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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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89 Reviews
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Reviews: 89
Hads: 560
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 28.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, ruby brown body, fizzy head that fades entirely. Oat, caramel, and faint chocolate on the nose, but are weak. Honey and molasses do come through on the palate yet the beer remains dry. Faint vanilla. Malt. Good lasting finish for how light the flavors are. Overly carbonated, light bodied.
There is an elegance to the balance, understatement, and mildness of this one, but on the whole there isn't much compelling (IMO of course).

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer over at Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City a few weeks back, having never had this before nor anything from Off Color. The description of this beer made it seem more complex than it was in actuality but it turned out to be so easy to drink, a great representation of the style, and nuanced enough to savor from start to finish!

Nice brown pour to this with a moderate head, thin feel, and just a bit of carbonation that remained along the top of the liquid once the foam settled down. Little bit of molasses and brown sugar in the nose with more of the former in the taste to accompany the honey. Thin, slick, and somewhat sweet, everything was subtle with this and thankfully, there wasn't any caramel to make this sticky. The malt was a bit roasted and there were some underlying hints of dark fruit here as well but overall, there wasn't anything in particular that stuck out to to me when it came to the flavors.

The alcohol was right where it should have been and had I picked up more than one bottle, I would have had another immediately afterwards. Altbiers aren't that common but after having this, I wish that more brewers would give them a go. They're a great choice for this time of the year and this was a good example of how something doesn't have to be strong, boozy, hoppy, or overdone to be enjoyable. A hint of lingering, cloying chewiness kept me wanting more and isn't that what a good beer should make one want?

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

12 oz bottle, no date

appears a dark brown, almost black, thick off-white head. nice mild aroma of molasses, bread, a little herbal. taste is slightly sweet, but not too much. easy drinking, but flavorful. thin to medium bodied.

overall, an interesting beer - glad I tried.

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Photo of martinfletwood
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overall a decent beer. Nothing fancy, nothing bad. I didn't really taste much "honey" or "molasses", but I'm no expert either. I would drink it again, but wouldn't go looking for it.

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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 Moose90
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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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 ARoman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma starts sweet with a sharp berry, but it fades quickly, revealing earthy dark fruit, and wood notes with a rich molasses, chocolate. honey note and a hint of baked rye bread and grape jelly late. It pours a dark, deep caramel color with a thin soap white head that's unstable and fizzy, leaving only trace retention and no lace. The taste is a slightly north of medium bitter and a complimentary medium syrup sweet. The texture is slightly chewy, but not thick, with a slick feel and fizzy carbonation. The medium full body is like a molasses cookie with chocolate chips and raisins. It finishes with a zip of rye, chocolate and molasses that leaves a moderate, chocolate syrup aftertaste with hints of bread crust and a light earthiness.

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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 chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom (mostly added in the pour) served in a Belgian snifter.

Unexceptional appearance: dark brown body with a rather average, semi-durable, head.

It's not bold but the spicy aroma is unusual, fairly complex and intriguing. Good dark bread base.

Flavor: moderately strong, lightly spicy, and bready, with hints of dark honey, chocolate, raisins and molasses. Approaches 4.

Feel: near medium body with prickly carbonation that seems too high.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 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 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 Ozzylizard
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of Dgum21
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark for an alt. Cola-brown with amber highlights. Thin whispy head.

Molasses and roasted malt with a strong clove presence in the aroma. Brown sugar and coffee. Spicy hop character, but low. The clove note seems like an off flavor.

Nice robust roasted malts with some fruity esters in the flavor. Little hop character. Nutty and chocolatey. Molasses is strong, but not out of balance. The clove is not as apparent in the flavor, which is nice.

Nice slickness from the oats. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some astringency.

Doesn't quite fit the style for altbier, but I do imagine they're not all that interested in that.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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

Sweet and toasty malts.

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.

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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Photo of JohnnyI
2.84/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice altbier style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.