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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5697) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends
Aroma has berries, strong malty tones and hints of cocoa. Flavour has berries, malt, some toffee and hints of minerals. Not sure about the style but this feels like doppelbock.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6212) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends.
Pours dark ruby red color with a small head. Malty and coffee-infused aroma with fruits and caramel. Flavor is pretty much the same with cocoa and vanilla notes. Nice and simple.
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barnoloid (200) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
Can poured into pint glass. Deep brown pour with a tanned head and nice mild carbonation. Sits nicely in between a porter and brown ale style. Heavily roasted with chocolate malts right upfront in the palate. Medium mouthfeel with a slight sweet note that breaks this ahead of similar ales - perfect for a chilled Spring evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
Dark brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa, coffee, & some nuts; Flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, coffee, some caramel, and nuts; Dry finish; Pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (2274) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Can. Deep brown liquid with medium light tan head. Aroma of bread, chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, toffee and light fruity hops. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, dried fruit, bread and toffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1319) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Extra from bobbyD. Has a sweet malty woody taste and aroma. Average craft brown taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (381) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
On tap at Ike’s at MSP. Pours brown with a reddish tint; tan foamy head with nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued, but toasted malt, caramel, and lactose hit the nose. Taste follows suit finishing with a mildly bitter dry finish. Body seems a bit on the light side to me. Crisp carbonation. Good brown ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (639) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 9, 2014
Can. Deep mahogany. Oaky nose, with caramel and light vanilla; dark spices and sweet resiny pine. Caramel up front in the taste, crunchy almost nutty maltiness. Vanilla and light oak add to the sweetness. Depth of flavour comes with a big piney hit and dark fruit character. Medium body. Lingering caramel, fruit and pine. Great stuff

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6871) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Can, shared at my 5K tasting. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, coffee, woody, caramel, cocoa and dark fruits. The taste is toast, wood, caramel, earth, raisin, varnish, brown bread, coffee, toffee and some dark fruit/berry with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. A solid, rather drinkable brown ale by all accords.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1343) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Can (canned 12/30/13) poured into a nonic pint glass. Pours dark brown almost black with just over a finger of light tan head, good lacing. Much better head and lacing than Coffee Bender. Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, light vanilla. Tasting notes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, bits of milk chocolate, subtle coffee, light piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty nice, definitely can tell the differences between this and Coffee Bender.


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