Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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4.07 w/ 1,969 ratings

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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.

Added by tavernjef on 02-04-2006

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown body reminiscent of coffee with a hearty head that last the duration of the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

Surprisingly bland for a Surly brew. Musty malts. Vague nutty presence. Light cocoa nibs and oatmeal. Molasses.

Roasted nuts and malt, molasses and bitter chocolates are the dominant flavors here. Well balanced . Black coffee on the finish and aftertaste.

Light carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Easy to drink medium-bodied beer.

Not as good as everything else I've had from the Surly line up, possibly their weakest entry. However, that's not really a bad praise, since Surly's line up is rather fantastic. I'd say this is definitely worth a try - but recommend going straight to the Coffee Bender.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: I poured conservatively into my pint glass which left a half-finger, extremely thick head that left heavy lacing. If poured from the tap, I bet the head would be huge. Color was a dark amber/caramel when held up to a daylight CFL.

S: The malt and caramel hit the nose hard, with a chocolate/coffee undertone. Brown Ales aren't my choice of beer when I drink, but this one does it right. An almost creamy smell.

T: Almost stout-like. Top notch taste. Creamy, goes down smooth, taste and aftertaste are excellent. Drank with dinner of home-made burgers and potato salad. Excellent addition.

M: It's like I'm drinking a malt, and I love malts. Thick, creamy, full mouth experience which hits every part of the palate.

O: 4.75/5. I've never drank a perfect beer, but coming from an IPA guy, this comes damn close.

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Pours a dark brown with a thick off-white head with good retention. Moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and biscuit followed by chocolate and caramel notes. Great earthy aroma. Roasted malt hits the palate first, followed up by a sweet oat flavor, reminiscent of brown sugar on hot oatmeal. Very smooth and complex. Oats give this brown ale a thick, rich mouthfeel. Great carbonation. Extremely drinkable. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Overall, one of the best brown ales I’ve ever had!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one while up in Minneapolis last Saturday night (9/21/13). Never seen this brew and was 'On tap' at the hotel we stayed at for the weekend (Marriott Courtyard). The bartender gave me a taster the night before since they were closed and it was late AND we knew the bartender. ANYWAY, ended up drinking two 16-ounce glasses the next night.

Pours a very dark brown that is almost black actually. Had a 1-finger tan head that lasted a bit. LOTS of lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma of roasted malt hits your nose up front with a slight coffee smell. The taste was pretty much the same with some sweet spice (?) and very smooth. Went down very easy. Overall it was great and hense a 2nd tasting (16 oz) was needed. :)

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Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 1,969 ratings
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