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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,968
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 605
Gots: 220 | 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)
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

csustar001, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

polopaul20, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

danthehopslamman, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

comfortablynirm, Apr 09, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes. One pint can poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a dark brown color with some red. Two finger light mocha colored head, very fluffy. Good lacing, medium carbonation.

S-- Light coffee smell, some roasted malts and a bit of sweetness to it.

T-- Coffee, roasted malts, some lemon acidity and a light sweet mocha taste.

M-- Some coffee bitterness, not much though and not overwhelming. A little light with some sugar sweetness.

D-- Very drinkable, easy to have two or three. it is on the thin side but it is quite good. Not as much coffee as had hoped but very workable.

mulder1010, Nov 21, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

closisinthehouse, Jun 30, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany, decent head.

A rich coffee smell, I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love it. A bit of campfire smoke as well.

Coffee, dark roasted malts, and charcoal in the taste. A nice blend. Lighter than most coffee beers. The background brew is solid as well, though this has a heavy coffee taste, it doesn't feel artificial.

Mouthfeel light and crisp.

An interesting and craveable brew. If you enjoyed this, give Furthermore's coffee beer a try, which this reminded me of.

Strix, Oct 20, 2009
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3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to iasanlee for this one.

Now let me preface this review, by stating that I think the Bender is probably the best American Brown Ale brewed. Its just about perfect for the style and I have huge hopes going into this review for Coffee Bender.

Poured a 16oz can into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a muddy brown with amber highlights when held up to the light. A massive 4 inch brown cap leaves mild lacing down the sides of the glass. Surly really knows how to make a pretty beer. I stuck my nose down in the glass for the first whiff, and bam, a full frontal attack to the olfactory by freshly ground, roasted with love, coffee beans. And nothing with else. Even as I let it warm, nothing else really comes through. Its like the coffee has completely drowned out the Bender aspect. The flavor is only slightly better. Fresh ground, artisan coffee. The best type of coffee you can buy, but that's really all i get. Hints of chocolate come through on the tail buy really nothing else. The coffee has overwhelmed everything that makes this beer great and turned it into a one dimensional monster. I'm not saying its bad, Coffee Bender tastes like great coffee. Like i could drink it warm, out of a big mug in the morning, but its really lost every other aspect of the beer. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy leaving a little coffee astringency lingering on the palate. I really like the beer. Its tasty. But its one dimensional and not as good as Bender is.

hwwty4, Jul 09, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ahbithwabm, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

drgonzo2k2, May 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

tswater, Nov 11, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a DFH signature glass. No date stamp on the bottom of the can...

A - Super dark brown body that appears black until its held up to the light. An aggressive pour created a fluffy three finger high light khaki head. Eventually settles down to a thin cap. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Fresh steeped coffee with a bit of chocolate sweetness and roast on the finish. Simple and effective, smells delicious.

T - Watered down coffee. Very tame and approachable. The finish is of lightly bitter roasted malts. Smooth with low carbonation. Super drinkable.

O - Its like a lighter version of Founders breakfast stout. Its pretty one dimensional, but works really well as a coffee infused brown ale. I wish I had another so that I could have drank it out of a mug alongside some bacon and eggs...

davey101, May 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ssjkyle, Jul 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

alysmith4, Mar 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

marct, Dec 11, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Can served into a pint.

A - Deep amber-infused brown hue with a frothy one-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Massive espresso off the nose! Smooths out to caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. As a coffee lover, this is a delight.

T - Coffee, cream, vanilla and roasted flavors toward the end. This beer is not complex by any means, but damn it does the coffee right.

M- A light-medium body with fair carbonation. This is easily the worst part of this brew.

O - For a light coffee beer, I have had no better.

mscudder, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rdooley, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gpblackgt, Mar 16, 2013
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this one at Four Firkins when I was in Minnesota -- $4.39 for a can though? Was that priced right? Pretty damn expensive! I enjoyed the regular Bender though, and I like coffee, so my hopes are kinda high for this one. Canned 7/11/14 and poured 9/4/14.

Appearance: Semi-aggressive pour gave off a modest head that went down to about a ring and stayed. The color is mostly clear and ruby black. Looks pretty nice in the glass. (3.75/5)

Smell: Just upon cracking open the can, I got a huge waft of coffee that almost buckled my knees. Phew, this stuff smells great! Really doesn't share any characteristics of the regular Bender, at least on the surface, because the coffee note is really strong. This smells like coffee with some cream or sugar added, because it has a definite sweetness in there. Awesome nose on this beer though, but stay away if you don't like coffee and/or coffee beers, because the coffee in this is FAR from subtle. (4.5/5)

Taste/feel: So much coffee. This has a rich black coffee flavor, but the malt in Coffee Bender keeps it from tasting identical to cold black coffee -- coffee, coffee, coffee, a malt roastiness character, a slight bit of char, and then lingering coffee. There's not a lot of depth of flavor. In fact, regular Bender probably has more depth of flavor, but I just like this beer more. The feel is about full bodied with a modest carbonation to let you know you're drinking beer, and not coffee. (4.5/5, 4.25/5)

This brew just smells like freshly brewed coffee, and tastes almost the exact same way. Probably the most coffee-forward beer I've had, and one of the best beers I've had as well. This is an absolutely phenomenal beer that needs to be purchased if you see it, even at the price I got it for. Lucious, fabulous amounts of coffee... damn, I just wish I could get this in Michigan. Wow, wow, and wow.

Alextricity, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body with 1-2 finger head.

S: it smells like... coffee. like canned coffee (one of those Asian coffee drinks)

T: Althought it's very much one-dimentional, it's quite awesome. It really tastes like Asian canned coffee drink. Coffee does overpower the somewhat of complexities that exist in regular Bender (coffee, vanilla, chocolate flavor).

M: Good amount of carbonation, fairly light body. I would say its body is lighter than regular bender (I am having them side by side).

O: Very interesting in a good way. One dimentional beer that gets a good rating from me. I think that's pretty rare.

Edit: Just wanted to add that this beer is 10x better than Founder's Frangelic Mountain.

sukwonee, Jan 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RMoeNay, Aug 11, 2013
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,968 ratings.