Bacchus66 (773) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2017 junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAY 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. It’s dark. And who cares anyway? Overall a very smooth beer. Complex, there’s 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 Surly’s best offering.
Draft somewhere at MSP. Dark brown pour with a frothy beige head. Lightly roasted malt, cocoa, bread, vanilla, orange, mild citrusy hops. Light medium body and a smooth texture and finish. Nice. Aggiebob (1208) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2017 It poured a nice brown amber color with a tan head. The aroma is cocoa nibs, caramel, molases and vanilla. It has a moderately thick mouth feel and is medium bodied. Very good brown ale. PaulMcClure (17) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 Amber/brown ales are my favorite style of beer so I'm categorically biased but this is probably my second favorite beer of all time behind Two Brothers Cane and Ebel. Nice robust malted noted with minimal bitterness. Just a hearty pleasant drinking beer. ryanscourt (1494) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2017
strong caramel notes; pours a dark brown. balanced flavor. enjoyed it from a can lees_29 (16) - - MAY 27, 2017
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.
Great tasting beer. Not too strong coffee taste. Dark in color. I would buy again
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ryrpat (378) - 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
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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. Ronritter (838) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2017
16oz can poursbrown color with a foamy beige head. aroma roasted malt and nuts flavor follows ContemplateBeer (2089) - 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 it’s peers. ilovedarkbeer (2744) - 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.