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:
111
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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13
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101
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Photo of T-34-85
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pens1967
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LehighAce06
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dannycohen62
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 ARoman
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 paresis
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlakeAM
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev 0%
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 richj1970
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of matjack85
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date. While BA lists this as an altbier, the company website says this is actually an obscure German style known as Kottbusser. I looked up what a Kottbusser brew is and it says it's an old German style that uses 30% wheat malt and adds small amounts of honey, molasses, and unmalted oats to it. Those are the exact ingredients in this beer, so I guess it is actually more correct to call this a Kottbusser rather than an alt.

The beer poured a dark brown color, but it gave off lots of purple highlights when I held it to the light. 1-finger tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing, so I didn't score it that high in appearance.

The beer smelled mostly like chocolate with molasses and honey underneath.

Chocolatey flavor with some roasted malt and wheat in it as well. Not as sweet as you would expect from a beer made with chocolate malt, molasses, and honey in it, but while you can taste the chocolate, the honey and molasses are barely noticeable, so it's not really that sweet. At just 18 IBUs the bitterness is low, but at least you can tell there are some hops in here.

The addition of flaked oats makes for a smooth and creamy mouthfeel to go along with the light to medium body and low carbonation.

It's very easy to drink but can't say that it wowed me over. Still nice to try a new style I never heard of before.

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Photo of kkmiller76
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PPOmaha
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Medium sweet malt aroma lots of toasted bread crust. I dont get a lot of hops here but there is some earthiness. Hints of apple fruit esters. No DMS, No diacetyl.

Apperance: Dark brown with some light brown highlights in the light. There is a significant amount of bottle sediment even when poured gently, it doesnt sink either. Thin tan rocky head.

Taste: Medium toffee malt flavor with hints of roast. Some round sweetness. Hop flavor is low little bit of earth and dirt. No DMS, No diacetyl. Flavor is not as roasty or toasty as I expected from the aroma and appearance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with Medium-high carbonation. Perfectly carbonated. No alcohol, hint of creaminess. Very smooth.

Overall: Solid beer. Well balanced bready dark ale, nicely carbonated with some creaminess in the mouthfeel that adds a lot to this beer. I think it is brewed very well, but nothing I would seek out. Seems like what I have had from off-color so far is pretty great.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 tbryan5
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chip26
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mainly dark fruits, good deal of malt, tad bit of spice, not very balanced. Watery as well.

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Photo of rbail012
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%

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