RATINGS: 827   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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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 (2127) - 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 (2710) - 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 (10880) - 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.

kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 12 oz can via skyview (thanks for the bonus!). Pours a near black with ruby red highlights and a chunky tan head that leaves mass amounts of spider lace webing on my mug. Nose is all about the malts with some subtle chocolate and berries. Tastes like it smells with a watery mouthfeel and a thin body. I assume this is filtered and a porter? Whatever it is, it is a bit boring, bland and thin, but otherwise is great!!..or not LOL.....

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Can from Brewso. Pours a fairly clear, dark cherry color. Its really a borderline deep ruby-purple hue. There’s a decent off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin, patchy film. Small amounts of spotted lacing dot the glass. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, cocoa beans, and the slightest hint of dark rum. The flavor is very malty up front, with caramel and cocoa showing strong. There’s also a bit of oakiness and some lightly smoky, Scotch Ale type flavors. A decent amount of herbal hops add a nice bitterness that balances this brew almost perfectly. Medium body that goes down very smooth, with a lingering burnt caramel aftertaste. Awesome brown ale!

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