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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104
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633
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cool recipe here in a surprising beer. a honey and molasses dark beer thats heavy on the oats. i expected a sugar bomb and got a remarkably dry and full flavored beer that seems more appropriate for autumn than late spring. dark amber to light brown in color, some viscosity here, and not a ton of head, creamy and lazy looking. the nose is the unrefined sugar element of the molasses, a nice rich grain bill that ranges from medium crystal malt to chocolate malt and the buttery dry freshness of rolled oats. hops appear minimal in the nose. the flavor is great, i get the honey on the front end, the essence of the bee, the pollen and the flower, with much of the sweetness being fermented out. perfect grain profile for that flavor too, its just right. more molasses in the finish with a light spice and a very sturdy base in terms of body. a really dialed in and clever recipe, i hope this is around in the fall when the leaves start to turn, it has that hunker down and cozy in type of vibe without being a barrel aged enormous beer. i super dig this.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark amber hue which shines bright red in the light. Body is haze-free with a moderate effervescence and a thin layer of tan foam. Color is wonderful, though I wish the head were a little more prominent.

Smell: rich, sweet caramel character -- this beer exemplifies how caramel malt flavors should be done. That said, it lacks complexity and intensity; but the purity of the aroma which is there is just great.

Taste: rich, brilliant caramel, along with a little breadiness and just a bit of toast and biscuit. Quite good, and although ambers are not really my thing, this does a pretty good job of it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice creaminess. I don't know what it is, but every beer I have tried today has had a great creaminess. Something in the atmosphere, maybe?

Overall: as I said, I'm not a great fan of amber ales unless they are extremely well-done. The caramel in Scurry really is something to experience, and, while some of its surrounding flavors don't float my boat, I do enjoy this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 popery
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with molasses, oat, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice set of aromas and tasty flavors that get better as the beer warms up.

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Photo of jera1350
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent brown with a fizzy head that disappears right away. No lacing.

Lightly sweet, nutty, cocoa and malty.

The taste is fantastic and unique for this style. German malts, bread crust, honey sweetness, cocoa, light earthy hops with a finish of chocolate and brown sugar lightly coating the tongue.

Lighter bodied, but very smooth. Low carbonation with a lightly slick coating on the palate.

I find this beer to be unique in that it's lighter in feel and abv, but the flavor is terrific and moderately complex. The molasses adds a brown sugar sweetness to go with the honey and it just compliments the cocoa notes fantastically. I could probably drink a whole sixer of this. Wonderful little brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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 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 KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a light reddish to dark brownish amber depending on the light. The head was an ivory froth with real staying power.

The aroma is toasty, kind of nutty like a caramelized pecan. Some sweet caramel malt and a touch of dried fruit.

The flavor is for the most part spot on the aroma as I get a toast, roast and pecan nuttiness. The finish is a bit watery but it holds on to the toast malt throughout.

The feel is full but ends light and watery. This is very easy though and drinks quickly.

Interesting brew as it holds about 80 percent a solid roasted toasted ale and 20 percent a light watery mix.

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

Poured into a He'brew small shaker pint. Pours a medium to dark mahogany amber with a thin light tan head with decent retention and light lacing. Aroma of bready malt, molasses, hints of nuts and chocolate, dark dried fruit. Flavor follows with dark sweet malt, molasses, nuts, dark dried fruit, dark bread. Medium bodied. A nice example of a old ale / altbier style brown ale with a pleasant sweet, dark malt bill and lots of supporting flavors. Well balanced and interesting.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear mahogany/ruby red color with about an inch and a half light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like honey, molasses, chocolate, and some nuts. The brew tastes like honey, molasses, earthiness, chocolate, nuts, and some dark bread. It's a mostly sweet tasting beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth, a bit syrupy and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew. It's the first beer I've had from Off Color Brewing, and hopefully it won't be the last.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark- reddish brown with visibility through the body and a light tan head.

S- light roasted malts, hint of coco and caramel

T- light roasted malts, caramel, toffee, honey, coco, a bit of bitterness.

M- light-medium bodied, nice and smooth. a bit thin and water.

O- I really enjoy the taste of this brew, a little thin in the mouth but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 Paincane
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Mahogany hued with short-lived tan head.
S: Nose includes coffee, roasty malt & molasses.
T: Bread, brown sugar, honey & coffee notes are among its flavors.
M: Smooth balanced brew with easy drinkability and a dry finish.
O: Good Altbier that is well worth tasting.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is dark brown with red edges and a fizzy tan head. Nose is mostly molasses and notes of coffee bean and roast. Taste is more sticky molasses and strong roasted malt notes. Some cooked brown sugar through a finish that thins a bit. Medium body with assertive carbonation thinning in the finish.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up at my local KS bottle shop. 12 oz bottle with the most adorable label ever! The label mentions honey, molasses, and flaked oats as adjuncts with Munich, chocolate, and wheat for the malt bill. Looks/sounds awesome. Poured into a Tallgrass Brewing cervoise glass.

