Scurry | Off Color Brewing

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Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: 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

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Photo of bwood06
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +1.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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 SD-Alefan
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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 StoutElk_92
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 19 May 16

Pours dark reddish-brown with a quickly dissolving frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like roasty toasted malts, chocolate, dark nutty coffee, plum, cherry, fig, apple, pear, some honey, molasses, oat, vanilla, mild spice, with woody earthy herbal grass. Tastes like roasty toasted malts, chocolate, dark nutty coffee, pear, apple, plum, cherry, fig, some honey, molasses, oat, vanilla, mild spice, with woody earthy herbal grass. Feels light-medium bodied, crisp with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice brew.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a hazelnut hue with a one finger, cream colored head.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee, roasted chocolate malt, molasses. Notes of fudge and toasted bread.

Taste: Flavors of bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate wafers and burnt toast upfront. Molasses is prominent but not overpowering. An understated and creamy oatmeal flavor lingers on the finish with more notes of smokey toasted malt and nuts.

Feel: Crisp. Medium body, light carbonation. Bittersweet and roasty, but not taxingly so on the palate.

Overall: Very refreshing with lots of roasted chocolate malt and nutty, smokey flavor. I very much enjoyed this.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass. Bottled May 19th 2016.

Deep mahogany dark brown body color, with some good amount of cola sized carbonation. Head is quite foamy, manages a good easy three finger height, but has snapping carbonation and soapy quick dissolve. Light tan, and leaving a bubbly cola like collar and looking brew.

Very different aroma. Quite a noticeable honey accent on the nose with some dark malts that get towards a nutty tone. Sticky sensing, a big hint of brown sugar sweetness as well.

Wet bodied mouthfeel, with a lot of snapping carbonation and gas flavors on first sip. Honey like sweetness with a sharp dryness reminscent of an altbier in the mid palate. Parched cola gas, with a touch of acrid grain and bitterness on the finish as well.

There is an alt hiding in here somewhere but it's loaded down with odd flavors, really bad carbonation, and a mix that doesn't really do anything that positive.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Date code across the front of the bottle, just below the label, think it's 085/16. What is that, March 25? Damn. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a dark brown, nearly black. Light penetrates, but only barely. Not much carb visible. One finger of bubbly khaki head faded quickly to a thin ring around the edge. No lacing to speak of. It's not much to look at.

S: very lagery, sort of sweet and grainy with a definite roasted component. Smells like a mild porter.

T: arrives with a slight twang of molasses, but the overriding initial sensation is indeed very light and lager like. Across the middle is where this turns incredibly complex: sweet cereal grain, toasted rye bread, honey, molasses, licorice, roasted barley. I don't really get coffee or cocoa here- but there is a distinct dark roasted barley grain aspect. Molasses is not overpowering, which is a good thing.

M: heavier side of lightweight, quite attenuated, very well carbonated, but not excessively so. Feels like a lager, which I love.

O: It's raining out, so I felt like having a darker beer. But it's above 80, so I didn't want a heavy malt bomb. This was the perfect choice. Tastes like a schwarzbier. Roasty and clean, without being too sweet. Great black beer for summertime. Would buy a sixer if I lived in Chicago, and will try again next time I visit.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying this on-tap at a bar called BlackFinn Ameripub that's up the street from my hotel in Chicago. Served in a standard pint glass, this beer draws a clear, dark brown color with some deep ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Has a whitehead that's about an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a fairly thin ring lining the inside of the glass. Barely any lacing at all to speak of here. Aromas of roasted caramel malt sweetness and some honey to be sure. Not much else really. Not really discernible hop presence here. Tastewise this baby has a boatload of roasted caramel malt sweetness along with strong hints of honey and molasses. No discernible hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness really. But that's not really unexpected with this style of course. The honey and molasses to add an extra layer of sweetness that I don't think I've ever had in thisbstlenig beer before, and it works well here. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, slightly sticky medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the good way.


