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RATINGS: 755   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2007
Dainty light tan/off-white head, very frothy, which tops a medium, reddish brown body. Potent aroma - surprisingly hoppy for a brown ale, but also has a pleasant dose of hazelnuts and sweet malts, with hints of caramel. I’m surprised and very pleasantly pleased that the flavor is not particularly sweet, but it is very rich and creamy. Nicely balanced, with the hops not too much in the fore-front, yet not too malty. Thick, like a good chocolate malt. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2007
Can from IrishBoy (thanks!) - dark amber with a tan head - roasty, nutty aroma, with hints of wood and vanilla - smooth, creamy mouthfeel, with a medium body, nicely bittered, with a slight bit of roasty/smokey notes to compiment it - well-intergrated flavors of hazelnut and vanilla - slight herbal/spice qualities - very well balanced - I would love to have regular access to this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2007
Lots of malt really stands out in the aroma.Pours medium brown with some reddish highlights.Has a light tan head.Lots of sweet malt and brown sugar dominate the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a big sweet malt/caramel finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2007
Can: Pours a reddish brown, off white head. Aroma, caramel, brown sugar, and some earthy notes. Flavor, roasty, caramel, brown sugar, some slight smoky quality, and some earthy and citrusy notes. Pretty damn good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - APR 25, 2007
Yeh, they did this one right. Along with the implied and truly apparent smoothness (oats? good decision), the nice combination roast and hop finish is it all blending seamlessly. I tend to either over-scrutinize or plain overlook brown ales. This one just had me enjoying it and thinnking that I could and would enjoy more if I could.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 24, 2007
(can from irishboy)beautiful brown body that turns a deep crimson red when held to light.the light brown head is around 1/2 inch and leaves webbing as it sits.roasted peanuts,cocoa,and caramel malts make up the nose.flavor boats roasted nuts,coffee,chocolate,caramel,and pine type hops.silky smooth yet full mouthfeel.this rates right up with alesmiths brown.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
msjacilynn (26) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2007
On Tap at Sweeney’s St. Paul. Deep brown with red tones with tan head. Good lacing throughout drinking duration. Smelled of nuts, lighty fruity, and mild chocolate. Tasted hints of chocolate, carmel and vanilla. None overwhelming. Excellent beer, not overly-carbonated and very smooth. Highly reccommended!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
Can trade from shigadeyo. Poured clear brown with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate Moderate sweet toasted nut aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium sweet smooth flavor with a medium bitteersweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
16 oz can. Pours up a nice tan head atop a clear, burgundy brown. Smells yummy enough; brown sugar, grapes, dates and spruce. I’m not a big fan of browns but this is good. Burnt caramel and cocoa, clementines with light soap. Fine carb. Body could be a bit firmer but still chewy as is. Lingering vanilla and oats.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2007
Thanks for the can, Shannon! Sweet looking 16oz can. Very dark but clear mahogany. Lasting froth. Aroma primarily chocolate, some sweet fruity. The flavor is a dark ipa. moves dry to sweeter, mellow to more bitter, chocolate, toasted nut, something tangy i can’t put my finger on (melon?) leaves a long lingering northwestern hop bite. Watery in texture compared to what i expected from the flavor.


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