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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,840 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 590
Gots: 216 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bender steeped cold for 24 hours in coarsely ground coffee beans from the Vinca Vista Hermosa plantation in Guatemala.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 05-28-2006)
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a La Chouffe tulip; shared with a couple friends at NEBCO. Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for tossing me this can in an in-person trade.

A: Looks just like the regular bender we split right before this one: i.e., a clear deep brown body with reddish glints under an inch of fine tan foam. Pretty good retention, light lace. Attractive.

S: Coffee. Nothing but clean, bitter, dry, nutty, roasty coffee. A little thin (some malt would be nice), but still excellent.

T: Coffee jumps out, of course, followed by some nutty malt and light hoppy bitterness. Long, super-bitter finish. Lightly fruity. Delicious.

M: Lively, highly carbonated, medium body. A bit over the top, but fun.

O: I love coffee beers in general, and this one did a pretty great job delivering a pure coffee onslaught. For that I give it tremendous credit. As with some lighter-bodied coffee stouts, though, this beer just didn't have the body to stand up to the dominant coffee flavors, and the result was just a one-note show; while I'm a big fan of this note, I can't get too excited about a beer that gives away its beer-ness so completely.

On a more positive note, the Coffee Bender made a terrific blend with some fresh Gandhi-Bot on tap at the brewery - I was trying to convince Matt to brew a coffee IPA (after being absolutely blown away by one of those from The Kernel Brewery in London), and the CB/GB blend was pretty impressive. Fingers crossed!

Cheers!

Serving type: can

07-09-2011 14:02:59 | More by woosterbill
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MadScientist

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-28-2013 01:06:54 | More by MadScientist
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supa0525

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-06-2013 01:01:23 | More by csmartin6
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77apm

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-18-2013 03:54:32 | More by megamass
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-24-2013 02:53:57 | More by Guinnsslvr
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-22-2013 06:42:24 | More by jaminjohnson
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-15-2011 04:30:38 | More by mjtiernan
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warmbier804

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-16-2013 21:50:51 | More by warmbier804
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a medium shade of brown that lets some light in around the edges and adds a nice tinge to the beer. A controlled pour into a twelve ounce shaker (all I had on hand despite the pint can) yielded a pretty minimal half finger or so of tan head. Died back relatively quickly.

Smell- Wow, what can I really say other than lots and lots of bitter coffee. Smells like my father's favorite Tanzanian Peaberry when you thrown in a little extra to make a pot. Some roasted malt evident in there as well to be sure, but coffee coffee coffee.

Taste- More coffee. My buddy Roburg once described this beer as the closest a beer could come to being an iced coffee and I really have to say he was spot on. Roasted malt, bitter coffee, and coffee grinds all the way. A great coffee flavor if that is what you are looking for. If not, there is absolutely no reason to be drinking this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, though I expected that with the added coffee. Drinkability was pretty amazing though as this really really reminded me of iced coffee and at its average strength went down fast.

Overall, a very good coffee beer if coffee in your beer is what you want. Coffee coffee coffee!

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 02:58:39 | More by boatshoes
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can dated mid-March into a chalice glass.

Pours a lovely dark brown with a nice one and a half finger tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like toffee, some dark fruits, and a bunch of coffee beans.

Starts of very sweet, with that touch of dark fruit and maybe a little chocolate, immediately rushes into the coffee which is nice and mild, finishes with the coffee combining with some bitterness and a touch of roasted malt.

Pretty light mouthfeel, light bodied.

Extremely drinkable, call this one "Founders Breakfast Stout Light" ... or FBS Lite... whatever, you get the picture. Great beer, here.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 21:29:07 | More by BranfordBound
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-08-2013 14:22:44 | More by roostor07
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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LeeW

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-04-2014 19:19:01 | More by LeeW
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2012 22:08:20 | More by Oboogie
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a what else? Surly pint glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a gradually building 1.5 finger creamy light caramel head with relatively good retention. Brew itself is a clear brownish-amber. Lacing is stringy and subtle.

S: Nose is roasted coffee beans with a hint of booziness. Also, hints of caramel and phantom nuttiness (phantom because I might be imagining this...)

T: Starts off with a slightly sour roasted coffee character which mellows out quickly. Middle is a bit more coffee and caramel. Finish is a touch of brown sugar and nuttiness. Yet, coffee still rather prominent throughout.

M: Light bodied, coarse, and carbonated. However, this gets smoother as it warms in the mouth. Finish is a bit messy but not overly so, leaving a slight trail of roasted coffee sourness that dissipates rather quickly.

D: Very highly drinkable. This is one of those stand-by go-to beers that I feel like I want to be able to have at all times. Great light body, good character, and super tasty!!!

Serving type: can

01-04-2010 19:40:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
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warsxh

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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qcbrewer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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terpinsd

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

04-27-2014 15:12:37 | More by terpinsd
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.