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Scurry - Off Color Brewing

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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 536
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 536
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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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. (541 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 Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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. (401 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,500 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (1,228 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (605 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 ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 (375 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 AdamF625
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.  (568 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,026 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 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 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 barczar
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque deep brown with a pillowy, beige head that dissipates slowly.

Aroma is dominated by oats and nutty malt, with a touch of caramel, chocolate, and deep molasses notes adding complexity. The balance is sweet and nutty, but there's almost a smoky character from the molasses. Floral hops are subtle.

Flavor reveals more chocolate notes that linger throughout, accented nicely by oats. Nutty malt carries into the lightly dry finish. Notes of tart cherries become evident as it warms.

Body is thick and rich, smooth, with low carbonation.

Didn't expect the tart character. Definitely malt dominant, with enough dryness at the finish to counter the suggested sweetness from the aroma. If that off flavor weren't there, this would fare better. (756 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)

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