Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Reviews: 790
Hads: 2,314
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 643
Gots: 316 | FT: 25
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 05-28-2006

Bender steeped cold for 24 hours in coarsely ground coffee beans from the Vinca Vista Hermosa plantation in Guatemala.
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Photo of BayouMafia
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a pint can into a tulip glass at The Carriage House in Chicago. Poured a nice creamy head. Smells beautiful, like dark coffee. Strong coffee flavor (duh) on the tongue as well as aftertaste. Really liked this one (221 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy, tan head. Insanely intense, rich coffee aroma. Deep, deep burnt umber. Starts acidic, bright, and toasted. Coffee! Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!

This is good, but it's just boozed up coffee with a nice mouthfeel. If you like coffee, this is great. But, it's a bit expensive for just drinking boozey coffee. I feel weird rating this so highly, because it's really just coffee.... (402 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to the Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Brown pour with a ruby hue when put up to the light, and a one finger light beige head

Smell: Black medium roasted coffee, hazelnut, cream

Taste: Medium roasted coffee, brown malt flavors, hazelnut

Mouthfeel: i know this is only 5% abv but my God is the body light; too light. Goes down like bitter water.

Overall: The smell is by far the best aspect of this beer. Unfortunately the taste doesnt match it, and the mouthfeel is as watery as a lager. I look foward to trying more Surly beers, but i find this highly overrated and wouldnt seek it out again. (617 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Surly Coffee Bender

Poured from 16oz can into a mug. I served this well chilled. A nice dark brown brew, with a thin khaki head. Decent retention and some lacing. The aroma is coffee. I would like to expand on that a bit, but it's mostly coffee. Quite pleasant really... The flavor provides quite a bit of fresh ground coffee bitterness as well. This is medium bodied and easy drinking. Has a nice finish and aftertaste. If you're looking for a brown ale infused with coffee goodness, look no further. (502 characters)

Photo of thanksforcoming
2.51/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

The nose is coffee. The taste is coffee and a stout. I think they accomplished infusing the coffee with beer. Folgers is what I smell and taste. I really liked Blakkr. Look forward to tasting more from Surly but this brew was a bust. (234 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opiac brown with a thin head and a moderate amount of carbonation.
Smells of coffee and roasty malts. Up front the taste is of coffee with some chocolate backing there is a tad touch of vanilla and what i would say is almost a cream taste. THe Mouthfeel is creamy and slick. It is fuller than one would expect from a 5.1 abv which is something I am noticing Surly archives often with their beer.
Overall I like it it is a nice take on a coffee brown. The added cream qualities are something i have not experienced before in the style but was a welcome surprise. (580 characters)

Photo of Moose90
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can dated "01/26/15 F2764"

A — Pours a deep coffee colored brown, rich and deep, with a moderately tall mocha colored head, nice clinging lace.

S — Smells of sweet coffee, dark roasted espresso, creamy, sweet dark cocoa.

T — Tastes of bitter coffee, unsweetened chocolate, espresso, dry, deeply roasted malts.

M — Medium bodied, quick finish overall, dry and crisp, no lingering residual sweetness.

O — Very nice and good balance of coffee and roast, not overly sweet which is appreciated.

Thanks to @Ridder for this can! (542 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a one finger, tan head that hangs around with lacing. Awesome coffee and bready smell. Mega dRk roasted coffee taste. The hops blend well with the coffee bean. The finish is quite smooth and with a slight hop bite in the end. Malty goodness brings it all together. Very good. (302 characters)

Photo of Scarpachie
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong coffee aroma. However, I thought it could have a stronger taste than what the aroma would have suggested. The malts are also prevalent in the taste. The after taste really sticks with you (194 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasters glass. Thanks, Biggs.

A: Shoe polish brown with a tan one finger head that hung around. Nice lacing.

S: Wake up and smell the coffee! I think I could get a buzz just from smelling this one. Coffee strong with light malts in the background.

T: Coffee dominates, followed by some bready malts that didn't get pushed to the side. A real solid brown ale. Thick, robust, semi-sweet.

