Scurry | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States
offcolorbrewing.com

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 05-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,106
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
658
pDev:
11.48%
 
 
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Photo of BrewsOverHoes
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark brown, almost opaque, with a touch of light translucent brown at the bottom of the glass. Off white head with good retention and some spotty lacing.

S: Honey, caramel, chewy cereal grains, maple syrup. Smells like Honey Nut Cheerios.

T: Milk chocolate, toasted brown bread, caramel, toffee, honey, molasses, cracked cereal grains, and hay.

F: Really thin and light for the rich aroma and complex taste. Quite watery.

O: A solid beer with a lot of interesting flavors. I just wish it had more oomph.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark tea color. No head or lacing. Smells of sweet malt and honey/molasses. I like how the sweetness ends with a heavy dryness. Minimum hop presence. Kind of thin mouthfeel for all that's going on here.

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Photo of beertunes
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into 12oz tulip. Poured a very dark brown, with a thin cap of tan head that had no retention or lacing.

First scent is roasty malts. Some sweetness behind that.

Not as much roast on the tongue, more sweetness, and a hint of spiciness.

Body was on the thin side, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, probably wouldn't have two in a row though.

Overall, an nice little brew. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Buffettman2018
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a coke like brown with no head, lots of bubbles. Bready, sweet caramel hops, slight hop profile but subdued, oatmeal, reminiscent to a bock smell. This beer is quite sweet with honey, sweet and roasted malts. Highly carbonated and very sweet. Overall this beer is not bad but a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Hallertau
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bbuck1990
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roberto11232
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cwkash
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiteweasel
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Extremely aggressive head with large off-white bubbles that fizzles into almost nothing after a short while. Extremely thick opaque brown (not black) color.

S: A hearty roastiness from an assortment of grains. Caramel, dark molasses, and a bit of smoke and oats.

T: Very interesting and complex. Rich tastes of oats, roasted barley, molasses, and is almost like a lighter barleywine. Shares characteristics with a doppelbock, though notably without the savory component. Slightly herbal and earthy like a pu-er tea.

M: Very refreshing mouthfeel, lots of carbonation but with big bubbles. Alcohol is minimal, but it still has the sweetness that high abv beers tend to have. Smokey molasses mouthfeel lingers pleasantly. Clears up quickly.

Overall: A very interesting beer with a much larger presence than the mouse on its label would suggest.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours brilliant brown with ruby highlights under a 1" light tan foam collar with good retention.

S: rich molasses aromas, some honey, and hints of nuts, chocolate and dark malts.

T: The flavors suggest a mildly sweet molasses honey nut cereal. The bitterness is mild but enough to keep the malts, honey and molasses from becoming cloying. Scurry dries out a little on the finish.

F: The molasses and honey lighten up the beer's body while the oats add creaminess. The carbonation is average.

O: This is a perfect beer to drink while smoking a pork butt.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is based only on observations, and will revisit as I learn more about whatever the hell "kossbussers" are. So, yeah, poured into a stange, here’s the rest: The appearance was a dark brown color ranging close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a quick minute. Lacing, uh...yeah, not there. The smell, wow, uh...there’s a whole lot going on - slight smokey to meatiness with a semi-thick sweet honey to somewhat thin molasses thing goin’ on. The taste was mainly sweet with a slight smokey to honey underneath rolling into a light dried molasses flavor. There’s no aftertaste and a slight quick dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium. Carbonation runs really light, and I don’t mind that as it leads to a sweet sticky sort of feel slyly clinging to my tongue. Overall, uh...well, I liked it for me.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of telescifly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at my local liquor store here in the burbs since my parents were coming into town and I wanted something local and interesting for my Dad and I to try out together. This once caught my eye as being a bit off the wall for American styles and the local craft scene.

This beer pours a dark brown (with a bit of copper to it) hue that is somewhat hard to see through but seems clear/filtered. Carbonation is moderate and the head is a khaki color, creamy, and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. 4/5 The aroma is of moderate intensity and is evenly balanced with just a slight lean towards the sweet end of the spectrum with malt notes of grain, Hawaiian sweet bread, molasses, honey, hazelnuts, and baker's chocolate. None of these are particularly sticky sweet, they just bring out a light sweetness that is multi-layered. Earthy, grassy, and herbal hops come through, balancing the malt profile and lightening the aroma. The molasses and honey both come out more strongly as the beer warms (not so much early on when the beer is colder). 3.5/5 The flavor, as with the aroma, is evenly balanced with just a slight lean toward sweet with malted barley, Hawaiian sweet bread, hazelnuts, and baker's chocolate starting things off. The hops ease in with an earthy/grassy/herbal profile that brings any malt sweetness back down to Earth, although there is a bit of a chemical note that comes in with the hops. The molasses and honey from the aroma don't really come through for me in the flavor. The finish is moderately short and is somewhat faint with the malt, instead of the hops, coming through more strongly here and easing the flavor of the beer out the door. Bitterness is mild. 3.5/5 This is a light to medium bodied beer that has faint carbonation that comes across more as a tickle, and is slick but chalky on the tongue. It is not drying per se, but not wetting or coating either. The mouthfeel disappears quite quickly from the tongue after swallowing. 3.75/5 This is a very interesting beer with a multi-layered aroma and flavor, although neither are particularly strong. However this does make for an easy drinking beer that is quite versatile. 3.5/5

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Photo of kevanb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HopCat Chicago, served in a 14oz tulip glass. Reviewed live at the bar.

The beer pours a dark brown color, red hues, almost a cola brown, opaque with a thin, khaki head, hardly a finger that struggles with retention and lace, though a nice ring of head clings to the circumference of the glass. The aroma is pleasant, dark malts, rich and grainy, brown sugar, light chocolate, strong honey lingers with some caramel. The flavors match the nose well, lots of rich and hearty dark grain, bready and chewy with brown sugar, light chocolate, caramel with a really nice honey finish that helps to balance the beer nicely. The mouthfeel is good, coats incredibly well, smooth medium body that feels really full yet smooth and gentle with a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice Altbier from Off Color. Nice and hearty without being too big and bold, easy drinking and definitely hits the spot on a cold afternoon. Nice complex flavors out of a seemingly "little" beer.

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Photo of carrollmel7
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well this is the most different beer from Off Color I've had. Everything else is a tart/sour lactic kettle sour feel to it, this is one that is just a straight up traditional for the most part alt from my perspective.

Pours brown. 1/2" off white head. Better than average retention. Aroma hits the darker malts but not quite roasted feels, instead this has more of a darker honey nut Cheerios vibe to it. Slight woody impact.

Taste is smooth, backend mouth feel dry, nutty, malty, toffee. Tiny bit of dark fruit feels throughout. Carbonation on point. Unsweetened cola feels as well.

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Photo of mudROCK
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a dark brown with ruby highlights and a light tan, creamy head that fades to a skiff and leaves spotty lacing. Aroma is nutty and chocolate and a hint of dark fruit and brown sugar. Very tasty. Nuts an chocolate with a hint of fruit. A dry and slightly bitter finish is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium, soft and smooth
Well carbonated. Excellent.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 658 ratings