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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3752) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Can, 16 oz from hellomynameis; nose of rye toast, caramelized sugar, and faint hops; dark walnut colored with a small tan head; flavor of whole wheat, lightly roasted, caramel, with a malty finish which slowly fades to a little hop bitterness. Excellent brown,

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
Filled with vanilla and barley/oat richness. Itís like a blend of doppelbock and oatmeal stout. Super, super smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
16 oz. can. more hoppy than most brown ales. great looking brew with an off white head and plentiful lacing sitting atop the brown liquid. kinda sweet but the palate is oh so creamy. good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slurricane (15) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Actually it wasnít as good as I was expecting. Had it on tap at Green Mill, MPLS. The glass I had was really carbonated....in a bad way. The flavor was excellent, but could not overcome the biting carbonation. I could really taste the chocolate more so the the other reviews have claimed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 29, 2007
This is a tasty beer. Lots of bite and nutty at all. Much better as an oatmeal brown than those nutty ones. Donít get any negatives from the can either. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Can: Brownish in color, heavy burnt brown sugar hues, large frothy beige head, attractive lacing.   Soft roasted malt nose, a bit of cocoa and milk sugar.   Seems bittersweet.   Doesnít appear to have much of a hop presense.   Smooth pale roasted malt start, subtle sweetness, a little cocoa too.   Did I mention smooth?   Some hop bitterness comes out at the finish.   Clean, soft coffee bean lingers.   This is perty darn good!   Many thanks to joebrew for sending me this wonderful creation!


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Can via trade with brewso, many thanks. Pours deep brown lighter towards the bottom with a thick two finger tan head. The aroma is malty and robust with nice sugary notes. Taste is very rich, full of roasted malt, chocolate, and some sugar. Damn this is a good brown, now if I can try Darkness and the others Iíll be excited.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Thanks to Ty5592 for this one as part of Mystery Swap 2.0. Pours clear deep ruby with 1-finger khaki head. Aroma of roast malt, big chocoff, cabernet, brown sugar, cola, hops. Tastes roasty malty, with big brown sugar, toffee, almond, cherry cola notes, and some cacao notes and finishing hops. This is my second Surly beer, and I am extremely impressed with these guys...and from a can, no less!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 14, 2007
16 oz can from Jimbowood. Second time I have had this now, and both times I have enjoyed this brew. Itís a nice, quaffable beer. Flavor is nice, with some chocolate and toffee, and a nice hoppy finish. Interesting and delicious beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 9, 2007
16 oz can. Sea salt and orange zest aroma. Wispy. Moist and fresh. Oat dust and lemon juice. Restrained. Pours a touching florid mahogany, with blood red fringe and a soapy tan head, creamy. Nice lacing. On the tongue, a robust kick of malty sugars and roasted malt. Begins with a salty sea oat sweep and then slides into a coarse and grainy tooth of grain, orange peel, toasted almond and sweet honey. The oat brings in great character to this brown. Not overly hoppy, in my opinion, a nice balance with some floral and resin bitterness in the back end. A rather quaffable and delicious brew. Nicely constructed.


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