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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,054
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 609
Gots: 241 | FT: 14
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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 oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A can poured into my duvel tulip, thanks to a great trader.

A- three fingers of tan rocky head rises from an aggressive pour that holds for a good bit then settles very slowly leaving behind all types of crazy sticky chunky lace like sea foam after a big storm. Murky very dark brown in color with just a dim amber glow at the edges when held to the light.

S- loads of coffee and toasted malts bring a dark bread thing with it. A bit of brown sugar and caramel. The simply amazing coffee sents really take the drivers seat but don't over shadow the rest.

T- huge coffee flavor but with no acrid or over roasted flavor. Like they say its like beans. Nutty with a touch of chocolate. Lightly sweet, caramel and brown sugar again. Its all so well integrated and balance that you really get taken for a great ride. Nice long roasty coffee finish.

M- a few steps less then medium in body with a smooth mid level carb that works perfectly against the body.

D- yes I would like to go on a bender with this bad boy. I enjoyed its base beer very much but this one is amazing. So easy to drink but you could spend hours on it picking it to pieces. One of my new favs. Damm surly not a bad beer yet.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in an imperial pint glass...

Wow. This is the BEST brown ale I've ever had. The coffee makes this awesome.

This beer really drinks like iced coffee! The coffee is the biggest part of the nose and flavor-- some dry malts and burnt sugar/toffee underneath. The bitterness on the finish is well balanced and fantastic.

The full body holds good carbonation. It's a deep red, rosewood color with a tan head of 2 fingers. Some small lace rings are left behind. The looks aren't bad-- but the look isn't what's going to keep me coming back to this, the flavor and aroma will!

This is a fantastic beer for 10:30 am on a Sunday! I want more! If you like brown ales or coffee-- or both-- you must try this beer!

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Date: 2 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 16fl oz can, sent by 'Lenny1203'

Much thanks to Justin for this extra! Poured gently for a 1-finger head, reduces quickly to thin film, and has that familiar smooth Surly lacing! Color is deep brown. Aroma of very fresh roasted ground coffee beans....and that's it. Taste is exactly the same, with maybe a touch of chocolate. This is certainly different from any other coffee beer I've ever drank. It's like an iced coffee! I'm not sure anything else can be said. This is a smooth session beer for those that are obsessed with coffee like myself.

Photo of GregBlatz
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very very dark. Held to the light you see it is a very dark red. Tan head and pretty clear. Head is small and doesn't settle.

S - Diacetyl and chocolate. Sweetness similar to an oatmeal stout. English smelling.

T - Thin and roasty finished with a bitter coffee flavor. A butterscotch flavor slowly pushes foward as you drink the beer. I'm guessing it is fermented with a British yeast strain. Bitterness comes from the malts and the coffee rather than the hops.

M - Thin and lightly carbonated. Slick mouth feel.

D - Very drinkable, good for breakfast!

Overall it is a nice beer. Enjoyable and not overly aggressive.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Pintglassjon for this one. 16oz can into an Odell 90 Shilling imperial pint. Canned on 12/30/10.

A: Pours a deep brown red, about the color of coffee, with a khaki colored head, almost an inch worth of frothy, rocky head that sticks around nicely. Nice red accents when held to the light, and a surprising clarity. Some nice chunks of lacing stick around as it recedes.

S: Coffee grounds blast the nose initially, fairly nutty and roasted with some caramel notes that follow fairly quickly. Exactly what one would expect, a nice coffee note in the nose followed by a decent brown ale profile.

T: Once again, huge coffee not initially, same nuttiness and roasted profile from the nose. Fair amount of oily coffee resins as well, not overwhelming but still a nice accent. Behind that are some sweet toffee and caramel notes from the lightly toasted malts. Just a faint hint of bitterness on the finish. Everything works really well on this beer for me.

M: Fairly light in body, carbonation is just a touch on the high side for me. Finishes quite dry.

D: Hell, its coffee and beer, and decent coffee and damn good beer at that. Two things that I thoroughly enjoy make for a damn tasty beer. Carbonation is just a touch high, but I could drink these all night...or morning for that matter. Wish I could get this locally.

