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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,816
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 590
Gots: 211 | FT: 15
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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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Same rich mahogany color of the Bender, along with the impressively sticky and full brownish head and lacing.

The aroma is fucking badass. Not some insipid, bourgeois, fine-ground and drip-brewed coffee; more like French pressed boutique beans. Very strong and very impressive; the beer hides underneath with the same quality dark malt character as usual.

The flavor is dominated by the coffee, and makes short work of any of the subtler aspects of the original Bender. The strong, dark fruit body still remains, along with the long, slightly sweet, slightly roasted finish. Now accompanied by the java, it's even longer!

The mouthfeel is still broad and rich, with tons of little caressing bubbles that still stays far away from over-carbonated.

Surly knows how to do it, and they've done it again. This is fantastic beer, and I would get myself a ton of this if I lived nearby. I had two pints on tap and felt like moving on, but my sister gave me a 4 pack of regular Bender and I've been leaving a cup or so of coffee in my press each morning to stir in with my beers that night. One to go!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 02:04:20 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of gford217


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

Can courtesy of Buebie poured into a tulip.

Pours dark mahogany and settles almost completely black in the glass underneath a huge beige head that lingers as a cap and leaves tons and tons of lacing.

Fresh roasted coffee aromas jump out of the glass with hints of the caramel malts in the background.

A quick roasted coffee hit gives way to the caramel malts in the taste. The roasted coffee comes back strong and leaves a slightly acidic bitterness in the finish. There are hints of chocolate in the background that enhance the sweetness and keep the coffee from thoroughly dominating.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth with good carbonation and has an overall velvety feel to it.

Another winner in a can from Surly. A very drinkable brown ale with some good coffee character.

Serving type: can

02-10-2009 04:30:14 | More by gford217
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown, with a light brown head, nice lacing

Smell is COFFEE, cream, hazelnut, ya it smells liking sticking you face in to a bag of coffee beans.

Taste is coffee, roasted nuts, hazelnut, toffee, coffee, coffee and and a little coffee in there to!

medium light mouthfeel, finishes like a bittering coffee.

Wow, never had a beer that had this much Coffee flavor before, it is delicious, I drink my coffee black so this beer floats my boat. If you do not like coffee steer clear of this beer, it is not like FBS where you could like the beer and not coffee.... If you do not like coffee I can garuntee you will hate this beer with a passion!

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 22:36:57 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Treebs


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Great Divide cervoise goblet. Canned on 6/24/11.

A: Pours a dark brown with some light deep cherry wood hues around the edges. The light squeaks through at random points. A light tan head forms on the pour, about 2 finger in height with some nice retention. Some splotchy lace down the edges of the glass.

S: Smells of wood, nuts and malts. The coffee comes through just slightly in the end in a bitter ground fashion. Slightly disappointing as I expected more of the coffee upfront.

T: There's the coffee I was looking for. I taste some mocha and vanilla with a slight hint of chocolate. Nice bitter coffee grounds with a toasted malt at the backend. This tastes like a nice iced coffee.

M: Light prickly carbonation with a very smooth, but somewhat thin. Goes down very easy with a high drinkability.

O: What a great beer. While the nose slightly disappointed me the taste and drinkability more than made up for it. Nicely integrated flavors and no taste overpowered the other.

Serving type: can

09-01-2011 01:10:36 | More by Treebs
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

Poured into a pint glass from a 16 oz can.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown with some ruby red hues on the edges. There is a nice light tan head that forms that is about 1 inch tall. It is quite dense and frothy.

S - Nice coffee notes are present with some slight nuttiness typical of AB Ales. Very good coffee notes that are not too strong. There is also some nice chocolate notes on the back end.

T & M - Starts off with some delicious grainy biscuity malt then supplemented by some nice strong coffee espresso notes that are mellowed out by some sweet chocolate. Mochaccino notes as well as some nice grainy and earthy malt tones. There is some caramel note present as well. Mouthfeel is quite nice and medium with some good frothiness but still it is not too overwhelming.

O - Very good brew with delicious coffee notes that are not too overwhelming. Great overall and all around. Great version of Bender that IMO is more enjoyable.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 21:02:57 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Florida9


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a shaker's pint. Forms a very small, but stable, tan head that leaves some nice sheets of lacing on the side of the glass. Beer itself is a deep chestnut color, but is still fairly translucent.

S: Unmistakable scent of coffee with some roasty, toasty malts and a complimentary nuttiness.

T: Loads of nuts, like peanuts and walnuts, some roasted malt and a slight creaminess. Some light coffee notes, but not nearly as prevalent as in the scent.

M: On the lighter side of medium - no matter how many times I have drank this beer, I am always surprised at how light the body is. Appropriate carbonation.

D: A very nice blend of flavors with a light body that makes this beer quite easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: can

02-27-2011 19:58:06 | More by Florida9
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours two fingers of a light colored foamy cream colored head on top of a dark soda with slight caramel red hints. Head settles into a half finger, leaving slight lacing.

