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Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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BenderBender

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,534 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,534
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 426
Gots: 168 | 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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znichols

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark dark brown. Perhaps lookinkg more like a porter. Light khaki head that doesn't last long but leaves proper lacing. Good looking dark beer.

S-smells of aromatic roast, custard, and biscuit. Mild grassy hops to. Fairly faint smell but its nice.

T- chocolate covered espresso beans, bread, iced coffee, cake batter, fresh grass. Lots of flavors. Mostly tastes like dessert but finishes try. Little bitterness but hops present. A nice, roasy brown ale. No alcohol detectable.

M- fluffy mouthfeel with firm carbonation and drying finish. Pretty nice.

O- an iconic brown ale that deserves a spot in the fridge of any roasty beer fan with a soft spot for easy drinking brews. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:49:09 | More by znichols
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -26.7%

02-18-2012 17:53:03 | More by chrispoint
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-17-2012 04:43:28 | More by Beezee
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LaChupacabra

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-17-2012 00:02:50 | More by LaChupacabra
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-16-2012 22:48:07 | More by olafphysics
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BigLobo for throwing this one in.

Pours a deep, dark brown with one finger of off white head. Aroma opens up with some roasted malts, which are rounded out with some chocolate, toffee and caramel notes. Taste is more of the same and gains some nuttiness as the bitterness kicks in. Extremely smooth and very easy drinking, great mouthfeel. Overall, I would definitely get this on a regular basis if I could, I actually prefer this to coffee bender, I felt like I could taste the beer more in this one.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 17:33:31 | More by quirkzoo
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-15-2012 00:54:28 | More by Cramerican
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zrab11

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark Brown color with a 1 1/2 finger tan head

S-Has the smell of chocolate and vanilla up front, Also catching some nutty aromas as well as some malts

T-Has a nice roasted sweetness up front then followed by a bitter chocolate flavor and then finish's with some more light coffee taste.

M-Medium Body with Decent Carbonation

D-Overall this was a good brown ale. Nothing exceptional but solid. The mouthfeel was a little on the lighter side. But this is def. a good base beer for Coffee bender. I would recommend trying this first and then move onto coffee bender and see how much it improves IMO at least. But overall a nice beer.

Serving type: can

02-13-2012 11:55:55 | More by zrab11
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baerb69

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-11-2012 21:31:41 | More by baerb69
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Argofax

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -75.6%

02-10-2012 04:19:47 | More by Argofax
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a recent BIF package from biglobo.

A - Pours dark brown with a fluffy one and a half finger tall off-white head leaving sticky lace down the glass.

S - Smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, roasted nuts, chocolate and a bit of hops. Not too bad so far.

T - Starts off with a bit of sweetness - mostly caramel and toffee - slowly giving way to hints of vanilla, chocolate and a touch of molasses. Some faint hop bitterness comes through as it warms up.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel initially growing a touch thin toward the end of the glass.

O - This one was pretty damn good. It had a lot of flavor but it remained easy to drink. One of the better brown ales I have had in quite awhile.

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 02:11:11 | More by orangesol
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-09-2012 03:02:02 | More by JebediahScooter
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PorterPig

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-07-2012 21:05:18 | More by PorterPig
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-07-2012 00:55:16 | More by jfcaa193
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jp110099

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-06-2012 15:31:42 | More by jp110099
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

5/5  rDev +22.2%

02-06-2012 00:22:39 | More by stairwell2811bre
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yoyogopants

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-05-2012 23:08:32 | More by yoyogopants
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mkvi

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-05-2012 20:41:36 | More by mkvi
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Kenai4

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-05-2012 17:11:43 | More by Kenai4
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Listers

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-05-2012 04:35:46 | More by Listers
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-05-2012 03:51:50 | More by rab53
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willjschmidt

California

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Growlersburg Brewing pub glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with red undertones. Thin light tan head.

S: Light malt sweetness, a hint of hop bitterness.

T: Light sweet malt, brown sugar. Great hop and citric bitterness. Great balance.

M: Silky, great mouthfeel. Slightly below average carbonation.

O: A very good brown ale. Great malt flavors with a solid hop presence.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 04:37:15 | More by willjschmidt
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phingdong

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

02-02-2012 23:59:28 | More by phingdong
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2012 14:17:55 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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adhallick

Manitoba (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-29-2012 15:02:17 | More by adhallick
Bender from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,534 ratings.