Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Since I got really into craft beer, this is probably the beer I've had the most that I haven't yet reviewed. So it's fitting for review #500.
Pours deep rusty brown, clear in the pour, opaque in the glass. One and a half fingers of medium-tan head, dense, pillowy, and creamy. Relaxes slowly to a thin cap, leaving lacy lacing arching up the sides of the glass.
Smells like espresso dosed with oats. Very dark roast, almost charred, and darker than I'd like it to be. The slick oat sweetness rescues it, but it's dominated by coffee, and it's coffee aromas that aren't really wowing me.
Taste is coffee-heavy, but again the coffee comes through overly dark and roasty. It's only half the flavors I want, and half the flavors I don't want. Woody, and not as full underneath the coffee as I want it to be. The awesomeness of Bender is hard to pull out through that, which is disappointing to me. Overly bitter, overly roasted.
Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth and fluffy, with buzzy carbonation that prickles like mini pop rocks. This part I dig.
I like regular Bender way better than this. The coffee just doesn't work for me - it overpowers the rest of the beer, and the coffee could be smoother and richer. I know lots of people really like this beer, but for me, it's decent, but a bit of a disappointment. Bender plus Coffee could be amazing, but this just isn't. Perhaps my least favorite Surly beer.
Serving type: can
12-17-2012 03:26:37 | More by zeledonia
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