Dino S'mores - Barrel-Aged
Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #883
Ranked #2,739
4.24 | pDev: 8.73%
Aug 29, 2022
May 11, 2016
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured dark coffee into my snifter and appeared black in the glass. No head to speak of, just a light brown ring that left no lacing.
The aroma was roasted malts and bourbon. No s’mores detected.
The taste followed, I think this one has the barrel aging overwhelming the adjuncts, so it’s very tasty as a stout but not s’mores tasting.
Feel was nicely viscous, pleasant sipping beer.
OA, need to try a non BA version to see what they intended I guess.
Aug 29, 2022
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a modest head that fades but leaves some squiggly lacing

Smell: Hints of Bourbon and roast complement the lactose and chocolate notes

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla and graham cracker notes on the front end, with hints of cherry and pecan; oaky Bourbon elements emerge, in the middle, but don't overwhelm; the finish leans toward sweetness, with a marshmallow aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; on the thinner side for a BA stout

Overall: Amping up the body (maybe a slightly higher ABV would do the trick) would make this one a lot better; decent enough, as is, but a bit below the top echelon
May 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mush from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
To be truthful, I'd have to drink this BA side-by-side with the Dino original to know how much, if at all, the barrel improves the recipe. But, I can barely drink one Dino... so I will never know.

Certainly, the BA offers up more vanilla and, by simple calculation at 11 ABV, the BA rendition offers up more well-concealed booze. But, I really doubt I could tell the difference beyond that in a blind tasting.

What keeps Dino BA from being a great AIS? It Looks solid, but only a bit above the style's average. And in the mouth, Dino BA is not a viscous sensation like the greats.

With 70 uniques from Off Color, they also are my most drunk brewer by multiples of repeats. That is because Off Color is a master at Belgian and wild styles... particularly unusual given its youth of under 10 years. For Off Color to even have a good AIS recipe is even more unusual. But then to take it into the tricky barrel-age realm requires, perhaps, some reckless self-confidence about knowing more about bacteria than Mother Nature. But, Off Color seems to have pulled it off here. Bravo.
Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 4.26 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
It's the best version of the Dino S'mores series aside from the new Double Barrel. It's a must try if you like s'mores. It smells, tastes, feels like a s'more treat!
Jan 19, 2021
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Reviewed by illtexzona from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
This review is for the 2020 Wild Turkey 101 Batch.

It pours like cola, which is about what I expected from previous years of BA Dino S'mores. The initial smell burns as if you dropped a shot of whiskey into a stout. None of the adjuncts come through in the taste. The Wild Turkey barrels over power everything great about the base version. In other years the barrel has accented those flavors. It is a medium to light imperial stout, but the alcohol leaves a burn going down. I think I'll let my other bottles rest for at least a year to see if it mellows out.
Nov 30, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Viscous oily black with no head. Smells of sweet vanilla and somewhat marshmallow, molasses, tons of dark chocolate, graham cracker, and bourbon, almost no wood. Taste has a touch more barrel, but really this is still driven by the base flavors from the orignal, bourbon just serves as an accent to the fudgy and sweet stout. Body is on the thinner side, hides booze well, more warm than boozy, sticky and sweeter. Better than the original by a tick
Mar 12, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by rjd722 from Maryland

Sep 13, 2019
Rated: 4 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin

Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by rcjennings from Ohio

May 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

May 13, 2019
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4/14/19 You can see how thin it is compared to other great stouts that I love. It’s almost porter thin.. I like the carbonation that sticks around and can feel it on my tongue. The barrel smell is faint and I don’t taste it very prominently either. It’s not as overly sweet as some other BA stouts and I like that part of it. Still, I am not loving this like I do their sours. What I do love is the new small bottle size. It’s the perfect amount of beer for the high abv stouts. I’m glad I bought this to try it, but if I could have tasted in on draft first, I probably would have passed on the $25 four pack. It’s just not unique enough and I prefer the thicker more barrel forward BA stouts

2/7/20 Cracked open another bottle and the aging hasn’t done much for the beer. I lowered my overall score and feel to 4.0 from 4.25. I get some Marshmallow and vanilla notes but nothing super exciting. I’m glad it’s not too sweet still. Good but not great. The coffee is the best variant by far. Otherwise stick to the spurs which are world class.
Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.17/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Thanks to bl00 for this one from NBS BIF #007. 12oz bottle poured into 10oz fluted tulip. Poured a solid black color, with no head, thus no retention or lacing, and low carbonation.

