RATINGS: 831   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Get Surly! Heres 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
Currently, I am drinking one poured from a can, but have had it several times on tap at various Minneapolis locations. Skip the appearance discussion. Its dark. And who cares anyway? Overall a very smooth beer. Complex, theres a lot going on here. But not overpowering. The main notes I detect are oatmeal and a slightly burnt chocolate like you were making some hot cocoa on the stove but scalded it a bit. Combined with just the right hoppy bite. Surly Furious seems to be more the darling of the hop overload crowd, and it certainly is a great beer, but I think Bender is Surlys best offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ryrpat (364) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2017
Not my favorite. Has a stout taste with and ale finish. I would prefer this taste to be in a heavier stout or porter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
balloonbuffoon (199) - - APR 20, 2017
16floz pint. Dark-brown with good head retention. Lightly roasted aroma has a semblance to toffee. Feel is good and lightish, where the semi-sweet malt palate comes and goes quickly. Mild taste of caramel and hints of chocolate here and there make for a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ronritter (559) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2017
16oz can poursbrown color with a foamy beige head. aroma roasted malt and nuts flavor follows

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (2083) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Danish pint from an actual pint can; courtesy of Rob G. Aroma: Moderate malts that tend toward nuts, chocolate and a little toast; very light citrus hops. Appearance: Translucent chestnut brown beer with a sticky tan head that settles into a thin ring. Flavor: Aforementioned malts and citrus hops at about a 60/40 split; citrus lingers lightly afterwards; the finish is semi-dry and lightly bitter. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: A pretty nice brown ale that manages to exceed most of its peers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2734) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours a light brown color with a foamy off white head. Notes of roasted nuts, milk chocolate, and vanilla. Nice but feels a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Troupis (236) - - NOV 25, 2016
A perfect brown. The only thing stopping a perfect score is aroma and palate complexity but in some ways the straightforward palate is in itself part of what makes this a straight fastball brown. Very impressive! On tap at Village Green. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumore (427) - Rimini, ITALY - NOV 9, 2016
From the tap, at Zelo, Minneapolis. Pours dark brown with beautiful ruby reflections and fine brownish foam. Aroma is not intense, with just some maltiness and terrain. Body is medium with some level of carbonation. Taste is moderate sweetness and bitterness, with oatmeal emerging in the finish.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (1755) - - OCT 29, 2016
Pint can. Caramel malt aroma with notes of cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a hint of hops. Pours dark brown colored with one finger of light brown head that has excellent retention but no lacing. Starts with rich cocoa and caramel malt flavors to go along with the rich, full body. Finishes lightly dry but smooth with vanilla, light hops and, most notably, coffee that lingers on the palate. Very good brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
George999 (455) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Can, the pour is dark auburn with strong red heels, and the head is thick and tan and color. The aroma has hops some sort of spiced notes to it. The taste is crisp, slight coffee, and solid roasted flavors buy a clean crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (2127) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Can. A- Oak, subtle booze, fruit esters, chocolate. A- Brown mahogany color, clear liquid, tan head. T- Caramel, malty, subtle fruits. P- Medium body, slightly thin texture, average carbonation, complex finish O- Easily one of the best brown ales Ive had. Didnt get any coffee, vanilla, or anything really that I expected. Instead it smelled and tasted like a lighter bodied scotch ale. Quite frankly, I dont care as it was tasty.

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