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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1436) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Can pours a dark brown with Amber highlights and a large khaki head. Aroma of molasses, caramel, and cocoa. Taste similar to aroma with some dry bitter hops and a smooth palate. A nice brown.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Sampled from a 16oz can this beer poured a dark brown color with a large creamy orange-brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was somewhat bitter with floral hops, sour dark fruits and toffee. The flavor was tangy and sour with malt, oatmeal, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, nut and a bit of sour dark fruits. Long finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3868) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Can thanks to Will. Very dark brown. Medium beige head. Roasted. A little bit of wood in there. Nice bitter roastiness but not smooth like coffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (896) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
Can at Mikkeller Stockholm. Brown pour with very small head. Nutty aroma and taste with some caramel, light coffee and chocolate. Light and tasty.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
outlawskies (446) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie think its a smooth light hoppy brown sle. Julie gives a 3.8 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bergstaden (1376) - Røros, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2014
Olmost black with a brown head - Good malt aroma - Good malt body with some roasted malt, caramel and chcoloate, with some bitterness - Roasted malt goes into the finish - This was good

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1331) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Surly Bender has a thick, beige, crackling, foam head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, brown appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same elements, with wonderful, non-fruity and non-piney, straightforward bitterness. The oats also shine through, as one sips it down. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit velvety. Surly Bender finishes semi-wet and easy drinking. RJT

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"an oatmeal brown ale. hmmm. not bad. perhaps i was expecting greatness from all things Surly and this one is only good? An above average, flavorful, roasted brown ale. a little thin on the body but smooth, and, well, most browns are a touch thin, and this one is better than many."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Can at a BOSS meeting thanks to Brent. Pours very dark brown. Nice head. Some roast and chocolate. Nice mouthfeel. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (434) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - SEP 2, 2014
Can from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Dark red-brown, clear body, with a big, creamy, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, nuts, earth, dark berries, some roast. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, wood, earth, berries, some citric hops. Mouthfeel is light, slick, with a moderate carbonation and it finishes medium bitter-roasty, also with dark chocolate and some fruity notes. Nice! Quaffable, well balanced between sweet and roasty and with interesting earthy notes. Pretty light mouthfeel, but that’s typical of this style. Overall a great, far beyond average Brown Ale!


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