Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
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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3.89/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served in a willi becher pint. Purchased at Hawthorne's (illegally?) and it says "Canned on 11/06/13"
A mahogany colored brew with a beautiful tan foam cap that arches out of the glass. As it recedes, it leaves behind a spotty webbed lacing. The body shines with ruby red highlights and a decent clarity for a brown ale.
The aroma is soft, and clearly malt-forward with only a mild hop balance. It carries hints of baked bread, chocolate, and a faint hoppiness behind that. This is a little more robust and hoppy than an English Brown might be.
Unique, and definitely American. This brown ale carries the hops from the first tingling (gentle) bitter sip through till the lingering bitter aftertaste. But hops are not running the show here, as the malt is equal in its presence, and offers the palate flavors of light coffee, cocoa, toasted bread, and nuts.
The body of this beer is right on point, though I felt like I would prefer this beer on cask, with lower gas. The medium body allows this to feel substantial, but not heavy, and the carbonation is good enough to lighten the bitterness and refresh the palate.
I honestly wasn't expecting this to be my first Surly beer, but I am glad it was. This is a well-made beer: balanced, semi-hoppy for the style, and quite drinkable. It isn't the best brown ale I have ever had, or most "Americanized", but it was damn tasty. Worth a shot for sure.
Serving type: can
03-06-2014 02:08:52 | More by MusicaleMike
4.01/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Deep brown body topped by foamy khaki head. Amazing lace left on glass and excellent head retention.
S: Aromas of oats, roasted malt, coffee, hint of vanilla, and caramel comprise the nose.
T: Coffee, caramel, creamy flavors with hints of vanilla and cocoa. Mild hop presence on back end.
M: Velvety smooth and beautifully balanced.
O: Excellent Brown Ale that is extremely drinkable and very enjoyable.
Serving type: can
03-02-2014 21:14:06 | More by Paincane
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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