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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,608 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,608
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 432
Gots: 171 | 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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Refrigerated can, poured alongside Coffee Bender.

Deep, dark brown in color, but pretty much translucent when held to the light; a medium-sized tan head receded to a collar, leaving some lacing on the glass. Malt-driven aroma, toasted bread, cocoa, herbal hops. In the taste, caramel malts, pumpernickel, herbal/floral hop notes, nutty, with hints of cocoa, mineral, earth. I'm not a big fan of brown ales, but this one is much more complex than most. Medium body, average carbonation, and overall pretty drinkable for the style. I enjoyed this much more than its over-coffee-fied alter-ego.

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A - Dark, dark brown, mostly opaque, but with some transparency, particularly at the edge. Head is short, light tan, fades pretty quick, but sets up some pretty nice lacing and sticks around as a line at the top well after the pour.

S - Malt and grain, roasty toasty, with a nice sweet caramel element. A hint of molasses.

T - Following on the nose, with a dark brown bread (a la molasses bread) coming in first, fading into a more bitter toast and coffee core that leads to a slightly sour bitter finish, closing out with a slow line of sweet malty flavors.

M - Smooth, with some silkiness from the oats, but pretty light overall. There is a touch of bitterness in the close, but no build.

O - A top notch brown, which is one of my favorite styles. If I had more ready access, this would be a central player on my beer line-up. Instead it makes a special treat that I'll be sure to pick up whenever I make it to Chicago or Minnesota.

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,608 ratings.