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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black color that is reddish when held up to light. Mild thin head momentarily across the top of the beer, quickly dissipating.

Smell is initially dark roasted malts and molasses with undertones of sweet honey, cherries and oatmeal. Also catch some notes of dark wheat bread.

Taste follows the nose with lots of dark roasted malts coming through followed by notes of molasses, honey, oatmeal raisin cookies and dark bread. Most of the flavor is initially subdued by the carbonation on the tongue, but it really comes through strongly on the finish leaving a very pleasant aftertaste. Nothing in the way of bitterness, but there is certainly some german hops present.

Feel is a bit watery. The flavors are there, and really nice, but there is just a watery feel to it - something that is especially disappointing in a beer brewed with oats - you'd expect a bit more to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation - I recommend a vigorous pour to counteract some of that carbonation. You get more of the flavors once it settles a bit.

Overall I've never had an Off Color beer I liked - until now. This one was actually quite enjoyable and tasty. They claim it is a Kottbusser - I can't rate this against other Kottbussers but on its own its actually very nice.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a clear very dark brown color with a small head of very tight bubbles which quickly disappear.
S - Aroma is coffee but not very strong.
T - Flavor is very cola-like. I do not get honey molasses in a way that I can appreciate.
M - Also cola like in the feel of the carbonation in my mouth. Mouth feel is thin.
O - I've had this beer before, and I'm not liking it the second time around either.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a 17 oz. beer goblet.

Scurry pours a dark brown with a minimal head that disappears almost immediately. The aroma is roasty with some molasses overtones. The flavor is vaguely similar but overshadowed by the extreme carbonation. The mouthfeel is prickly from carbonation at first before becoming a little smoother as the bubbles fade. Overall, this is a mediocre brew that I would not buy again.

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Photo of Trevor11
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have enjoyed other Off Color offerings such as Le Predateur and Troublesome but Scurry really threw me for a loop. Maybe mine was opened significantly after the bottling date (not included) but it tasted very bland with no emphasized characteristics. Nothing came through to me. Then again, I just might no like altbiers.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange. Pretty dark, let's call it ruby. No suds.
Smell has the malt character I prefer, but otherwise no big deal.
In the taste, this beer gets better. More than just the sweetness of the malt and honey blended together, the molasses is a stroke that adds character.
The low IBU seals the deal for me as the aftertaste is... well, let's keep Scurry around.

Overall, you gotta like these guys if you ever visit their website.
"We brew beer. We do other things, too. Just not as well."
This is a great tag.
But not every beer of theirs is as good as this for me... although the handful I've tasted are all interesting.
But, Scurry is one of the few beers I buy by the six-pack.

4/28/16 drank and reviewed. I only corrected my spelling. No change of opinion.
6/16/16. Ditto. Finished the sixer. Hunt this down.
11/26/16. Bought a single bottle. Guys, you may have a QC problem. This bottle produced far more suds and instead of the sugars massaging my palate, the spritz was prickling my tongue. Reduced Feel.
2/17/17 Had another single. Better. But no change in rating.

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Photo of Stakebone
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear dark brown with lot of carbonation. Smells sweet dark malt. The chocolate malt comes thru as do aromas of honey and molasses. Almost smells better than it tastes. The dark malt astringency is something I have a hard time getting over but it's what you get from the crispy malts in this beer and the dark malt flavors are pure, indicative of a well made beer. Tastes very much like eating a small portion of chocolate malt. And yes I've done it more than once. I like this beer. I don't think it's sweet other than in aroma. The purity of the flavors including some roundness from the adjuncts combined with the dryness from the black grains and minimal malt sugars is a great combination. I'm not a huge black/chocolate malt fan, especially the explosion of barrel aged stouts, but this is one I'll go back to. Plus it's a kottbusser style ale. Who knew?

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cola borown with head that quickly fades and very little lacing.

Nose is semi-sweet chocolate, dried cherry, oatmeal cookie, dry malt.

