RATINGS: 832   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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Emil (6065) - 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.

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

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.

akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Had it on tap at Surly Brewery! Dark brown with almost no foam. Burnt malt and hops dominate the aroma and flavor. Not nearly as hoppy as Surly’s other beers. I liked Surly Coffee Bender better.

holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2007
16 oz can shared thanks to xnoxhatex!! Pours a light brown with a tall thick beige head that collapses in chunks like an iceberg. Those cocoa carmel notes come through and then I am surprised by the hops that find their way to my nose - Pine and grapefruit. Similar flavors medium creamy body with a slight hop bite. Tasty and really fresh.

Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 2, 2007
16oz. can. Aroma of darkly sweet malts, combined with notes of cocoa, caramel, toffee, and some dark, grainy breadiness. Clear dark brown color with a very fine head. Flavor profile features a nice depth of caramel and dark, grainy breadiness, the sweetness nicely balanced with a drying quality towards the finish and a lingering, faint nutty quality. Smooth and low in effervescence on the palate, body is medium. Nice Brown!

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 11/04/2006
Mode: Can
Source: Tasting, Bend Brewing

clear dark brown, short lived tan head, dry chocolate malt aroma, very rich chocolate malt flavor, light bitter finish,
-------- /> Date: 01/24/2007
Mode: can
Score: 3.1 to 3.2

creamy body, otherwise the same rich dry chocolate and light bitterness, an excellent beer to cellebrate national beer can day

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2007
16oz can from the new roommate Megan (what’s better than a roommate that brings you beer back from their weekend vacation?!?!). Dark brown almost black color with large, creamy tan head. Aroma is caramel and light pine hops, and chocolate. Flavor is nice roasted malt, med sweet, pine hops, light chocolate, quite a lot of flavor. Very nice body to balance out flavor, ful bodied and creamy. A very good beer.

zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2007
16 oz. can/draft. Pours a darkish brown body with tinges of red and a tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with maybe a bubble gum-like scent. Smooth medium malty body. Ends a little too watery and thin. A decent brown ale.

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2007
16 oz. can via trade with franksnbeans - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel malt with a light cola scent. Flavor is toasted caramel malt. Fairly smooth with a slight maltly aftertaste. Palate is thin. An easy drinking Brown. Thanks Jacob.

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