Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by zeledonia:
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On-tap at the Longfellow Grill in Minneapolis. Enjoyed 27 November 2011, reviewed from notes.
Pours a deep dark warm brown, clear at the edges but too dark to see through. One finger of medium yellowish-tan head that relaxes to a nice cap.
Smell is dominated by lovely oats, backed up by sweet and rich malts. Notes of coffee, too. But the really amazing thing about this beer is how much complexity is built into a fairly small package. I can't put my name on all the things in the smell, but I can feel them all there.
Taste is wonderful. Full, sweet oat goodness, some hops that provide, not really bitterness, but some lightness and balance. Again, there are some hints of coffee from the malts. Some flavors I find hard to pin down, like root beer and maybe dried cherries. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is a fantastic combination of a fairly light body with the fullness and smoothness that oats provide, and ideal carbonation.
I simply love this beer. I feel lucky to have it as one of my local staples. I've savored it many times, and finally getting around to reviewing it. It's a classic example of Surly's take on brewing - combining elements in unusual ways to create unique, style-bending, fantastic beers.
Serving type: can
12-04-2011 06:15:07 | More by zeledonia
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4.14/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
This is an excellent brown ale and has a unique style focused on smooth, velvety oats.
Rich dark brown appearance with a small off-colored head, great for a brown ale. The nose consisted of a gentle sweet maltiness along with a nutty malt roast. The flavor profile begins with a mild hop presence, leading into the dominant silky-smooth maltiness of the ale from the heavy dosage of oats. The finale is roasty-toasty with very subtle hints of chocolate and cream, much more subdued then some other brown ales I've had that are almost porter-like.
For me, it's that velvety oat mouthfeel that defines this universally liked beer. It does have just enough hops and is not too heavy in the mouthfeel such that I was able to enjoy it on a summer evening. A beer worthy of drinking again and again, but there are a wide variety of brown ales that would offer a different and also worthy drinking experience.
Serving type: can
06-24-2014 19:42:52 | More by juanny
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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