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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 547
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 71 | 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.

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 547
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 cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 Minkybut
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bottle with no discernable date into shaker pint. 2 finger head took time to settle very dark brown with some ruby hue

S - Roasty, oats

T - Sweet malts, some honey, chocolate slight bitterness

M - medium carb, nice body, creamy, smooth

O - enjoyable brew esp when I want something roasty but not so much a porter or stout

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours dark brown in color with a slight mahogany hue. Head is this light tan izzy and dissipates quickly. Smell is malt forward with aromas of roasted cracker malt honey and a light fig aroma. Taste follows the nose with cracker malt and a very faint smokey flavor before some honey, molasses and very mild sweetness finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth creamy with moderate to mild carbonation.

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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 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 Hopswagger
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Dark mahogany body with a small fast fading taupe head. Slippery lacing that slides along the glass.

S: Super bready, gingerbread, vanilla wafers, cinnamon, clove, black strap molasses, figs, dark chocolate, oats, faint bubble-mint gum and hints of burnt hair.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more chocolate malted balls, molasses, and slightly smoked wood. Vivacious and medium bodied that finishes semi dry.

O: Really good beer that surprisingly comes in a six pack. Love that! The aroma is on point and the taste delivers as well. I would regularly drink this but the price is a tad steep. However, you get what you pay for. Cheers!

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker pint glass

Pours a dark amber capped by a cream colored one and half finger head; nice-looking beer. Average retention, little to no lacing. Molasses, hints of maple syrup, and plenty grain on the nose. Caramel, toffee, and grainy accents upfront. Subtle notes of apple peel, pear, and honey midpalate that carry through to the finish. Hints of sweetness throughout, but very well balanced. Slick medium body with syrupy accents on the edges. A very enjoyable and very drinkable beer that I enjoyed very much and plan to revisit.

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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 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 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 Paincane
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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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 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 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 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 CowsandBeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at my local KS bottle shop. 12 oz bottle with the most adorable label ever! The label mentions honey, molasses, and flaked oats as adjuncts with Munich, chocolate, and wheat for the malt bill. Looks/sounds awesome. Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise glass.

Appearance: Poured down the side produced two fingers of sudsy tan head with a clear, dark walnut body.

Smell: Lots of dark roasted malts. Like a crusty black bread crust. Very nutty, with notes of oat and some coffee. Finishes with fruity some lager yeast.

Taste: More of those awesome dark malty notes up front. Toasted oats, bread crust, some coffee, nutty brown malts. Maybe a bit of molasses. Some slight bitterness with that sulfry lager character. Very nice bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light feel. Smooth.

Overall: A solid ale with a really fun label. While I didn’t get much in the way of honey or molasses the dark malty notes were fantastic. I am not too familiar with lagers, but the lager yeast wasn’t too prominent over the malts, which I really enjoyed. Recommended to all fans of malty lagers. Enjoyed while several ounces of snow accumulated outside my door.

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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 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 IPAGeorge
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

A. Pours very dark brown with an 1/8th inch of head that quickly disappears.

S. Nice roasted malt fills the nose with notes of chocolate and actually don't graham cracker which I believe would be a mixture of the oats and honey. Smells more of honeycomb cereal than natural honey.

T. Agreeing with the nose there is flavors of roasted malts and just a bit of sweetness. Very porter like.

M. Slightly thicker than a medium body with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Prickle on the tongue after the swallow. Slight warning going down. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A nice Porter like beer. Nice roster major flavor. Smells great but not of that translates to the actual taste. I like the mouthfeel for the style. Good beer. I would drink again but not go out of my way. Perfect for a "make your own" 6 pack.

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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 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 ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

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