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Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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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 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a ton, Scoobydank, for this excellent trade.

16oz. can poured into a pint.

A: Very deep brown with just a bit of ruby hues coming through in the light. 1-1 1/2 finger light tan head. Head holds for a bit then drops to a 1/4in + for most the ride. Nice patching of lace.

S: Subtle. Rich bread and toasted grains. A slight hint of sweetened chocolate.

T/M: A small touch of grassy hop zip for a split second then only a beautiful malt dominance. Roasted malts and bread with a touch of chocolate and vanilla. Very good and very clean. Body is about medium, not too heavy on the palate.

D: I know it's not the same style but I just want to say "Guinness, eat your heart out". The drinkability of this is everything Guinness Draught wishes it could be.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Leftmindedrighty. The can has a rather large set of teeth marks in it. I hope Aaron doesn't feel too conflicted or he may hurt another inanimate object real bad next time. I can just picture him, "If I can't have you, no one can! /CHOMP". :P

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Muted coffee, a little marshmallow, something like a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream dunked into a cappuccino(but with the addition of a mildly lingering, leafy bitterness). It doesn't quite knock down all the pins set up by the beer with its scent, but I doubt that anyone could easily fit someone's imagination into just a 16oz can.

It feels insanely creamy & even frothy like a nice cold glass of milk. More like a stout in this department then brown ale, I appreciate getting the best of both worlds... a great texture, without the blackened taste I personally try to avoid.

I came in expecting a brown ale, but got something a little off center. It was tasty regardless. Thank you Aaron. :)

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Pours a standard brown ale brown with a small white crown. No lacing.

Cocoa, coffee, and Scottish smelling malts meld very nicely with a pine like hop aroma. A touch of vanilla and belgian funk add some more interest.

Quite a bit is going on with the taste. The malt profile is very interesting creating a coffee, oatmeal, cocoa like base. The hops are subtle and really help to balance the sweetness. There is an element of Belgian-ness in this as well.

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I am happy to try yet another Surly brew. This is a very nice brown ale and I'm hoping to try the coffee version soon.

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A: Pours a dark brown with some clarity, ruby highlights, thin head, little retention

S: chocolate and oats on the front followed by some spicy hops and a sturdy malt profile

T: smooth chocolate and coffee notes on the front, lots of roast and oats, drinks more like a light bodied stout than a brown ale...this is a good thing

MF: light body, smooth and silky mouthfeel

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