Coffee Dino S'mores | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout brewed with Cacao Nibs, Coffee and natural flavors.

Added by Mikeypnh on 02-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,196
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
367
pDev:
7.38%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
79
Trade:
10
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Loads of coffee in the nose. Plenty in the flavor too, but not so much as to mask some dark bread notes from the malts.
Medium full body with medium carbonation.

Overall: a fine sipper.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of THANAT0PSIS
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Off Color Coffee Dino S'mores

A: This variant of one of the first s'mores inspired stouts pours a dark brown almost black with red highlights, like the misnomer black coffee. It is translucent where spread thinnest, but there is visible yeast particulate that settles to the bottom of the glass. The small mocha head of about a finger and a half settles disappointingly quickly, but lacing is solid. It appears a little thinner than many imperial stouts these days. Mild alcohol legs are present. 4.25/5

A: Rich milk and dark chocolate are the primary notes, but vanilla beans, sweet marshmallow, and a deep, earthy coffee are up front and present as well. It is difficult to say if the graham flour is really there or not, but one can certainly trick the senses into thinking so; either way, it is not something to be docked over as an element like that would likely add little to the final product. Burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, and a little bit of dark fruits (cherry?) are the underlying aromas. The s'mores elements are there, and it really does smell remarkably close with one's eyes closed. 4.5/5

T: Rich swirls of milk and dark chocolate again dominate, blending with the marshmallow and vanilla to create a hedonistic chocolate milk front. Earthy, roasty coffee melds seamlessly with the dark chocolate's light bitterness. There is a bready, honeyed, yet dry flavor in the middle of the mouth that must be the graham flour. The darkly roasted coffee takes the wheel toward the back with a subtle sweetness and lots of rich roast. It is supported by the malts and molasses, which bring caramel, light toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits, mainly dates and cherries. How close this gets to replicating an upper class s'mores is unreal, but the coffee riff somehow brings it even closer than the base beer by adding that campfire smokiness. Oak smoked malts could ratchet that up another level (and would add even more complexity), but as is this is brilliant. The aftertaste is dry roast, baker's chocolate, toasted walnut, vanilla bean, and kiss of sweet alcohol. 4.75/5

M: The feel is much thicker than it appeared on the pour, and it feels almost perfect on the tongue: creamy, full, viscous, perfect soft carbonation, and just bitter and drying enough. Alcohol heat is very subtle, which is shocking at 10.5%. Just a little more thickness would be nice. 4.75/5

O: The improvement that this beer represents over regular Dino S'mores is truly remarkable. The coffee really ties all the elements of the base beer together in a way that the original fell short on. Sure, that one is still a good beer, but it is well short of the lofty heights this reaches. Regular Dino always tasted more like a Russian Imperial Stout to me, very European in execution with the dark fruits, only average sweetness, and lots of molasses, and that DNA is still present in this descendant. Does it taste like s'mores? It is close but perhaps not quite there. In the end, it is a delicious and underrated beer, able to stand toe-to-toe with many other great imperial stouts, and it is available in a sweet two-pack for a reasonable price. Off Color remains the most inventive brewer in Chicago, and its overall greatness is passed only by the Euro-centric newcomer, Dovetail. Now if only I could get my hands on BA Coffee Dino... Pair wth Mr. Bungle's very weird, experimental, underrated masterwork (they all were), "Disco Volante." 4.5/5

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The word s'mores should not be present in the description, beer name or overall taste in general...... Stout wise very very very average!!!

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Photo of tjk135
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Like the original, I'm just not getting the smores flavor I was expecting. A lot of coffee and vanilla which is excellent. No head to speak of. Enjoyed this version more than the regular, but again the price point is too high for this beer.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dbrulet
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nolang84
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 boogerisu
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of Maciejone
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hubert_i
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_Rich_
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Midnight black with a thin, white lacing.
S: Marshmallow, vanilla, caramel, malty sweetness, hint of chocolate and some coffee.
T: Similar to nose, very sweet, slight bitterness.
M: Almost no dryness, thin mouthfeel.
O: This was my first imperial coffee marshmallow stout and it wasn't bad.

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Photo of rossracing
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

12oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Looks nice but near no lace. Also a bit on the thin side. Nose makes up for it though. Hugely aromatic coffee, chocolate, fudge and cocoa powder. Sweet and deep. Beer opens chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cocoa powder and fudge. It doesn't taste exactly like s'mores but the marshmallow presence is felt right towards the end in a creamy sweetness. Delicious! Body is a bit lacking and a touch too carbonated. Goes down smooth but a bit prickly on the palate. Nice slick, filmy finish.

This is a very good beer and one that, because of its accessibility, I'd gladly seek out. The body needs a little work but the flavor is right there.

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CraigMack61
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of earlholman
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 367 ratings