Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 547
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ZBowden
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark copper ruby with thick beige head well retained, smells of molasses and honey with a minerally bright roastiness, tastes of brilliant chocolatey roastiness moves to molasses with bright bitterness accentuated by the carbonation, lasting finish with reminiscences of honey.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks jan2 for this super cool extra! Enjoyed from a goose island flute.

a - brew poured an amber brown that was semi transparent when held to the light. The beer poured with a thin off grey bubbly head that dissolved leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface where the beer met the glass and small islands of bubbles. Really nice clarity with visible soft even carbonation.

s - nose is honey oat and grain. Subtle earthiness

t - yum, very solid toasted malt. Earthy and nutty. Exactly as described...a medley of honey, oat, and molases.

m - great body. Medium to full bodied with bold and rich flavors.

o - a really well made beer. Very enjoyable. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. I hear they will be coming to NY soon, can't wait!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Also sampled last night on 9/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a small flute glass.

This 'Altbier' (Old beer) style brew pours a deep mahogany in color with some ruby highlights. A very thin off-white is seen. More lacing seen than I did expect after the thin head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted and chocolate malts with a hint of honey and molasses also with more so in the taste. Great taste and goes down very easy. Medium carbonation as well as medium bodied. Overall, a different tasty brew.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours dark brown yet sits on the glass black. Half a finger of tan/off-white color head on the pour. Weird seeing this amount of active carbonation in the glass with such a dark colored beer.

Smell: Coffee, oats, and airy honey on the front. The oats continue to open up and be felt throughout, while adding a molasses sweetness on the body. The effervescence of this beer is truly unique, has the coffee and molasses notes with some lighter pils malt accents.

Taste: The front is grains, oats, and some earthy honey. A potent body of dark malts, chocolate, and sticky molasses. The dry grainy body is an unexpected but welcome touch. Molasses and honey smoothes out the finish as the oats continue to open up and come in waves over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Where to start here... Easy front yields to a darker complex body. It then comes full circle and evens out on the finish, creating a very drinkable beer.

Overall: So Off Color Brewing defines this as a beer that is based on the obscure style, a Kottbusser which is a dark honey ale. I love the vision and inspiration these guys have and I really enjoyed the beers they have produced so far. If you want something different, these are your guys.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a brownish black with a moderate and fizzy head. The aroma is striking and satisfying. I get oatmeal, maple, burnt sugar, roasted meat, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. The flavor flavor is rich and toasty, it reminds me of toasted rye bread with a slice of fresh roast beef on top. This a a great hearty beer. I recognize I am drinking it out of season, but on a cool fall night this would be a perfect tipple.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle sealed with silver pressure cap.

poured into SP Wine Stem

Appearance: dark brown to a light black body with a mahogoney hue when held up to light. Thick cap of off white head that drops down to a thin ring around the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet malts that smell like brown sugar, and caramel with a hint milk chocolate. Malt profile is also toasted, lightly roasty, and nutty. Smells like a malt forward brown ale brewed with brown sugar as a brewing adjunct. Really nice nose on this beer.

Taste: Interestesting....from the nose I would have expected this beer to have a decent amount of sweetness, but its actually leading off with light roast and nuttiness, mild bitterness, and a decent amount of toasted malt. Slightly bready with a hint of caramel. I also taste a decent molasses note and some oats as well. Hint of earthy hops. As the beer warms, it becomes more rich and malty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low levels of carbonation. Almost moderate carbonation levels, but not enough carbonation to say its moderate. Soft and delicate creamy mouthfeel, that get slightly prickly on the end of each sip. Very smooth drinking beer.

Overall: This is only my second Altbier that I have drank. The other is New Glarus Altbier. I have to say that this is a really good beer style. Its like a sessionable brown ale; flavorful yet very easy drinking. This is honestly my favorite beer that I have tried from Off Color so far. I have had Troublesome and Apex Predator. Its a must try if you like Altbier, I definately prefer Off Color Scurry over New Glarus Alt. I would also recommend this beer to people who like a malty brown ale because this beer will fit into that niche very well.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of udouche
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with high carbonation and little head.

S - Sweet malts with hints of cola.

T - Great mix of malts, chocolate, and hints of raisin.

M - Light and crisp. Good amount of carbonation racing across the roof of my mouth.

O - Great beer for fall. Easy to drink with low ABV. Too sweet to be sessionable, but one goes down great.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with all kinds of hues. There's brick red, dark brown sugar and light golds, even orange. Scant head of khaki foam that fell fast. Brilliant clarity. Nose is a bit of oats.Smells like steel cut oats. Malty and some light airy chocolate. Taste is malty and and rich. It's like a thin sheet of malt in the drink that's crisp and dry but also has a bit of depth. It has a molasses undertone that is not very prominent but seems to combine almost seamlessly with the oats. Those oats lend a dryness and creaminess to this beer. The chocolate is light and meets a faint dab of honey. There is a nutty flavor. The body is a bit thinnish even though it drinks with a full flavor. It is a touch sticky in the mouthfeel and to me it tastes like some kind of brittle.

