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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 800
Hads: 2,350
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 646
Gots: 326 | FT: 26
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 05-28-2006

Bender steeped cold for 24 hours in coarsely ground coffee beans from the Vinca Vista Hermosa plantation in Guatemala.
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Photo of Stevem68
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice chocolate color. Deep aroma of coffee. Has a very nice coffee flavor but is well balanced. Drinks almost like an iced coffee. Very enjoyable (151 characters)

Photo of CoryJones
1.22/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Coffee bender such as this one is supposed to have a lot of body and great flavor to it. in addition, I was expected something that resembled coffee. This can had no flavor, bland, and for being touted as a great microbrewery, I was left very disappointed. (256 characters)

Photo of AllDayIPA23
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a trade recently. Can was a few months old. Poured into a mug.

Strong black-coffee color, with strong carbonation appearance.
A very potent coffee scent with the nutty brown ale behind. Smells great!
Taste like carbonated coffee that was well made
Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium mouthfeel

Even with this being a few months old, I really enjoyed it. If you are a coffee fan, I can't imagine anyone not liking this beer. Would buy more!! (469 characters)

Photo of kbwalters
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a Libbey stout glass. Bottled on 5/5/15, so about 3 months ago.
Look = 4.5 Pours a brown with redish tint into a deep brown with red highlights in the glass and 2 fingers of medium brown head that fades quickly to a cap; pretty good lace composed of bigger bubbles.
Aroma = 4.25 Coffee hits you as soon as you pop the top; coffee and roasted coffee beans dominate the aroma. It’s pretty strong and pleasant but overall one dimensional. I can’t find any brown ale behind it after trying several times.
Taste = 3.75 More big coffee in the flavor too but again it’s about all I get. Roasted coffee beans, maybe a little sweetness from the malts but you can’t pick out other flavors. Lingering coffee bitterness (mild) in the finish too.
Feel = 3.5 Light to medium bodied with low to medium carbonation; comes off a little thin to me.
Drinkability = 4.0 Pretty easy drinking coffee bomb.
Overall = 3.975 Coffee bomb for sure, maybe as much as any beer I’ve had. Not much brown ale comes through though, so it’s a little one dimensional for me. (1,068 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Out of a can into my tulip. Trade from my man Kevinpitts.

A – Root beer colored pour with about a half inch of light tan head that settled quickly.
S – Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Very nice aroma.
T – Strong coffee punch to start with a touch of bitterness to follow. Malts mix in with a bit of sweet and roastiness. Flavorful chocolate and vanilla finishes it off. Nice brown all around.
M – Medium carbonation but it feels lively. Bit creamy. Touch thin.
O – I waited awhile to try this one and I am thankful I got a chance. I love coffee and brown ales so this is right up my alley. I would love this flavor combo in a stout. One can hope. Thanks again to Kevin! (696 characters)

Photo of ELS
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was expecting more from this beer. I thought the beer had nice color with a half inch of foam that slowly dissipates. The smell was pretty good with the obvious coffee aroma. However, the taste was bitter, dare I say second rate coffee that isn't well integrated into the beer. The base malt backbone does little to save the taste with a weak, underwhelming flavor. The beer did get slightly better as it warmed. I'm glad I tried it but I've had many much better coffee brown ales and porters brewed here in Florida. No reason to seek it out in the future. (565 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16 oz. can into a large mug. L: Brilliant black under a 3” cream colored foam cap. S: Roast malt, coffee and chocolate. T: Has a big initial iced coffee taste with some eventual balancing by malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors. F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation. O: My wife, a black coffee drinker who hates stouts, likes this a lot. (348 characters)

Photo of dcotom
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16-ounce can into (what else?) a coffee mug. Appearance is a light cola color, like Pepsi after the ice has melted. Nice white foam head that leaves some lacing as it dissipates. Aroma and taste are both intensely coffee-forward, "aromatic as a bag of whole beans" as it advertises on the can. Was expecting a little more to the flavor profile, which was overwhelmed by the strong and bitter flavor of coffee beans. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall, a solid 4 out of 5. (487 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a amber brown with dark red highlights. 1 finger khaki colored head. Head lingers before dissipating down to a thin layer of foam. Decent amount of fine lacing left behind.

