Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017 lweiberg (139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a small head, barely noticeable. You can taste the caramel and it’s quite smokey tasting, too. It’s not especially strong tasting or hard hitting, so I’d rather have Furious or something with a bit more distinct taste. Still, it’ll get the job done if nothing else is around.
From Nov 2007
I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!
This pours from 16oz can a deep brown with a large tannish head of foam that sticks around forever as a 1 finger layer and there's a butload of sticky lacing.
The smell is of sweet malt, grain, and roasted malt.
The taste has a nice malt sweetness up front. I get caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and toffee. It has a good thick mouthfeel to it, the carbonation is on the light side, and it finishes slightly bitter and slightly sweet. Very tasty. And with its low abv content, it would be *easy* to kick back a few of these. Wow, this is *so* drinkable indeed!
Bottom line: This is an excellent example of the style...one of the best that I've tried to date. Highly recommended!! ciocanelu (2951) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - OCT 29, 2017
Dark brown color with amber hues and light brown head. Aroma has toasted malt, some hazelnut, light liquorice and some red fruits. Taste has nice toasted malt, some caramel, sweet coffee, nutty biscuits, quite a lot of flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Really easy drinking yet tasty and complex. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Bread and chocolate. Nice and rich, oats. Full finish is a bit sweet like chocolate and vanilla. Unique as a brown ale for its sweetness, creamy palate, and excellent malt bill. Bacchus66 (940) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2017
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 (1296) - 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 (22) - 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 (1531) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2017
strong caramel notes; pours a dark brown. balanced flavor. enjoyed it from a can lees_29 (17) - - 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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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.