Coffee Dino S'mores
Off Color Brewing

Coffee Dino S'moresCoffee Dino S'mores
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #112
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,882
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
395
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Off Color Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
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Coffee Dino S'moresCoffee Dino S'mores
Notes: Stout brewed with Cocoa Nibs, Coffee and Natural flavors.

Malts: Pale, Vienna, Wheat, Cara II, Extra Special, Flaked Oats, Dark Chocolate, Black and Roasted Barley
Hops: Nugget
Secret Ingredients: Marshmallow, Vanilla Bean, Molasses, Graham Flour, Cocoa Nibs, and a rotating coffee source.

40 IBU
Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 395 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I've never bought beer in a 2pac before, so that is something. Anyways, $14/2pac, a little leery of the price, but I dug regular dino smores, so why not I thought.

Pours black, brown head, 1/2", no problems thus far, standard look for a good stout. The coffee was present, but it wasn't big. There's been an arms race in the coffee beer game, I remember when Coffee Bender was just huge on the coffee, but by 2019 standards, it isn't anymore.

Taste was largely the same as regulare Dino Smores, slightly more bitterness prolly due to the coffee. Shit man, I'm starting to wonder if I like coffee dinosmores less than the base. I mean, its good, but I paid a lot more for it. Still hides the alcohol very well. Has all the chocolaty vanilla adjunct smoothness going on. All in all its still enjoyable, it just isn't worth the significant increase in price, I'd rather bang the base version at almost half the cost. Some damn expensive coffee I guess. Still have the other bottle, will revisit after consumption.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kegged 01-27-19, on tap at Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa AL.

Pours a deep brown, almost black, with a nice thick head of ivory foam that laces heavily as it settles.

Loads of sweet, mildly bitter chocolate and coffee aromas, with really nice vanilla undertones that soften the overall profile perfectly. A subtle malt backbone helps bring it all together. A little of everything.

Roast forward, coffee really comes to the forefront. A little bitterness, but a cocoa presence helps combat it and play off that naturally bitter cacao quality. Baker’ chocolate flavors linger, but I would have liked for the flavors to hold on just a bit longer.

Great softness and viscosity to the beer... it fizzles put a tad prematurely for me but the initial mouthfeel is really great, and goes down with a very mildly boozy warmth.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2018 vintageg. Pours murky opaque dark brown/black color with a small dense and rocky tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, marshmallow, graham cracker, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, flavorings, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, marshmallow, graham cracker, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast, char, coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, marshmallow, graham cracker, fudge, brownie batter, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, wood, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, flavorings, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of 10.5% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome coffee/flavored Russian imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, coffee, flavorings, light-moderate earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/charred/drying finish. Awesome balance of rich malts, flavorings, and fruity/nutty coffee complexity; with nice earthy hop presence, and restrained fruity yeast notes. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected. Did not prefer it over the base beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle stamped 18Jan19 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 10.5% ABV 40 IBU. The beer pours dense very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head and almost no light penetration. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. The aroma is coffee first with chocolate, molasses and graham cracker coming through in smaller amounts. The taste is roasted malt and moderately harsh alcohol in a watery presentation. There is a hint of acidic coffee that is not pleasant. Mild bitterness and no real sweetness despite all the additives. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, not good. I bought this expecting a coffee stout, then read the label more closely and expected a pastry stout and got a mediocre stout I would have been disappointed with at half the price. I will say it was purchased warm less than a month ago, so handling could have taken a toll.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with 1/4" foam and pretty decent lacing.
N: Black coffee, chocolate, and vanilla notes.
T: Coffee forward with a nice dark chocolate hit, some some vanilla mixed in with some malt.
M: Burnt coffee notes and bitterness sort of take over, medium feel.
O: Was not bad but the burnt coffee notes and lingering bitterness sort of diminished what could have been a great beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Whole Foods Market on March 8, 2019. Imperial stout brewed with cacao nibs, coffee and natural flavors. Tons of coffee flavor.

