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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Get Surly! Heres 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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nsanders (1035) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Deep red brown with a caramel colored head. Sweet molasses, roasted coffee, smokey aroma. Strong sweetness that fades to a light bitterness at the end. Medium body with fine carbonation. Definitely one of my go-to beers.


4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Troupis (225) - - NOV 25, 2016
A perfect brown. The only thing stopping a perfect score is aroma and palate complexity but in some ways the straightforward palate is in itself part of what makes this a straight fastball brown. Very impressive! On tap at Village Green. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumore (103) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 9, 2016
From the tap, at Zelo, Minneapolis. Pours dark brown with beautiful ruby reflections and fine brownish foam. Aroma is not intense, with just some maltiness and terrain. Body is medium with some level of carbonation. Taste is moderate sweetness and bitterness, with oatmeal emerging in the finish.

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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1479) - - OCT 29, 2016
Pint can. Caramel malt aroma with notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a hint of hops. Pours dark brown colored with one finger of light brown head that has excellent retention but no lacing. Starts with rich cocoa and caramel malt flavors to go along with the rich, full body. Finishes lightly dry but smooth with vanilla, light hops and, most notably, coffee that lingers on the palate. Very good brown ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
George999 (425) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Can, the pour is dark auburn with strong red heels, and the head is thick and tan and color. The aroma has hops some sort of spiced notes to it. The taste is crisp, slight coffee, and solid roasted flavors buy a clean crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1794) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Can. A- Oak, subtle booze, fruit esters, chocolate. A- Brown mahogany color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Caramel, malty, subtle fruits. P- Medium body, slightly thin texture, average carbonation, complex finish O- Easily one of the best brown ales Ive had. Didnt get any coffee, vanilla, or anything really that I expected. Instead it smelled and tasted like a lighter bodied scotch ale. Quite frankly, I dont care as it was tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (4203) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Can thanks to trade with HuskerTan! Pours a slightly hazy deep brown with thin wispy tan head. Aroma of dark roast coffee and a hint of clean fruity esters. Taste follows, mild and clean. Decent brown ale, but not sure the hype is there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Dark, toasted malts, light chocolate, some coffee. Hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Light bitter. Bitterness intensifies, more dark, toasted malts, cereals, coffee, light cacao, medium carbonation, medium bodied. Nice Brown Ale, well-balanced. Keg at the brewery, Minneapolis.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3454) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Brown pour with a kaki head. Malty aromas. Caramel malts, toffee, and hints of orange peel. Good body and mouthfeel. Smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (7866) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Not a whole lot too this. Light roast and lots of mash malt. Might be better fresh, but not a top brown ale for me. Dark mahogany pour. Tangy mash finish. Tap at Churchkey.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1496) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
Merci Stphane pour cette canette pour le moins... tonnante. Liquide brun fonc et translucide. Des armes de sucre dorge, de cerises au marasquin, de malts sucrs et sans subtilit. Peu ou pas de got. Un peu de caf peut-tre et damertume qui provient don ne sait o. Pas de houblons, ni de torrfaction. Une amertume cheap. Finale mince de vieilles chaussettes. Moche moche moche.


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