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Scurry | Off Color Brewing

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Brewed by:
Off Color Brewing
Illinois, United States | website

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

Added by emerge077 on 05-31-2013

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99
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616
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
28.26%
 
 
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Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no bottle date but it was brewed sometime in the early fall. Poured into a Hill Farmstead Willi Becher glass today, 1/15/2014.

Pours a fairly standard brown body, certainly not opaque as I can see right through it despite it being brown. It's pretty much a light-coloured coca-cola. Comes with a 3 finger head, fairly substantial but disappears quickly. Looks like a thin brown ale.

Smells great. Some brown malts, like a good brown ale. Nice and sweet, sugary. Very pleasant.

Flavour is fairly typical of a brown ale, though there is a nice sugary sweetness adding to the brown malts. A touch of honey is quite nice. It's not the most flavourful, but it's fairly interesting. A bit of a spice on the back end, not the most complex.

Thin bodied, a bit watery and not the most well built body, but drinkable.

Decent beer, nothing too special. Enjoying the sweet brown malt flavours.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, dark bread, honey, molasses, chocolate, light nuttiness, pear, apple, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice altbier style. All around good robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive dark brownish amber with a thin but persistent cap of foam. Thin body with plenty of spritz in the mouth.

Taste is definitely odd. Grainy tasting with the honey flavor coming through eventually on the tongue. Hops are not much in evidence, though the label notes there are some noble varieties I am not familiar with-- Hersbrucker and the aromatic Strisselspalt. The oats do give an oat flavor, more so than any beer I've have. The honey is not too strong, but there is a slightly sweet persistent taste that I could easily believe is the molasses.

This is a very interesting concoction, highly drinkable, and totally unusual. I'm not sure I want to try this often but it's great to share the adventurous spirit. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ARoman
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma starts sweet with a sharp berry, but it fades quickly, revealing earthy dark fruit, and wood notes with a rich molasses, chocolate. honey note and a hint of baked rye bread and grape jelly late. It pours a dark, deep caramel color with a thin soap white head that's unstable and fizzy, leaving only trace retention and no lace. The taste is a slightly north of medium bitter and a complimentary medium syrup sweet. The texture is slightly chewy, but not thick, with a slick feel and fizzy carbonation. The medium full body is like a molasses cookie with chocolate chips and raisins. It finishes with a zip of rye, chocolate and molasses that leaves a moderate, chocolate syrup aftertaste with hints of bread crust and a light earthiness.

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Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with a thin layer of sediment on the bottom (mostly added in the pour) served in a Belgian snifter.

Unexceptional appearance: dark brown body with a rather average, semi-durable, head.

It's not bold but the spicy aroma is unusual, fairly complex and intriguing. Good dark bread base.

Flavor: moderately strong, lightly spicy, and bready, with hints of dark honey, chocolate, raisins and molasses. Approaches 4.

Feel: near medium body with prickly carbonation that seems too high.

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Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A light, refreshing malty beer. Pours a medium dark brown color with a small light tan head into a pint glass. Head retention is average and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is sweet malt with a little chocolate and honey.

Taste is more robust and varied. There is a roasted malt presence along with some chocolate. The honey and molases are apparent as well. There is sweetness that does not taste like caramel malt. The honey and molasses provide the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a very pleasant summertime beer with a variety of flavors.

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Photo of sjccmd
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark for an alt. Cola-brown with amber highlights. Thin whispy head.

Molasses and roasted malt with a strong clove presence in the aroma. Brown sugar and coffee. Spicy hop character, but low. The clove note seems like an off flavor.

Nice robust roasted malts with some fruity esters in the flavor. Little hop character. Nutty and chocolatey. Molasses is strong, but not out of balance. The clove is not as apparent in the flavor, which is nice.

Nice slickness from the oats. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Some astringency.

