Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.98/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness snifter. Can generously provided by UMNbeerhunter, thanks Joe!
A - Pours a dark brown, with a deep tinge of amber around the edges. Builds about 2-fingers of tan head with pretty good retention. Lacing is very nice, with a nice spattering of foam surrounding the glass.
S - This beer has a surprising amount of caramel and toffee in the nose, and what really shocked me was that it overshadowed the chocolate and coffee. It really even does bring out some vanilla and maybe a slight bit of smoked oak to the table as well. Not your typical aroma for the style, and even reminds me of a subtle bock-style nose.
T - The flavor is much like the nose but with a more balanced chocolate sweetness in it as well. Overall this beer is sweeter than I would've expected and the emergence of caramel and vanilla was something that is much more vibrant than in any other brown ale I've had. Again, I'm not getting much coffee here, but this beer is very interesting and much different than any pre-conceived notions I had of it. Finish is relatively long with a surprisingly bitter aftertaste.
M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with medium carbonation. A bit thinner than I normally like and in some points it has a watery taste, but for the most part it's pretty damn smooth.
D - Drinkability is high. Smooth taste, good flavor, and low alcohol make this quaffable. I enjoyed mine with lunch and a hockey game and it went by surprisingly quick.
Serving type: can
03-20-2011 16:35:28 | More by nhindian
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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
91 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.