Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
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
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can > Pint Glass
A - Dark brown almost black with one finger of a foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Nicely roasted malt, coffee beants, toasted caramel, chocolate, a little light floral hop notes, a hint of nuttiness.
T - Extremely balanced, mild light floral bitterness accompanies a nice blend of roasted malt of chocolate and some caramel, light coffee hints, a touch of vanilla.
M - Balance of creamy and bitter, nice feel to this one.
O - Excellent brown ale, nice subtle complexity, good feel to it.
Serving type: can
04-21-2014 01:53:13 | More by Omnium
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this on tap at a local bar and restaurant and I loved it.
A- is a dark brown almost black with a nice cream head
S- coco, nuts, coffee and oats.
T- follows nose. Chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, coffee, some butter and nice oats. Delicious brew.
M- medium bodied with good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.
O- delicious and very drinkable brown ale. I wanted more and more after every sip
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2014 21:51:32 | More by gangstafaceclay
2.91/5 rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.
Thanks to VDubb, I finally got around to trying the coffee-less version of Bender. It pours a clear sunset topaz topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild graham cracker, grass, flowers, and a touch of Oreo. The taste focuses on the grass, flowers, and mild lemon peel, all to the detriment of the grain-y, biscuit-y base. Basically, they took the "American" label stereotype and ran with it, over-hopping what may have been a nice enough brown ale. A shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this brown just didn't sit right with me. It's too hoppy for its own good, and those grains mentioned in the blurb above don't come through at all. I wanted to like this stuff, especially given my love of Coffee Bender, but I guess I'll just stick with the coffee-infused version for the duration.
Serving type: can
03-24-2014 18:19:46 | More by TMoney2591
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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