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RATINGS: 814   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3236) - Meridian, 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 (7501) - 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 (784) - 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 I’ve tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (32899) - 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 (5262) - 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 (993) - 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 (5581) - 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.

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