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
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101
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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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 +1.4%
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 -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of telescifly
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 carrollmel7
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 mudROCK
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Molson2000
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kwalispecial
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark color, nice smell, almost no head. Rich flavor, not bitter, some taste of honey and malt, but not too sweet.

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Photo of LeftHanded666
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jvanve02
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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 emptyglassagain
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
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 bcbs4040
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 644 ratings.
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