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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 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 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 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 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 hopley
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.


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-

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Photo of Fuzzgun91
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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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Photo of nperrier
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

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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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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 jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

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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 matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date. While BA lists this as an altbier, the company website says this is actually an obscure German style known as Kottbusser. I looked up what a Kottbusser brew is and it says it's an old German style that uses 30% wheat malt and adds small amounts of honey, molasses, and unmalted oats to it. Those are the exact ingredients in this beer, so I guess it is actually more correct to call this a Kottbusser rather than an alt.

The beer poured a dark brown color, but it gave off lots of purple highlights when I held it to the light. 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing, so I didn't score it that high in appearance.

The beer smelled mostly like chocolate with molasses and honey underneath.

Chocolatey flavor with some roasted malt and wheat in it as well. Not as sweet as you would expect from a beer made with chocolate malt, molasses, and honey in it, but while you can taste the chocolate, the honey and molasses are barely noticeable, so it's not really that sweet. At just 18 IBUs the bitterness is low, but at least you can tell there are some hops in here.

The addition of flaked oats makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to go along with the light to medium body and low carbonation.

It's very easy to drink but can't say that it wowed me over. Still nice to try a new style I never heard of before.

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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 Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Ayinger Celebrator glass
A: Dark brown with a 1.5-finger head
S: Roasted malt, some burnt, a hint of cocoa and earth
T: Matches the nose. Not too much complexity
M: Medium-bodied but a bit thin
O: No flaws but I expected more given the extensive ingredient list. Only my second time trying an altbier so glad to have the chance to try another

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Photo of CaptureTHEraptor
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours out dark brown and appears black in the glass. A very thin off white head that fizzles out and leaves a white ring around the glass.
S- very grainy, dark wheat, earthy aromas
T- similar to the nose very raw and grainy, finishes with a subtle sweetness that lingers pleasantly. Honey comes through nicely.
M- thin body with moderate carbonation. A good amount of residual sweetness for a 5 percenter that rounds the beer out.
O- I'm glad I grabbed this in my travels. It's a very tasty, easy drinking beer. Surprised by the blend of raw grain and sweetness. 

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a large snifter. I picked this beer up recently due to the interesting label art and appealing ingredient list (honey ,oats and molassess).
the beer pours a clear mahogany color with some garnet highlights on the edges. There is a fizzy beige head of 1 cm that fades rapidly to nothing soon after the pour.
Aroma is a bit of sweet malt with some floral honey notes (clover?) and some brown sugar notes. Overall a sweet nose and no hint of hops or booze.
First sip reveals a light and crisp body with very fizzy carbonation that fills my mouth with bubbles on each sip.
Flavor is malty and sweet as the nose advertised with some caramel and brown sugar mixing together. I also get a little bit of spicyness on the finish that is possibly from the hops, this flavor lingers after each swallow, but isnt robust.
The beer is very easy to drink the honey probably plays a big role in the fizzy carbonation and lighter body. I enjoy the beer and find it an interesting recipe. Worth a shot.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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