Thanks Jon!

Photo of NStLincoln
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love coffee and I really love beer, let's see how they go together.

Coffee Bender is chestnut brown or very dark amber when held up to light. The head is creamy and a shade darker than tan.

Surprisingly light on the coffee aroma. I get a lot of sweet roasted malt. Reminds me of chocolate malto-meal.

And there's the coffee! The initial taste is still chocolate malt, but the coffee bitterness jumps in and finishes strong. The transition from dark malt to coffee bitter is smooth and well done.

Photo of evanlarkin
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Dark brown. Imagine a strong coffee with a tiny splash of chocolate milk and you're probably getting close. A good sized head, very tan, which fades away very very slowly. Beautiful in the glass.

Smell:
Coffee dominates with malt taste falling in behind it. The coffee aroma prevents you from noticing anything specific about the hops.

Taste:
Coffee again is the dominating factor. The bitterness is more like hops than coffee though, which is interesting. A lot of the flavors that come out in the normal Bender are drowned out by the coffee, except for some possible chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel:
Thick, creamy, and smooth. It makes you feel almost like you're drinking an iced coffee with a bit of cream, though the flavor goes pretty quick. Not that I mind picking up the glass to take another sip.

Drinkability:
As a beer geek and a coffee nut, I could drink this all day. I've definitely had it with my breakfast before. It's lighter than a coffee stout, and as a result significantly more drinkable.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, tried the Bender, now for the Coffee Bender. Let's see how I like this. Can into a pint glass.

A - looks like the Bender, as I remember it. Dark brown, but clear when held up to the light. Same thick creamy head. Same clingy lacing, though not as much as I remember from the Bender. Very nice indeed.

S - roasted malts, coffee (obviously), chocolate. Nothing else really stands out - the coffee kind of dominates.

T - like an iced coffee. Not exactly surprising, I guess. Has a bit more hop bitterness than I'd care for, but doesn't really have a bitter aftertaste. Which is awesome! But it's kind of simple in general. The coffee is definitely the focus, though you get other flavors (molasses, chocolate) Not bad, though. I don't think it's quite as complex as the Bender.

M - A little on the thin side, but smooth finish, which is great. Low carbonation.

D - It's solid, but not that interesting. If I were local, I can see it being better than my average local, but I probably wouldn't seek it out again. But it's very easy to drink in general, didn't have any problem putting this one away.

Photo of SuperNova777
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to the godfather of SBI for this one

A:Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing

S:Smell was absolutly radical, just like a handful of coffe beans. I had a hard time keeping myself from smelling it, picked up a slight hint of chocolate as well but mostly COFFEE!!

T:Just as you would expect from the nose almost all you get is big coffee flavor, up front middle and back. Really I can't get enough of this

M:Good mouthfeel all around, palate is dominated by what you guess? Yeah all coffee everywhere

D:This was so tasty and easy to drink I couldn't get enough of it, had take it away from my woman because she wasn't gonna volunter to give it back after a taste. If you dig coffee search this one out

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a two and a half finger frothy beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves large chunks of soapy mocha lacing behind.

Roasted malt aroma with tons of fresh ground coffee bean along with hints of chocolate, caramel, hazelnut and toffee in the nose.

Medium bodied with some tight carbonation up front that smooths out mid-palate. Very roasty wiu a huge coffee bean presence but this beer is never to acrid or dry. There is planety of rich chocolate maltiness as well as some caramel, toffee and nut to balance things out. Well balanced, complex, delicious and very quaffable. Recommended, especially for breakfast!

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into Guinness pint glass:

A - rich, dark brown - on the verge of black. Pour produces huge creamy white head, frothy and fizzy lacing.

S - light roasty malts and coffee beans. Bits of nut and oatmeal. Reminds me of a iced cappuccino.

T - Tastes just like a iced coffee. Its weird because I don't like coffee at all but I really enjoy coffee brews. Bits of milk chocolate and vanilla, nuts and oatmeal. Its really good.

M - Refreshing. A bit drying from the roast and coffee bitterness. Pretty clean and crisp.

