SpringsLicker (2823) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown with no head.
Roast malt aroma with some caramel.
Simple easy drinker, but not very complex.
Shag (2443) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown appearance with beige head. A chocolate, nutmeg, and toffee aroma. The flavor is quite sour with a lot of nutty and caramel notes. A sweet finish. This was a nice brown ale especially from a tall boy can.
Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
another winner from surly great aromas and better tastes nice chocolaty flavor with a tab coffee great beer also enjoy coffee bender and tea bag bender GET SURLY
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 II believe that merging Teabag Bender and standard Bender was an error as the beers have very different flavors, but apparently the admins donít believe me. I rating below is for teabag bender for anyone lucky enough to find it. Spicy tea aroma, and spicy green tea flavor. It leaves a green tea flavor on the palate, and it is not as nearly as heavily hopped as the standard bender. Some lemongrass. The tea comes through quite well overall. Another successul beer from Surly. The palate however, it very light.
Earlier Rating: 4/14/2006 Total Score: 3.7
Maybe the best brown ale ever, even though it doesnít fit into any style very well. The aroma is mosty hops and light malt, but this is fairly light. Flavor is coffee, medium sweet malt, and hops. With the dark color it is like an oatmeal stout generously hopped. As it warms the flavor changes and strange yeasty, but not bad flavors come out. An unusual creation and quite good.
hair-old (171) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 A coffee,chocolate alt.Very smooth.
Laces even a plastic cup.On tap at
Sea Salt at Minnehaha Falls.This brewer has become very greedy on its
pricing.Seek out Belgian brews with hundreds of years of expeirience before this brewer.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Dark brown, almost looks like a brown porter. Smell is chocolatey and sweet. Flavor is quite a bit of chocolate and a bit of coffee, with more bitterness in the finish than I expected. At times I was thinking porter, at other times I was thinking hoppy american brown, but I liked it the entire time.
Rerate: After having this over and over, it just gets better.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 On tap at Old Chicago. Nice chocolate and caramel aroma, nice hops. Very nice mouthfeel and goes down beautifully.
hellomynameis (872) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled next to the coffee bender. Dark opaque brown colour with small head. Not a huge beer, but a pretty good brown. Thereís a bit of chocolatyness in both aroma and flavour. Iím glad to see this going all over as it would be a great choice next to the typical beers in the area.
undsioux7 (764) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 Can... In a glass. Almost pitch black with just a hint of brownish-red showing through. Small off white head. Coffee, chocolate, and dare I say a hint of root beer flavor? Yes I do.
Surly rocks. Plus, I sit right next to the head brewers sister at work.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at Arborfest, along with good ol Furious. I actually like Furious more, but my rating doesnt reflect that, which i dont know why. Either way, Bender is great times, its super dark, which got me scared at first, but then i opened my eyes and took a sip and i smiled and farted. That was from bean dip earlier, but none the less, Bender was tasty. Not to overpowering by no means.