Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.09/5 rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can dated 2/2013 served in a pint glass at Keegan'sin downtown Mpls today 3/30/2013.
Aroma: smells sweet, in terms of caramel and toffee. There are hints of roast malt that I typically get from porters and stouts. A little bit of chocolate as well. It's a strong nose itself with the sweetness combining with the chocolate maltiness. Very pleasing. (4)
Colour: pours dark brown, looks like a typical brown ale. Pours with a fluffy brown head that gets as high as 3cm before settling down within minutes, allowing me to pour the rest of the 16oz can in. Not bad looking but not particularly impressive. Not much in way of lacing. (3)
Flavour: wow, this is definitely an unique blend of brown ale and porter styles. As it says on the can, I get a nice sweet hoppiness in the front end, it reminds me of some earthy fuggles. Then in the second half, I get basically a bit of vanilla and coffee, and a lot of chocolate and caramel toffees that comes from roasted malts, flavours I typically associate with the porter/stout style. I really, really enjoyed drinking this beer. Don't think the complexity you find here can be found in most year-round brews. (4.25)
Mouthfeel: this must be where the oats really come into play as I get a thicker medium body in the Kathleen department. Great carbonation, and the aftertaste is basically toffee from the roast malts. Really, really smooth, thick and creamy for a brown ale if you can call it that. It's even a bit sticky. (4.25)
Overall: I thought this was a really nice combination of sweet hoppiness with the dark, earthy maltiness typically associated with porters and stouts. I really enjoyed it and I will be bringing some home with me back to Wisconsin. (4)
Serving type: bottle
03-31-2013 02:15:24 | More by Stevedore
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4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is an excellent brown ale and has a unique style focused on smooth, velvety oats.
Rich dark brown appearance with a small off-colored head, great for a brown ale. The nose consisted of a gentle sweet maltiness along with a nutty malt roast. The flavor profile begins with a mild hop presence, leading into the dominant silky-smooth maltiness of the ale from the heavy dosage of oats. The finale is roasty-toasty with very subtle hints of chocolate and cream, much more subdued then some other brown ales I've had that are almost porter-like.
For me, it's that velvety oat mouthfeel that defines this universally liked beer. It does have just enough hops and is not too heavy in the mouthfeel such that I was able to enjoy it on a summer evening. A beer worthy of drinking again and again, but there are a wide variety of brown ales that would offer a different and also worthy drinking experience.
Serving type: can
06-24-2014 19:42:52 | More by juanny
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,502 ratings.