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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 611
Gots: 232 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A pretty deep black body with an inch of tan foam resting atop. The head is present throughout the entire pint and leaves a beautiful lacing after every sip.

S - It goes without saying, but huge bitter coffee notes dominate the overall aroma. The coffee that Surly used smells wonderful: robust, roasty espresso-like scents.

T - It's like taking a cold, carbonated espresso shot. It's hard to taste other flavors due to the very dominant coffee taste.I drank this over the course of an hour and the warmer it got, the more and more it tasted like heavy black coffee. Very tasty.

M - It leaves that bitter feeling in the back of your throat that you get after an espresso shot. Not a whole lot of carbonation, so it goes down quite smoothly. The body is incredible heavy and thick (think latte or mocha thick).

O - A wonderful beer that manages to blend coffee and beer together in a delicious way. If you're a coffee drinker, specifically espresso drinker, this beer will leave you very happy. Highly recommended. Cheers.

oN3xM, Jun 13, 2013
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3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: France 44 dot com
Date: Canned 2013-04-14
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Rich, coffee-heavy, with modest accents of caramel, burnt toast, and roasted barley, this is a good breakfast beer or after-dinner drink. The coffee is, however, overly strong and creates a somewhat limited range of flavors and aromas, rendering the beer somewhat one-dimensional. I would probably not seek this out again given the difficulty in obtaining it - it's easier to just make a dark cup of coffee and add some sweetener and ice.

Pours a 2.5cm tall head of beige foam, small to medium sized bubbles, with above average retention, lasting over two minutes as it fades to a thick ring around the glass with a thin residual head resting atop the body. Good lacing, in many patterns. Body is a transparent, deep amber color, light bringing out strong red hues. Carbonation is visible rising from the bottom of the glass in moderate number and velocity.

Aroma of coffee grounds, slight chocolate-caramel malt influences, and an iron-like scent rounding things out. There's truth in the name here: there is definitely coffee in this beer, but the exclusion of much else. To me, it comes across as a bit one-dimensional.

Tasting opens with sweetish coffee, black with a substantial sweetness and touch of cream to it, somewhat stale. Mild roasted barley, burnt toast, and vanilla round out the edges. Mid-palate is like black coffee and grounds, acrid bitterness, light cumin, roasted barley, and burnt toast. Back of palate finds more black coffee, coffee grounds, acridness from coffee, light chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Aftertaste of black coffee with marginal chocolate and caramel malt.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel of light foam and general smoothness. Closes with medium dryness and astringency from coffee, with little residual stickiness.

falloutsnow, Jun 12, 2013
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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.