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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 05-31-2013

Just cause it's dark and German doesn't mean it's an alt. Based on the obscure Kottbusser style of beer, this surprisingly dry beer retains all the aroma and nuance of honey (from bees) and molasses (not from bees) creating a perception of sweetness through cool, controlled fermentation. Because we're sweet enough damn it.

18 IBU
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Ratings: 500 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue which shines bright red in the light. Body is haze-free with a moderate effervescence and a thin layer of tan foam. Color is wonderful, though I wish the head were a little more prominent.

Smell: rich, sweet caramel character -- this beer exemplifies how caramel malt flavors should be done. That said, it lacks complexity and intensity; but the purity of the aroma which is there is just great.

Taste: rich, brilliant caramel, along with a little breadiness and just a bit of toast and biscuit. Quite good, and although ambers are not really my thing, this does a pretty good job of it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess. I don't know what it is, but every beer I have tried today has had a great creaminess. Something in the atmosphere, maybe?

Overall: as I said, I'm not a great fan of amber ales unless they are extremely well-done. The caramel in Scurry really is something to experience, and, while some of its surrounding flavors don't float my boat, I do enjoy this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, 18 IBUs, 13.5°P

A - Deep ruby mahogany in color, Scurry, despite it's darkness, is still clear. The short ivory head puts the beer's name into action, disappearing rather rapidly.

S - Rich Munich malts bring breadiness straight to the front of the nose, brushed with notes of smooth wheat and chocolate; a milk chocolate truffle perhaps. Clover honey sweetness peeks through with traces of delicious, delicious molasses following behind.

T - Scurry, with all it's ingredients, has a lot going on in the flavor. Big malty breadiness is the showcase of the beer but its chocolate notes stem directly from this, wonderfully blending with honey sweetness and a splash of molasses along the finish.

M - Wheat and flaked oats contribute a beautifully smooth, almost creamy feel to this medium-bodied beer while nearly unnoticeable hops keep everything in check with balance as Scurry finishes with clean balance.

O - Altbiers aren't done a whole lot but Off Color's Scurry is a very nice, unique take on this German style, keeping in line with the malt and hop profile while spicing things up with wheat and flaked oats for a smooth body and honey and molasses for sweetness and a little sumthin' special.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Designed for ultimate refreshment but without compromising on quality or flavor, the classic taste of Dusseldorf will take on a hoppier Amber-type taste while the northern German varieties can resemble more of a Brown. Off Color's Scurry resembles more of the later but in true "off-color" fashion, there's a few Americanized twists and turns.

Scurry pours with a medium brown color with reddish amber highlights that pierces its striking clarity. As a creamy ivory-white head builds on top, the frothy later shows strong staying power and laces the glass with broken rings with each drink.

Its medium toasted aromas take on proportions of bread crust, light coffee ground, mild cocoa, pecan and peppercorn. A firm sweet tone of molasses provides the undertow for the toasted and savory grain scent and ride along side of a lightly woodish hop note.

Its husky-sweet taste starts with the promise of molasses and chocolate. But those sweeter flavors turn dry in an instant and allow the rustic nature of toasted grain, nutty and savory character to carry its balance through the middle. Finishing with that extended toasted taste, its spicy hop bitterness links up and dries the taste with its woodsy and slight grassiness.

Medium-light in body, its early sweetness and creaminess suggests a beer of more weight. But once the sweetness lifts, the ale dries out beautifully, but exposes a long draw in the middle that weakens considerably before its crisp and clean finish. Slim minty warmth and a mild iron taste rounds out the taste as lingering grain and toast persist briefly.

Scurry is a somewhat more hefty ale than what the Germans would have made, but its kiss of molasses and chocolate tilt suggests an American microbrewer hand was involved.

Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is of caramel, roasted malts, light smoke, honey, and a lot of molasses. makes for an interesting and complex sessionable beer. Glad I picked it up to try. Not sure if I would rush out to get this again, but it is tasty.

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color, this beer looks a lot like cola both in the color and the bubbling near-effervescence. The off-white head spritzes down quickly, and it looks more soda-like as the edges lighten and thin. There's not much lace, but a little.
There's a mingling of tangy and sweet on the nose, toasty and nutty in a particular way, with an unusual note I can only think of as grist. There's a slight dry bitterness, too.
The flavor brings a bit more roast, downright toasty in the middle, with strong notes of dry and soft malts and grains. There are fruity esters throughout, a little leafy bitterness that seems almost woody as it dries, and a finish of baker's chocolate.
The body is just short of effervescent and rests on the border of light and medium. It's starts off with the promise of a bigger body, sweetness, maybe even creaminess, but dries out (which is nice) and still keeps some smoothness. It does go a little thinner than the style calls for, but all in all it's good stuff.

Photo of AdamF625
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours out dark brown and appears black in the glass. A very thin off white head that fizzles out and leaves a white ring around the glass.
S- very grainy, dark wheat, earthy aromas
T- similar to the nose very raw and grainy, finishes with a subtle sweetness that lingers pleasantly. Honey comes through nicely.
M- thin body with moderate carbonation. A good amount of residual sweetness for a 5 percenter that rounds the beer out.
O- I'm glad I grabbed this in my travels. It's a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Surprised by the blend of raw grain and sweetness. 

