Cacao Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
4.31/5 rDev -0.5%
Serving: On tap, 4oz sampler
Served: 6 August 2014
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost stout-like, with a hint of a dirty head. Head did not stick around, though it's possible this resulted from the sampler glass.
Smell: Extremely complex smell of sweet malts, dark baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, and a touch of vanilla sweetness. The smells are all masterfully subtle and create a really great aromatic experience. One of the best smelling beers I think I've ever had.
Taste: Much like the smell- the taste is a subtle combination of baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, and vanilla on top of a sweet malt backbone with medium body. I really like the subtlety of flavor here- no one flavor is especially overpowering and it lacks a lot of the burnt/roasted qualities of many other dark beers using the same ingredients.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin- not great carbonation and the beer doesn't have a huge backbone to beef up its presence. I'd love to see this one on nitro though.
Overall: A magnificent beer. One of the best of 2014.
08-07-2014 02:39:44 | More by Beric
Cacao Bender from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.