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RATINGS: 760   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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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gaultier (237) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 9/7-14. Can from Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop. Aroma: Hoppy, caramel, licorice, chocolate. Taste: Chocolate, notes of nuts and caramel. Body is medium, the finish is medium bitter with notes of chocolate and hops.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1737) - USA - JUL 25, 2014
Mahogany brown in color... Aroma of oats, roasted malts, nuts... Flavor is fairly nutty, nice oatmeal smooth mouthfeel, lots of nuts on the finish... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
screigh (445) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with some ruby highlights. Some floaters and some chunks on the bottom of the glass. Thin off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty and caramel. Thin watery mouth-feel. A strange tartness in the beginning followed by a mellow caramel flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Medium-brown in color with orange hues, this looks like a light-bodied, wet brown ale. The nose is powerful, fruity, slightly sour, malty, and distinctive. As clean and wet as it looks it’s soft and almost chewy in the mouth and it reminds me a little of an oatmeal cookie. It’s very English, but refreshing and makes for a nice English-style summer session ale. A dry character finishes the beer, but it’s still clean and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (516) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
16fl oz can. Pours a clear, deep ruby/caramel with a one finger, tan head that laces. Aroma has notes of caramel, dark fruits, smooth roasted malts, and some fruity esters. Taste is balanced. Again, fruity English yeast taste with smooth caramel blended with mild roasted malts. Mild aftertaste. Low-medium body with a medium carbonation. Smooth in the mouth. Very drinkable. Overall a really nice brown. Super drinkable with smooth flavours of mild roasted malts, caramel, and fruity, English ale yeast. Yum.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sic1314 (3106) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 7, 2014
Poured dark reddish brown with a beige froth. Aroma of sweet roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha. Medium body, very smooth, flavour as the aroma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6027) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2014
16oz can, canned 5/02/14. Thanks to Scott L. for sharing. Brown color, with a good thin khaki head, that leaves good thicker lace. Good chocolate, nutty notes. Light to medium body. Awesome full mouthfeel, nice creamy texture to it. Definitely smooth. Get some of that oatmeal, works great. Hints of dark fruit. Light dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Fantastic brown ale. Super smooth and easy drinking, yet such awesome full flavor. Would be a great one to enjoy with some food, I imagine.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3468) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Can: Pours hazy red-brown with a tall, thick, tan head. Earthy nut, chocolate aroma. Taste is roast coffee, nuts, chocolate malt. Nice coffee/earthy bittering. Very malty and creamy. Really great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Can from Mikkeller online shop; dark brown pour with a big frothy beige head, caramel and wood aroma, taste has resinous pine, caramel, roast coffee, slight bitterness, a hint of spice, creamy mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Excellent beer for all seasons. Smooth brown ale. Great smell and brown/amber color. Malty and rich. One of my favorite browns.


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