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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   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.


3.5
gopherfan99 (1996) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma of molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of honey; taste is sweet with molasses, chocolate, some oat creaminess, and a hint of honey; finish is dry with some lingering roast

3.3
17Beer (382) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2017
12 oz bottle. Sweet coffee and malt aromas. Pours a dark, dark brown with a big tight persistent buff head with tiny bubbles. Heavy honey flavors up front with a balancing bitter spine and some chalkyness. Very fizzy mouthfeel. Intriguing but I’m not sure it all works.

3.3
DenverLogan (1230) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 20, 2017
From a 12 oz bottle into a stem glass. Pours brown with head and lace. Aroma of dark malts, molasses, oats. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of caramel malts, molasses, minerals, grains. Overall somewhat rich and unique, drinkable but not delicious.

3.9
MicroGrog (387) - FT: Stale Polotmavý in Queens, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. Cut artwork. Rounded pint glass. Thin, foaming oatmeal head. Brown on black see through body. Smell is brown bread, oats & caramelized sugar. Soft. Taste is of an extremely smooth brown ale. Oats bring a fluffier texture & a baked flavor. Molasses seem to add a deep toasted burnt sugar sharpness. I can’t really single out the honey, but I would guess off experience that it thickened & sweetened up the brew somewhat as it does my morning tea. Low abv, but it’s richness makes it not quite as easy. Again, great lingering texture. Ever so slightly flat, but it is better for it. I appreciate the small format & being able to approach something new to me that wasn’t just another double imperial sour wild ale. :-)

4.1
MarkSachon (1034) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2017
12 oz bottle from Liberty Beer in Pittsburgh. Just about everything is good but a few points off overall. Loved the artistic label.

3.4
Block (2894) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Backlog entry: I had this one at the brewery. It’s a solid beer, nothing too unusual or stand-out.

3
Beerdedone (3432) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, honey and some faint molasses. Flavor was slightly sweet with honey, molasses, caramel, bread, nuts, chocolate and had a touch of earthiness.

3.9
katrinaez (2137) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2016
Really nice ale with lots of extras. Honey, brown sugars, vanilla, and toasted malt. Really easy to drink and the style has a great mouth feel. Bottle

2.7
crispaire (242) - - OCT 15, 2016
Little smoke and malts on the nose. Poured a deep dark cola brown from a bottle. Effervescent bite on the tongue. Exceptionally smooth brown-ish ale. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and a lingering sweet finish. Medium body to boot.

4.2
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2016
Drank from a pint glass poured from a twelve ounce bottle. A nice solid, old ale.


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