D - Really easy to drink. I wouldn't mind drinking this in the morning with my breakfast. Its not quite coffee and its not quite beer, but a nice mixture of the two. If you're a coffee drinker, this is right up your ally.

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.

Photo of nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness tulip. Can provided by UMNbeerhunter, thanks Joe!

A - Pours into the glass a dark mahogany brown, almost bordering on black but still allowing some deep cherry highlights. Atop the brew is a 2.5-fingered, light tan head with pretty good retention. No apparent streams of carbonation, even though the body itself is pretty clear. Lacing is very good as well, with dense foam clinging strongly to the walls of the glass.

S - This beer really captures the essence of a nicely steeped cup of iced coffee, with strong coffee been aromatics mixed with thick malts to smooth out the nose. That's pretty much the bulk of the bouquet here, which given the name, isn't so surprising.

T - The taste takes the coffee bean aroma of the nose and really gives it a nice palate to work with. Although it's not as straightforward coffee as the nose would suggest, the smoothness and overall taste is great. I've had beers that had more of a espresso push to it, they weren't as balanced or easily drank as this. The front actually has a formidable malt presence, sweetening up the mouth and prepping the way for the coffee to intersperse and leave a nice taste. The end is also a bit hoppy to both complement and contrast with the bitterness of the espresso. No alcohol here.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, medium bodied while having a nice carbonation. Finish isn't incredibly long, but its filled with coffee and bitterness from both the beans as well as the hops.

D - Drinkability is high. An incredibly balanced coffee beer that brings a ton to the table. Easy to drink and very enjoyable. I could imagine tailgating with this all morning if only I could find it around here!

Photo of kirkpjr
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a thin but dark brown with a little light coming through. Looks like a cup of coffee only a shade lighter - and I think I notice this only because it's not in a mug. One finger head with big sheets of lacing.

S: Wow. I wished all American Brown Ales smelled like this one. Rich, roasted coffee notes with a little vanilla and oatmeal.

T: There's no a way a coffee lover could turn down this beer. Rich, roasted coffee beans - but not completely overpowering. Subtle sweet malts and some chocolate flavors round this one out.

M: Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Coffee flavor lingers.

D: Absolutely loved this one. The only beer I know of rivaling this one in the coffee dept is Terrapin's Wake n Bake. A must try for anyone that enjoys coffee.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Quinn and Emily for tracking this one down for me.

16oz can poured into a Guinness Imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a clear brown with tinges of red. The one-inch cream colored head is short lived. Thin rings of lacing settle into light patches.

S: An intense coffee smell. Freshly brewed coffee and coffee beans. Maybe some subtle nuttiness. A vague spiciness, probably from the hops.

T: Fresh coffee, coffee beans, nice bitterness coming from both the coffee and some earthy herbal hops. There is a soda-like sweetness that lingers underneath all of this. Finishes with some nuttiness and more coffee.

M: Light in body with seltzer-like carbonation. somewhat creamy. Not as full and robust as I would like it to be.

D: Light enough in body and in abv to session.

Notes: Pretty good. Very intense coffee tastes. A bit too carbonated and light in body though. The intense coffee flavors feel a bit out of place without a nice full mouthfeel to back them up. This is a beer that I'm very glad I tried, but I wouldn't jump through hoops to get more of it.

Photo of pisomojado8
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My Imperial Pint glasses get some action whenever I have a Surly pint at home. The contents of the 16-oz can fill the glass to perfection.

Pours a reddish brown with a decent amount of oatmeal-colored head that fades somewhat quickly, with a fingertip amount remaining throughout.

Smell of coffee, chocolate, fresh-cut straw and hops.

Taste -- assertive cold-press coffee flavor, some bittering in the middle, then a pleasant chocolate finish. Straight-forward, yet addicting.

The mouthfeel is similar to that of a lighter-bodied oatmeal stout. Very smooth.

Delicious! And highly drinkable. A perfect way to start a Sunday morning.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 pint can into a pint glass

A: Deep red toned brown-black. Pours and holds a gorgeous foamy, beige head. Spotty lace.

S: Coffee grounds and malt. That about sums it up.

