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. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Draft @ Brewery: Dark brown, nice head and lacing. Nose of sweet fruit and cocoa, plenty of chocolate and rich cream, nut bread and dough. The flavor is rich and creamy, lots of chewy malt and chocolate. Nice finish. Good. lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2008 Rich dark brown/black pour with a big lasting tan head. Smell is very smooth, and muted but molassessy and hoppy. Some roasty notes in there as well. Nice mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy and perfectly carbonated. Flavor is nice for a brown. Not intensely flavorful, but nice and malty, with some roastiness and oaty creaminess. Good sweet and mollassessy brown ale.