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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 537
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 537
Photo of Moose90
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into 16oz glass

A — Pours a deep and dark brown hue into the glass. There is an insane amount of foam here, head billows out of the glass, took quite a while to pour this one. Somewhat sticky lacing left behind but not too much.

S — Smell is sweet and a bit spicy, lots of molasses and caramel character here, a little bit of wheat. No real oat character.

T — Tastes similar to the nose, though not quite as sweet thankfully. Just a hint of molasses and some light wheat, but overall slightly sweet and a touch of bitter.

M — Medium bodied, obviously high carbonation.

O — Good overall beer, consistent quality from Off Color, but this one wasn't my favorite. (693 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a murky cola color with a negligible topping of coarse bubbles, even with a vigorous pour. Aroma smells of toffee and salted caramel with a hint of chocolate.

The taste features a coarse, vague sweetness up front, followed by a long, pronounced aftertaste of raw oats. The honey and molasses touted on the label don’t come through in proper fashion. The body stands its ground initially but then falls through toward the middle and back, while the carbonation is on the low side.

I’m sorry to say this falls far short of the enticing description on the bottle. While the acuteness of the oats is intriguing, this brew comes off as thin and sugary without much balance to speak of. This is my first experience with Off Color, and I wouldn’t exactly describe it as putting their best foot forward. (814 characters)

Photo of Dgum21
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 3.59/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Unmarked bottle at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma – basically none, maybe a hint of molasses, at best inoffensive
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque, effervescent
Flavor sweet, no distinct flavors come through; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 2.75. Sweet brown fizzy water. I feel sorry for the oats that died to make this liquid. (607 characters)

Photo of nperrier
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Oakey and a bit malty with a dark color and light body. Flavor isn't super full, but it's drinkable. I don't think I'd drink it again unless my only alternatives were cheap domestics. (185 characters)

Photo of JohnnyI
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this poured from a bottle at FIG in downtown Charleston, then subsequently returned the glass after about 3 or 4 sips and went back to the Revelry Crosstown Brown that I was drinking on tap. In the short time that my wife and I sampled the beer, there was plenty of opportunity to get an objective rating and experience. The beer was poured without so much as a suggestion of a head. No froth, foam or suds to be seen. It was a deep, roasty brown (in dim bar lighting) with decent clarity. The aroma was somewhat complex, with a sweet honey-like aroma, a little faint roasted nuttiness and an off sour vinegar scent. The flavor followed suit, imitating a toasty American brown ale, but with the addition of a peculiar green olive flourish. I can't say if this is the desired flavor profile, or if this bottle was spoiled. The mouthfeel was pretty average. Adequate body and carbonation, so it didn't really stand out one way or the other. Minus the strange vinegar-like sour notes it would have passed as a mild brown ale, but I was simply unable to get past that odd quality. In reading other reviews, I've heard this beer described in so many different ways, it's a wonder that we are all drinking the same beer. Is it a matter of bottling or production consistency? Or is the beer that much of an enigma as to produce such vastly ranging descriptions? Hopped Porter, Stout, bubbly Scotch Ale, American Brown? These are all seemingly contradictory descriptions that you'll find here. Perhaps I would try this again, just to confirm whether the first bottle I had was off or not. At it's best, I doubt this is going to move the needle much either way. (1,657 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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. (317 characters)

Photo of Fuzzgun91
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Sorta underwhelming. Considering what the listed ingredients were, I thought it would be a bit more sweet and/or out there. Was good, but let down my high expectations. (168 characters)

Photo of Paincane
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Mahogany hued with short-lived tan head.
S: Nose includes coffee, roasty malt & molasses.
T: Bread, brown sugar, honey & coffee notes are among its flavors.
M: Smooth balanced brew with easy drinkability and a dry finish.
O: Good Altbier that is well worth tasting. (272 characters)

Photo of hopley
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Something didn't work for me with this beer - way too much carbonation with a head that settled awkwardly and uneven on top of the beer with big symmetrical bubbles. It had a soapy smell and bubbly taste on account of the carbonation. It got slightly better after it settled and warmed slightly - the honey and molasses taste came out a bit that made me think it tasted more like a bubbly Scotch Ale. I wouldn't buy this one again, but wouldn't write it off entirely as perhaps I got a bad bottle - I've liked the other Off Color beers I've tried. (550 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark brown with red edges and a fizzy tan head. Nose is mostly molasses and notes of coffee bean and roast. Taste is more sticky molasses and strong roasted malt notes. Some cooked brown sugar through a finish that thins a bit. Medium body with assertive carbonation thinning in the finish. (298 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, and wood. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, slight pale malt, and wood. Overall, poor appearance, high carbonation, and decent body and aroma. (426 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a medium brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt and a sugary component, but not much else. A little subdued.

T: Tasted of malt and molasses, but the advertised honey didn't really shine through. A lot of German-style beers don't always seem to have a great deal of complexity (a very broad statement), and this one seems to be no exception. Kind of bland.

M: A lot of carbonation with a sharp, crisp, and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but definitely a forgettable one. Still, somewhat drinkable. (698 characters)

Photo of CaptureTHEraptor
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was difficult to rate. It did not have any head, so it was ugly, it had a slight sour smell, which I hate and the taste was non-descript. Pretty bland actually. However it was not a bad tasting beer. It was slightly sweet and thats about it. I mean it was a dark beer but really did not taste dark. Good dark beer for a intro to non dark drinkers. or those who are scared of dark beers. (396 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Deep brown opaque color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Not much of a nose maybe some honey and flavor is mild malts and hints of honey. $3.99 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (267 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz format. Brown glass. Unbranded silver pry-off cap.

