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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,691 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,691
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 440
Gots: 191 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: tavernjef on 02-04-2006

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.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark red in color (brown when viewed from afar) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high tan head that died down ever so slowly and left a thin but dense head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of cocoa and caramel malts in the nose.
T: The taste has some similarities with the smell but is much more complex and has additional notes of chocolate and coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has great complexity and interesting flavors. The oats lend lots of smoothness to the mouthfeel.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Jester King pint.

A- pours dark amber, brown with a 2 finger tan head. Big walls of lacing coat the glass.

S- sweet toffee, toast, brown sugar, some roast.

T- toasted caramel malts, toffee, slight roast and bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Refreshing and easy drinking.

O- very tasty brown ale. Nice sweet malts, roast, and bitterness to balance this beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear very dark reddish brown in color with some garnet red highlights and light to moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy dark beige that reduces to a few small patches of large bubbles, a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall aroma of this beer is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and roasted malts. There are lighter aromas of cocoa, coffee, and pecan nuttiness.

T: Moderate flavors of rich caramel malts with some lighter notes of roasted malts and hints of cocoa. There are also some light amount of coffee flavors, pecan nuttiness, and very subtle hints of vanilla. There is a light hoppiness near the finish that contributes some light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and sessionable - really nice rich flavors and the added benefit of coming in a can which makes it a great choice for tailgating during football season.

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This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color with a very nice cream colored head on top. The retention and lacing are top notch on this very good looking beer. The smell of the beer has a very nice roasted aroma with a touch of sweetness on the nose too. The taste is sweet upfront, a little creamy, there is a roasted nut flavor, hints of chocolate and coffee too. The aftertaste is moderately bitter. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, lightly carbonated and highly drinkable. Overall this beer is really good. Very nice brew.

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,691 ratings.