Surly Brew­ing Ben­der

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Min­ne­ap­o­lis, Min­nesota ABV: 5.5% | IBUS: N/A | SRM: 45

What the brewer says

“This brown ale be­gins crisp and lightly hoppy, com­ple­mented by the vel­vety sleek­ness oats de­liver. Bel­gian and Bri­tish malts usher in cas­cades of co­coa, bit­ter-cof­fee, caramel, and hints of vanilla and cream.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “The aroma changes as it warms. Toasty malt up front with some honey and a bit of umami rem­i­nis­cent of fish sauce. As it warms, black­berry and other dark-fruit es­ters come out. Kind of a sub­dued nose over­all, but the cherry es­ter dom­i­nates ev­ery­thing. Deep earthy, al­most mush­room-like aroma with a touch of toast. Smells like mush­room-veg­etable-bar­ley soup.” Fla­vor: “Mod­er­ate sweet with mod­er­ate bit­ter­ness in the fin­ish. Retronasal—more umami and black­berry and cran­berry. Cherry and burnt toast with a touch of choco­late. Es­ter-for­ward with the malt play­ing se­cond fid­dle.” Over­all: “A de­cent Amer­i­can Brown that stays be­tween the lines and de­liv­ers what it prom­ises, but noth­ing more. An easy-drink­ing brown ale with a firm plat­form of caramel malts, but just a bit thin.”

AROMA: 10 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 17 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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