deyholla (9717) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Darkness Day 2015. Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has notes of musty dark grains and oak with a bit of bread underlying. Flavor has earthy dark grains and a strong ISO note with some bitter grass in the finish.
jackl (6737) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Darkness Day. Slightly hazy deep brown with a small head. Nose is full of vanilla and caramel. Some cocoa puffs. Taste is somewhat more muted. Slight boozy tang. Cream and light cocoa, caramel and toast. Light body, very soft carb. Solid.
TheHOFF43 (1994) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Darkness Day. Pour is brown with minimal head. Aroma is nutty and oak, flavor is very oaky, dry, quite nice. The oak adds a lot to this.
charule (2079) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Darkness Day. Poured brown with weak head. Light choc oat aroma. Light mouthfeel. Oak evident in nutty taste. Its ok.
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Perceived strength of this beer has been really amped up without an ABV boost. I think I prefer the original though.
adnielsen (10374) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Darkness Day 2012. Pours a reddish brown appearance with light bubbly, tan head. Quite rich and fresh oaky, tannic, vanilla, somewhat nutty aroma. Tannin forward, grain woody, nutty, toasty malty, toffee flavor. One of my favorites that I tasted during Darkness Day.
crossovert (10758) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask. Additional oak goes with the brown ale base wich is good but not amazing. Smooth mouthfeel.
ryanfolty (2334) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on cask at darkness day. Like the bender but the oak aroma and taste was a nice addition.
badgerben (4777) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2012. Dark brown color with a small head. Very light malt aroma. Light roasted malt flavor. Slight oak hints. Thin bodied.
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at Darkness day on cask, the color was like a dark tea. Had a weaker scent of the regular Bender. The taste was like a watered down Bender, which reminded me of a glass of tea at times.