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Although I haven’t had this particular variant before, I do have some very fond memories of its base beer from a festival I attended a few years ago.  Needless to say, I was pretty excited when bottles of this hit my area a few weeks ago.

Beer Name: Coffee Dino S’mores

Brewery: O (Chicago, IL)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.5%

Description: Per the website, the Imperial Stout at the base of this beer was brewed with graham flour, marshmallow fluff, vanilla, and cocoa nibs.  The coffee influence came two types of beans; one that added floral and citrusy notes and another for chocolate sweetness and body.

Appearance: Black body with a thin tan head.

Smell: Rich dark malt, mellow marshmallow sweetness, and fresh light roast coffee.

Taste: Rich dark malt and vanilla upfront, followed by a layer of bittersweet chocolate.  Gradually transitioned towards medium to light roast coffee and a marshmallow sweetness.  The finish was moderately boozy and swirled all the various flavors into one complete package.  Not entirely unlike a slightly roasty, boozy s’more served up with coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body with low carb nation.

Hype: Elevated.  There was much fanfare when this hit the Boston area and I was very curious to see if it would live up to my memories of an all too brief first encounter.

Overall: I really, really liked this.  An excellent big stout for those that enjoy the extra flavors, I happily savored this on a cold evening.  It’s not something I’d want a lot of at once, indeed the 12 oz bottle was probably the ideal amount, but I’d readily seek this out again.