Scurry | Off Color Brewing

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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
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
633
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
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13
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98
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 633
Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 utopiajane
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with all kinds of hues. There's brick red, dark brown sugar and light golds, even orange. Scant head of khaki foam that fell fast. Brilliant clarity. Nose is a bit of oats.Smells like steel cut oats. Malty and some light airy chocolate. Taste is malty and and rich. It's like a thin sheet of malt in the drink that's crisp and dry but also has a bit of depth. It has a molasses undertone that is not very prominent but seems to combine almost seamlessly with the oats. Those oats lend a dryness and creaminess to this beer. The chocolate is light and meets a faint dab of honey. There is a nutty flavor. The body is a bit thinnish even though it drinks with a full flavor. It is a touch sticky in the mouthfeel and to me it tastes like some kind of brittle.

This beer is wonderful it the fact that all it's flavors are understated and because it does not mow down your palate with heavy sticky honey or molasses. It's earthy and has the brilliant expanse of a malt that has not been allowed to become too deep for it's own good. The malt is lovely and smooth with a bit of shy grainy texture to let you know there is something forceful in this beer.

I loved this and it's my favorite so far from this brewer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Also sampled last night on 9/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a small flute glass.

This 'Altbier' (Old beer) style brew pours a deep mahogany in color with some ruby highlights. A very thin off-white is seen. More lacing seen than I did expect after the thin head. Very pleasant aroma of roasted and chocolate malts with a hint of honey and molasses also with more so in the taste. Great taste and goes down very easy. Medium carbonation as well as medium bodied. Overall, a different tasty brew.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3/5  rDev -18.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Curved Pint Glass

A: A nice solid dark brown

S: Smells like oats, molasses, and honey.

T: The flavors here are all muted and soft. The oats and molasses mostly dominate.

M: Smooth with just the tiniest of carbonation.

O: This is going to make some great pancakes.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 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.

Eric

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery open house.

A: Pours a murky woody brown with a small beige head.

S: Smells of cashews, toasted grain, a bit yeasty, maple, brown bread.

T: Dryish caramel, nutty, slightly astringent toasted malt, honey.

M: Light-bodied, moderate carbonation with a silky feel.

O: Very nice altbier. Sweet but not sweet enough to inhibit drinkability. I probably had around 4 or 5 tasters of this throughout the night.

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Photo of pagriley
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap on Nitro. Poured into a pint

Thick creamy head as you would expect on nitro
Smelled of roasted malts, hints of nuts and honey
Rich malts with honey and toasty caramel
the nitro just makes this - I have had it from a bottle and on regular CO2 tap and thought it lacked body and was a bit thin - nitro is perfect for this - just sends it over the top with a fantastic mouth feel and rich body.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours dark brown in color with a slight mahogany hue. Head is this light tan izzy and dissipates quickly. Smell is malt forward with aromas of roasted cracker malt honey and a light fig aroma. Taste follows the nose with cracker malt and a very faint smokey flavor before some honey, molasses and very mild sweetness finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied smooth creamy with moderate to mild carbonation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a brownish black with a moderate and fizzy head. The aroma is striking and satisfying. I get oatmeal, maple, burnt sugar, roasted meat, and coffee. The mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. The flavor flavor is rich and toasty, it reminds me of toasted rye bread with a slice of fresh roast beef on top. This a a great hearty beer. I recognize I am drinking it out of season, but on a cool fall night this would be a perfect tipple.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown that has hints of mahogany when placed against the light. Head disapates quickly and poor lace retention.
Aroma of roasted malts, dark raw grain, cola and coffee.
Roasted malt taste, cola and mild hops. This beer feels a bit like a light Porter and is smooth and creamy at first. However, the lowcarbonation that fades halfway and leaves the beer flat.
Not my favorite and I can't really see myself drinking again soon.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bottle with no discernable date into shaker pint. 2 finger head took time to settle very dark brown with some ruby hue

S - Roasty, oats

T - Sweet malts, some honey, chocolate slight bitterness

M - medium carb, nice body, creamy, smooth

O - enjoyable brew esp when I want something roasty but not so much a porter or stout

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Photo of Minkybut
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer was difficult to rate. It did not have any head, so it was ugly, it had a slight sour smell, which I hate and the taste was non-descript. Pretty bland actually. However it was not a bad tasting beer. It was slightly sweet and thats about it. I mean it was a dark beer but really did not taste dark. Good dark beer for a intro to non dark drinkers. or those who are scared of dark beers.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours dark brown yet sits on the glass black. Half a finger of tan/off-white color head on the pour. Weird seeing this amount of active carbonation in the glass with such a dark colored beer.

Smell: Coffee, oats, and airy honey on the front. The oats continue to open up and be felt throughout, while adding a molasses sweetness on the body. The effervescence of this beer is truly unique, has the coffee and molasses notes with some lighter pils malt accents.

Taste: The front is grains, oats, and some earthy honey. A potent body of dark malts, chocolate, and sticky molasses. The dry grainy body is an unexpected but welcome touch. Molasses and honey smoothes out the finish as the oats continue to open up and come in waves over the palate.

Mouthfeel: Where to start here... Easy front yields to a darker complex body. It then comes full circle and evens out on the finish, creating a very drinkable beer.

Overall: So Off Color Brewing defines this as a beer that is based on the obscure style, a Kottbusser which is a dark honey ale. I love the vision and inspiration these guys have and I really enjoyed the beers they have produced so far. If you want something different, these are your guys.

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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 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 Hopswagger
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Dark mahogany body with a small fast fading taupe head. Slippery lacing that slides along the glass.

S: Super bready, gingerbread, vanilla wafers, cinnamon, clove, black strap molasses, figs, dark chocolate, oats, faint bubble-mint gum and hints of burnt hair.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but brings more chocolate malted balls, molasses, and slightly smoked wood. Vivacious and medium bodied that finishes semi dry.

O: Really good beer that surprisingly comes in a six pack. Love that! The aroma is on point and the taste delivers as well. I would regularly drink this but the price is a tad steep. However, you get what you pay for. Cheers!

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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 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 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 chanokokoro
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker pint glass

Pours a dark amber capped by a cream colored one and half finger head; nice-looking beer. Average retention, little to no lacing. Molasses, hints of maple syrup, and plenty grain on the nose. Caramel, toffee, and grainy accents upfront. Subtle notes of apple peel, pear, and honey midpalate that carry through to the finish. Hints of sweetness throughout, but very well balanced. Slick medium body with syrupy accents on the edges. A very enjoyable and very drinkable beer that I enjoyed very much and plan to revisit.

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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 infinitebruner
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

December 23, 2014

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Dark brown to almost black, a light tan head of about an inch with excellent retention. Seems to have a bit of sediment but hard to tell for sure.

S – An impression of honey or maple syrup and mostly sweet, only mildly bitter, chocolate. Some vanilla and coffee-ish notes come in second.

T – Very similar to the aroma, with the chocolatey-coffee flavors coming to the forefront. Lightly vanilla and some slightly fruity/grassy hop flavor and bitterness. The thing I’m coming up with is sorghum molasses. Somewhat nutty.

M – Very well-carbonated, sudsy, with a smooth, mildly dry finish. Bitterness is there but light, in harmony.

O – Like most altbiers, this seems like it could identify in other categories, and this one gives a clear impression of a hopped porter or the beginning of an American stout. Very flavorful, very drinkable, an excellent beer.

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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 Qbdoo
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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