Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by demcorhip:
4.28/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great stuff, its nice to see the hype is well deserved. Thanks to nonBA Boob for bringing this north.
A dark ale, almost black with garnet highlights. Nice 3 finger tan coloured head formed on the pour into my Samuel Smith pint glass. Mildly carbonated and decently laced with intricate, almost clingy, lacings.
A very nice smelling brew. Creamy treacle and nut covered oatmeal. Hints of vanilla, cocoa powder, and anise also present. A decent amount of citrusy hops in the back end with the character of ruby red grapefruit.
Pretty similar to the nose. A slight roasted character appears before hops do. Slight surprise as the hops have a nice citrus character, but more like white grapefruit and orange peal versus the ruby red appreciated by my nose.
Creamy and smooth mildly carbonated almost medium bodied brew. Despite treacle character toasted nutty malts manage a somewhat dry finish, and are aided in doing so by the nicely balanced hop bitterness and wisp of roasted character.
Very drinkable brew. Would make a great segue into porters and stouts for novices to those styles due to its very mild roastiness. A great and easily drinkable brown ale in its own right and well deserving of the hype. I will be looking for this surprisingly complex brown ale again, and would enjoy seeing how it stacks up against other similar brews i enjoy.
Serving type: can
05-30-2007 22:08:03 | More by demcorhip
More User Reviews:
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
91 out of 100 based on 1,538 ratings.