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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: 217 | 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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jwelsh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.1%

12-01-2011 12:47:50 | More by jwelsh
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IllHaveAnother1

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -52%

11-30-2011 23:58:58 | More by IllHaveAnother1
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Lewbacca

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-30-2011 04:38:12 | More by Lewbacca
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melikesbeer

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-28-2011 13:52:10 | More by melikesbeer
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-28-2011 08:21:27 | More by fuzzcherry
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emaciated

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-27-2011 22:37:49 | More by emaciated
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very good brew from Surly.

A single fingered head formed atop this brownish red beer displaying good retention and some lacing. Roasted coffee notes dominate the smell. Taste follows the smell, literally tastes like fresh coffee beans. Relatively light mouthfeel from this dry brown ale. Overall, I found this beer to be enjoyable, still amazes me how potent the coffee flavors were. I would recommend to friends and will definitely drink again in the future.

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 18:17:17 | More by tjkinate
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dlello2

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cherry/Amber in color. Somewhat more carbonation than Surly's Bender.

S - Yum. Smells like freshly ground coffee. Getting the malts and hops. Really quite nice.

T - Yum this is freaking refreshing. Lots and lots of coffee. Really wakes up my senses. Coffee first then some bittersweet chocolate and hops. Then coffee/espresso in the aftertaste. Leaves me quite nicely. Very very drinkable.

M - Really nice. Nothing unpleasant.

O - This was really good. Very inviting and warming. 5% alcohol and 45 IBUs... really nice balance in flavor and quite sessionable for me. So much different and more pleasant for me than Bender.

Serving type: can

11-27-2011 17:23:31 | More by dlello2
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smurfbeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-26-2011 16:37:26 | More by smurfbeer
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-26-2011 03:18:28 | More by Exiled
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Adamostella

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out almost like the Mississippi river, kind of a muddy, slightly opaque brown/red. The appearance is actually my least favorite part of the beer. Moving on to what's important though.

The smell and taste of this really set this beer apart from me. They set out with a very clear goal--coffee flavored-- and this drink delivers it in spades.

I am a huge fan of coffee flavored beer and often seek them out, a good many of them manage to get the smell at least partially correct, then kind of fade on the actual taste.

Coffee Bender though delivers on that promise from wire to wire from the first rich coffee scented whiff to the ultra smooth rich coffee taste that is the closet actual beer I've had to drinking coffee. It is quite incredible what they managed to pull off with this one!

Serving type: can

11-25-2011 15:48:34 | More by Adamostella
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-25-2011 04:45:43 | More by Schlais
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huadog

California

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-25-2011 02:45:34 | More by huadog
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pjones36

Texas

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-24-2011 23:38:22 | More by pjones36
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this one years ago but haven't had the pleasure since. I picked up a couple of cans at Conn. Ave. Wine and Spirits in DC.

Canned on 11/1/11... creepy huh?

A: Poured a dark, charred brown color, cloudy, and with a decent sized mildly off-white head that stay a mere film on top of the brew throughout the session.

S: Nice coffee character, but as the marketing-speak suggests, this leans more toward the Frapuccino side rather than any sort of espresso.

T: Not sweet in the slightest and I could definitely tell this was a brown ale rather than any sort of stout or porter. Medium-bodied, and with an unmistakable taste of high grade (if somewhat understated in its intensity) coffee.

M: Not too thick, and with wonderful prickly carbonation, this managed to stay creamy, but without any type of film that usually accompanies that.

O: This is basically the regular "Bender" with a nice coffee kick. I dug it!

Serving type: can

11-23-2011 21:43:50 | More by Chaney
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Jips

Kansas

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2011 18:12:23 | More by Jips
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2011 01:40:34 | More by nh2032
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Pahn

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into Duvel tulip. Canned 10/14/11, drank 11/22/11. Received as an extra in a recent trade with generous BA cadaugherty.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch fluffy tan head that dissipates steadily and without lacing. Pours a very deep, semi-translucent red (it's probably completely clear but for the darkness of the color). No real lacing to speak of, but love the color.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee and Willamette hops (smells slightly hoppy and in the same realm as Willamette; I know it's Willamette just because I know that's the hop they used). Could be stronger and have more going on. Great coffee smell though.

Taste: Mildly hoppy up front, leading to some smooth coffee flavor and a notably creamy feel, finishing with a bold coffee and brown ale malt aftertaste. Other reviews had me expecting something like Wolaver's Alta Gracia Coffee Porter, AKA "coffee soda," but this is unmistakably beer. Lots of nice malty, bready flavors going on, enriched by the underlying (good) coffee.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, but with a creamy feel imparted by the oats. Crisp finish. Decent bitterness overall. I'm guessing people panning the feel want this beer to be a stout.

Overall: Easy drinking beer, with good coffee flavor and sufficient maltiness. Being both a coffee and beer lover, I like all the flavors, but always feel a nagging "do they need to be together?" feeling about coffee beers. In this case, it works very well, because the (rich, distinctive) coffee really does play off the base beer.

Serving type: can

11-23-2011 00:32:50 | More by Pahn
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

11-22-2011 03:16:21 | More by Soneast
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Shag

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-22-2011 01:33:46 | More by Shag
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psychotia

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +19.9%

11-21-2011 19:58:21 | More by psychotia
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johnhenryconway


4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2011 07:30:42 | More by johnhenryconway
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mkorpal

Colorado

4/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2011 03:41:39 | More by mkorpal
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InebriatedJoker

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint tulip - no best by date visible -

A: Pours a deep brown with one finger head that descended into a thin frothy tan lacing, decent carbonation.

S: Faint whiffs of coffee , slight roasted malts and barley.

T: Light coffee hints with a smooth creamy feel , slight roasted malts and barley, minimal hops.

O: This is almost exactly like drinking an iced coffee , a little on the thin side but tasty non-the-less , worth a try.

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 21:36:15 | More by InebriatedJoker
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-20-2011 13:27:22 | More by denimdemon
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.