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Bender - Oak Aged | 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: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-24-2007

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 58
Reviews by HammerofThor:
Photo of HammerofThor
1.1/5  rDev -72.8%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of MNMike
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of rudylaw
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of tribeerguy70_3
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bengore
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Ctrauty
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of gatornation
1.52/5  rDev -62.4%
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

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Photo of mkvi
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Doyle
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MPLS
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MichaelM
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MNPikey
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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