Aroma is intense coffee to start. Toffee, toasted malt, and sweetened cream. More coffee on the back end.

Taste is more coffee, big and intense. Mix of dark roasted coffee beans with lighter sweetened coffee. Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and caramel.

Moderate to medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Some acridness which lingers.

Very nice coffee forward beer. Not particularly complex due to the intensity of the coffee. Could use a bit more heft in the body. (666 characters)

Photo of BayouMafia
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a pint can into a tulip glass at The Carriage House in Chicago. Poured a nice creamy head. Smells beautiful, like dark coffee. Strong coffee flavor (duh) on the tongue as well as aftertaste. Really liked this one (221 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, tan head. Insanely intense, rich coffee aroma. Deep, deep burnt umber. Starts acidic, bright, and toasted. Coffee! Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!

This is good, but it's just boozed up coffee with a nice mouthfeel. If you like coffee, this is great. But, it's a bit expensive for just drinking boozey coffee. I feel weird rating this so highly, because it's really just coffee.... (402 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Brown pour with a ruby hue when put up to the light, and a one finger light beige head

Smell: Black medium roasted coffee, hazelnut, cream

Taste: Medium roasted coffee, brown malt flavors, hazelnut

Mouthfeel: i know this is only 5% abv but my God is the body light; too light. Goes down like bitter water.

Overall: The smell is by far the best aspect of this beer. Unfortunately the taste doesnt match it, and the mouthfeel is as watery as a lager. I look foward to trying more Surly beers, but i find this highly overrated and wouldnt seek it out again. (617 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surly Coffee Bender

Poured from 16oz can into a mug. I served this well chilled. A nice dark brown brew, with a thin khaki head. Decent retention and some lacing. The aroma is coffee. I would like to expand on that a bit, but it's mostly coffee. Quite pleasant really... The flavor provides quite a bit of fresh ground coffee bitterness as well. This is medium bodied and easy drinking. Has a nice finish and aftertaste. If you're looking for a brown ale infused with coffee goodness, look no further. (502 characters)

Photo of thanksforcoming
2.51/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

The nose is coffee. The taste is coffee and a stout. I think they accomplished infusing the coffee with beer. Folgers is what I smell and taste. I really liked Blakkr. Look forward to tasting more from Surly but this brew was a bust. (234 characters)

Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a pleasant look and smell to it that promisses a lot for a good coffee beer. The taste is okay but not strong enough and the feel doesn't hold up to the better coffee beers. High hopes but I wasn't as impressed as I had hoped. (240 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opiac brown with a thin head and a moderate amount of carbonation.
Smells of coffee and roasty malts. Up front the taste is of coffee with some chocolate backing there is a tad touch of vanilla and what i would say is almost a cream taste. THe Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. It is fuller than one would expect from a 5.1 abv which is something I am noticing Surly archives often with their beer.
Overall I like it it is a nice take on a coffee brown. The added cream qualities are something i have not experienced before in the style but was a welcome surprise. (580 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated "01/26/15 F2764"

A — Pours a deep coffee colored brown, rich and deep, with a moderately tall mocha colored head, nice clinging lace.

S — Smells of sweet coffee, dark roasted espresso, creamy, sweet dark cocoa.

T — Tastes of bitter coffee, unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dry, deeply roasted malts.

M — Medium bodied, quick finish overall, dry and crisp, no lingering residual sweetness.

O — Very nice and good balance of coffee and roast, not overly sweet which is appreciated.

