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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 536
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with molasses, oat, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice set of aromas and tasty flavors that get better as the beer warms up. (580 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool recipe here in a surprising beer. a honey and molasses dark beer thats heavy on the oats. i expected a sugar bomb and got a remarkably dry and full flavored beer that seems more appropriate for autumn than late spring. dark amber to light brown in color, some viscosity here, and not a ton of head, creamy and lazy looking. the nose is the unrefined sugar element of the molasses, a nice rich grain bill that ranges from medium crystal malt to chocolate malt and the buttery dry freshness of rolled oats. hops appear minimal in the nose. the flavor is great, i get the honey on the front end, the essence of the bee, the pollen and the flower, with much of the sweetness being fermented out. perfect grain profile for that flavor too, its just right. more molasses in the finish with a light spice and a very sturdy base in terms of body. a really dialed in and clever recipe, i hope this is around in the fall when the leaves start to turn, it has that hunker down and cozy in type of vibe without being a barrel aged enormous beer. i super dig this. (1,061 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,754 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
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). (1,145 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.11/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,081 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 TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark brownish amber with a thin but persistent cap of foam. Thin body with plenty of spritz in the mouth.

Taste is definitely odd. Grainy tasting with the honey flavor coming through eventually on the tongue. Hops are not much in evidence, though the label notes there are some noble varieties I am not familiar with-- Hersbrucker and the aromatic Strisselspalt. The oats do give an oat flavor, more so than any beer I've have. The honey is not too strong, but there is a slightly sweet persistent taste that I could easily believe is the molasses.

This is a very interesting concoction, highly drinkable, and totally unusual. I'm not sure I want to try this often but it's great to share the adventurous spirit. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. (785 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I appreciate tenderbranson69 sharing this, enjoyed chilled in a can shaped glass.

The color is dark brown like toffee with quick collapsing head, bead ring revives when swirled. The smell is strong and malty with sweet honey-like scent and light caramel in the aroma with with subtle woody tinge. Medium bodied feel with gentle sweetness and moderate carbonation with mild toasted grain texture with slight tangy yeast with semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with malt flavor and slight molasses earthiness with sweet flavor and mild herbal flavor of hops with gentle earthy and dry yeast with a mild toffee-like semi sweet finish. Overall I consider this pretty good for the style a little on the sweet side but enjoyable all the way through (750 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 smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby brown color where light shines through the center. Small head that dies to a fine level of rim bubbles. No lace.

Smell: Dark molasses aroma with a bit of mocha in the background

The flavor is less sweet than I expected. The hop is also much more present. There's some strong porter elements to this beer. Lowly carbonated with a fuller body. Short aftertaste but with a nice blend. (401 characters)

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. (1,465 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium dark brown color with an off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of malt sweetness, notes of caramel, brown sugar. The flavor has a good amount of nuts, caramel and raisin, pretty nice and well rounded ale. Slight tangy flavor to go with the bread, nuts, caramel and raisin tones. Oats smooth out the body with a hint of chocolate. Full bodied, well carbonated ale. Overall, this was a pretty good hybrid style bier and I would certainly drink this again some time. (487 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (597 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 BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (1,257 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (928 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)

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