Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by writerLJBerg:
3.93/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
16oz can from kscaldef that he ordered online. Thanks!
A: Toasted brown coloration with a placid browned head. No legs to speak of, as you'd expect from a 5% beer.
N: Lots and lots of coffee and oats. Has that graininess to the nose of beers from days past. Leather and pine accent the very bitter baker's chocolate. Very bready and toasty with a slight pecan flavoring.
T: Lots of roasted coffee and some toasted staves. Hops are noticeable, adding an earthy floor to the proceedings with a touch of pine and some grapefruit. Burnt caramel and baker's chocolate. More of the oats.
M: Quite smooth and light, yet it some how feels full, like eating a piece of bread.
O: An accomplished brown ale that rolls around the tastebuds and is deserving of the high ranking it has accomplished.Seems to me to be the kind of thing you'd find yourself drinking in an English pub, albeit a quaff a bit hoppier and more forward than a bitter.
Serving type: can
02-17-2013 05:48:44 | More by writerLJBerg
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can > Pint Glass
A - Dark brown almost black with one finger of a foamy white head, medium lacing.
S - Nicely roasted malt, coffee beants, toasted caramel, chocolate, a little light floral hop notes, a hint of nuttiness.
T - Extremely balanced, mild light floral bitterness accompanies a nice blend of roasted malt of chocolate and some caramel, light coffee hints, a touch of vanilla.
M - Balance of creamy and bitter, nice feel to this one.
O - Excellent brown ale, nice subtle complexity, good feel to it.
Serving type: can
04-21-2014 01:53:13 | More by Omnium
4.45/5 rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got this on tap at a local bar and restaurant and I loved it.
A- is a dark brown almost black with a nice cream head
S- coco, nuts, coffee and oats.
T- follows nose. Chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, coffee, some butter and nice oats. Delicious brew.
M- medium bodied with good carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.
O- delicious and very drinkable brown ale. I wanted more and more after every sip
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2014 21:51:32 | More by gangstafaceclay
2.91/5 rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in a Lexington Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter.
Thanks to VDubb, I finally got around to trying the coffee-less version of Bender. It pours a clear sunset topaz topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild graham cracker, grass, flowers, and a touch of Oreo. The taste focuses on the grass, flowers, and mild lemon peel, all to the detriment of the grain-y, biscuit-y base. Basically, they took the "American" label stereotype and ran with it, over-hopping what may have been a nice enough brown ale. A shame, really. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick-ish feel. Overall, this brown just didn't sit right with me. It's too hoppy for its own good, and those grains mentioned in the blurb above don't come through at all. I wanted to like this stuff, especially given my love of Coffee Bender, but I guess I'll just stick with the coffee-infused version for the duration.
Serving type: can
03-24-2014 18:19:46 | More by TMoney2591
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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