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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Get Surly! Here’s 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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3.8
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2007
Can courtesy of oakbluff. Pours a very bubbly dark orange-brown with a large mostly-lasting creamy tan head. Semi-sweet aroma of dark malt, nuts, cocoa, oats and very light hops. Flavour of caramel malt, nuts, a bit of chocolate, more hops then the aroma suggests and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice, this went down easily and quickly -- one of the best Brown Ales I’ve ever had.

3.8
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
pours a clear dark brown with mild bubbles and tan head. nice clean malty mocha aroma. fizzy clean palate. loose front, mocha malty finish, with slight milky aftertaste. good.

3.7
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Brown color with a medium tan head. Aroma is a nice roasty-bready malt mix with some chocolate and molasses detectable. Flavor is a nice darker malt mix that has a good amount of caramel, oat, sugar, molasses, chocolate. Really good for a brown ale.

3.7
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
thanks to xnohatex for this sample. pours dark and creamy tan head. nose is nice with brown sugar, vanilla, and toasted malts. flavor is rich and complex for a brown ale, notes of vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. tasty stuff for sure.

4.1
Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2007
(can) Pours a dark ruby with a large tan head that slowly dissipates. A very unique aroma of sometimes chocolate, Extra gum, more hops as it warms, and some cocoa. Flavor is great with a lot of caramel, some chocolate, and a nice (but not overpowering) hop finish. The mouthfeel on this beer is superb, as it is incredibly smooth. I think this is my new go-to session beer.

4.2
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - SEP 19, 2007
[Can] Pours reddish brown with a huge light tan head. A lot going on in the aroma--malty, fruity, slightly hoppy, hard to place everything. Taste is very nice--light bitterness up front, followed by roasted malt, hints of chocolate. Ultra smooth with a very long finish...dangerously drinkable. I had been really disappointed with SurlyFest, but they hit a homerun with this one!

3.7
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Draught at the MSP airport. .. Chestnut brown w/ a tan head. .. Carmelly, bready, malty aromas. .. Lots of malt with a nice bitter finish. .. Medium body, light carb. .. Decent brown ale, more hoppy than your typical brown, but I think that makes it tastier than your typical brown.

2.6
Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2007
Can. Red brown colour with a big beige head. chocolate, caramel malt, light sour aroma and taste. Medium body with a light sour finish.

4.7
indierik13 (1) - USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
This brew will tantalize the eyeballs, the nose, and most importantly the taste buds.

3.6
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Can out of the cooler while camping Labor Day weekend. Pours much darker than a "Brown Ale". Flavor is much more deep than the style. Bready, malty, chocolate and a slick mouth feel. Quite nice and another great effort. Update 2/8/2008 - Can pours dark black with a decent head and lots of lace. The aroma is yeasty, dark chocolate, roasty, lactic, and coffee. The flavor is roasty, very dark chocolate, ale fruit notes - increases as it warms, some light hops, nutty (oats?), and vanilla. The palate is rich and slick. Overall, much better than when camping. I like it. Good session.


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