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Surly Bourbon Bender



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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
Our first brew aged 10 months in a bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2008
Thanks to whoever game me a pour from their growler at DLD. I haven’t had the normal bender so I really can’t compare. Poured a light brown color. Aroma was bready, nutty with a bit of bourbon. Taste was much the same, distant bourbon, light nuttines, I thought it was sort of watery overall and a little thin. I have had some great surly brews, and this just didn’t quite do it for me. Not hard to drink, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
poured from a growler on DLD. thanks for the person who shared this with our table..... poured a dark caramel brown with a bubbly edge of barely noticeable head.... aroma was of light bourbon and somewhat nutty..... flavors of a small amount of bourbon and lightly toasted. mouthfeel was a bit watery and thin.... must try this fresh of the tap one of these days.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
on tap at DLD 08. thanks to whoever walked about with a growler of this. pours brownw ith tan head. a bourbon and nutty aroma. flavors are nutty, bourbon, caramel. and a real smooth finish. a solid beer and it actually works. bender shows he can be used well in many ways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
(Draft) Pours an amber-brown body with medium beige head. Aroma of toastiness, rye bread, vanilla, fig, and chocolate. Flavor of oak, vanilla, toasted/caramel malts, rye, and light chocolate with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2007
FOBAB 07.Surly’s not living up to its reputation so far! Dark cola with beigeish head on the pour. Nose of bourbon caramel, vanilla, chocolate malts. Flavor is just off it seems, very blah. Sweet with small bitterness and bigtime alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2007
On tap at FoBAB 5. Poured clear, deep reddish-brown with a light cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and chocolates with lesser oak and vanilla.. not much bourbon was perceptible.. lighter and quite complex (especially from a brown ale!). The flavor had vanilla, sweeter chocolates, toasted oak, and marshmallows throughout.. very tasty.. drier and a touch light right at the finish. Sweet and very enjoyable on the palate.. lighter-bodied, complex, and a great feel throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
FoBAB 2007: Dark brown with a fading head. The nose detects vanilla, walnut, fig, plum, caramel and bready vapours. The taste starts twangy and lactic like with a rich bready layer of malt under in all. The finish is oaky, nutty, and quite dry for a brown ale. The mouth feel is sticky and soft and as mentioned quite dry upon the finish. Not too shabby but I would have liked to see a bit more malt driven character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2007
ABR 2007. Funky oak and bourbon of the malty nose. Vanilla, oaks and a faint sourness in the body. Some hops survived. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2007
Draft at ABR 07. Poured a nice medium to dark brown with a tan head. Nice roasteed sweet malt on the nose, but the bourbon shines a little more on this than the darkness, and I am a little over that character in beers. Still very nice, but not as good as I had hoped.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
First beer sampled on draught at the ABR 07 in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a semi-clear dark brown brew with a fast dissolving tan head that leaves behind an off-white head and some film on the brew top. Aroma of distinct bourbon and aged oak wood with a touch of dark caramel malt. Taste is creamy, smooth, slightly syrupy with more coconut and bourbon flavors than hops and malt. Finish has a slight hop bitterness that quickly disappears to a light bourbon aftertaste.

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