Dino S'mores - Coffee
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #118
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,071
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
409
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Off Color Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  52
Gots
  80
SCORE
93
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Dino S'mores - CoffeeDino S'mores - Coffee
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: 83 | Ratings: 409 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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tide from California

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, black color. Foam is coffee crema color, coarse and realities thin. Smells very nice, it’s Vietnamese coffee smell mixed with a strong caramel/toast candy notes. It taste like a cold Mocha latte drink to me, it’s slightly sweet and have a latte like creamy mouth touch. It’s so delicious that I can’t stop drink it. The beer is not as complex as expensive imperial stout. The beer shows dark chocolate nibs, light citrus peel, medium roast coffee (not smoky), light soybean sauce, vey light vanilla bean, caramel aromas. Sorry I can’t sense marshmallow, that must just dissolved in the beer to balance the bitterness of hops. I can’t find the hops aroma that much, I guess the “nugget” hops are just used for bitter. The bitter is definitely well balanced by the sugar, I love those sugar residual! The balance flavor is like a good latte, the extraction is sweet and the lactose in a well frosting milk is perfectly light sweet. What a lovely desert beer!

Nov 18, 2020
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not worth $6.

Doesn't have the marshmallow vanilla sweetness of regular dino smores. The coffee taste terrible like crappy instant. The feel leaves you with a lingering metallic acid.

Jul 18, 2020
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BoshShulking from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hissssss. The sound I hear as I slowly crack open the Coffee Dino S’mores stout by off brewing. The hiss reminds me of happier times. The beer pours gracefully and leaves a thin head, the color of a damp tree. The beer itself is dark and effervescent, yet lively and vivacious. If made into a solid material, it would successfully prevent any light from passing through it; just the way I like my beers.
But enough with the surface level detail, how does this stout taste, you may be asking? The odor it gives off is nearly undetectable, but it could be do to the turquoise plastic container I choose to enjoy this beverage from. The most prominent scent I achieve from this liquid delicacy is that of malt. And is that a hint of barley perhaps? My untrained nostrils can’t detect much more past this, unfortunately, or perhaps the marshmallow and coffee flavor this beer boasts is just not quite detectable enough for the olfactory receptors my genetics gifted me with. Unashamed and determined, I power on to my first sip.
Perhaps my taste buds have been overloaded with the previous beers I have been drinking today, but the taste is nothing to boast of in this drink. It is reminiscent of a stout, and what more could one ask for from an outing such as this? The malt of the beer is first to hit my pallet, and one could argue it may over power any other flavor this delicacy boasts of. Another sip i administer this time to my awaiting tongue, but still no marshmallow or coffee blesses my taste buds. Alas, this is no reason to despair. A stout is a stout is a stout, they say, even if the more intricate details escape one’s time with it. It is a valiant effort, nonetheless, and i applaud off color brewing’s ambitious attempt at creating a beer as elusive as their pun they named it after.
The legs of this beer are something to be proud of, that I must admit. The beer sticks to the side of the glass longer than any important bits of history my 6th grade teacher hoped to embed in my mind. The viscous beer coats the sides of my wonderfully colored (yet plastic) cup and it brings a pleasant feeling throughout my young yet fleeting body.
As I continue to sip this perfectly adequate stout I can’t help but wonder if my enjoyment of it is tarnished by the excellent quality beers that have preceded it. Is this what the nation felt having to follow the excellence of the movie “Ted” by something as mundane as the Avengers movie? One cannot dispute the flavor profiles and character this beer has to offer, but one cannot also question whether it has been done by someone else more successfully, and where this beer ranks among the canon of flavored stouts among American history.
If i were forced to give a numerical rating to such a beer, I’d give it a. 4.25/5. Perhaps in another life, it could receive a higher rating, but the circumstances surrounding my consumption delegate it to a slightly lesser than excellent status.

Apr 26, 2020
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paltemose2303

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer! 16 oz can poured into a traditional pint. Should have poured it harder into the glass to get better head.

L: Not a lot of head and no real head retention like other imperial stouts I've had. Saw "Cara II" so I figured retention would be better. Pitch black and pours really thick into the glass

S: Smell is not overwhelming. Having trouble picking up all of the scents listed on the can. Coffee and vanilla/marshmallow are definitely there. A good amount of roasted malts as well.

T: Big on taste. Vanilla, marshmallow, brown sugar are the first things I tasted. Follow that up by a nice bitter finish of roasted malts, which I wish there was a little more of. When the beer warms there is more coffee, caramel, and malty sweetness that comes through. There is definitely a lot going on and the flavor only improves. Alcohol is hidden pretty nicely.

F: Super sweet, thick mouth feel. Almost feel like your just swallowed some syrup. Can feel the sweetness on your teeth and lips after a couple sips which is a little much. Would prefer a little more bitterness to cut the sweetness. Slightly warming.

Good beer, and nice on a cold day!
F

Apr 22, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Off color is one of the first breweries I attached to during my craft beer journey. Dino S'mores and it's two variants, barrel aged and coffee, opened me up to imperial stouts in 2015.

Recent years have been tough on the OC stouts, but this year's offering is a redemption beer. The 2020 release is sweet, malty, and fruity. The coffee doesn't overpower like it did in prior years. I am happy to say that this beer is, again, fantastic.

@firesidewithphil

Mar 28, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

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

16oz can. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Bitter black coffee taste with dark chocolate, toffee and toasted caramel.

Feb 25, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Jun 12, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

Jun 11, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

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.

May 25, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

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.

May 14, 2019
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

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.

Mar 23, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Mar 13, 2019
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strohme2 from Michigan

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.

Feb 18, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 13, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Jul 28, 2018
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tonydarkbeer from Pennsylvania

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.

Jul 21, 2018
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bshefftz from California

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.

May 24, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

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.

May 03, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Aging Note: Better fresh hands down

Apr 19, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

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.

Apr 09, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Apr 01, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

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.

Mar 31, 2018
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

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

Mar 22, 2018
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barnzy78 from Illinois

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.

Mar 20, 2018
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clayrock81 from Florida

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.

Mar 09, 2018
Dino S'mores - Coffee from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 409 ratings