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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 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 (6249) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Can. Canít believe that I havenít rated this yet. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, hops, nuts and grain. Pours a rich dark brown with some amber highlights and a huge khaki head. Flavor has some nice grassy hops, dark chocolate and some roasted malt. Very crisp on the palate with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 11, 2007
Very nice malty aroma. Pours with a lightly off-light-brown head. Taste is malty and hoppy with a nutty taste. Very citric hops make a certain initial crispness, but fades into a coffee flavor. Very decent!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RoyceH (1198) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 10, 2007
Can, chris_o shindig. Dark copper brown with thin off-white head. Nose is sweet, sickly. Mouth is sweet with some sour taint to it. Keeps sweet with some metallic cannyness towards the very finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (16592) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2007
Can at Chris_o Shindig. Very deep brown/red with beige head. Terrific malts. Really deep, rounded. Tastes stronger. Oxidised port aroma. Good beer, pretty intense. Good hop on end and nice choc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2007
Can@chris_o. Blackcurrant and chocolate malts aroma. Dark brown, beige head, good lace. Sweet, roasted, coffee, black berries. Soft mouthfeel with a dry bit harsh finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2007
A Mes rate: Can at Chris Oís Shindig. Another goode canned offering from Surly. Darkish brown with a reasonable creamy head. Lots of malt, lots of hops, plenty of fruit, obvious alcohol even at a reasonably restrained abv. Some caramel and a bitter ing finish. No finesse but pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
Pours a great looking deep chestnut brown with a sturdy khaki head. Nutty and light spice malt notes on the nose with a bit of hops. Nice creamy palate. Slightly sweet nutty taste with a twinge of hops in the middle, yielding to a mellow malt finish. A great brown ale and a real nice-looking beer.

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