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RATINGS: 731   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Wanted this beer to impress me more. Appearance is a nice dark brown with some light coming through. The head has nice tight bubbles off white in color. Aroma is very simple with caramel maltiness followed by some nuttiness. The taste is where I wanted more as I didn’t get much complexity. I did get some nice nuttiness but not much else but mild hop and some cola on the finish. A nice sessionable beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VsXsV (1878) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2014
Can. Deep brown liquid with medium light tan head. Aroma of bread, chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, toffee and light fruity hops. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, dried fruit, bread and toffee. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1041) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Extra from bobbyD. Has a sweet malty woody taste and aroma. Average craft brown taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deaconmike (323) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2014
On tap at Ike’s at MSP. Pours brown with a reddish tint; tan foamy head with nice lacing. Aroma is somewhat subdued, but toasted malt, caramel, and lactose hit the nose. Taste follows suit finishing with a mildly bitter dry finish. Body seems a bit on the light side to me. Crisp carbonation. Good brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACD (568) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 9, 2014
Can. Deep mahogany. Oaky nose, with caramel and light vanilla; dark spices and sweet resiny pine. Caramel up front in the taste, crunchy almost nutty maltiness. Vanilla and light oak add to the sweetness. Depth of flavour comes with a big piney hit and dark fruit character. Medium body. Lingering caramel, fruit and pine. Great stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Can, shared at my 5K tasting. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is toasty, coffee, woody, caramel, cocoa and dark fruits. The taste is toast, wood, caramel, earth, raisin, varnish, brown bread, coffee, toffee and some dark fruit/berry with a dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. A solid, rather drinkable brown ale by all accords.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (335) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Can (canned 12/30/13) poured into a nonic pint glass. Pours dark brown almost black with just over a finger of light tan head, good lacing. Much better head and lacing than Coffee Bender. Aromas of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, light vanilla. Tasting notes of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, some dark fruit, bits of milk chocolate, subtle coffee, light piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty nice, definitely can tell the differences between this and Coffee Bender.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paincane (86) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Deep brown body topped by foamy khaki head. Amazing lace. Oats, roasted malt, coffee nose. Coffee, caramel, creamy flavors with a hint of vanilla and cocoa. Velvety smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewHaMeister (91) - - FEB 28, 2014
16oz can pours a dark cola brown with a small head and little lacing. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and leather. Slightly bitter malt flavor with a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (2780) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Leighton I think. Pours dark brown with a dense beige head. Nose is full of heavily roasted coffee beans, melted caramel and some mild aniseed. Taste is more or less the same but has some more balance to the coffee notes. Drinks well with fine carbonation and a mild bitter finish. Solid drop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnnymusky (99) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Tasty oatmeal brown ale...pours dark brown to black...minimal head...tastes of vanilla oatmeal caramel.....some lacing.....very tasty beer.

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