Appearance: Poured down the side produced two fingers of sudsy tan head with a clear, dark walnut body.

Smell: Lots of dark roasted malts. Like a crusty black bread crust. Very nutty, with notes of oat and some coffee. Finishes with fruity some lager yeast.

Taste: More of those awesome dark malty notes up front. Toasted oats, bread crust, some coffee, nutty brown malts. Maybe a bit of molasses. Some slight bitterness with that sulfry lager character. Very nice bready finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light feel. Smooth.

Overall: A solid ale with a really fun label. While I didn’t get much in the way of honey or molasses the dark malty notes were fantastic. I am not too familiar with lagers, but the lager yeast wasn’t too prominent over the malts, which I really enjoyed. Recommended to all fans of malty lagers. Enjoyed while several ounces of snow accumulated outside my door.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep amber with white head. Nose feature dry roasted malts with light honey notes and chocolate. Very malty. The taste follows in suit with the nose. Heavy on roasted malts, with light honey notes shining throughout. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is moderate with light carbonation. Overall, a nice take on the style. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks jan2 for this super cool extra! Enjoyed from a goose island flute.

a - brew poured an amber brown that was semi transparent when held to the light. The beer poured with a thin off grey bubbly head that dissolved leaving a ring of bubbles on the surface where the beer met the glass and small islands of bubbles. Really nice clarity with visible soft even carbonation.

s - nose is honey oat and grain. Subtle earthiness

t - yum, very solid toasted malt. Earthy and nutty. Exactly as described...a medley of honey, oat, and molases.

m - great body. Medium to full bodied with bold and rich flavors.

o - a really well made beer. Very enjoyable. I look forward to trying more from this brewery. I hear they will be coming to NY soon, can't wait!

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Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 avalon07
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a medium brown color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: An OK aroma of malt and a sugary component, but not much else. A little subdued.

T: Tasted of malt and molasses, but the advertised honey didn't really shine through. A lot of German-style beers don't always seem to have a great deal of complexity (a very broad statement), and this one seems to be no exception. Kind of bland.

M: A lot of carbonation with a sharp, crisp, and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not necessarily a bad beer, but definitely a forgettable one. Still, somewhat drinkable.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a very dark burnt sienna color with some caramel amber highlights. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A sweet and grainy profile overall. Definitely a touch of vanilla in there with the honey and oat characters.

(T)- A nice combo of molasses, raisin, honey, and oat. Ever so slight bark-like wood bitterness on the finish.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level to it. Sweet, yet slightly bitter. Definitely a heftier altbier in the sweet and rich categories.

(O)- It would be worth enjoying a 6pack of for sure out of its enjoyment level. Another more obscure style that I do not have alot of experience with, but from past examples, this is much sweeter and richer for the style in my eyes.

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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 mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. My first beer from Off Color Brewing, out of Chicago. An altbier, not a style I am too familiar with, my third review of an altbier on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Houlihan's pint glass.

A - Pours three big fingers of good fluffy creamy tan head on top of a nice chestnut / ruby colored body with decent clarity and lots of carbonation bubbles rushing topside. Good creamy head retention, almost root beer float like in appearance. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is nice also. Dark grains, chocolate malt, earthy nuttiness, some cream, some dark cherry, honey, graham cracker, & raisins.

T - Taste is pretty nice also. Cream, earth, nuttiness, chocolate malt, wet grains, hint of paperboard, dark cherry, mineral water, & raisins. Honey, molasses, and oats are all distinct when you look for them. Very nicely done, all of the flavors have their own part to play in this mixture. The selected hops lend a very nice earthy character.

M - Very smooth, sweet and creamy, from the honey and the oats, with some dark fruitiness lingering around on the palate. Mostly a very clean, bready finish. Very nicely done.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed this beer, it is definitely something I would seek out again. Very nicely layered and complex, yet still approachable and drinkable. A very nice first beer from Off Color Brewing. I look forward to trying many more.

Off Color Brewing Scurry ---4/5.

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Photo of udouche
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber with high carbonation and little head.

S - Sweet malts with hints of cola.

T - Great mix of malts, chocolate, and hints of raisin.

M - Light and crisp. Good amount of carbonation racing across the roof of my mouth.

O - Great beer for fall. Easy to drink with low ABV. Too sweet to be sessionable, but one goes down great.

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Scurry from Off Color Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 633 ratings.
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