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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3.78/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brown head with an inch or so of light brown head. A tad bit dark for Decent retention and a good amount of lacing. A little bit of mild sweetness in the aroma paired with dark chocolate and a little nuttiness. Good balance in the taste. Nothing over the top. A little bit of sweetness, followed by caramel. Lightly roasted coffee and slight hints of chocolate.A little bit thinner than I expected, with a touch of creaminess. Goes down really easy. I could knock back a few of these.
Overall, I consider this one to be a curious case. This is the second can of this that I've had. The first one was a bit fresher. I'm not liking it as much this time around. The aroma and taste seem a bit milder this time around.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 03:02:06 | More by majorbase2
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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