LABELING: Very appealing fun label art and design.

5.3% ABV. 13.5 Plato. 18 IBUs.

Purchased in CO and served cold into a Spaten stangenglas at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as a dark honey ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. Khaki colour head. Fizzy. Relatively thin. Not real creamy or frothy. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark deep ruby red. Translucent, but nontransparent. Not real vibrant. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's decent looking, but nothing stands out. It doesn't evoke any specific style.

AROMA: Dark genuine honey is present, but the aroma doesn't suggest an overly sweet or cloying brew. Amber malts. Caramel. A bit of toffee, perhaps. Hints of chocolate malt. Evokes dark bread. Definitely seems like a meal in a glass in classic German style. Subtle pecan is present throughout, and is the stand-out note for me personally.

I have trouble identifying any molasses. This isn't too sweet by any means, as can be the case in a honey beer. But I crave a more evocative honey character. The yeast does lend it a distinct German character, with ideal attenuation.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Evokes dark bread both in flavour and feel, with an apt medium body, plenty of thickness and heft on the palate, and an approachable presence on the palate. German yeast immediately announces itself, and has the following notes under its wing to play with, all of which work well together: caramel, amber malts, a hint of malt syrup (probably the molasses), dark honey, and chocolate malt. The pecan is more subtle than would be ideal, but really works well here. I have trouble finding the oats; maybe they're just here to lend it its smooth and wet texture without imparting flavour.

It's well balanced if a bit plain initially, but as it comes to temperature I come to appreciate its subtleties; the pecan emerges more, the amber malts flourish, and some subtle toffee comes into play. Hints of toast. What would be great is a more evocative honey note on par with the honey beers coming out of Estonia. In German fashion, it doesn't go for big obnoxious flavours and isn't crazy complex, but it's well put together, cohesive, and has good depth of flavour.

Well-carbonated.

OVERALL: Very drinkable. An enjoyable honey ale from Off Color, with noticeably German characteristics. I'll enjoy finishing the glass, and would love to get this in 6 packs - ideally at a better price. It's sessionable (at least by Irish standards) and pleasant to drink, with no noticeable alcohol or booze. Nice work from the cats at Off Color.

Low B- (2,816 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown that has hints of mahogany when placed against the light. Head disapates quickly and poor lace retention.
Aroma of roasted malts, dark raw grain, cola and coffee.
Roasted malt taste, cola and mild hops. This beer feels a bit like a light Porter and is smooth and creamy at first. However, the lowcarbonation that fades halfway and leaves the beer flat.
Not my favorite and I can't really see myself drinking again soon. (441 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at Twisted Spoke.

Where else could Bachelor Party-Palooza 2013 end but Smut-n-Eggs at Twisted Spoke? Might as well indulge in some tempura-fried bacon and a Kottbusser. This stuff pours a slightly-murky sienna topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises dry barley, mixed nuts, dried maple syrup, and a hint of oatmeal-raisin cookie. The taste brings in more of the same, though things are dominated by a toasty syrup-coated nut flavor that doesn't sit all that well with my tastebuds. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta slick feel. Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer. It was nice to try a style that's nearly extinct, but this one just tasted a bit too strange for me. Still, a solid way to end a crazy night... (817 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cola colored with very little head or carbonation. Can smell honey and molasses. Tastes similar with a slightly smoky finish. As others have pointed out, a pretty flat beer. Not bad, but not something I'll buy again. (216 characters)

Photo of popery
3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brown with a few shades of maroon mixed in. It looks pretty clear but it's hard to tell due to the relatively dark color. Small head, beige. It's really just a smattering of bubbles and even those fade away after a minutes. The aroma has a grapey malt sweetness to it. Some deeper sweetness, molasses and caramel, is also fairly strong. Maybe, a touch of honey, but that's always hard to find in beer. Fairly nutty. Mild cocoa. I'd bet the molasses contributed a good bit of color because there isn't a ton of darker malt flavor. It's definitely more toasty, and lightly so at that, than roasty. The taste is similar, though there's a piney hop note and almost cinnamon-y spice flavor. Mild mint, too. It's fairly sweet, almost cloying for a ~5% abv beer. The mouthfeel is fairly full. Those oats give it some body. It's actually more altbier-ish than I'd expected. Regardless, it's tasty enough and they packed in a good amount of flavor for the abv, but it's just not all that enjoyable. A bit too much sweetness without really committing to that idea. (1,067 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Actually, I'm not sure it's even a finger high - it's a bit hard to tell as retention is rather poor. No lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: There are definite altbier hints here - a rich caramel backbone and a general lager element to it pop thoroughly. But what pops even more are the notes of honey and molasses. The nose really evokes pumpernickel bread beautifully. It's interesting to see how it compares to the flavor profile, that's for sure. (3.75)

Taste: It compares fairly well. There are initial flavors of molasses, bread, and honey, trailing off into a slightly herbaceous finish. Hints of chocolate pop up. Decent, but very simple. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This manages to be both rich and bone-dry all at the same time. Carbonation pricks the tongue somewhat, helping to cut through the slickness nicely. (3.5)

Overall: Not the greatest beer of all time, but I like how this brewery managed to make it feel rich yet drinkable. I'd drink it again, and I'd even consider buying it again. (3.5)

3.43/5: Certainly nothing to scurry away from (1,169 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours dark brown with no head and lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top. it looks like Coke. Aroma of honey, molasses and malt. Tastes of malt, molasses and very sweet. Light bodied with lots of carbonation with smokey finish. It’s like drinking an alcoholic Coca-Cola. (309 characters)

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.