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Friday, December 14, 2012

Bender (Surly)

I had a can of this lurking in my lair. It's a nice cold-weather oatmeal ale. Probably past it's prime, but it still tasted darn good to me. No breakdown paperiness, no leeching from the can, none of the things you'd expect if it was turning skunky.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This brown brew had a thick tan head. It smelled very malty.

Taste: It was creamy with a sticky malty sweetness. It was slightly bitter too. A nice balance. It was almost like chocolate milk, with a slight roasted chocolate mixed with oaty sugars.

As good as this was, I didn't taste much difference from the first can in the 4-pack that I drank a year ago!

From the Surly site:
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, caramel and hints of vanilla and cream. An easy-drinking ale with many layers of satisfaction.

STYLE: American Brown Ale
MALT: Pale Ale, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats and Chocolate
HOPS: Columbus, Willamette
YEAST: English Ale

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