Taste is mild, with RC Cola, old sourdough bread, oatmeal, chicory.

Mouthfeel is very refreshing with medium carbonation and clean finish.

Overall, high drinkability but not especially interesting.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost clear, very dark brown with a garnet tint when held to the light. The pour produces a solid 2+ fingers of frothy, pale tan, shortlived, head that leaves only a little lace. Aroma is dark malty roast, molasses, cocoa, honey, nuts, some butterscotch, dark fruit & a faint hint of smoke. Taste is heavily roasted dark malt, molasses, honey, hints of cocoa, roasted nuts & a little earthy coffee with a roast, butter & faint smoke finish. Afrertaste is sweet but deeply roasted malts, roasted nuts & molasses. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy with oats, slightly chewy with a nice??peppery prickle in the finish.

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Photo of EMH73
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little too sweet for my taste. The honey and molasses flavors are prominent with caramel,toffee and vanilla in the background. Light to medium bodied, but somewhat overly carbonated. Interesting beer, but I would probably not buy again.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark brown body with tan head

Smell - honey, molasses, caramel and toffee

Taste - molasses, honey, caramel, toffee, hint of rye/salt on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront from the honey, molasses and a tad salty on the back end

Overall - decent beverage overall that drinks heavier than its ABV

Price point - $5.59/12 oz single

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty, ruby brown body, fizzy head that fades entirely. Oat, caramel, and faint chocolate on the nose, but are weak. Honey and molasses do come through on the palate yet the beer remains dry. Faint vanilla. Malt. Good lasting finish for how light the flavors are. Overly carbonated, light bodied.
There is an elegance to the balance, understatement, and mildness of this one, but on the whole there isn't much compelling (IMO of course).

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up this beer over at Whole Foods on Houston St in New York City a few weeks back, having never had this before nor anything from Off Color. The description of this beer made it seem more complex than it was in actuality but it turned out to be so easy to drink, a great representation of the style, and nuanced enough to savor from start to finish!

Nice brown pour to this with a moderate head, thin feel, and just a bit of carbonation that remained along the top of the liquid once the foam settled down. Little bit of molasses and brown sugar in the nose with more of the former in the taste to accompany the honey. Thin, slick, and somewhat sweet, everything was subtle with this and thankfully, there wasn't any caramel to make this sticky. The malt was a bit roasted and there were some underlying hints of dark fruit here as well but overall, there wasn't anything in particular that stuck out to to me when it came to the flavors.

The alcohol was right where it should have been and had I picked up more than one bottle, I would have had another immediately afterwards. Altbiers aren't that common but after having this, I wish that more brewers would give them a go. They're a great choice for this time of the year and this was a good example of how something doesn't have to be strong, boozy, hoppy, or overdone to be enjoyable. A hint of lingering, cloying chewiness kept me wanting more and isn't that what a good beer should make one want?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date

appears a dark brown, almost black, thick off-white head. nice mild aroma of molasses, bread, a little herbal. taste is slightly sweet, but not too much. easy drinking, but flavorful. thin to medium bodied.

overall, an interesting beer - glad I tried.

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Photo of martinfletwood
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overall a decent beer. Nothing fancy, nothing bad. I didn't really taste much "honey" or "molasses", but I'm no expert either. I would drink it again, but wouldn't go looking for it.

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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 Moose90
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into 16oz glass

A — Pours a deep and dark brown hue into the glass. There is an insane amount of foam here, head billows out of the glass, took quite a while to pour this one. Somewhat sticky lacing left behind but not too much.

S — Smell is sweet and a bit spicy, lots of molasses and caramel character here, a little bit of wheat. No real oat character.

T — Tastes similar to the nose, though not quite as sweet thankfully. Just a hint of molasses and some light wheat, but overall slightly sweet and a touch of bitter.

M — Medium bodied, obviously high carbonation.

O — Good overall beer, consistent quality from Off Color, but this one wasn't my favorite.

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