This beer is wonderful it the fact that all it's flavors are understated and because it does not mow down your palate with heavy sticky honey or molasses. It's earthy and has the brilliant expanse of a malt that has not been allowed to become too deep for it's own good. The malt is lovely and smooth with a bit of shy grainy texture to let you know there is something forceful in this beer.

I loved this and it's my favorite so far from this brewer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body, with a few garnet hints at the far edges, and, a small-sized, brief beige head.

Smell: Chocolate, cola nose (and cola appearance, really) with hints of toasted dark bread, fine sugars, with background touches of herb and plump raisins.

Taste: Chocolate glazed rich dark bread toastiness, scantly nutty, with some additional caramelly sweetness, as well as hints of the added molasses and honey. Very mildly roasty. A little raisiny dark fruitiness precludes a minor herbal hint and light balancing bitterness. Slowly, softly dries out on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation, a bit tingly, prickly.

Overall: Good beer. Though a bit cost prohibitive for me at four clams per bottle, were it to be a bit more reasonable, I would readily make this a standard addition to the fridge. It's got an inviting maltiness bolstered by the molasses and honey, yet it remains reasonably dry and nimble on the tongue, thanks to the healthy carbonation.

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
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).

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a ginger pour resulted in a large cloud-esque tan head on top of a deep brown body with ruby edges.

Aroma: Chocolate covered raisons, molasses, honey.

Flavor: Falls a bit flat from the nose to the palate, light chocolate, some grassy hop. Sweetness comes through very light. Much more like an actual alt.

Mouthfeel: Thin and milky. Dissipating finish.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Scurry is of the deep brown variety. It presents itself with a thin veil of tan bubbles, the bubbles prefer to not dirty the glass,

S-All malt. I pick up a succinct nuttiness. Almost like a toasted almond situation. Earthy with some brown sugar as well. I enjoyed how it smelled.

T-The components of the flavor seem to weld together and lose some of the aroma's intricacies. I still taste that nuttiness that reeled me in initially. Some flat cream soda flavor. Light caramel, just a bit of roast and bit of earth. A soft dark fruitiness.

M-Medium bodied. Pretty bubbly. Creamy feel. I have been taking my time with this one but it's pretty eager to go down the ol' suckhole.

O-Love, love, love Off Colors labels and their general ambiance. This is my second beer from them and both have been above average. I never mind being able to enjoy a well made offering of a style that is rare among the American craft beer scene.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottled date. Drank 7.25.15. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Tulip.

A: Pours an extremely dark cola hue with a very small, very creamy head which begins to fade immediately, and is completely gone within a few minutes. Reminds me of a cup of half day old straight black coffee.

S: Honey, caramel, oatmeal, raisins, bready. Light and subtle, yet complex, aromatics.

T: Strong flavors of rich malt and roasted oats. Toss in some molasses and honey to sweeten the pot, and a hint of spice which I can't pin down to make your taste buds work a little.

M: Rich, good carbonation, light and dry, very cleansing. No palate fatigue whatsoever, highly drinkable... leaves just a hint of malt and raisin aftertaste.

O: I have nothing to compare this beer to other than many a hazy recollection of vaguely similar german beer hall brews, but this stands out. The sweetness and layering of flavors, combined with the drinkability leaves a strong impression. It is a calming beer, steady and refreshing without ever being exciting. In a world of big beers and palate wreckers, this is a pleasant 'chill, turn off your brain, and relax' beer.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of pagriley
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap on Nitro. Poured into a pint

Thick creamy head as you would expect on nitro
Smelled of roasted malts, hints of nuts and honey
Rich malts with honey and toasty caramel
the nitro just makes this - I have had it from a bottle and on regular CO2 tap and thought it lacked body and was a bit thin - nitro is perfect for this - just sends it over the top with a fantastic mouth feel and rich body.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of gregdafdxguy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautifully restrained ale, which reminds me of New Glarus in its drinkability. In other words, I could easily drink a six pack of this in a couple of hours, and I think that’s part of Off Color’s intention; it’s an easily crushable brew. Smells sweet and malty, touch of honey. Clear dark brown with a red tinge, but not approaching black. I love how it tastes, sweet up front but not cloying. Pleasant dry finish. Elegant, you might say. Palate is slightly creamy behind the up-front tingly carbonation. The overall effect is greater than the sum of its parts. I love it. BONUS: This is now in 12oz bottles in six-packs. A $9.99 per six-pack beer made by great local brewers? I was getting worried Chicago's new craft beers only came in $10 bombers, Half Acre being the exception. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, Off Color.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep amber with white head. Nose feature dry roasted malts with light honey notes and chocolate. Very malty. The taste follows in suit with the nose. Heavy on roasted malts, with light honey notes shining throughout. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, a nice take on the style. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of adapt313
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not too sure how true to form this is for an altbier but I do know scurry is exceptionally drinkable. The honey and molasses are very present but never overpowering. The surprisingly crisp and light mouthfeel combine with just enough hop character to balance the sweetness. Perfect sessionable beer for those cool summer nights.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/16/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains rich caramelized malts, maple, brown sugar and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, maple and citrus come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.