Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Can provided by UMNbeerhunter, thanks Joe!
A - Pours into the glass a dark mahogany brown, almost bordering on black but still allowing some deep cherry highlights. Atop the brew is a 2.5-fingered, light tan head with pretty good retention. No apparent streams of carbonation, even though the body itself is pretty clear. Lacing is very good as well, with dense foam clinging strongly to the walls of the glass.
S - This beer really captures the essence of a nicely steeped cup of iced coffee, with strong coffee been aromatics mixed with thick malts to smooth out the nose. That's pretty much the bulk of the bouquet here, which given the name, isn't so surprising.
T - The taste takes the coffee bean aroma of the nose and really gives it a nice palate to work with. Although it's not as straightforward coffee as the nose would suggest, the smoothness and overall taste is great. I've had beers that had more of a espresso push to it, they weren't as balanced or easily drank as this. The front actually has a formidable malt presence, sweetening up the mouth and prepping the way for the coffee to intersperse and leave a nice taste. The end is also a bit hoppy to both complement and contrast with the bitterness of the espresso. No alcohol here.
M - Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, medium bodied while having a nice carbonation. Finish isn't incredibly long, but its filled with coffee and bitterness from both the beans as well as the hops.
D - Drinkability is high. An incredibly balanced coffee beer that brings a ton to the table. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. I could imagine tailgating with this all morning if only I could find it around here!
Serving type: can
01-15-2011 23:23:31 | More by nhindian
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