Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Dark Mild Ale
3.89 | pDev: 7.71%
Mar 05, 2020
Jan 28, 2017
Very Good
Notes: A Russian Style Serf Stout
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Reviewed by miniditka77 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Dark black, looks a lot heavier than it is

S: Roasted malt mostly

T: Biscuity, chocolatey roasted malt with some coffee-like bitterness, not a ton of flavor

F: Almost lager-y feel, thin with a lot of carbonation, maybe a little too much

O: This literally tastes like someone watered down an old school RIS and then re-carbed it. Not in a bad way, for the most part, but it might be a little too light on flavor. This would probably be great at 5%, but 3.5% was just too little flavor. It was better than most "session" beers I've tried, but if I wanted a low alcohol stout, some of the dry Irish stouts are a little better.
Mar 05, 2020
Rated: 4.13 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Mar 01, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by drstalker from Illinois

Jun 04, 2019
Rated: 3.58 by 22Blue from Kansas

May 15, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Eric_T_07 from Illinois

Apr 20, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Taste: smokey earthy, barley oats, malt, chewy, flat finish. Mild barley malt nose. Black/brown hue, semi opaque, delicate head and lace. Medium body. maybe the keg at the end? 25 IBUs
Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Mar 15, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Monkeyknife from Missouri

Mar 13, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nurt20 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by EdFed from Illinois

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by emerge077 from Illinois

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 17, 2018
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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Packs a nicely impressive amount of flavor for a 3.5% beer.
May 22, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by Mxsluis from Michigan

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 24, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Mar 20, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had on tap. It is like a American Porter and an English mild combined. Interesting concept but ok execution. It looks black and dark and has roast aromas, so more porter. The body is very thin and the finish is dry, more like a mild. Taste is a confused mash of inbetween the two
Mar 10, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Feb 19, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by pstam87 from Illinois

Feb 08, 2018
Rated: 3.44 by SWChi from Illinois

Feb 03, 2018
Rated: 3.91 by DrKarl from Illinois

Feb 02, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by DbbC from Illinois

Jan 30, 2018
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled 1/2/18; drank 1/26/18 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small khaki head; minimal lace.

Burnt black coffee, cream, fresh earth & faint raspberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Black coffee, fresh cream & fresh earth flavors up front; mild raspberry notes on the finish.

An interesting experiment that tastes good; a session Russian Imperial Stout. Not amazing, but worth a quaff. I'd have another...
Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Commandophile from Illinois

Jan 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Stooven from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a somewhat muddy brown/black, not very appealing. Smell is malts and chocolate. When it's cold, the taste is decidedly lacking in a middle range: just chocolate and malt on top, with a bitterness. As it warms, it develops more fully, but is still very light as expected. Deffo more of a brown ale than a stout, but a refreshing break from the ABV arms race.
Jan 24, 2018
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Rated by Kevinpitts from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Has more flavor than expected for a low ABV beer, but I didn't like it much. Would prefer a Murphy's or Guinness for a low ABV beer.
Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jan 14, 2018
Rated: 4 by wjbent from Florida

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2017
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A "Russian Serf Stout" but yea, it tastes like a well done dark mild.

Appearance is a dark but thin brownish black color. Off white head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing or residual head. Smell has notes of malts, nuts, roasted malts, and some light earthy hops. Taste follows the nose - very malt forward with nutty earthy flavors and some bittering earthy hops on the back end. Feel is light and very drinkable. medium carbonation. Overall this is an amusingly named beer, but its actually quite good.
May 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Despite Off Color selling this as a weak stout (named for Russian serfs... and I admit I don't get the joke yet), I'm going with the BA categorization of Myska being an English Dark Mild. While I am hardly an expert of EDMs (so I could be fooled), the use of hops is quite mild and welcome (since I am not a hop-head.) The bill of eight malts also indicates a lot of thought went into making this beer. For my review (and heavy is the responsibility of being the first) ...

Looks pretty much lack much of anything. Smell improves Myshka's chances, but I only get malts.
Taste is the first interesting part of this beer as the chocolatey malts stand out. Feel is smooth; like those oats.
Overall, I give Off Color high marks for bringing back yet another traditional style that other craft brewers largely have ignored by chasing (perhaps shamelessly) after the hop-head market.
As further incentive for you to try Myshka , have it with English cheeses. You will enjoy the sensation.
Mar 08, 2017
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Rated by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on March 3, 2017.
Mar 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 28, 2017
Myshka from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 35 ratings