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RATINGS: 807   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Get Surly! Hereís what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1111) - Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Can. Pours clear super dark ruby with very thin off white head. Nose is chocolate, some roast and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate and caramel. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (1049) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
16oz can, not poured. For the appearance, Iím going to give it an average rating based on other reviews. The aromas are mild with notes of oats, herbs, caramel, a bit of ash, and some chocolate. Itís medium sweet and bitter, with perhaps a touch more bitterness. Itís smooth with a fuzzy and lightly fizzy carbonation. The medium-light body is roasty with herbal notes, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and secondary touches of vanilla, and cream (and perhaps even some coconut). The finish is ash and herbs and the ash lingers with coffee and a slight tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
16 oz can at Newtís in Rochester, Minnesota, served in a pint glass. Pours clear reddish brown with a large tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover and leaves lots of fine lace. The nose has lots of herbal hops, bready malts, oatmeal and earth along with a mild resinous hoppy note. The flavour is mildly sweet throughout with brown sugar and nutty, bready malts; this is paired up with a slight resinous hoppy note. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, toasted malts and perhaps coconut come through as well. The finish is long and balanced, with vanilla, cocoa, resin and pine. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, milky texture. Overall, a decent nut brown ale-meets-oatmeal stout. 2014-12-15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1976) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Can pours a dark brown with Amber highlights and a large khaki head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, and cocoa. Taste similar to aroma with some dry bitter hops and a smooth palate. A nice brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Sampled from a 16oz can this beer poured a dark brown color with a large creamy orange-brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was somewhat bitter with floral hops, sour dark fruits and toffee. The flavor was tangy and sour with malt, oatmeal, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, nut and a bit of sour dark fruits. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (7232) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Can thanks to Will. Very dark brown. Medium beige head. Roasted. A little bit of wood in there. Nice bitter roastiness but not smooth like coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (1509) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Can at Mikkeller Stockholm. Brown pour with very small head. Nutty aroma and taste with some caramel, light coffee and chocolate. Light and tasty.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie think its a smooth light hoppy brown sle. Julie gives a 3.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1959) - RÝros, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Olmost black with a brown head - Good malt aroma - Good malt body with some roasted malt, caramel and chcoloate, with some bitterness - Roasted malt goes into the finish - This was good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1634) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Surly Bender has a thick, beige, crackling, foam head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, brown appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same elements, with wonderful, non-fruity and non-piney, straightforward bitterness. The oats also shine through, as one sips it down. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit velvety. Surly Bender finishes semi-wet and easy drinking. RJT

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