Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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2,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,215
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 633
Gots: 291 | FT: 20
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Ratings: 2,215 | Reviews: 796
Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really drinkable and tastes a lot like iced coffee with minimal bitterness.

Photo of ARoman
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of dleigh
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of dmgeng
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like coffee, tastes like coffee. If you like coffee, you'll like this.

Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015-04-17
Pint can poured into a tulip. Canned on 2/20/15.

Pours dark brown, a little translucent, with a medium head, and medium carbonation. Head dissipates at a moderate pace. Smell is coffee and nuts. Slight whiff of yeast.

Taste is nutty, sweet, coffee, with a slight hint of vanilla. This is a really tasty brown ale.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Overall, this is quite good.

Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown slightly translucent. Smells coffee and Kahlua. Smooth with a bit of a crankiness, Mich like an iced coffee

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like coffee more than you like beer, then this is the beer for you.

Photo of cdiddy5
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is exactly how a Coffee beer should be... If you didn't know you would swear it's coffee not beer imo

Photo of RedBaron73
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color very clear. Nice head to this beer with good head retention. Very nice coffee aroma followed by malt. WIsh it was easier to get this in Va.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, it doesn't taste like beer in the slightest. I feel like I'm drinking black coffee whipped up and served cold. I rarely say this but I would love to try a BA version of this. I love coffee beers and this is up at the top.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light shade of brown with a white head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds and malts. The taste has big ground coffee flavor and light malts. Coffee all day. Creamy, with a delicate nutty flavor underneath the coffee Medium bodies, fair carbonation. I love surly beers and coffee so this was a win. Very delicious.

Photo of founddrama
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and rich. Coffee is dominant here but it's not over the top either. Which is a surprise from something with coffee right in the name.

Photo of BigD1975
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted beery, smelt very much like coffee, overall a good beer, I look forward to drinking it once again.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doesnt appear very big, but it packs a solid coffee punch!

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to @Alexander for this one. Unquestionably the best non-BA coffee beer I've ever had.

Photo of Kraj30
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

woah.. this is great coffee flavor.. top notch brown ale

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/9/15. Comes in a 16 ounce (1 pint) can in a 4-pack in the $10 range. New brews brought down to Council Bluffs, Iowa market in the past couple of weeks actually. Last Thursday there was a distributor from the brewery there at the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa with all of their brews available for sample. Of course I tried all except for the 2-IPA's there as the guy said that both of those were pretty bitter. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

This 'American brown ale' style brew pours a very deep mahogany in color with some reddish highlights. A good 3-finger foamy beige head is seen after the pour. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the inside of the mug. The aroma is of freshly roasted coffee beans for the most part. You can smell this across the room even. Pretty much is said for the taste also. If you like black coffee, then this is for you. Lots of flavor. Does finish slighter bitter as would be excepted but doesn't last long. Medium-bodied and perfect carbonation.

Photo of BatManuel
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First beer I had the first time I ever went to Minnesota. Will never forget you, coffee bender. So much coffee!!!

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like iced coffee, this is for you! And I do like iced coffee.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a dark brown with an off-white head that reduces quickly. The aroma tells you quickly that it's coffee, coffee and more coffee. So it tastes like, well, coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Medium mouth, and it goes down pretty easy. I taste very little of the Bender base. This reminds me more of a porter or thin coffee stout. It's good, but not what I expected.

Photo of JohnSadler
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor. Some coffee beers taste like a coffee filter. Not this one.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't care for this as much as the regular Bender. More bitter than a plain brown, but not from the coffee. Too much roasted flavor for my palate. Bent Paddle's Cold Press black is the coffee brew to beat these days in Minnesota.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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