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark- reddish brown with visibility through the body and a light tan head.

S- light roasted malts, hint of coco and caramel

T- light roasted malts, caramel, toffee, honey, coco, a bit of bitterness.

M- light-medium bodied, nice and smooth. a bit thin and water.

O- I really enjoy the taste of this brew, a little thin in the mouth but it is very drinkable.

Photo of CaptureTHEraptor
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

KHad in a bottle poured into a Troegs Chalice.
A-Dark brown. Little head that dissipates quickly.
S- brown sugar, bread, hint of chocolate
T-very bland, hint of brown sugar, black berry, and banna.
MF- tingly like bottles soda on the roof of your mouth
Overall, it was okay. Wasn't impressed. It taste like it's going to be amazing in the beginning and then just falls off into blandness.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Small off-white head. Settles to a very thin collar.

Smell - Nutty brown malts, some chocolate. Honey. Wheat grain lends some brighter aromas.

Taste - Lots of dark caramel and nutty brown malts. Honey is strong and gives it a lighter and sweeter feel. Deep molasses-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel - I drink this very quickly. Nicely drinkable and pleasantly sweet without being cloying. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Simple and unassuming beer, but it's well made and balanced.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a light reddish to dark brownish amber depending on the light. The head was an ivory froth with real staying power.

The aroma is toasty, kind of nutty like a caramelized pecan. Some sweet caramel malt and a touch of dried fruit.

The flavor is for the most part spot on the aroma as I get a toast, roast and pecan nuttiness. The finish is a bit watery but it holds on to the toast malt throughout.

The feel is full but ends light and watery. This is very easy though and drinks quickly.

Interesting brew as it holds about 80 percent a solid roasted toasted ale and 20 percent a light watery mix.

Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -17.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Curved Pint Glass

A: A nice solid dark brown

S: Smells like oats, molasses, and honey.

T: The flavors here are all muted and soft. The oats and molasses mostly dominate.

M: Smooth with just the tiniest of carbonation.

O: This is going to make some great pancakes.

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scurry is brewed in the Kottbusser tradition, a regional pre-Reinheitsgebot German brown ale brewed with oats, honey, and molasses.

Served on tap at the brewery, first commercial batch produced. Several servings drank out of a tulip glass. Clarity was slightly hazy, body was a light brown with a slight orangey tone, topped with a dollop of off white foam that stuck around for awhile. Some delicate lacing in the glass as it was emptied.

Aromas of fresh milled grains and husks, dry and crisp, not especially sweet. A light earthiness from the grains.

Flavor is similarly malt forward, grains dominate with a nice bite in the middle, the beer finishes dry and clean. Body is on the lighter side but certainly has substance, body is smooth, possibly due to the oats, and the honey & molasses add plenty of fermentable sugars, but it certainly isn't sweet. Very drinkable, straightforward and sessionable, several glasses were easily emptied.

The brewers mentioned the next batch will have more honey aroma, in this batch it was added all at once and sank to the bottom. Looking forward to this beer on draft for the summer (and beyond).

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear mahogany/ruby red color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like honey, molasses, chocolate, and some nuts. The brew tastes like honey, molasses, earthiness, chocolate, nuts, and some dark bread. It's a mostly sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit syrupy and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew. It's the first beer I've had from Off Color Brewing, and hopefully it won't be the last.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY.

Pours a reddish brown color, with a small 1/4 inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like honey, caramel, chocolate, and molasses.

This is a pretty solid altbier. Not entirely sure how "authentic" it is, with the addition of molasses and flaked oats, but it's still tasty. I get nice tastes of cocoa powder, caramel, pumpernickel bread, nut, toffee, and a spicy, grassy hop bitterness.

Light to medium bodied, with a crisp, smooth mouthfeel, only slightly creamy, and a fairly strong amount of carbonation.

Off Color continues to impress me so far.

Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date. While BA lists this as an altbier, the company website says this is actually an obscure German style known as Kottbusser. I looked up what a Kottbusser brew is and it says it's an old German style that uses 30% wheat malt and adds small amounts of honey, molasses, and unmalted oats to it. Those are the exact ingredients in this beer, so I guess it is actually more correct to call this a Kottbusser rather than an alt.

The beer poured a dark brown color, but it gave off lots of purple highlights when I held it to the light. 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing, so I didn't score it that high in appearance.

The beer smelled mostly like chocolate with molasses and honey underneath.

Chocolatey flavor with some roasted malt and wheat in it as well. Not as sweet as you would expect from a beer made with chocolate malt, molasses, and honey in it, but while you can taste the chocolate, the honey and molasses are barely noticeable, so it's not really that sweet. At just 18 IBUs the bitterness is low, but at least you can tell there are some hops in here.

The addition of flaked oats makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to go along with the light to medium body and low carbonation.

