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 #1,883
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
395
From:
Off Color Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  52
Gots
  82
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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
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4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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 DVMin98
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ebru
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of loganburgh
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AdrianC31
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | 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 Gambyt20
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luscious pitch black with a nice fluffy half finger of light brown foam.

Pungent notes of sweet and creamy vanilla, dark chocolate, and freshly roasted coffee.

Creamy and sweet vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, heavy roast, and fresh coffee.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, creamy smooth, sweet, but smooth roasty bitter finish.

Overall, did not have a chance to try this fresh, but with a bit of age on it it's incredibly creamy and a perfect balance of creamy sweetness and bold roasty goodness.

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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 Joel12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Zoomslowik
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Black, thin tan head, not much lacing.

S- Heavy coffee. Roasted malt and a little chocolate.

T- Similar to the head. Coffee is a bit overpowering, I would have liked more of the sweetness from the base beer.

F- Medium feel, reasonably thick. Decent amount of carb.

O- Not awful, but not really blown away either. The 2 pack was weird.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jack-ruby
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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