Smell: Plenty of caramel aroma, with a full vanilla and coffee body. The aroma is a carbonated with a very sugarier smell. Almost that of a coffee cola smell. 

Taste: Plenty of fresh brewed dark coffee, over a classic brown ale flavor. A roasty nuttiness with hints of coco and some slight fruity, earthy hops. Though the hops are not a strong. Coffee up front, with malty middle, and a brown ale hoppy finish. Not as sweet as the smell makes you think. Definitely a well rounded taste. 

Mouthfeel: Has a great mouthfeel and drinkability. Decent carbonation level and very smooth. Lighter bodied than you would expect, especially since it has such a big coffee flavor to it. Bitter finish on the end. Very good beer, a must for any coffee lover or coffee brown ale fan.

Serving type: can

01-11-2012 23:13:25 | More by AApparel
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a brown color with ruby highlights that produced a fluffy white head which had great retention and left beautiful lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were a good bit of maltiness followed by wonderful wiffs of real coffee

T - The taste of this beer was surprisingly refreshing, very malty, some caramels notes, and followed by a mad rush of coffee, but it works really well here, very good and fresh tasting

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had medium body followed by a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a very good, well crafted beer, as my first official Surly review, I must admit that I can't wait to try more of their beers

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 21:08:00 | More by cvfish
Photo of woosterbill


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a La Chouffe tulip; shared with a couple friends at NEBCO. Big thanks to HopStoopid120 for tossing me this can in an in-person trade.

A: Looks just like the regular bender we split right before this one: i.e., a clear deep brown body with reddish glints under an inch of fine tan foam. Pretty good retention, light lace. Attractive.

S: Coffee. Nothing but clean, bitter, dry, nutty, roasty coffee. A little thin (some malt would be nice), but still excellent.

T: Coffee jumps out, of course, followed by some nutty malt and light hoppy bitterness. Long, super-bitter finish. Lightly fruity. Delicious.

M: Lively, highly carbonated, medium body. A bit over the top, but fun.

O: I love coffee beers in general, and this one did a pretty great job delivering a pure coffee onslaught. For that I give it tremendous credit. As with some lighter-bodied coffee stouts, though, this beer just didn't have the body to stand up to the dominant coffee flavors, and the result was just a one-note show; while I'm a big fan of this note, I can't get too excited about a beer that gives away its beer-ness so completely.

On a more positive note, the Coffee Bender made a terrific blend with some fresh Gandhi-Bot on tap at the brewery - I was trying to convince Matt to brew a coffee IPA (after being absolutely blown away by one of those from The Kernel Brewery in London), and the CB/GB blend was pretty impressive. Fingers crossed!


Serving type: can

07-09-2011 14:02:59 | More by woosterbill
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-28-2013 01:06:54 | More by MadScientist
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-12-2013 17:04:26 | More by supa0525
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-06-2013 01:01:23 | More by csmartin6
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-16-2014 15:03:27 | More by 77apm
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-18-2013 03:54:32 | More by megamass
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-24-2013 02:53:57 | More by Guinnsslvr
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Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-15-2011 04:30:38 | More by mjtiernan
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-16-2013 21:50:51 | More by warmbier804
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a medium shade of brown that lets some light in around the edges and adds a nice tinge to the beer. A controlled pour into a twelve ounce shaker (all I had on hand despite the pint can) yielded a pretty minimal half finger or so of tan head. Died back relatively quickly.

Smell- Wow, what can I really say other than lots and lots of bitter coffee. Smells like my father's favorite Tanzanian Peaberry when you thrown in a little extra to make a pot. Some roasted malt evident in there as well to be sure, but coffee coffee coffee.

Taste- More coffee. My buddy Roburg once described this beer as the closest a beer could come to being an iced coffee and I really have to say he was spot on. Roasted malt, bitter coffee, and coffee grinds all the way. A great coffee flavor if that is what you are looking for. If not, there is absolutely no reason to be drinking this one.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is just a touch thin, though I expected that with the added coffee. Drinkability was pretty amazing though as this really really reminded me of iced coffee and at its average strength went down fast.

Overall, a very good coffee beer if coffee in your beer is what you want. Coffee coffee coffee!

Serving type: can

04-27-2010 02:58:39 | More by boatshoes
Photo of BranfordBound


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can dated mid-March into a chalice glass.

Pours a lovely dark brown with a nice one and a half finger tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells like toffee, some dark fruits, and a bunch of coffee beans.

Starts of very sweet, with that touch of dark fruit and maybe a little chocolate, immediately rushes into the coffee which is nice and mild, finishes with the coffee combining with some bitterness and a touch of roasted malt.

Pretty light mouthfeel, light bodied.

Extremely drinkable, call this one "Founders Breakfast Stout Light" ... or FBS Lite... whatever, you get the picture. Great beer, here.

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 21:29:07 | More by BranfordBound
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-24-2012 15:31:14 | More by SPRichard
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-06-2014 01:20:14 | More by dsauter
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-25-2013 14:22:24 | More by johnyb
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-08-2013 14:22:44 | More by roostor07
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-12-2012 18:26:34 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,816 ratings.