ChrisSc (375) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
10oz sample on tap at brewery. Minneapolis.
Pours dark brown with slight ruby tint.
Aroma is chocolate, coffee,vanilla. Really smells nice.
Taste is slightly bitter, like dark chocolate, but balanced with sweetness.
Body is medium. Soft carbonation. Medium finish.
Overall, this beer has a lot to like about it. Aroma is great. I know body is supposed to be lighter, but it would be so much better if it were
A bit more rich.
Steve_0 (3166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pour is clear caramel with a big white head and good lacing. Huge coffee aroma - some brown sugar, caramel, light vanilla, bread, and a hint of spice. Taste is sweet vanilla, roasted espresso, spice, rye bread, grass, and cookie malt. Light body with medium carbonation. Tasty stuff.
Sarlacc83 (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Apex for Gigantic and Friends
A: Dark brown bordering on black, thin creme colored head,, light lacing.
N: Coffee, cocoa, char, vanilla, lots of roast, black peppercorn, some earth, and milk chocolate.
T: Bittersweet like dark chocolate
M: Lighter body, fuzzy carbonation, no alcohol presence.
O: Another winner from Surly. This is balanced and deft; I can’t compare it to anything immediate except maybe a porter.
dmac (4501) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft during EBF weekend. Poured a medium to darker brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma dusty grains, chocolate grains, earthy bread and cereal. Flavor is the same as the aroma but with slightly more chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation.
arnold931 (755) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Parlor City. Pours dark brown with very little head. Nose is coffee. Taste is coffee with dark chocolate. Better than coffee Bender.
TimGustavo (5) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great coffee and chocolate smell. Dark brown appearance with tan head. Coffee and lovely chocolate taste that’s mildly bitter. My favorite version of Bender!
deyholla (7589) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma combines bitter chocolate and coffee with a backing of dark grains and light roast. Flavor has more coffee with a growing chocolate and some dark grains backing.
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Surly Brewing. Black with a decent beige head. Aroma is of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, chocolate bread, and roasted malts. Taste is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, toast, light earth, burnt caramel.
anders37 (18721) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a dark ruby brown color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty strong cacao aroma. Fruity malty cacao and vanilla flavor with bitter hints. Has a fruity malty cacao finish.
Defreni (2755) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fad: Brun klar øl med et fint skumhoved. Masser af kakao i duften, men samtidig er den også bakket op af et godt skud citrushumle som gør at øllen ikke kammer over. Meget fin øl og meget drikbar.