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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2007
RBSG 2007 Tour at Surly Ė Dark brown, creamy off white head. Toasty vanilla aromas sit a top faint caramel and chocolate molasses notes. Flavor is well balanced tones of all the above. A touch of light hoppiness keeps the soft sweet toasty notes in check. Medium bodied with a pillow soft carbonation. An easy drinking brownÖ

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4165) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2007
Can. Large creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Clear flat body with a mahogany color. Caramel grain and burned bitter malt. Light bitter coffee. Some floral and grassy notes with light fruity feel as well. Medium bodied with an average carbonation. Light sweet flavor with moderated bitter notes. Burned bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Pours a cola brown black with a thin head and cola like bubbles. The nose is a bit roasty with that cola sort of acidity. Maybe itís in my head? Thereís a round relatively sweet malt and a slightly dry chocolate character. A bit of hops strikes me as slightly out of place, but still nice. A bit thin on the tongue, though not watery, this has certainly been filtered fairly well and force carbonated, but since itís in a can, I canít make off for that. The flavor is a step above. A round balanced dark malt bill complete with chocolate and hints of the caramel and vanilla they claim should be there. The hops are above and beyond what I expected, but fitting and welcome. Floral cascade like hops, really make this a beer worth drinking. The finish lingers with pleasantly dry roast and bitter hops. a bit acidic. Reminds me of a hopped up Bell Best Brown. I would make this my regular session beer if it were distributed here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2007
(draft) Beige head atop brown-black body with red undertones. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some coffee. Taste is medium sweet, caramel/coffee, some earthy. Medium body, light acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35101) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2007
Sample from tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown to black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt. Flavour is dominated by roasted malts but has some hoppiness sticking out. Bitter finish, but clearly more mild than the coffee version.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Can, with thanks to hellomynameis, pours a coke brown with a nice tan head, good lacing. Malty aroma of light chocolate, nuts and toasted oats. Flavor is more of the same, well balanced and mild with just a touch of sweetness. Palate is a medium mouthfeel, light carbonation, and a bit sticky.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Can. Poured a clear purplish-brown color with a thin light-brown head. Chocolate, nutty, and malty aroma. Awesome full mouthfeel. Flavor is a nice brown sugar and malty combo. Sweet, yet a nice bitter finish. So far, Iím digging the Surly brews. Thanks, theisti!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Can. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, nuts, roasted grain, cocoa), lightly hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation. Simply put, a solid brown ale. Easy-drinking thanks to a good flavor balance, and a nice enough aroma. While it doesnít rock my socks (letís face it...itís difficult for brown ales to rock anyoneís socks unless the malt character is extraordinary), it doesnít make any real mistakes either. For my tastes, itís just a bit too sweet, slightly overcarbonated, and the aroma doesnít really make an impression. Definitely above the curve though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
16 oz can shared with willblake thanks to allendodd. Pours a deep dark ruby brown with an average head. Aroma was sweet roasted malts like a funky chocolate covered cherry, reminded me of Reaper Ritual Dark Ale. Thin body that seemed almost a little watery, I might have expected more from the darkness of the beer. Flavor was nice with some malt notes and hardly any bitterness. Seems like a good session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1732) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Can. Thanks to Stine for the trade. Pours a deep dark body with huge head. Aroma is of sweet malt with an hint of molasses. Flavor lays heavy with sweet malt - peaty, light hops and some light chocolate present. Very quaffable. Good beer from a can.


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