Dino S'mores
Off Color Brewing

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #156
Ranked #2,474
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
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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 1,296
Reviews by rob99er:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Resuin
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)

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Photo of Stevedore
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.

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Photo of Rothobinide
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Since I discovered them only in early 2016, this 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 to make sure that I could get 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 a 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 Dinosmores. 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've 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, Dinosmores really needs to drunk with dessert.

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Photo of Amguerra305
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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.

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Photo of morimech
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of hit728
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of snipermonkey
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Photo of kkleu357
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.

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

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