Thanks to @Ridder for this can! (542 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger, tan head that hangs around with lacing. Awesome coffee and bready smell. Mega dRk roasted coffee taste. The hops blend well with the coffee bean. The finish is quite smooth and with a slight hop bite in the end. Malty goodness brings it all together. Very good. (302 characters)

Photo of Scarpachie
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong coffee aroma. However, I thought it could have a stronger taste than what the aroma would have suggested. The malts are also prevalent in the taste. The after taste really sticks with you (194 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasters glass. Thanks, Biggs.

A: Shoe polish brown with a tan one finger head that hung around. Nice lacing.

S: Wake up and smell the coffee! I think I could get a buzz just from smelling this one. Coffee strong with light malts in the background.

T: Coffee dominates, followed by some bready malts that didn't get pushed to the side. A real solid brown ale. Thick, robust, semi-sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Glad I got to try this well-touted coffee treat. I hope to take on a regular Surly soon. (549 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Color is a translucent dark coffee brown with a medium khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is coffee, coffee, and coffee. Oh yeah, there are some malty notes and maybe some hazelnut. It's definitely got some beer in the coffee. Flavor is similar - dominated by the coffee, but with a malty brown ale hiding in the roasted beans. Body is light/medium, like most brown ales. Overall, it's a good way to drink a brown ale, which I usually find less than inspiring. (505 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - The beer pours a deep brown/burgundy/black. A little bit of light tan foamy head. The brown/burgundy gives way to a darker color as the glass fills.

S (4) - I don't get a whole lot of coffee smell. A little bit, and a little bit of just that nice roasty malty beer smell.

T (4.25) - Good solid taste. A nice malty brown ale taste, with a titch of coffee. More on the aftertaste than anything else.

F (4) - Look drinking beer. Not too thick, maybe wish a little thicker. Good carb and general drinkability.

O (4.25) - So I'm scared of coffee beers, after some bad ones in the past. But this is how a coffee beer should be. Not just carbonated coffee. A true mixture of the two complementary flavors. (725 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a coffee mug. The aroma is a mild and smooth coffee with some woody spices. It pours a rich, dark caramel color with an off-white, dense filmy head that has a moderate retention. The taste is a medium, balanced bittersweet. The texture is oily and creamy with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium body. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, earth, and nuts blend nicely on the palate with a finish that's earthy, but smooth with a tinny quality and flavors of pecans. The aftertaste is light with a flavor profile of spice and tin, but mostly clean. (558 characters)

Photo of dleigh
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells exactly like iced coffee. Tasted pretty roasty and bitter at first, but once it warmed up I got some sweeter notes. Minimal carbonation, pretty smooth. (158 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I got up to Chicago to do an in-person trade I stopped at a liquor store on my way out and they had this rotating brew cold so I had to try it.

A - Dark brown just like a medium-roast coffee with a fine, light khaki colored head and light lacing.

S - Huge medium-roasted coffee aroma with some lighter smells of malt, hazelnut, and chocolate. Smells like very good cold pressed coffee but not a whole lot of anything else.

T - Again that big coffee flavor comes through but isn't as bitter or acrid as some of the coffee stouts that I've had. The lighter and more flavorful brown adds some sweetness of malt, some nuts, and light cocoa tones that round out the coffee and make this a very good coffee beer. Even with all of those flavors the beer is still very coffee forward and still bitter on the finish.

M - Light mouth-feel but there is some light residual sweetness. Light carbonation. Really it is just a regular brown ale at 5.1% so I wouldn't expect a big mouth feel but is softer on the palate and quick to go down so nothing to be ashamed of.

Overall, pretty good. This is definitely a cold coffee infused beer and seems more like coffee infused with beer but still good flavor. I wasn't the most impressed by the coffee take over but is still a tasty beverage. I would say that this is one of the best true "breakfast" beers with it's coffee punch, light ABV, and easy drinkability. I would recommend this if you like coffee but I feel you would be disappointed if you wanted more of the base beer to come through.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.