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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,527 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 427
Gots: 169 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Here's what happens when substance meets smooth. This oatmeal brown ale defies traditional categories. Bender begins crisp and lightly hoppy, complemented by the velvety sleekness oats deliver. Belgian and British malts usher in cascades of cocoa, coffee, carmel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

(Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-04-2006)
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

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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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.