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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,972
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 607
Gots: 221 | 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 -3.8%

Showboat66, May 16, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got some fresh cans of this beast. I cracked one in Vegas in the morning in my room because there was no coffee maker present. Damn this stuff is good. Just like drinking straight up black coffee. Thin mouthfeel, which makes it seem more like an iced coffee drink than a beer, which is kinda cool. One of the best brown ales i've had!

joetheyounger, May 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Zimm, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

BradOtter42, May 12, 2013
Photo of MNishCT77
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, canned on 3/29/13, poured into a FFFs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 6/11/13 over an hour.

A: 4.25 - dark brown-black coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through), yellow-brown one finger head quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing, little alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - impressive Kona coffee notes predominate in the aroma; to be honest, I don't get much else in the nose but that's fine considering that that I was mostly looking big coffee notes

T: 4.75 - lots of black coffee bitterness on the front of the tongue, but, as it settles in, I pick up lots of iced coffee qualities with a slight residual sweetness; one of the most complex tasting coffee beers that I have tasted

M: 4.25 - light-to-medium bodied, moderate alcohol, very soft carbonation

O: 4.5 - another great beer from one of my favorite breweries; this is a wonderful blend of coffee and beer that settles into a really complex aroma and flavor profile that's as smooth as some of the best iced coffees; I find this beer really refreshing, and I cannot think of another coffee beer that fits this profile; well done as always, Surly!

MNishCT77, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

nramaker, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jkane101, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

markcp, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jeremy6566, May 07, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can (3/29/13 can date).

Pours with a tan, airy 1 inch thick head. It doesn't last very long, but laces the glass. It is dark brown, with dark red hues. Think dark cherry wood.

The smell is what you would expect, heavy coffee, but not much more is coming out. However, it doesn't have that pure coffee grinds smell that some coffee beers have.

The taste is smooth. You get coffee up front, a little bitter. A few hints of toffee or maybe some nuts.

Medium body, a bit thin, which is nice since its only around 5%.

Rarely would I reach for a coffee beer in the warm summer heat, but this is oddly refreshing.

nmann08, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Danielr26, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

deonreds, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ALifeWellWasted, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

1424IpA, May 03, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to TIMMYJ21 for the constant Surly hookup.

Appearance: Relatively clear dark brown with some lighter browns and golds when held to light. Head is creamy and light tan. Drops to no cap and a tiny collar in short order. Specks of lacing, but not really. Minimal carbonation, but not flat.

Smell: Fresh roasted coffee beans. Some solid nutty and cocoa influences. Malts are nicely sweet with a touch of caramel and backing breadiness. Mild earthy/herbal hop element with a touch of citrus thrown in for good measure. Slightly burnt and creamy. A solid fusion of coffee and Bender.

Taste: Straight up coffee with a touch of cream. Nice backing caramel malt sweetness. Deeply bready, but in that warm brown bread kind of way. MIld earthy and herbal hop element. Some brighter citrus on the front. Loaded with roasted coffee beans without ever getting acrid or overextracted. Cocoa as a backing element. Coffee pushes down some of the nuance of Bender, but it's a perfect compliment.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation. Body runs a solid medium. Not quite clean with a lingering clear coffee bean. A bit more body wouldn't hurt, but it's about the only issue here.

Overall: Because this is how you make coffee beer.

So damn drinkable it's silly. Perfect in warm or cold weather. A nice blend of coffee and a solid base beer. Coffee definitely shines, but Bender isn't lost in the mix.

Goblinmunkey7, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 3/29/2013 poured into a Russian River pint glass and quaffed today 4/30/2013.

Aroma: Not a ton going on halfway, could be the fact that I'm using a pint glass. But when I first poured the glass, I got a ton of roast coffee and sweet toffee, caramel and chocolate. That's really only apparent during the pour. Maybe I should drink my next one in a tulip glass- if the nose improves, I'm coming back to change the rating. And I did: the smell is more concentrated black coffee, which is both good and bad- it's more intense but more one-dimensional. (3.75)

Colour: Dang. It pours with a massive >3cm offwhite head that takes forever to dissipate. It leaves a thick off-white film on top of the beer with super thick lacing on the sides of the glass opposite from what I drink from. The body itself is dark brown, almost cola coloured but a bit more on the reddish side. Looks great! (5)

Flavour: Lots of coffee up front for sure- makes for a nice bitter kick at the beginning too. Then there's a good roast malt presence in the forms of toffee, caramel and dark, bitter chocolate. Very tasty beer, although I think the coffee forwardness of this beer overshadows the malt a bit too much. Of course what do you expect from a beer called Coffee Bender? (4)

Mouthfeel: It's a medium bodied brew that is well carbonated, likely because of the can. It's got a clean finish of a combination of the coffee and roast malts, with a bit of black coffee bitterness that peters off over half a minute or so. It's quaffable for sure and a refreshing beer for a coffee lover that's drinking it at 4PM. There is absolutely no indication that I'm drinking alcohol in this 5.1% brew- just finished this and there is no buzz, no alcohol taste, nothing. (4)

Overall: Enjoyable, sessionable, and very flavourful. That's the story of the Surly Bender beers. It goes down easily, is refreshing and a pleasure to drink. Overall I like the Bender better, since that's a beer where the actual hops and malt are showcased, while this one is dominated by the coffee. But I don't mind today when its 86 degrees outside in Wisconsin and I want something refreshing. This happens to satisfy that quota. (4)

Stevedore, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,972 ratings.