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RATINGS: 785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Get Surly! Hereís 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. Itís dark. And who cares anyway? Overall a very smooth beer. Complex, thereís 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 Surlyís best offering.


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 (2499) - 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 (2494) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Obfuscate (177) - Minneapolis, - FEB 4, 2015
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4019) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4236) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raoul_duke (78) - - JAN 28, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (759) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Really muddy dark brown pour with a thin haze of oatmeal fizz on top. Aroma of toffee, maybe cinnamon? sweeter chocolate and cream, herbal presence too. Lively carbonation for the style, thicker almost sticky mouthfeel, finishes clean. Fairly straightforward mellow oat flavor accompanied by some mesquite wood, Mexican chocolate, toffee, strong acidic coffee, possibly some cinnamon. Pretty unique oatmeal stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (706) - Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2015
Can. Pours clear super dark ruby with very thin off white head. Nose is chocolate, some roast and dark fruit. Taste is chocolate and caramel. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (669) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
16oz can, not poured. For the appearance, Iím going to give it an average rating based on other reviews. The aromas are mild with notes of oats, herbs, caramel, a bit of ash, and some chocolate. Itís medium sweet and bitter, with perhaps a touch more bitterness. Itís smooth with a fuzzy and lightly fizzy carbonation. The medium-light body is roasty with herbal notes, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and secondary touches of vanilla, and cream (and perhaps even some coconut). The finish is ash and herbs and the ash lingers with coffee and a slight tobacco.


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