Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from pint can into pint glass.
Nearly two fingers of creamy, tan head, that fizzles. Pretty dark, not pitch black but the body of a cola.
The aroma is of rich coffee, decadent coffee with faint nuttiness, lovely cocoa, and the smallest smidgen of licorice -- the smallest, I swear. This ale smells effin' incredible. So lovely.
First sip is creamy, cool coffee with rich chocolate notes, and a lingering bitterness you would expect from a cup of black coffee. Has a slight tartness to it, which doesn't detract from the beer at all. Head just won't dissipate!!! Solid brown ale underneath, really giving it that perfect toastiness, faint mocha and toffee taste. Slight alcohol finish, though, not unpleasing. Vanilla qualities start coming through as it warms.
Mouthfeel is initially velvety, which thins out nicely as the bitter, medium carbonation starts to break things up. Thinner than a stout, more of a porter body, heavier brown. Nice chewy. The perfect drinkability for this type of beer: not super sippable due to its weight but, rather, a great beer to enjoy in a 30-minute sitting.
Overall, this beer is remarkable. The best coffee aroma in a beer I've ever had. It just brings you in. And it never lets up. And it's in a pint can. It's a big juicy coffee beer, as good as they come. Take your time on this one to fully enjoy the coffee bean blast that is Coffee Bender. It awakens fully with time.
I recommend you trade for this if it's not in your area, as I did.
Thanks again, Dan Turnbull (Tballz420) for the batch of Surly.
Also, don't try to compare this to a stout or porter because it's just not. You're doing yourself a disservice with those expectations.
Serving type: can
11-01-2011 04:03:49 | More by rangel2
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