'm all over it. I pick up Dino at Mousetrap (as part of a $94 on-line order from my favorite brewer), bring it home and have Dino for dessert. Then, the Revelation... Dino bookends America's democracy's densest drama in 160 years. And if extending that joy doesn't cause me to stretch out this 4 pack for several years, then nothing will.

Editing the above review, I'm satisfied and will keep count over at UnTappd.

Nov 07, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

May 22, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black color with a thin fizzy dark tan head that diastase quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- lots of chocolate and cocoa powder on the nose up front, complimented by a sweetness of vanilla and marshmallow cream. Roasted malt and licorice undertones

T- sweet dark chocolate and cocoa powder up front, with some slightly charred roasted malt. The vanilla adds more of a sweetness as it warms. Roasted finish with a hint of coffee & dark fruit

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a slightly thin finish

O- a sweet stout that drinks pretty easily, given the abv. Didn't really get as much of the 'smores' aspect as I was expecting.

Aug 18, 2015
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morimech from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown that results in a moderate dark stout. Just a half inch of head forms and quickly settles to a thin film. Just a little spotty lacing is left down the glass. Not very impressive to look at compared to other big stouts. Aroma is pretty standard with a bit of booze letting the drinker to brace themselves. Notes of roasted malt, turbinado sugar, smoke, and vanilla. Interesting flavor in that the marshmallow fluff comes through strong. Does not really taste like a smore because I am having trouble picking out the chocolate and graham cracker aspect. A bit of campfire character to it as well. Quite a bit of alcohol flavor and burn in the finish. Big body and nice carbonation but the booziness character makes the body feel thinner than it actually is which lowers the score. A good stout with interesting flavor but it is not worth $5 a bottle. Might keep one around and let it age to see how it mellows out in a year or two.

Dec 20, 2015
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MUTINY from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Feb 15, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Feb 13, 2016
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Gonzoillini from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jun 11, 2014
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HoldenDurden from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

May 16, 2014
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KShophead from Kansas

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mar 12, 2015
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elkabong from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 17, 2015
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mwvman from Indiana

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

Oct 18, 2017
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sleuthdog from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Jul 16, 2014
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DaftPatrick from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Dec 11, 2014
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hit728 from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2017
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TangoJuliet from New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2015
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snipermonkey from California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is there a more tasty imperial stout out there? Probably not, although others might disagree. This would go great with a piece chocolate cake, or dare I saw smores.

Apr 07, 2015
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stephensinner from Missouri

4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

Nov 14, 2014
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JCam9981 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Mar 11, 2014
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charlesjwinkler from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Feb 07, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap in a World of Beer. Thin dark body. Kind of boozy smelling. Interesting. Tastes like marshmallows. Was hoping for more, but it was pretty good.

May 19, 2015
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TheHopsman from Nebraska

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

May 01, 2016
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