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RATINGS: 800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Get Surly! Here’s 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30962) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2007
Can. A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with primary notes of berries. The flavor is sweet malty with light notes of metal, leading to a dry bitter finish. Thanks to yespr for bringing this to Denmark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Draft at the Surly brewery, RBSG 2007. Dark ruby with a beige head. Malty sweet nose, nutty, a mild astringency is noted. Mildly sweet flavors of malt and nuts, a bit earthy, some creamy caramel hints. Velvety smooth body. A big brown, and a well done one at that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Can thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark reddish brown with medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma of nutty malt and oats, with hints of cocoa and caramel. Flavors of sweet nutty malt, roasted oats, caramel, and a bit of chocolate and hops. A tasty light beer, thats easy to drink. Very good for a brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Now this is a first...canned. A nice gift from jarspag. Aroma is a little hard to pick up, but the carbonation lifts a nice bittering hops smell with a nutty malt scent. Mostly toffee and cream in the flavor with a nut-brown background complimented by the obvious oats. Quite carbonated, finishes crisp and hoppy on the palate, very easy to drink. Reminds me of a Newcastle on steroids.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Microbrew in a can? Nice. Nice deep dark brownish-amber color. A little lacking in the nose - but nice smooth and malty medium body - with a nice dash of bittering hops to leave the taste to linger in the mouth - chocolate malt, roasted oats, toffee, very nutty. Pretty damn good brown. Would obviously enjoy it more if were bigger.... what’s new?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (5266) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2007
Can courtesy of Stine: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a nice foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of caramel malt with light bitter hops. Taste is also dominated by caramel with some light bitter hops. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this one considering the brilliance of the two other offerings I had from this fine brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Can from theisti, via Zinister. Thanks! Pours a velvety mahogany with an off-white head. Aromas of chocolate cherry and chocolate raspberry are dominant in the nose, with a hint of java for good measure. Flavor is smoky strawberry and chocolate coffee; friggin’ awesome. Mouthfeel is only average, but this is the only lowpoint here. This is an AWESOME brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 can.....aroma: caramel and toasted malt...apearance: more of the caramel brown for this brown ale with medium ivory head....taste: essentially all caramel malt with hints of vanilla. incredibly smooth and very agreeable with the palate. not too much complexity with this one but i still found it to be quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Draught sample at brewery during the Surly tour, RBSG Minneapolis, June 23 2007. Near-opaque molasses color with a bit of dark tan head receding....nutty, lightly fruity (grapy) and significantly hoppy aroma, much more agressive than most brown ales but still within the style parameters I think; caramel cream shows up with a little bit of time....the body is juicy, vanilla-nutty, earthy with light candied fruits....remarkably luscious, full, velvety mouthfeel. Certainly among the 5 best brown ales I’ve had and I can’t wait to pop the can I brought back for a proper pint of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3798) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Out of the can. Fluffy brown head. Nose with hints of puffed wheat, cocoa puffs, coffee and a hint of lactose. Burnished mahagony color against the light. More complex than most brewers’ brown ales. Light chocolate, sweetened coffee, puffed wheat, some roast grains and caramel sweetness. There is a hint of some tangy acidity in the background, with an almost sour cherry note. Had this at the brewery back to back with the Coffee Bender, and I preferred the regular. I got more of the hops out of the tap sample than from this can.

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