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RATINGS: 792   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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3.7
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (3119) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2015
16 oz can from Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits into a pint glass. Dark brown and pretty clear appearance with a light brown head and light lacing. Aroma and flavor of toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, cocoa, caramel, earthy hops and dark malts. Similar flavor, moderately sweet with a mild bitter finish. Medium body. The coffee version is much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bule (1123) - California, USA - MAY 1, 2015
16oz can pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Rich maltiness, mild hops. A little too sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshmcg000 (369) - Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2015
Pours very dark amber with tan head. Aroma is mostly english malts, not getting much else. Light body, with a crisp citrus hoppyness. little bit of toffee on the malt side, some caramel. Vanilla and coffee. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3990) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 17, 2015
earth wood cherries pine,malty a touch sweet. Awesome. Totally amazing example of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadShaolin (100) - - MAR 15, 2015
Cola like appearance. Great lacing. Smell that British toast and delicate malt, cocoa and vanilla. Smells as taste. Lots of vanilla on the front. Softer coffee in the back. Could use more coffee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2137) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Dark brown pour with a two finger, creamy tan head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is toast, chocolate, nutty notes, brown malt, toasted granola, caramel. Flavor is nutty malt and cereal up front, sweet chocolate, a hint of light roast coffee, a little earthy, toasty wood, herbal, light citrus and pine hops. Medium body, creamy feel on entry light to medium, blanketing carbonation and a slightly drier finish with a hint of tannin astringency. Really good, great flavor and body for 5.1%.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1210) - Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Dark plummy black but clear red hue. Aroma has some bread/toast toffee, light sweet, plummy raison, slight chocolate, light citrus, berry, nuts,somewhat mild aroma overall,yet complex. This is crisp,light, soft, light chocolate, light nutty,more berry in flavor than anything else, citrus is stronger in finish. tangy finish. Curious of the coffee bender, this one seems pretty acidic to go with coffee. think this wouldn’t go good as it doesn’t seem rich enough to support coffee. It must cuz it has a slight better rating than this.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baristas2Brewers (24) - - FEB 27, 2015
Canned 12/30/2014. Smooth and drinkable brown ale. Not a heavy chocolate taste but very tasty foe a brown ale. Smells like caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2622) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2015
16 oz can pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet malts and some chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (2729) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Flight at MSP. Sweet, smooth brown ale. Sweet malt nose, some chocolate comes on at the tail end. A bit on the sweet side, but very tasty.


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