The aroma featured some roast upfront, with malt in the background. None of the olfactory components scream S'mores.

On the tongue, the roast was still dominant (and a wee bit harsh), but some chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon were noticeable.

The body was a bit on the thin side for a big stout, but did coat the tongue nicely.

Drinkability was fine, the harsh, bitey finish hurt in this aspect. Overall, a nice brew. I would have liked the chocolate and vanilla to have been a bit more prominent. Still, probably worth a shot if you see it.
Apr 06, 2018
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle poured into Aslin anniversary goblet and allowed to warm considerably.

L: Jet black. Very little head and no retention at all, no lacing, etc.

S: Too much of the barrel early on, reduces as it warms, but problematic. Cocoa and marshmallow seem to lead the way otherwise.

T: Bourbon and barrel still a bit too much. Cocoa, marshmallow, roasted malts. It's pretty good, but not great.

F: Medium to full bodied, a bit of carbonation. Construction is good, balance decent.

O: Might need a long cellaring.
Mar 21, 2018
Rated: 3 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Dec 01, 2017
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Rated by krome from Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
The bottle was a few years old (cellared in good conditions) and clearly didn't aged well.
Dec 01, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by jakea from Wisconsin

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by npachl from Wisconsin

Oct 18, 2017
Rated: 3.59 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Aug 28, 2017
Rated: 4 by rossracing from Illinois

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 4.3 by monty79_1997 from Missouri

May 26, 2017
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Rated by rkarimi from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Mar 22, 2017
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Reviewed by SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours near black. Slight ring of tan foam that quickly dissipates.
S: Whiskey dominates the nose. Slight hint of chocolate.
T: Much more complex than the nose. Chocolate leads the way. Very little toasty notes. Some sweetness and grain cracker as it warms. The whiskey, which dominated the nose, is present in the background but doesn't dominate.
MF: a little on the flat side. Booze heat present but not boozy.
O: Very good beer. The taste is so much better than the nose. Just a notch below the top beers in this category.
Feb 27, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
2016 vintage.

Pours a thinnish dark brown almost black color. Almost no head is noted other than some fizzy foam on top of the beer that disappears quickly. Beer appears mostly still. Even for a BA beer it looks thin and rather on the flat side.

Smell is a nice bourbon-y wood-y aroma with some sweet lactose and chocolate notes. Smells like a boozy s'more.

Taste follows the nose with plenty of boozy bourbon up front. Hints of oak and vanilla come through along with a strong graham cracker flavor. Not a straight up marshmallow flavor, but you get a sweet lactose flavor that conveys the sweet marshmallow. Chocolate malts come through providing a nice smore like flavor.

Feel is definitely thin - . Mild carbonation. Smooth feel with a touch of heat.

Yes, its a bit thin, even for a BA beer, but if you can get past that, the beer is really well done and captures the smore flavors pretty well. The BA version is also quite a bit better than the non-BA version. Not saying its lining up worthy, but its a very good beer. Finally, no signs of infection in this one - it tasted great.
Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by Kurmaraja from California

Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Jan 05, 2017
Rated: 4.79 by kreg02 from Illinois

Jan 04, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by YvesB from Belgium

Jan 02, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by thoglund from New York

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by dtm426 from Michigan

Dec 30, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by grover37 from District of Columbia

Dec 29, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Davit from California

Dec 27, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by sweemzander from Illinois

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by jcb7472 from Florida

Dec 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Ski3PO from North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
The aroma has promise. It does seem like it's going to be a boozy smore. But this is a thin, barrel-aged disappointment of a beer. The barrel aging did not integrate with the beer. It's boozy with a number of fruity off flavors as well. Skip this one.
Dec 19, 2016
Dino S'mores - Barrel-Aged from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 102 ratings