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Photo of strohme2
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated 24Jan19. Poured into tulip. Pours a dark, dark brown. I don’t want to call it black. Latte colored head. Spotty lacing, small ring around the glass.
Huge aromas of dark chocolate, roast, burnt marshmallow, vanilla. Decadent really.
I could say the same about its flavors as the nose. Dark chocolate, marshmallow fluff, char, mellow vanilla, hints of coffee and cocoa powder at the finish. The vanilla really shines here for me.
The body feels a little thin for the style and abv but even with the lighter body, it feels silky smooth. Not cloying or too sweet. The beer offers a dry and chalky finish.
I’m glad to finally be able to tick this beer. It won’t be a once and done. Really delivers the flavors described on the bottle.

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Photo of EMV
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark pour... nearly black with thin brown head. Nice thin ring of lacing.

S: Coffee/espresso... roast and burned sugars. Cocoa.

T/F: Bitter roast coffee up front. Espresso and dark chocolate. Burned sugars bring some sweetness.... vanilla and graham cracker. Toasted marshmallow and sweetness towards the finish. Smooth and creamy... medium bodied.

O: Delivers what it advertises. Coffee mixed with a good old campfire S'mores treat. Big, boozy, and tasty. Fun beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a slick black color with a mocha colored head that collected carbonation at the top of the glass.

Smell - The nose radiated coffee flavored malts with a level of sweetness.

Taste - Sweet syrupy coffee came to the front. Chocolate and marshmallow were more apparent toward the back. The sweetness was a little overwhelming and lingered in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was smooth enough to make me think of a milk stout.

Overall - I enjoyed the regular more than Coffee Dino S'mores.

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Photo of tonydarkbeer
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's the thing...lots of flavors, could have gotten crazy, but somehow they balanced them all perfectly. I found myself sniffing the empty bottle after the beer was finished. A great sipper, more than a novelty, the underlying beer is obviously of high quality. The additions really speak to me on their own, in concert, and as an enhancement to the beer. A campfire snack in a bottle.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An outstanding coffee stout - amazing coffee flavor front and center from quality roasted beans complements a roasty stout base beer. I don't get much marshmallow - plenty of vanilla, and a hint of sweetness perhaps. Faint hint of the graham flour (or maybe I'm just suggestible...). I purchased and poured this beer thinking it was a gimmick worth trying but truly enjoyed it and will seek our other offerings from Off Color.

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

Dark burnt caramel brown.
Smells sweet like toffee
Taste is exactly like a smore believe it or not. Marshmallow Graham and chocolate are all in there. A little too much vanilla for my taste.
Getting an after taste of bitter cocoa.
Overall it's sweet and just as advertised.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Swirling. This is the one word that sticks with me on every level of this beer. It pours and the lacing and head swirls into formation. The smell is swirling aromas of coffee, sweet malt, marshmallow, and chocolate. The taste is all of that plus a nice roasted robustness through which all of these flavors swirl around. Great strong feel to a sweeter beer.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a Black with no head. It has low carbonation. It smells of light coffee roast, marshmallows, graham crackers, biscuit, and chocolate. The beer tastes of light coffee, marshmallows, graham cracker, and chocolate. It is very light and thin. A nice beer, but too thin.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of bitter roasted coffee and cocoa. I'm tasting milk chocolate, coffee and molasses. The mouth is lightly thick, dry, and a touch oily.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no date that I was able to find on it. Brewed with Dark Matter Coffee, I assume it's a 2018 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there was a small amount of lacing. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like coffee, graham crackers, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt and marshmallows. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses and burnt/charred malt. Good amount of roasty coffee bitterness, and the sweet flavors are still there too. Nice balance between them, although I do think the roasty/bitter flavors are somewhat stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall imperial stout, definitely worth picking up. $11.99 a 2-pack.

