Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
A: Reddish-brown with moderate light transmission. Pours into an imperial pint from the can with a 1/4" head with limited retention and splotchy lacing.
S: Smells like strong, freshly brewed black coffee, with hints of chocolate
T: Very coffee forward. This is straight-up standard black coffee, no fancy-pants artisan-roasted espresso here. And yet, you would expect that sort of coffee to be undrinkably bitter and acrid when cold, but this stays pretty smooth, so they're definitely doing something clever with their extraction process. There's a bit of bready malts hiding in there too, but boy the coffee really takes this over.
M: Medium carbonation, light body, medium-long linger. Fairly low bitterness
O: This works out to be one of those beers that I'm technically impressed with, but don't particularly enjoy. They've packed an intense amount of coffee flavor into this beer, but it seems to have lost any subtlety or balance it might have had. Ultimately I'm not sure how different this is from taking a cup of cold brew and adding a shot of vodka to it.
Serving type: can
02-14-2013 23:38:24 | More by kscaldef
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