It's very easy to drink but can't say that it wowed me over. Still nice to try a new style I never heard of before.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin light tan head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, molasses, hints of nuts and chocolate, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows with dark sweet malt, molasses, nuts, dark dried fruit, dark bread. Medium bodied. A nice example of a old ale / altbier style brown ale with a pleasant sweet, dark malt bill and lots of supporting flavors. Well balanced and interesting.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pretty darn dark. Some cola highlights around the edges. Modest tan head.
smell: Subdued. Some toasty malt and hints of molasses and cocoa.
taste: just like the nose. Subtle to be sure.
overall: Pleasant and fits the altbier profile. A "smooth" and "delicate" beer. Nothing bad to say about this. Pleasant enough though nothing to get excited about either.

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malts are present in the nose along with notes of malt extracts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of malts and malts extracts (without any sweetness).
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have very non-descript aromas and flavors and doesn't stand out compared to any of the other beers I've had in this style.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from Off Color Brewing, out of Chicago. An altbier, not a style I am too familiar with, my third review of an altbier on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of good fluffy creamy tan head on top of a nice chestnut / ruby colored body with decent clarity and lots of carbonation bubbles rushing topside. Good creamy head retention, almost root beer float like in appearance. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is nice also. Dark grains, chocolate malt, earthy nuttiness, some cream, some dark cherry, honey, graham cracker, & raisins.

T - Taste is pretty nice also. Cream, earth, nuttiness, chocolate malt, wet grains, hint of paperboard, dark cherry, mineral water, & raisins. Honey, molasses, and oats are all distinct when you look for them. Very nicely done, all of the flavors have their own part to play in this mixture. The selected hops lend a very nice earthy character.

M - Very smooth, sweet and creamy, from the honey and the oats, with some dark fruitiness lingering around on the palate. Mostly a very clean, bready finish. Very nicely done.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this beer, it is definitely something I would seek out again. Very nicely layered and complex, yet still approachable and drinkable. A very nice first beer from Off Color Brewing. I look forward to trying many more.

Off Color Brewing Scurry ---4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mainly dark fruits, good deal of malt, tad bit of spice, not very balanced. Watery as well.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured vigorously into a clear solo cup (I know, I know...)
Never had a Kottbusser before, so here goes -

A: Minimal toffee-colored head dissipates quickly. Not much retention. This stuff is pretty opaque, reminds me of diner coffee.

S: Honey, caramel, dark multigrain bread. Something else too, maybe dates, not sure.

T: Much like the nose. Honey, caramel, definitely the multigrain bread, cola & a pleasant yeasty note on the finish. Imagine a Baltic porter crossed with an Alt & you're not too far off.

M: Carbonation is lower than what I would typically like, but it works here. What I love is that despite all of its dark-beer qualities, this brew is stunningly light on the palate. I could drink six of these back-to-back & not feel like I've just had a meal.

O: I'm impressed. The flavors all play nicely together, this beer is just well designed & executed. No surprise coming from Off-Color.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 23, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark brown to almost black, a light tan head of about an inch with excellent retention. Seems to have a bit of sediment but hard to tell for sure.

S – An impression of honey or maple syrup and mostly sweet, only mildly bitter, chocolate. Some vanilla and coffee-ish notes come in second.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with the chocolatey-coffee flavors coming to the forefront. Lightly vanilla and some slightly fruity/grassy hop flavor and bitterness. The thing I’m coming up with is sorghum molasses. Somewhat nutty.

M – Very well-carbonated, sudsy, with a smooth, mildly dry finish. Bitterness is there but light, in harmony.

O – Like most altbiers, this seems like it could identify in other categories, and this one gives a clear impression of a hopped porter or the beginning of an American stout. Very flavorful, very drinkable, an excellent beer.

Photo of Dgum21
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good dark color. I enjoyed the mouth feel initially although it finished with a very dry after taste. Taste was initially okay, expected more sweet from the molasses and honey. The after taste is what got this beer poor ratings: the poor taste at the end and the dry mouth feel.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery open house.

A: Pours a murky woody brown with a small beige head.

S: Smells of cashews, toasted grain, a bit yeasty, maple, brown bread.

T: Dryish caramel, nutty, slightly astringent toasted malt, honey.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation with a silky feel.

O: Very nice altbier. Sweet but not sweet enough to inhibit drinkability. I probably had around 4 or 5 tasters of this throughout the night.

Photo of Chiefy770
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl Oz Bottle
No Freshness Date
Reviewed on January 21st, 2015
Served in a Nonic Pint Glass

Eyes
Dark chestnut-colored body. A rather thin tan head collapsed and left a creamy cap with minimal lacing throughout.

Nose
Sweet and toasty malts.

Mouth
Toasted grains hit the tongue first. Notes of oats and nuts carried much of the malt flavor. A light, yet noteworthy sweetness was present, consisting of honey and molasses. Not a whole lot going on with the hops, however this brew did finish out with a decent amount of earthy bitterness. Medium bodied. Light/moderate carbonation.

Overall
Not half-bad. Personally, I would have liked a little more from the malts but I didn’t let it ruin my night.

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.