Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2006
another winner from surly great aromas and better tastes nice chocolaty flavor with a tab coffee great beer also enjoy coffee bender and tea bag bender GET SURLY Meaty_sailor (6) - West Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012 does not count
Outstanding. Brown ale, hints of choco, kinda like a latte. Great everyday beer. Surly brewing is a small brewhouse that is big on flavor and quality. MetalNHopHead (1976) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 27, 2013
One of the best brown ales I’ve ever enjoyed. It’s more complex and flavorful than many that I’ve had. It’s very sweet but it also has a bit of spice. This is one of those beers that unveils something new in each sip. Consequently, it’s also one of those beers that disappears way too quickly. indierik13 (1) - USA - SEP 11, 2007 does not count
This brew will tantalize the eyeballs, the nose, and most importantly the taste buds. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Another shout-out to Jacob, a.k.a. “Sud Savant” for this little gem. Sadly, Surly is not distributed in Ohio: The beer pours a dark cola brown with a nice 1.5 finger head with solid and lasting retention. A moderate level of visible carbonation is present as small bubbles stick to the side of the glass. A touch of spotty lacing trails throughout the session.Aroma opens up with some roasted malts and biscuit which are rounded out with some chocolate, toffee and caramel notes. Hints of oatmeal, brown sugar, vanilla. Grassy hop notes come through on the back end. Nice hearty smell! Spot on for this style.First thing I notice is a slightly nutty roasted malt taste; immediately followed up with a creamy oatmeal and brown sugar combination. Chocolate and roasted malts, some caramel, toffee, nuts, vanilla beans. Notable hop tingle on the finish, but this beer seems to be about balance and smoothness. Much more complex than typical brown ale.Bubbly, medium carbonation which lends to a slick feel. Feel is smooth and creamy thanks to the oatmeal. Slightly dry finish with lingering bitterness.Fantastic brown ale. Very nice take on the style. One of the best brown ales I’ve ever had.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2013
Biggest head I’ve ever seen in a brown ale. Lasts awhile, too, and nice lacing. Dark brown pour. 5 on appearance. Beautiful, subtle aroma of dark chocolate malts and cream - I complained a little about Furious lacking an aroma despite the amazing flavor profile, but they nailed the scent here. Man! Taste - wow. Wow. Wow. This is the top brown ale I’ve had for sure. Extremely smooth, yet also bitter. I had a non-beer fan sample it, and they agreed, astounded at how they can pull off bitter and smooth at once so well, and how long it lasted. Almost porter-like; light-bodied without being watery. Chocolate and coffee. Lingers and lingers. This is really a brown ale and not a porter? Wow. Either way, best example of the style I’ve had yet. I could chug this, but it’s too tasty and complex. This is worth savoring. This totally rulz. This is one of the greatest beers ever, style no matter. Wowz. ronaldtheriot (1932) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Surly Bender has a thick, beige, crackling, foam head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, brown appearance, and substantial lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of rich, sweet, malty, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same elements, with wonderful, non-fruity and non-piney, straightforward bitterness. The oats also shine through, as one sips it down. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit velvety. Surly Bender finishes semi-wet and easy drinking. RJT detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a nice deep brown color, topped by a good inch of sudsy tan foam. Okay head retention, fantastic count-the-rings lacing. Bold chocolate malt with a sweet fruitiness in the aroma.
Nice flavor. This beer is quite robust - lots of semi sweet chocolate malt, some caramel, and a delicious earthy presence. Hops are there for balance, but then a little bit of bitterness and flavor show up in the finish. A nice Belgian character. A nice British character. Absolutely American.
Medium to full body, smooth and substantial carbonation. You could pound this beer if you want, or you could enjoy one with a steak, or even as a dessert beer. Very versatile, very delicious, very much recommended.
chief5151 (6) - USA - MAY 15, 2007 does not count
Fantastic beer! Hard to find though--a few liquor stores in the Cities carry this stuff. It is not pasteurized so keep it cold! FYI It only comes in cans. Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Can into a pint glass. Wonderful dark brown, almost to the point of being black. I can smell coffee, vanilla, and a toffee like my mom used to make. Malty carmel goodness in a glass.