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Bender - Oak Aged - Surly Brewing Company

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Bender - Oak Aged
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2007)
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Reviews by sonata2008:
Photo of sonata2008
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Groveland Tap in St. Paul was serving this cask conditioned beer this past week. I was pleased to have the opportunity to try it.

A: The color was very dark with a finger width of ivory colored foam.
S: The aroma was pleasant with hints of chocolate and something roasted,but nothing was really prominent.
T: The oak flavor was quite strong but exceptionally nice. I enjoyed the roasted flavor. There was some bitterness in the back and not much in the way of floral hops. This beer had a tasty bitter bite to it.
MF: Smooth and definitely dry.
D: Easy drinking. Nice combination of flavors.

sonata2008, Oct 25, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer at Surly during the AHA rally. It poured a dark brown to black body with large amount of foam that ranged from large bubbles at the top of the head all the way down to micro-scopic white bubbles at the bottom of the head. Subdued aroma of chocolate and roasted malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy. The taste was terrific - it was like chocolate milk or a chocolate malt. Just amazing.

blackearth, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of MNMike
4/5  rDev +1.8%

MNMike, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Clark St. Ale House

Pours a tan, foamy head from the cask. Looks and smells like regular Bender but with some vanilla, oak and malt. We also have bits of coffee and chocolate, of course. Almost no carbonation as it glides down extremely easy. I'm glad I got to experience this.

rudylaw, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cask at D-Day. Notes from text.

How much better could Bender get? The body is so smooth and creamy. The oak adds so much dimension. Along with the toffee, coffee, and cocoa, the oak adds a great woody, earthy note and then rebalances with a hint of vanilla. The hops pop beautifully when the beer is this damn fresh.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Oboogie, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a firkin at Groveland Tap.

Delivered with zero head and a murky body from the firkin, served a touch too cold. As it warmed, a nice aroma of vanilla and oak came out with a little cocoa behind it. The flavor is a subtle mix of the oak and vanilla with smooth chocolate malts, a touch of coffee, and fruit punch hops. And it finishes with a long aftertaste of mocha coffee/dark roasted grains.

This is a must-try for Bender fans, the oak adds a nice extra level of flavor.

tempest, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of bengore
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bengore, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Ctrauty
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ctrauty, May 30, 2013
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hopsiam14, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of gatornation
1.45/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

on cask 12 oz pour

A- a dark brown pour with a tan head and some nice lacing..looks good

S-whew..wet and used charcoal with burnt nicotine smells,smoke and malts

T- same as smell ,no chocolate,no hops,no vanilla,no malts, just a watery brown mess of a taste

M- watered down with no taste except for see above smells

O- the worst brew from surly i have ever had..it would have been a drainpour if at home

gatornation, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mkvi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

mkvi, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jarrgal, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of MPLS
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled upon this cask well after I thought it would be polished off.

A: Bad ass brown with the bottom of the pint glass looking almost red hue. The cask gives this beer no lacing and a saliva like layer of head, maybe.

S: Almost the same nose as regular Bender, perhaps a little less vivid.

T: Milky, malty goodness. The hop profile of regular bender is really tamed with this one and replaced with oak. Maybe think Bender plus vanilla tootsie rolls?

M: Smooth as silk, creamy, but no carbonation to speak of.

D: The silky smooth mouth feel made me spring for multiple pints, easy easy drinking because of its cask nature.

MPLS, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of MichaelM
4/5  rDev +1.8%

MichaelM, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting this review down.... So Todd stops by Cafe 28 the evening before Thanksgiving, cask in hand. As funny as it seemed, we'd been drinking Darkness all night long, but that wasn't the beer we were excited for...

Into a pint glass, poured the same dark brown with ruby hues, a thick and creamy head of light tan that stuck around for a long time, leaving rings and blobs and tons of lacing. The aroma was unmatchable... the most oaky nose I've ever encountered, with all that lovely Bender chocolates and thick malt and bit of earthy hop. The taste follows suit, oak being the first though... it was just dripping with the woody goodness... it was just unreal. Add a smooth a tasty mouth and you have yourself one fantastic brew.

objectivemonkey, Dec 02, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

brandoman63, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Dotcubed
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another on from last saturday.

I gravitated towards this one because I'm a Bender fan.

The plastic cup detracted from the awesomeness of this product. But I still could see it's intense dark color. Black tar molasses. Little coco colored lace around the edge of the cup.

Smelled much like regular Bender but with some hint of sweetness.
Spectacular vanilla note. Heavy on the oak chips or these guys got a good set of staves. Seemed to have a subtle rye element, but maybe that was just me.

Good weight, the body was a little heavy but that's just how those beers are.

Not an every day drinker, and not really a beer I'd want outside the fall or winter season.

Dotcubed, Oct 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mychalg9, Aug 14, 2013
4/5  rDev +1.8%

MITCHELLMPLS, Feb 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

MNPikey, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of herman77
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Cafe 28 for Surly's 5th Anniversary party.

A: Dark brown, nice light tan head with amazing retention. Good lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt, some woody/oaky notes, a bit of coco and hints of coffee. I remember it having a better and stronger nose when I've had it in the past, but I guess this one could have been aged longer/shorter on the oak spirals.

T: Again, its a lot like normal bender with obviously a more oaky/woody taste and a hint of smoke.

M: Medium body, soft carbonation from the cask. Very smooth and velvety feeling.

D: Great drinkability. Brings out all the high points of normal bender.

herman77, Feb 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 21, 2014
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Bender - Oak Aged from Surly Brewing Company
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