Scurry | Off Color Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
644
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
101
For Trade:
0
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Photo of DMZern
2.1/5  rDev -43.1%

Photo of adamranders
2.22/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of AlexFields
2.4/5  rDev -35%

Photo of PatrickKlopfenstein
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of beerhawk41
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Bkoenig641
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Flat. Unflattering aftertaste. Average beer.

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Photo of KingMe
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of pretext
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of mschrei
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of soxandbeer
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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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Photo of willrun_4beer
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of MaximalC
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Pours a murky cola color with a negligible topping of coarse bubbles, even with a vigorous pour. Aroma smells of toffee and salted caramel with a hint of chocolate.

The taste features a coarse, vague sweetness up front, followed by a long, pronounced aftertaste of raw oats. The honey and molasses touted on the label don’t come through in proper fashion. The body stands its ground initially but then falls through toward the middle and back, while the carbonation is on the low side.

I’m sorry to say this falls far short of the enticing description on the bottle. While the acuteness of the oats is intriguing, this brew comes off as thin and sugary without much balance to speak of. This is my first experience with Off Color, and I wouldn’t exactly describe it as putting their best foot forward.

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Photo of Dgum21
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Good dark color. I enjoyed the mouth feel initially although it finished with a very dry after taste. Taste was initially okay, expected more sweet from the molasses and honey. The after taste is what got this beer poor ratings: the poor taste at the end and the dry mouth feel.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$ 3.59/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Unmarked bottle at 40 degrees into hand washed and dried shaker
Aroma – basically none, maybe a hint of molasses, at best inoffensive
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown, opaque, effervescent
Flavor sweet, no distinct flavors come through; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3, Overall 2.75. Sweet brown fizzy water. I feel sorry for the oats that died to make this liquid.

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Photo of Lianne_Weaver
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Too flat for my taste

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Photo of Jcorn
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yuck! Hate this. Strange mouthfeel.

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Photo of PhatAtUT
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of nperrier
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of tykechandler
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 JohnnyI
2.84/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Had this poured from a bottle at FIG in downtown Charleston, then subsequently returned the glass after about 3 or 4 sips and went back to the Revelry Crosstown Brown that I was drinking on tap. In the short time that my wife and I sampled the beer, there was plenty of opportunity to get an objective rating and experience. The beer was poured without so much as a suggestion of a head. No froth, foam or suds to be seen. It was a deep, roasty brown (in dim bar lighting) with decent clarity. The aroma was somewhat complex, with a sweet honey-like aroma, a little faint roasted nuttiness and an off sour vinegar scent. The flavor followed suit, imitating a toasty American brown ale, but with the addition of a peculiar green olive flourish. I can't say if this is the desired flavor profile, or if this bottle was spoiled. The mouthfeel was pretty average. Adequate body and carbonation, so it didn't really stand out one way or the other. Minus the strange vinegar-like sour notes it would have passed as a mild brown ale, but I was simply unable to get past that odd quality. In reading other reviews, I've heard this beer described in so many different ways, it's a wonder that we are all drinking the same beer. Is it a matter of bottling or production consistency? Or is the beer that much of an enigma as to produce such vastly ranging descriptions? Hopped Porter, Stout, bubbly Scotch Ale, American Brown? These are all seemingly contradictory descriptions that you'll find here. Perhaps I would try this again, just to confirm whether the first bottle I had was off or not. At it's best, I doubt this is going to move the needle much either way.

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Photo of crobinso
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Kind of flat, odd sweetness that was off putting. Weird mouthfeel as well.

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