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RATINGS: 233   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
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregdafdxguy (13) - Illinois, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBunker (800) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is of honey, malt, oat, and molasses. Taste starts off very sweet with lots of honey. And molasses. It gets. Balanced out by a smoky malt backbone, and a big oat flavor. Mouthfeel is very, but still very carbonated. It’s good, but I couldn’t see myself drinking it on the regular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7501) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Dark brown with amber highlights. Sweet dark caramel and honey, tea-like undertones, finishing with a tannic dryness. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12016) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2015
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop. Pours very dark and ruddy. Very slight head. Aroma suggests treacle with a hint of what might be honey. Med + body. Flavor is dark malt with a treacle note. However, it is quite dry and just mildly bitter. Might have a touch of chocolate in the finisher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1818) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2015
Pours a deep brown, almost mahogony with a small tan head. Aroma is earthy, honey, molasses and roast. Taste is sweet all around. Medium bodied, some stickiness and easy to drink. The honey becomes much more noticeable as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Pour out of bottle, hazy dark brownish pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, raisin, some coriander, clove into some yeasty spice, touch of caramel, molasses notes into some honey. Taste was a mix of honey, molasses, dark fruit into some spice, yeast, more honey, finishing fairly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3431) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a clear, cola brown with a beige head of foam. The aroma is reminiscent of buckwheat honey and coke. Fairly sweet beer. Medium carbonation. On the finish, the oats hit strong. Medium body. Almost syrupy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5207) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
pours unclear medium dark brown, orange tint, with a reviving light beige-orange cap, some lacing. minty and fragrant honey, some floral buckwheat honey without its intense perfumey dark component; spicy chocolate, very fruity yeastiness too, belgian-ish, dark lean maltiness, gently caramelized nuts, some coffee, umami hints, soft dirt, minerals. light carbonation, light body - slightly watery; dry and grassy-earthy-spicy finish. interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
smallfry (155) - - MAR 18, 2015
(Bottle) This is a weird one. I definitely like it and would drink it again. The flavor is almost soda-like, and there’s basically no lingering flavor except for a bit of that "mead" flavor. Interesting!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (2302) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with ruby overtones. Thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet figs and dark fruit. Flavor follows but is really sweet and tastes odd - like mediocre home-brew. Not horrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Pours a hazy off brown with thin off-white head that leaves minimal lace. Aroma of dark fruit and yeasty esters. Taste follows wroth a hint of smoky on the back end. Solid but not amazing.

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