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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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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 (12) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2820) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Draft at Monk’s Pub last year, from notes. Deep amber to brown color, with a thin layer of foam. Smell holds no surprises, seems to suggest more of a light blonde ale. The tastes more complex as I go. Some honey and spiciness starts to show further down. Also a touch of smoked malt. Crisp lager finish behind a growing honey presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (1079) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a cola brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma and taste very malty upfront with lots of sweetness. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
williamstome (942) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Black pour, small offwhite head. Aroma of honey, chocolate, cocoa. Flavor is chocolate, oats... Not very exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1044) - Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with red hues and off-white head. Aroma is grape juice, chocolate, prunes, sweet. Taste is medium bodied, dry finish, a bit flat. Overall, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernesto987 (3842) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2014
bottle, this one was neat, sweet and very roasty. it was balanced which saves it from plummetting to the depths of the lowest scores. Lots of interesting flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdb288 (559) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky brown with little head. Aroma is molasses, honey, roses, toffee. Lots of stuff at play here. That carries over into the taste with some brown sugar notes. Lighter than expected. A little muddy as it warms..everything seems to run together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Very mild ale. Lightly sweet with an earthy character. Light floral aroma and overall pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BroSpud (1716) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours and actually tastes exactly like a flat RC cola (or whatever generic brand you are into). Found this one to be a bit of a mess, like a homebrew gone bad. Great label but the beer not so much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6302) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cereal, grain, caramel, husks), with light notes of anise and cola. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. Very generic malty nose, and kinda rough/raw malt character at that. Plain and sweet in the mouth. Boring and forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (328) - Americus, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog Macon. Pours dark brown with no head and lots of carbonation bubbles floating to the top. it looks like Coke. Aroma of honey, molasses and malt. Tastes of malt, molasses and very sweet. Light bodied with lots of carbonation with smokey finish. It’s like drinking an alcoholic Coca-Cola.

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