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown/mahogany color, with a thin tan head and minimal lacing
S: smells like cold coffee with cream
T: a little sweet, a little bitter, some coffee
F: sticky mouthfeel, kinda thin on the back end, the roasted malts are a little bitter
O: the finish ruined it for me

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Photo of barnzy78
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz, 10.5%, bottled on Jan 18
Very thin tan head disappears quickly atop a dark brown colored ale. Sweet aroma of graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla, and creamed coffee. Very complex flavors with notes of coffee, chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, vanilla, modest roasted barley and raisin; all coming across quite sweet. Full body, creamy and smooth, lower carbonation, but cloyingly sweet at times. Overall, good not great in my opinion. I like its complexity, but I find it to be too sweet.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with almost no head and the aroma is roasted coffee with hints of vanilla and a type of bready sweetness. Graham cracker taste with vanilla and chocolate marshmallow sweetness as well as mild coffee dryness and boozy finish.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - black body and half a finger of light brown head

S - Barely any coffe, but still good amount of s'more flavors of dark chocolate and vanilla

T - More coffee here, but still not as big as I had hoped. Base s'more beer is muted, but I can still get trace amount of the chocolate and even some marshmallow. Dark fruits add complexity

F - Smooth and no carbonation. ABV is hidden. Cloying bitterness.

O -Not enough coffee and base beer is faded. Still good as a standard imperial stout thanks to dark fruit presence and thick body.

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Photo of kevanb
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, purchased at the January 14, 2018 release, poured into an Off Color Cervoise.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous with a tan head, about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and yields nice spots of lace. The aroma is very nice, pleasant coffee, rich and roasty, bittersweet dark chocolate, rich grains with light stone fruit and a hint of vanilla bean. The flavors are great, superbly expressed coffee, super flavorful with a light acidity that brings out some nice fruit flavors that layer so well with the cacao and inherent graininess of the beer. The graham flour is a bit more pronounced flavorwise which is a nice touch and the vanilla adds a nice sugary touch to the beer that almost feels more like a cream to the coffee rather than a marshmallow to a smore. The mouthfeel is fine, medium body, lively carbonation that still reads as smooth and coating with a lightly warm and dry finish.

Verdict: A very good coffee stout from Off Color Brewing. The coffee in this year's release is really nice, robust and integrates well with the other adjuncts so that it doesn't read as a coffee bomb or become a one note stout.

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Photo of Vidblain
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While I find Coffee Dino S'mores to be slightly thin (with very minimal head - it's nearly flat), this doesn't seem to be terribly uncommon with coffee beers - particularly ones that have not had the benefit of barrel-aging. I'm not a tremendously big fan of Dino S'mores, but the added coffee seems to change this to an entirely different beer. It's not on a level with Coffee Noir, or Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (or etc.) - but again, it's not barrel-aged, so it's not really a fair comparison.

Barrel-aging could transform this from a very good beer to an excellent one!

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cold brew coffee and chocolate are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with flavors of dark chocolate and dark coffee beans and lightens up towards the finish, ending with slight bits of cocoa nibs and hints of coffee-like acidity. Notes of marshmallows become apparent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is packed with lots of aromas and flavors of coffee, but these seem to mask the underlying marshmallows and vanilla. Nonetheless, this would make for a good breakfast beer. Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mattflippin
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass- extremely dark brown beer with nearly zero head, and even less retention. The aroma is dominated by coffee, followed by caramel and malt notes, and some vanilla. Earthy coffee weighs in prominently on the taste, flanked by graham cracker, sweet caramel, vanilla, and a hint of marshmallow. The flavors blend together well and are not drowned out by the coffee. The beer is not quite full-bodied, and smooth with a low carb appropriate for the style. It does leave a warming tone at the end, a reminder of the 10% ABV.

Overall, this is a very solid sweet coffee stout. It checks all of the "s'mores" boxes, and the coffee is well-melded. A quality brew.

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Photo of bret717
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Very dark brown, almost black. no head or lacing.

Aroma- not much going on in this department- getting some vanilla and a little black licorice, but nothing else

Taste- This is where the beer really shines, fortunately. Getting the black licorice and vanilla, but there's also some graham cracker flavor, dark coffee and a raisin-like sweetness. All are there in about equal amounts and are integrated wonderfully.

Feel- On the fuller side of medium-bodied, and satiny smooth. Coats the mouth.

Overall- While the nose is a bit lacking, the flavor makes up for it with a nicely well-rounded full flavor that a integrates several distinct tastes. Quite enjoyable.

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Coffee Dino S'mores from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 395 ratings