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Honey beer with molasses and oats

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.

Grain Bill: Pils, Dark Munich, Chocolate Malt, Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats
Hops: Northern Brewer, Hallertau Hersbrucker, Strisselspalt
Adjunct: Honey, Molasses
13.5 Plato

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregdafdxguy (11) - Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2013 This is a beautifully restrained ale, which reminds me of New Glarus in its drinkability. In other words, I could easily drink a six pack of this in a couple of hours, and I think that’s part of Off Color’s intention; it’s an easily crushable brew. Smells sweet and malty, touch of honey. Clear dark brown with a red tinge, but not approaching black. I love how it tastes, sweet up front but not cloying. Pleasant dry finish. Elegant, you might say. Palate is slightly creamy behind the up-front tingly carbonation. The overall effect is greater than the sum of its parts. I love it. BONUS: This is now in 12oz bottles in six-packs. A $9.99 per six-pack beer made by great local brewers? I was getting worried Chicago’s new craft beers only came in $10 bombers, Half Acre being the exception. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, Off Color.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Huge two finger head. Reddish to brown color. Medium mouth. Taste is sweet with sugar and some hints of grain. The sweetness is nice and not overpowering. Honey starts to creep in as it warms. The carbonation felt off on this bottle. Nutty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3738) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Aroma is honey, molasses and dark malts. The flavor is honey, dark malts/grains, mildly syrupy body and a mix of slight acidity and smooth in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Appearance: dark brown with a short, creamy light beige head; ruby highlights when backlit, tiny sediment on emptying the glass; cool bottle art. Aroma: dark brown sugar, caramel malts, brown toast, pronounced molasses, light hazelnut. Taste: brown sugar, molasses, hazelnuts, almonds, hint of cinnamon and ginger, whisper of orange peel. Finish: lingering nutty cola sweetness, with a bare hint of dry dark chocolate and rye toast underneath. Notes: Typically overpriced bottle from Gilly’s in Rockville, MD ($4.79 for a single; dammit, Gilly’s!), but I’m thinking in this case it was worth it. The carbonation was exceptionally peppy, lending a lightness that belied the warm, malty flavors. Never heard of the Kottbusser style, but based on this, I’m a big dang fan. Only my second bottle from this brewery, and the other one (a gose) was also excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
Sample @ CBC 2014, Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is light caramel, dark fruits, nuts. Taste is sweet dark sugars, light spicy, short finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyrmir (3189) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
On tap at CBC 2014. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma and taste is malty, slight tart, dough, coriander, herbs, rye bread with a bready and slight spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Black color with a small head. Aroma of molasses, a bit metallic. Very light molasses and wheat flavor. Hint of roast. Dryish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Got this bottle as a gift from someone - I forget exactly who it was, but he must have been pretty old because he had quite a bit of gray hair - anyway, this is the second kottbusser I’ve had and it is nothing like the first, so I’m not sure what to think of th "style" - this one is pretty cool - quite nutty and toasty, with rich Munich character, and complex molasses and honey - despite this, the sweetness is not too high or cloying - there really is a nice balance with the roasty notes and mild bitterness - neat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (1827) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 25, 2014
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque, brown-black with a khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of molasses, roasted malt, caramel, bread, burnt oatmeal and mild brown sugar. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and mild brown sugar with an earthy finish. Medium/light body and medium/low carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (589) - Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Nice solid beer. Cola colored. Oatmeal, honey, and toast in the nose. Very malty body with honey notes. Medium bodied. Like the idea of a lighter honey dark ale a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ScipioA (247) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Looks like coke in a glass but with a huge brown head that sticks around forever. It’s got a grainy aroma that isn’t too interesting but certainly isn’t offensive. Sweet but with a little lingering bitterness and some nice roasted notes. I definitely get the honey flavor in this, but it’s much closer to the faint honey you get from English hops rather than what you get in a mead. Nailed it on the mouthflavor, it’s thick and sticky but with a surprisingly dry finish. I’ve never had a "Kottbusser" before but hope to see one again.

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