JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Can from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! My second Surly brew and it’s another impressive one, particularly given my relative disregard for the style. Perhaps it’s the oats that give this beer so much character, but there’s a real smoothness and heft to it, not so much from traditional malting (at least that doesn’t seem so prominent in the taste) as from chewy, biscuity qualities. Nice liveliness from some hops too, with a sweet bourbon-like finish. MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Poured from a 16oz can supplied by tytoanderso and served in an English pint glass. This brew poured a deep, dark mahogany color with a frothy tan head that quickly faded down to a thin layer of lasting bubbles. Just a touch of faint lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was mildly roasty and made up of milk chocolate, caramel, and also some light vanilla notes. The flavor included oats, caramel, cocoa, and lightly roasted malts. Also a hint of chocolate, finishing up lightly bitter. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and creamy with a nice dose of tingly carbonation. An excellent beer with a wonderfully balanced flavor. This beer brings some excitement to a style that tends to be a bit mundane. Well done! Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Very slight chocolate aroma, and pours a dark reddish-brown with a thick slightly off-white head. A nice creamy mouthfeel on it, a touch of sweetness to begin, and then a coffee bitter finish. I just wish I could get this around me. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
16oz can, no date from hellomynameis, thank you Zac! Pours a clear orange brown with a 1/2 finger beige head. Toasted grain, sweet caramel and vanilla are up front. Hints of chocolate and light roasted malts in the background. Flavor adds light grassy hops and a little more roasted malts. Finish is semi-dry with some roasty malts. Minimal bitterness. Light to moderate carbonation with a smooth medium body. A great brown ale--hooray for the Futurama reference. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Can- Pours a darker brown cola color. Full of noble hops and grass charachter. Drinking is smooth, nice chocolate malts and oats add to the body. Some slight papery flavors just slightly add. Great finish. Nice beer. Very cool can.
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
16 oz, can. I would have tried this much sooner, but beer in a can makes me hesitant. I however over came my narrow minded snobby view of beer in a can and gave her a whirl. Bender is dark brown with a red hue, and has a nice caramel-colored head that slowly fades. It has a slightly sweet chocolate/coffee aroma with a little hop in there. The flavor is very well balanced and much more complex than I was expecting. The complement of flavors that danced across my tongue was chocolate roasted malt, caramel, and a little bit of nuts. There is a slight hop in the middle that adds the right amount of bitterness to round out the smooth, long lasting finish of this excellent brew. The body is medium to full and feels creamy and substantial. As I drained the glass Bender left small tracks of lacing, which didn’t last long because I poured another can of Bender into the glass. I really do enjoy brown ales and overall I feel this is one of the best. I feel lucky to have happened across this most remarkable find. Hats off to Surly! FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Can. Deep, nearly opaque orange-brown with a small tan head. Some nutty maltiness and a heavy citric floral hop component in the aroma. Sharp toastiness up front. Chalky chocolate, ruddy hop bitterness, some caramel. Lingering bitterness in the finish, coffee bean and grass. Mouthfeel is light, somewhat dry. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Poured a dark brown color with red edges. good lacing and okay head. Aroma was of cocoa, and bublegum. Flavor was roasted, chocolate caramel as it warmed good beer. Much more like a porter then a brown ale. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Clean and malt for ward nose witha nice up front bitterness on the palate. Medium roast with a bit of chocolate and caramel. Nice clean and dry finish. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Pours a deep brown-black with a creamy, medium-tan head. Aroma contains some fruity hops, roasted grain, and some additional malt fruitiness. Toasted malt flavors with some hops are most prevalent in the full mouthfeel which finishes surprisingly soft--most likely due to the lower alcohol level. Quite an easygoing, enjoyable beer.