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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,031
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 611
Gots: 230 | 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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Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/10/2012; Poured from a 16oz can into New Glarus pokal.

Brilliantly clear seal brown liquid shines with maroon and sinopia highlights. A finger of thick creamy buff foam persists for ages and clings to the sides is sticky pearls of lace.

The fresh roast aromatics from coffee are immediately present in the nose, followed with toasted malt, faint cocoa, and brown sugar. Delicate, rich, and inviting.

The coffee contributes immense flavor, though the profile is clean and balanced as you would expect from a great Guatemalan light roast: mild citrus-like tartness backed by hints of vanilla and a lasting earthy/biscotti note. Low bitterness; no astringency; with roast malt just sufficient to re-assert that this is a beer rather than just a cold-brew iced coffee. Finishes just dry enough to draw you back in for another sip.

Light-bodied, creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel.

One of the better coffee beers I've sampled - very aromatic and well balanced with an unexpected delicacy as well. Well worth hunting down.

augustgarage, May 31, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a beautiful dark creme colored head; about one and a half fingers in size; head is bubbly and holds very well; lacing is OK and looks rather sticky; body is very, very dark brown and opaque; not much visible carbonation

S - Light amount of coffee; toffee smells and toasted malt back-end; sweet brown sugar; dark chocolate; dates; nuts

T - Great coffee; sweet brown sugar and rich toffee taste; touch of toasted malt flavoring finishes with a nice ginger zest blast; touch of hop bitterness at the end; dark chocolate; nuts

M - Beer is moderately carbonated; dark coffee and slightly bitter aftertaste; body is medium build

D - Brewers did a really good job of combining coffee and brown ale; perfect blend, not too much coffee and not too much mild brown ale malt taste; good stuff!

ferrari29, May 26, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since it was out of my distribution I paid the premium on this "grey market" beer. 6 bucks for the can.

A - Looks pretty sweet for a coffee infused brown ale. The head on this one is a solid inch with acceptable lacing on the glass. Beer itself is a deep amber brown, almost coffee black.

S - Smells has some sweet nuts and brown malts but not too much coffee or at least not as much as I expected.

T - Not that great it starts off nice with a blast of herbal like coffee but then takes the herbal part too far with too much hops in the mid-palate. Brown malts and other nutty flavors do give it a nice finish but the hops distract it from being a malt forward brown ale.

M - Medium and chewy spot on for a coffee beer.

Overall I am kind of glad I didn't love this since I shouldn't get it in the first place. Could have been the sculpin or 120 heightening my hops preception but it wasn't a bad beer overall.

DrDemento456, May 26, 2012
Photo of Kam
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Kam, May 25, 2012
Photo of davey101
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
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

SaxmanRick, May 22, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed chestnut brown with an inch of sandy head.

Coffee dominates the nose, a fresh brewed then iced coffee.

It's pretty one dimensional, but pretty damn good at that one. Sting, fresh coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a slightly bitter finish.

It's an extremely drinkable beer. It's predictable in being a brown ale with coffee, yet it's put together with perfect harmony.

Vonerichs, May 22, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cyclone8 for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice rich brown color. Not a particular lot of visible carbonation nor does it form a lot of head.

S: Aroma is like a coffee sledgehammer. Awesome.

T: Coffee predominates. There is some earthy, spicy maltiness as well, enough to prevent this beer from being a one-trick pony.

M: Smooth, like a stout but not nearly as thick. The coffee bitterness does hang for a beat or two.

O: Definitely a good beer, and one you can start your morning with.

macrosmatic, May 21, 2012
Photo of Romulux
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
Photo of BruceBruce
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BruceBruce, May 17, 2012
Photo of leinie13
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown with a fluffy, light chocolate head with pretty good retention.

S - Pleasant ground coffee aroma. Not detecting too much else.

T - The taste is pretty straight forward as well. Upfront, I'm hit with the ground coffee. From a non-coffee drinker, it's not unpleasant (quite the opposite in fact). Once the coffee flavors fade, I then get faint toasty maltiness.

M - Moderate carbonation and body. Very smooth from start to finish.

O - One of my favorite brown ales. The cold steeped ground coffee works to great effect. The coffee flavors are not overpowering, creating a brew that's really smooth from start to finish.

leinie13, May 14, 2012
Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

furthurgone, May 13, 2012
Photo of rawfish
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruddy brown, very stock with some caramel colored head of maybe a finger following a smooth pour from the can. Little dots of lacing and sub standard retention.

Cocoa powder backed with a warm nuttiness and coffee grinds. Pleasantly sweet with a bit of molasses and maple syrup.

Roch doughy malt with a equal blend of cocoa and coffee grounds. Some pine hop bitterness that gets kicked up a notch by some roasted coffee flavor that stays after the finish. The coffee is very well delivered.

Smooth almost creamy, medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Terrific beer by Surly, the coffee really comes through enhancing an under appreciated style. The balance is held throughout as the bitterness of the coffee delivers just as the caramel and chocolate tone become too sweet. Would be happy to crack another one soon.

rawfish, May 12, 2012
Photo of AshleyMiller
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AshleyMiller, May 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Bradbury, May 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Tgruenke, May 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Doyle, May 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

piclee, May 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

HopFace, May 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

dmadsen, May 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Evan, Apr 28, 2012
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,031 ratings.