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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Get Surly! Here’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6619) - 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 (1416) - 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 (1845) - Røros, 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 (1599) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7884) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"an oatmeal brown ale. hmmm. not bad. perhaps i was expecting greatness from all things Surly and this one is only good? An above average, flavorful, roasted brown ale. a little thin on the body but smooth, and, well, most browns are a touch thin, and this one is better than many."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Can at a BOSS meeting thanks to Brent. Pours very dark brown. Nice head. Some roast and chocolate. Nice mouthfeel. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (1339) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 2, 2014
Can from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Dark red-brown, clear body, with a big, creamy, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, earth, dark berries, some roast. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, wood, earth, berries, some citric hops. Mouthfeel is light, slick, with a moderate carbonation and it finishes medium bitter-roasty, also with dark chocolate and some fruity notes. Nice! Quaffable, well balanced between sweet and roasty and with interesting earthy notes. Pretty light mouthfeel, but that’s typical of this style. Overall a great, far beyond average Brown Ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RasmusOtt (1763) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2014
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma has that sweet malty notes up front along with some nuts, toffee and some weak roasted notes. Also some weak hope notes and sweeter fruits as well. Taste is sweet, yet roasty and bitter. Some coffee is detectable here as well as caramel, sweeter fruits and hops. Nice interpretation of the IMO boring style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (917) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Draft. Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma toffee, caramel, and malt. Medium body, toffee, caramel, toasted malt, some molasses, and a dry finish.

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