junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Currently, I am drinking one poured from a can, but have had it several times on tap at various Minneapolis locations. Skip the appearance discussion. It’s dark. And who cares anyway? Overall a very smooth beer. Complex, there’s a lot going on here. But not overpowering. The main notes I detect are oatmeal and a slightly burnt chocolate like you were making some hot cocoa on the stove but scalded it a bit. Combined with just the right hoppy bite. Surly Furious seems to be more the darling of the hop overload crowd, and it certainly is a great beer, but I think Bender is Surly’s best offering.
MadShaolin (67) - - MAR 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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fidelis83 (2097) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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%.
jmohno (1184) - Iowa, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Baristas2Brewers (24) - - FEB 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canned 12/30/2014. Smooth and drinkable brown ale. Not a heavy chocolate taste but very tasty foe a brown ale. Smells like caramel.
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet malts and some chocolate.
stevoj (2544) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Obfuscate (202) - Minneapolis, - FEB 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fluffy cream colored two finger head. Nice clean smell of vanilla, oats, roasted barley. Like the can says hops up front a creamy oatmeal in the middle and finish.
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle. Dark brown with an average beige head. Aroma is of roasted malts, toasted nuts, cocoa, earth. Taste is of roasted malts, pecan shells, bark, earth, and toast.
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. The look is brown in color, beige colored head, and dark. The smell is dirty, nuts, shells, pencil shavings, hops, hazelnuts, and roasty. The taste is sweet, roast, malt, hops, and ok.
raoul_duke (105) - - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oatmeal aroma. Nice fluffy brown head. Dark brown appearance, looks thinner than a stout but thicker than an ale. Very nice coffee and oatmeal on the front with some vanilla on the aftertaste. Really nice.