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RATINGS: 800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2853) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Thanks to Ian for smuggling this back from Sturgis. Pours a nice dark brown with a small dark head. Some Chocolate malt, coffee, and I guess oatmeal in the nose. Tingly carbonation in the mouth with chocoalte malt, coffee, and a hint of vanilla. Nice tinge of coffee in the aftertaste. I have been waiting to try this brewery and it certainly did not disappoint. This is a very complex beer and I think a few more would help me get a better understanding of all the flavors. This was a great beer for my number 99!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing. Nice sweet flacors of some caramel and vanilla. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Can sampled with Mad_indian, thanks to Faro99 for sending this to me. Pours Mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of nuts, caramel, slight roast, and piney hops. The flavor is sweet caramel, nuts, roast, and finishes with a citrusy bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Iím surprised to see this is a "brown ale," because I had it on tap and it looked and tasted like a stout. As such, it was a good, solid, hearty stout, but without much complexity. The aroma and taste had plentiful roasty malts with some distinct coffee notes. It had a relatively clean finish for a stout(but I guess thatís because itís a brown ale). I probably wouldnít go out of my way for this, but itís good choice when itís available

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
16 oz can shared with toncatcher. Nice chocolate and nutty aromas. Nice head on the brown pour. But the flavor just didnít do it for me. I am just not a brown ale fan. Probally deserves better rating than this, but I am just not a big fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2624) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Can sampled with stegosaurus, care of faro99 trade. Mahogany pour chocolate roast aroma. Taste is pretty much thesame with a hint of coffee. Alittle thin for my taste but good none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2958) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Can from Footbalm - Thanks! Pours a dark brown with a modest tan head. Light lacing. My first impression is the aroma of wheat bread with some nuts, as well as a little maltiness. Tastes of a brown ale with solid malt, toffee, roasted nuts, and some bittersweet cocoa. Nice creamy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - JUL 28, 2007
Dar brown with red highlights and a nice tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt with some sweet and hops. The taste is sweet and roasty with nut and caramel notes. The aftertaste is a nice long sweet roasty flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Canned, thanks to Skyview. Poured an almost clear, deep iced tea brown with a short cap of beige head. Aroma picked up lightly-toasted dry chocolate, cocoa, and coffee notes with mild pine accents. Flavor was more enjoyable with roasted chocolate and coffee at the core.. accented by a mild herbal bitterness and sweet vanilla... long, roasted coffee finish. Medium-bodied with very nice balance between the roasty malts and the mild-ish bitterness. Very tasty and powerfully drinkable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
asedzie (713) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Can. Pours deep ruby brown with thick, khaki head. Aroma is sweet and fruity oranges and berries, along with lightly coffeeish malt scent. Satiny, sweet malt flavors upfront - roasted coffee, vanilla. Flavor also has a fruity, floral hop bitterness and just a touch of sourness. Not my favorite style but probably the most simple and cohesive of the Surly beers Iíve tried.

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