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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Coffee BenderCoffee Bender

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BA SCORE
93
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1,844 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,844
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 592
Gots: 215 | 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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

01-30-2013 02:37:43 | More by rab53
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reyolb

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-28-2013 11:15:24 | More by reyolb
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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-28-2013 02:14:34 | More by aliveguy17
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California

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

01-27-2013 00:14:57 | More by jvillefan
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Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

01-25-2013 22:11:04 | More by cofeeguru
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

01-24-2013 03:37:10 | More by Hopsiam14
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-22-2013 06:42:24 | More by jaminjohnson
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mscudder

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: can

01-22-2013 03:08:52 | More by mscudder
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-21-2013 21:06:58 | More by PHBoiler
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Maine

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mug (quote the can: "beer for a mug, from a can". Acquired as an extra in a trade with Surge1311, thanks man!

A- Pours a muddy brown body with amber highlights. There is a decent amount of noticeable carbonation. A thin white head rises and reduces pretty quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S- This honestly smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Slight French vanilla and toffee notes in the background, but black coffee is the primary aroma here. Pretty inviting.

T- Upfront I get some delicious french vanilla, coffee, and cream notes. These notes stick around for most of the sip and leave a roasty burnt toast taste on the tongue. There is a surprising hoppy pine note on the late aftertaste.

M- Super creamy but not too thick, medium low carbonation. As drinkable as any coffee milkshake.

Surly really hit the coffee character on the head with this brew. The huge coffee aroma/notes really make you wonder how much coffee they added to this brew, but as long as it tastes good and maintains its beer characteristic/abv I have no problem with that. I really likes the fact that the hops really shine on the finish. This is a unique and drinkable brew that really works. Could this be pulled off by another brewery? Probably not. Try it!

Serving type: can

01-14-2013 05:34:11 | More by gcamparone
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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sukwonee

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2013 06:59:01 | More by sukwonee
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.