1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Coffee BenderCoffee Bender

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,027 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 610
Gots: 228 | FT: 12
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 768 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of closisinthehouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

closisinthehouse, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ristaccia, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of beveritt
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into an Imperial pint glass. Label is typical red, gold, white, and black of Surly. However, the logo is on a pint glass that is blasting off, I suppose a reference to the coffee. No freshness date. Thanks to biniek13 for this one.

Appearance: Pours with 3 1/2 fingers of medium to light tan head. This settles very slowly, and still maintain nearly 2 fingers of height. Areas of the glass which have been uncovered show nice, sticky lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany and nearly completely opaque. Hints of light sneak around the edges.

Smell: Strong aroma of slightly sweet coffee, though the aroma does not contain much bitterness. Some underlying caramel malt with a hint of roastiness in the finish.

Taste: Semi-sweet coffee flavor upfront, with enough roasty bitterness to balance it out. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: As touted on the can, this is an iced coffee for adults. Smooth and immensely drinkable, it is also very flavorful. Another hit from Surly. I hope they eventually expand their distribution, but will give them time to do it right.

beveritt, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of stealth
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

What a great coffee beer. As the name implies, you expect coffee, and that's what you get. Lots of it. The most 'coffee' coffee beer I've tasted. Has the coffee roast bitterness on the finish, but its balanced well by some mild sweetness. Could drink this with breakfast.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

e30todamax, May 26, 2013
Photo of lonewolfcry
3/5  rDev -27.9%

lonewolfcry, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Blanco
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Roguegregm for my first Surly Brew.

Beer pours a dark brown color with nice sized tan head. Tremendous lacing throughout. smell is big coffee, complete with cream. Taste is just like Surly describes it: great iced coffee flavor. Slight chocolate notes, but mostly just that nice taste of fresh roasted iced coffee. A tad bit dry like black coffee. Nice light mouthfeel that goes perfect with the taste. I'm a huge fan of coffee beers and only recently have had low ABV brown ales brewed with coffee, and I have to say it's a refreshing (literally) change from big, huge coffee stouts at this time of year. The big difference between this one and a lot of coffee beers is it tastes more like "brewed" coffee, whereas others seem to taste more like the beans themselves. Summer is when I switch from hot coffee to iced coffee and this is the perfect "dark" summer brew. I've heard great things about Surly and this first offering lived up to expectations.

Blanco, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body with a thick light tan colored white head. Super lacing as well.

Lots of dry nutty English Nut Brown type smells. Loads of whole coffee beans (slightly hazelnut I do believe). Slightly creamy with strong diacetyl notes as well.

Very bitter coffee up front. All bitter espresso. Not coffee beans, but straight espresso bitterness. Sharp metallic twang cuts off the coffee notes. Following up that, is the base beer. Dry nutty roasty malts dominate, but not too much. Still get a bit of the coffee flavors here as well. Finishes dry and chewy. Very nutty late.

Feels like a malty cup of coffee, honestly. I like it. The only thing you can compare it to is maybe Cubano Espresso Brown from Cigar City. Matter of fact, theyre pretty close (and both tasty as hell).

VncentLIFE, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

yamar68, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of 1424IpA
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

1424IpA, May 03, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark reddish mahogany brown with a two finger light tan head leaving nice lacing.

Smell: The essence of a coffee house aroma together with toffee, hints of chocolate and substantial malty vanilla sweetness.

Taste: Rich roasted coffee presence dovetails with the sweetness of toasted malt, oatmeal, dark dried fruits, toffee and chocolates. Wonderful balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy.

Drinkability: Very high. This is a coffee lover's beer as the name suggests. This isn's an espresso bomb at all, rather the coffee is very nicely integrated with 'Bender' which is a fabulous brown ale of it's own right. Thankfully it's readily available to me down the street at my neighborhood liquour store.

JackieTH, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of hero27
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled for free on-tap @ the Darkness release.

I love the "original" Bender, but the flavor of this brew is truly unique...the coffee flavors are just so fresh & rich that it's hard to imagine our beloved brown ale in there somewhere. Now that being said, this conceptual "java brown" is just fine on it's own.
Heavy roasted coffee aroma.. Rich malts...and flavors of bitter chocolate, nuts, and the spectacular fresh coffee taste. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel helps all the flavors blend together perfectly. Alcohol goes undetected.
A superb coffee beer in all aspects. Really glad I got the chance to try this one. I find myself anxiously awaiting them to can/bottle this...

hero27, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev -3.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

comfortablynirm, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jeffrey2310, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PappyVans, May 18, 2014
Photo of ahbithwabm
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ahbithwabm, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of udubdawg
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

udubdawg, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -27.9%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

brpendergast85, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Rempo
2/5  rDev -51.9%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of csustar001
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

csustar001, May 10, 2014
Photo of weonfire
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

weonfire, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the mug, from the can, this beer pours a dark brown color with a big lacy head. Not a bad appearance.

The aroma is an amalgamation roasted malt, bitterness and a big slap of coffee grounds. The coffee is definitely the defining feature in the nose. A welcoming aroma.

The beer has a medium body. A fairly nice feel as it roles across the palate, not too carbonated. The flavor has a touch of sweetness but is quickly taken over by the flavor of coffee. Bitter as the beer exits. This has some nice flavor. The amazing thing about it is that it has a strong, truly coffee-like, flavor, but it does not become overwhelming--making this a drinkable brew.

BeardedBoffin, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of polopaul20
4/5  rDev -3.8%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,027 ratings.