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RATINGS: 821   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Can from Brewso. Pours a fairly clear, dark cherry color. Its really a borderline deep ruby-purple hue. Thereís a decent off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin, patchy film. Small amounts of spotted lacing dot the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, cocoa beans, and the slightest hint of dark rum. The flavor is very malty up front, with caramel and cocoa showing strong. Thereís also a bit of oakiness and some lightly smoky, Scotch Ale type flavors. A decent amount of herbal hops add a nice bitterness that balances this brew almost perfectly. Medium body that goes down very smooth, with a lingering burnt caramel aftertaste. Awesome brown ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 22, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Can from brewfiend, poured a dark brown-mahoganey color with a 0.5cm thick head, thinning fairly quickly to a thin covering. The lacing was decent, though, spotty rings all the way down. The aroma was roasty cocoa, caramel, and bubblegum. The flavor was rather porter-like, roasty to slight ashy dry chocolate, some caramel, slight bubblegum, lactic/milky notes with warmer temperatures, finishing quite silky dry, much like an oatmeal stout would. Upon reading the description a few minutes later, indeed, the oatmeal wasnít just an impression, itís really there, neat stuff. Certainly, this beer defies a brown ale or oatmeal stout style, could certainly be an oatmeal porter in my mind. Mouthfeel isnít as fully as that achieved in an oatmeal stout, but the oaty dryness and silkiness is indeed there. Good stuff, Surly, and thanks much, Brad! Re-rate of second can at the end of the month: Not much of an opinion change: oatmeal porter, firm roastiness more noticeable this time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2007
Thanks Brewblackhole for this one! Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head.Aromas of chocolate,caramel,and cola.Nice hop bite in the front,than the vanilla,coffee and cola like taste took over.Not Bad!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2007
Canned. Dark amber colour, small brownish beige head. Aroma is fruits, spices and some hops. Flavour is spices, caramel and some flowery hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
Can @ Chris_o shindig 2007. Clear medium brown color with a small, fizzy, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, brown sugar. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration. Body is light to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Draft at GTMW. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice aroma of nuts, caramel and toffee. The flavor has a great taste of roasted malts, nuttiness, a bit of sugar, and some light berries. Nice clean nutty finish. Very well done brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5863) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Sampled at an STL beer gathering. Pours mahogany with a crimson hue and a tannish head. The aroma has roasted nutty malt, light butter and some sweetness. Medium smooth body with smoothness and a bit of grassiness and small frothy carbonation. The flavor starts with roasted nuttiness and lots of hops for the style - very smooth enjoyable flavors. The finish has more sharpness, more hops and then lingering mild coffee. Thumbs up for this choice brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Thanks to Flyer for bringing this beer from a recent visit to Minneapolis. I found this beer to be rather good, but I didnít find it to be spectacular. It pours a dark brown with striking blood red hues as light dances through it. Bender has a somewhat scarce but pleasing light tan head composed of inconsistently sized bubbles. Aroma is a pleasing but understated caramel and toffee smell with some alcohol esters. Flavor is pleasingly sweet and roasty, but with a bit of a watery mouthfeel which seemed to get stickier as I drained my glass (and as it got a bit warmer). Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2007
Pours a deep crimson with mahogany clouds with a mid-sized, slowly receding beige head. The nose is very fresh and has alot going on. Notes of caramel malts, brown sugar, oranges, grapes, grapefruit pith and nuts. Lesser scents of roasted grain, cocoa powder and very mild coffee with sugar round out the aroma. Alcohol is not detected. The flavor expands a touch on the roast and coffee notes, still fruity and mildly hoppy. Sweetness is medium to medium-high, acidity is medium, bitterness mlid to medium. The mouthfeel is fantastically creamy, medium bodied, with high carbonation and a smooth and rich texture. Finishes dry, lightly to moderately bitter, roasted coffee and sugars lingering for a short while, caramel lingering on. Very good and though itís not that exciting, it is incredibly easy to enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2007
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Can: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, light berries, and a hint of nuttiness. Itís a reddish-brown with some transparency and a small beige head. The flavor starts with caramel, berries, and chocolate. Finishes with light roasted nut notes and a hint of earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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