T: I've had other coffee beers but this is by far the best coffee flavor I've come across. It tastes just like an iced cold press coffee. The malty backbone and sneaky hops only help bolster and round the coffee. Exceptional.

M: Very chewy, thick on the palate. Medium carbonation. Very nice.

D: For this style and flavor profile this is about as drinkable as they come. I could easily session this delicious coffee brew!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks a ton to speedwayjim for tossing this my way at the end of a tasting!!!

a-Poured into a glass mug a crystal brown with a frothy milkshake-esque head that stained the glass as it dissipated.

s-Oh joy...chocolate, coffee a touch milky, little metallic too...smell is pretty mellow (although I usually drink a brew from a glass that gives a better nose, but I had to go the glass mug route for my first taste).

t-Bitter coffee and espresso brown ale. the brown ale is there, but only in the background. Tastes like coffee shop coffee. the coffee is a nice compliment to the brown ale.

m/d-A bit watery but counter balanced with the bitterness. Slides down the gullet quite easily, but leaves a bit of an unpleasant overly bitter drying vibe in my mouth which fades to a much more pleasant chocolate bar feel.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours incredibly dark. A bit of head but fairly settled. Not too carbonated. Smells strongly of coffee and malt. Very pleasant on the nose. Definitely tastes like coffee coffee coffee... not much else to it. The malt profile peaks through a hair but the coffee overpowers. Great smooth mouthfeel but overall not much of a brown ale taste through the overly coffee flavoured beer

Photo of drewba
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - murky brown with a thin khaki head and very light lacing.

S - Carmely brown malt, chocolate, root beer, lots of fresh roasted coffee, brown sugar.

T - Highly acidic coffee which is actually kind of distracting, even though the coffee is the point of this beer. The usual brown characters are here to backup the coffee - molasses, brown sugar, roasty malt. The hop profile is more prominent than your average brown. There is a slight lemon citrus and bitterness coming out in the end, but the coffee and bold malt flavors are still taking over in the finish.

M - Super easy finish, satisfying carbonation though it's thin.

D - The acidic coffee bitterness hangs around for awhile, but I could definitely pound a few of these back to back.

Photo of scanny79
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Appearance is a very nice dark brown with some visible light through it, but not a lot. A very nice tan foam head to it.

S: Smells like a nice mild cup of coffee. Not overpowering smell of coffee, but enough to really make you want to taste it.

T: Subtle coffee taste to it, but perfect amount for the beer. Not a huge coffee aftertaste to it whatsoever.

M: Very smooth beer, with a nice dark beer feel to it.

D: Very redrinkable. I bought a 4 pack of it and I guarantee it won't be the last 4 pack I buy of it. The first one tasted like more. One of the best dark beers I have ever had.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from Chixdighops into an imperial pint glass.

Pours dark brown with ruby coloring at the edges. Dirty white head, some lacing, minimal of each.

Smells like the added coffee. I've waited patiently for another aroma, but it's largely just the coffee over the top of malt.

Despite the strong coffee aroma, the taste is a bit more mild than anticipated. There is only a small layering of flavor however the depth of the malt is well executed.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit lighter than I expected until I realized it was a brown ale and not a porter (note: previous notes are also reflective of being aware of the correct style).

It is certainly fine brew, and an ale that is well crafted. However, the coffee is present throughout the glass and I find this both unnecessary as a rule and unfortunate for the brown ale which I typically prefer to drink as a lighter style brew and which is negated nearly entirely by the coffee here.

(66th)

Photo of Khazadum
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I couldn't wait any longer. Retail hell has hit Chicago and I needed this one after a shift that ran longer than it was supposed to... Beer labeled #12 poured into my HopLeaf pint glass and reviewed instantaneous for everyone's pleasure.

Vision
I'm so used to seeing pale ales in cans that I was shocked to see this brown ale come billowing out. Very creamy head with tons of pancake batter style bubbles destroying the clean appearance. Edges are filled with a gentle mixture of miniature bubbles and a couple average sized ones.

