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RATINGS: 765   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Can looks awesome!!!! bonus points there....pour is brownish with lots of ruby red highlights and a dense sticky brown head...smell is lightly toasty and has hints of cocoa...nice rich and chewy mouthfeel...taste is sweet and toasty with lots of cocoa and nutty flavors...light bitterness adds a little sharpness that clears out the sweet chewy flavors and feel...what a treat from my asshole friend fly!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Big thanks to Quake1028 for bringing this cool 16oz can along.

Pours very deep amber with nice tan head. Slightly sweet caramelized malt and slightly nutty aroma. The aroma is a bit on the light side. The flavor has that nuttiness along with a soft rye-ish quality that I’ll take as being the oatmeal. Tasty brown ale with plenty of interest.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Ah, the $205 glass of beer. I wouldn’t have had a chance to try Bender, but for missing a flight to NYC (and $100/each in fees for my wife and I to get on a later flight.) So with an hour suddenly free, I remembered that Surly’s website mentions that you can get Bender at Ike’s in the airport, so off we went. It was really fun that even the 60-something waitress there also knew they had Surly, and was happy to talk about this exciting new local brewer. (It strikes me as a really healthy sign for the craft beer movement when what the "normal" craft beer fan looks like is less and less predictable.)

On to the beer. Gold highlighted-brown, small sticky cap of light tan. Coffee, brown bread aroma--creamy and fresh. Dry toast flavor, caramel, robust bitterness, lingering rustic bread sweetness. An unpretentious beer, done with skillful, bold strokes. Yum.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chief5151 (6) - USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
Fantastic beer! Hard to find though--a few liquor stores in the Cities carry this stuff. It is not pasteurized so keep it cold! FYI It only comes in cans.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Thanks to mcbackus for bonusing this one to me. Pours a light brown body with ruby red highlights. Thin head. Nutty aroma, with malts, roast and hops. Pretty thick mouthfeel for a brown ale, with roasty, nutty flavors dominating. Long, dry finish. Surprised to find this one has oatmeal in it, probably where the thick body comes from. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
can from brewso: pours a dark brown colour with a 1inch foamy tan head.aroma is roasted nut,malt and sweet fruit hops. flavour is nutty with some raosted chocolate and sweet malts with a touch of bitterness in the finish. the palate is very nice and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2007
Can obtained from DBL in Minneapolis- poured into a Russian River tulip glass. Pours out a cola/rootbeer colour. Not much head to speak of. Smells nutty and some hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth (from the oats) with moderate carbonation. Very tasty brown ale, the hops add nice flavour without too much bitterness. Typical brown ale malt- nutty, roasty without heavy body. The oatmeal adds texture and an added taste dimension. This is a good session brew- not up to the level of Furious, but a great effort.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2007
500 ml can. Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing. Dark brown with a light ruby tint. The aroma is malty and sweet with light toast/toasted nut character and some interesting cherry/berry fruitiness. Good flavour, nutty malt sweetness, toasted malt and a malted milk and chocolate component. Light earthy bitterness. A decent session ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Shared by Butters at DLD. Caramel malt aroma. Dark brown body with light head. Medium palate. Medium malt presence with some hints of caramel, and a bit of a bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
Aroma of malty and light hops with some vanilla maybe. Pretty nice and creamy and very easy to drink.


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