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Bender - Oak Aged - Surly Brewing Company

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Bender - Oak Aged
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 16.79%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2007)
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Photo of HammerofThor
1.1/5  rDev -72%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The worst beer I have ever had. Ever. Including infected homebrew, skunky lagers, and year-old imports. I only gave this the score I did because 0 wasn't an option.

This was on cask at Grumpy's in Roseville. I can only assume that the cask was mistreated because what was served to me looked like a glass of iced tea. Completely flat with no condition whatsoever. It smelled rubbery and tasted like rubbing alcohol soaked into oak. There was nothing left of the original bender. Surly: use less oak. Grumpy's: casks should not be flat and left exposed to the air for extended periods of time.

HammerofThor, Dec 24, 2010
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 MNPikey
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

MNPikey, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jarrgal, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Slipmthgoose
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Slipmthgoose, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of drewfull
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

drewfull, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

lonewolfcry, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

imperialking, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with very little off white head.

Scent of oak, a hint of coffee and brown sugar. Not very impressive, falls a bit flat.

Taste of oak, brown sugar, and molasses. Pretty good, but not amazing, on cask I think this one loses it's appeal. I don't think I could drink often, maybe once in a while, but there are better options out there.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly strong carbonation.

paco1029384756, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of bengore
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

bengore, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mychalg9, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ToadiesForCody, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Hopstout, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

AnalogErik, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

gpawned, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Sparky44, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Logged from notes, served on cask at Darkness Day 2011. Appearance is transparent brown with 1 finger of head and decent lace. Nose has roasted malts, mellow oak, subtle vanilla notes and a touch of cocoa at the end. The taste is smooth and well balanced. A touch of caramel presents a bit of sweetness with some chocolate and roast to follow. Finish has a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall, this is nice and drinkable but very tame in the way of flavor.

homebrew311, Aug 12, 2013
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
Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the brewery for Darkness day.

Poured into a 12oz plastic cup...wish it had been a snifter.
Poured a dark brown in color, glowing red at the edges when held to light.
tan 1 finger head, some retention. Bubbles apear much larger then they do when poured from the can.

vanilla aroma, some mild chocolate malt aromas, burnt toast, kinda fruity.

Taste is kinda smokey from the oak I presume. Smooth and creamy in mouthfeel. Roasted almonds, chocolate again, some mild coffee.

Very smooth and delicious brew

Buebie, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two pints taken in the field at Grumpy's in Roseville last night where I met an old friend for a pow-wow. I've had this before, but not in quite some time.

Appearance is dead flat & brown, like a pool of limp coffee. Smell is Bender malts with dry wood thrown into the mix.

Oak-Aged Bender is a bit better than the regular version. The wood lends an extremely dry character to the base beer. Otherwise, it's malty Bender, woodyfied. The cask doesn't seem to be terribly kind to the base however. The malts & hops seem to be faded, washed out.

Very good beer. I'd take this over a regular Bender most days, but I'd love to have this on a regular tap line some day. I bet it would be even better.

maximum12, Jan 16, 2010
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 Ctrauty
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

mkvi, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Doyle, Dec 14, 2013
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Bender - Oak Aged from Surly Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.