Liquid body of ruby that does not completely block out the light... deep brown hues, caramel soda. Lacing is similar to lacy, white lady gaga gloves stained with cigarette use. Not many streams of bubbles seen when held up to the light.

Bouquet
Sharp astringent character of hops come forth and faintly after numerous intakes a floral pattern. Sweet hazelnut and caramel middle with biscuit tendencies. Hints of wood? Something earthy... as it warms. Guess this is the coffee coming forth that is overwhelming the palate in flavor.

Flavor Profile
Big malt bomb in terms of flavor. Big coffee bomb in terms of flavor. Big sweet bomb in terms of flavor. Explosions, much? Opens sugary sweetness, caramel-like flavors. Middle is coffee, that bitter freeze dried variety that is quite common from my experience as of late. Bitterness of the coffee blends well and obscures the hops for a portion of its existence. Pine flavors right before the finish, resinous and lasting into the final onslaught. Biscuits and pine jelly. Yummy! It is surprisingly tasty.

Oral Sensations
Medium bodied with a smooth flow. It has the lingering flavor molecules that cling to everything but the teeth. Never noticed them there at all throughout the entire can. Crisp carbonation at the beginning that supports the overall presentation.

Conclusions
Hoppy, coffee infused, brown ale? Who the hell makes something like that. It is quite interesting and super easy to drink. Five and a half percent is my guess for the alcohol. I'd like to try this on draft if at all possible in the future.

Reveal is.... Surly Coffee Bender!... wait.. really? Huh... I was expecting something... I don't know... better?

Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Surly pint glass

Thanks to Lenny1203 for this big want from the N00B BIF 2

This beer pours a nice reddish brown color with a good finger of coarse beige foam to top it off. The aroma is damn fine. For obvious reasons the main aroma is a robust coffee, but surprisingly I was able to detect a bit of flower notes from the hops as well as a nice caramel glaze and some brown sugar. The taste has the distinct notes of coffee in it almost as the one and only flavor. The background notes to the palate are some aggressive hop bitterness that I must admit doesn't really work here however, if you can tell your mind that this is just an alcoholic strong coffee (not moonshot, lol) it actually goes down rather smoothly. The body is a lot thinner than I would have imagined it being, but this beer is still a damn fine drinking beer. It was initially too strong for me but honestly the more I drink it the more I really am loving it. A really nice beer. God I wish we still had Surly down in Chicago.

Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Acquired from an awesome BA trader (maximum12) and also scored more from a fantastic BA (unclejedi) because I love it so much. This is my first official review after trying it the past few years at beer fests and a can or two since August.

Poured into my favorite hand blown (antique?) Whitbread Extra Stout stemmed tulip glass a brilliantly clear ruby-toned mahogany with a fluffy, loose and somewhat craggy 1" light beige head. Some fine visible uprising carbonation visible. Unbroken walls of fine light beige lace all the way down.

Ultra fresh cafe mocha scent is glorious. You can really smell heavy whipped cream as it melts into this foo-foo (insert your favorite coffee shop name here) mocha latte. So flippin' fresh and appetizingly accurate. I can't wait to...

...take a gulp, it's as good as it smells. The chocolate notes fade to the back a bit while the roasted malts are masterfully showcased. The coffee vs. beer flavors are articulately balanced so one doesn't outdo the other. The bitterness that cleanses the palate is coming from hops, but it very much reminds me of the nice bite of a good coffee. Now that I think of it, how do I really know where this bitter edge is deriving? Rich and malty with bittersweet chocolate and coffee cascading flavors, all beautifully intertwined and deliberate.

Mouthfeel is a litter richer than medium bodied with a perfect amount of fine, yet restrained carbonation. Silky, ultra smooth and elegant. The rich and slightly bitter coffee and rich malty finish is loooong.

Drinkability is superb. Very authentic and natural tasting.

I have to laugh at the fact Surly classifies this as a 'Brown Ale'. I've had reputable porters with less balls than this. This is one pronounced and articulate coffee infused ale for sure. Not one tasty facet of this brew tastes contrived or out-of-balance. Imagine a roasty, chocolatey, coffee inspired beer of your dreams, and you've got it right here - in spades!

Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.