Doesn't quite fit the style for altbier, but I do imagine they're not all that interested in that.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is of caramel, roasted malts, light smoke, honey, and a lot of molasses. makes for an interesting and complex sessionable beer. Glad I picked it up to try. Not sure if I would rush out to get this again, but it is tasty.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 metter98
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alewife, Long Island City, NY

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar). It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of malts are present in the nose along with notes of malt extracts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of malts and malts extracts (without any sweetness).
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have very non-descript aromas and flavors and doesn't stand out compared to any of the other beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Designed for ultimate refreshment but without compromising on quality or flavor, the classic taste of Dusseldorf will take on a hoppier Amber-type taste while the northern German varieties can resemble more of a Brown. Off Color's Scurry resembles more of the later but in true "off-color" fashion, there's a few Americanized twists and turns.

Scurry pours with a medium brown color with reddish amber highlights that pierces its striking clarity. As a creamy ivory-white head builds on top, the frothy later shows strong staying power and laces the glass with broken rings with each drink.

Its medium toasted aromas take on proportions of bread crust, light coffee ground, mild cocoa, pecan and peppercorn. A firm sweet tone of molasses provides the undertow for the toasted and savory grain scent and ride along side of a lightly woodish hop note.

Its husky-sweet taste starts with the promise of molasses and chocolate. But those sweeter flavors turn dry in an instant and allow the rustic nature of toasted grain, nutty and savory character to carry its balance through the middle. Finishing with that extended toasted taste, its spicy hop bitterness links up and dries the taste with its woodsy and slight grassiness.

Medium-light in body, its early sweetness and creaminess suggests a beer of more weight. But once the sweetness lifts, the ale dries out beautifully, but exposes a long draw in the middle that weakens considerably before its crisp and clean finish. Slim minty warmth and a mild iron taste rounds out the taste as lingering grain and toast persist briefly.

Scurry is a somewhat more hefty ale than what the Germans would have made, but its kiss of molasses and chocolate tilt suggests an American microbrewer hand was involved.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of ttroha
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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 Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. Actually, I'm not sure it's even a finger high - it's a bit hard to tell as retention is rather poor. No lacing sticks to the glass. (3)

Smell: There are definite altbier hints here - a rich caramel backbone and a general lager element to it pop thoroughly. But what pops even more are the notes of honey and molasses. The nose really evokes pumpernickel bread beautifully. It's interesting to see how it compares to the flavor profile, that's for sure. (3.75)

Taste: It compares fairly well. There are initial flavors of molasses, bread, and honey, trailing off into a slightly herbaceous finish. Hints of chocolate pop up. Decent, but very simple. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: This manages to be both rich and bone-dry all at the same time. Carbonation pricks the tongue somewhat, helping to cut through the slickness nicely. (3.5)

Overall: Not the greatest beer of all time, but I like how this brewery managed to make it feel rich yet drinkable. I'd drink it again, and I'd even consider buying it again. (3.5)

3.43/5: Certainly nothing to scurry away from

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cola colored with very little head or carbonation. Can smell honey and molasses. Tastes similar with a slightly smoky finish. As others have pointed out, a pretty flat beer. Not bad, but not something I'll buy again.

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Photo of popery
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep brown with a few shades of maroon mixed in. It looks pretty clear but it's hard to tell due to the relatively dark color. Small head, beige. It's really just a smattering of bubbles and even those fade away after a minutes. The aroma has a grapey malt sweetness to it. Some deeper sweetness, molasses and caramel, is also fairly strong. Maybe, a touch of honey, but that's always hard to find in beer. Fairly nutty. Mild cocoa. I'd bet the molasses contributed a good bit of color because there isn't a ton of darker malt flavor. It's definitely more toasty, and lightly so at that, than roasty. The taste is similar, though there's a piney hop note and almost cinnamon-y spice flavor. Mild mint, too. It's fairly sweet, almost cloying for a ~5% abv beer. The mouthfeel is fairly full. Those oats give it some body. It's actually more altbier-ish than I'd expected. Regardless, it's tasty enough and they packed in a good amount of flavor for the abv, but it's just not all that enjoyable. A bit too much sweetness without really committing to that idea.

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.
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