M: Medium with medium, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Glad I got to try this well-touted coffee treat. I hope to take on a regular Surly soon. (549 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Color is a translucent dark coffee brown with a medium khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma is coffee, coffee, and coffee. Oh yeah, there are some malty notes and maybe some hazelnut. It's definitely got some beer in the coffee. Flavor is similar - dominated by the coffee, but with a malty brown ale hiding in the roasted beans. Body is light/medium, like most brown ales. Overall, it's a good way to drink a brown ale, which I usually find less than inspiring. (505 characters)

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) - The beer pours a deep brown/burgundy/black. A little bit of light tan foamy head. The brown/burgundy gives way to a darker color as the glass fills.

S (4) - I don't get a whole lot of coffee smell. A little bit, and a little bit of just that nice roasty malty beer smell.

T (4.25) - Good solid taste. A nice malty brown ale taste, with a titch of coffee. More on the aftertaste than anything else.

F (4) - Look drinking beer. Not too thick, maybe wish a little thicker. Good carb and general drinkability.

O (4.25) - So I'm scared of coffee beers, after some bad ones in the past. But this is how a coffee beer should be. Not just carbonated coffee. A true mixture of the two complementary flavors. (725 characters)

Photo of ARoman
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a coffee mug. The aroma is a mild and smooth coffee with some woody spices. It pours a rich, dark caramel color with an off-white, dense filmy head that has a moderate retention. The taste is a medium, balanced bittersweet. The texture is oily and creamy with a fuzzy carbonation and a medium body. Flavors of coffee, chocolate, earth, and nuts blend nicely on the palate with a finish that's earthy, but smooth with a tinny quality and flavors of pecans. The aftertaste is light with a flavor profile of spice and tin, but mostly clean. (558 characters)

Photo of dleigh
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells exactly like iced coffee. Tasted pretty roasty and bitter at first, but once it warmed up I got some sweeter notes. Minimal carbonation, pretty smooth. (158 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I got up to Chicago to do an in-person trade I stopped at a liquor store on my way out and they had this rotating brew cold so I had to try it.

A - Dark brown just like a medium-roast coffee with a fine, light khaki colored head and light lacing.

S - Huge medium-roasted coffee aroma with some lighter smells of malt, hazelnut, and chocolate. Smells like very good cold pressed coffee but not a whole lot of anything else.

T - Again that big coffee flavor comes through but isn't as bitter or acrid as some of the coffee stouts that I've had. The lighter and more flavorful brown adds some sweetness of malt, some nuts, and light cocoa tones that round out the coffee and make this a very good coffee beer. Even with all of those flavors the beer is still very coffee forward and still bitter on the finish.

M - Light mouth-feel but there is some light residual sweetness. Light carbonation. Really it is just a regular brown ale at 5.1% so I wouldn't expect a big mouth feel but is softer on the palate and quick to go down so nothing to be ashamed of.

Overall, pretty good. This is definitely a cold coffee infused beer and seems more like coffee infused with beer but still good flavor. I wasn't the most impressed by the coffee take over but is still a tasty beverage. I would say that this is one of the best true "breakfast" beers with it's coffee punch, light ABV, and easy drinkability. I would recommend this if you like coffee but I feel you would be disappointed if you wanted more of the base beer to come through.

Glass- Imperial Nonic (1,560 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015-04-17
Pint can poured into a tulip. Canned on 2/20/15.

Pours dark brown, a little translucent, with a medium head, and medium carbonation. Head dissipates at a moderate pace. Smell is coffee and nuts. Slight whiff of yeast.

Taste is nutty, sweet, coffee, with a slight hint of vanilla. This is a really tasty brown ale.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Overall, this is quite good. (388 characters)

Photo of RedBaron73
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown color very clear. Nice head to this beer with good head retention. Very nice coffee aroma followed by malt. WIsh it was easier to get this in Va. (159 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, it doesn't taste like beer in the slightest. I feel like I'm drinking black coffee whipped up and served cold. I rarely say this but I would love to try a BA version of this. I love coffee beers and this is up at the top. (231 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light shade of brown with a white head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds and malts. The taste has big ground coffee flavor and light malts. Coffee all day. Creamy, with a delicate nutty flavor underneath the coffee Medium bodies, fair carbonation. I love surly beers and coffee so this was a win. Very delicious. (324 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/9/15. Comes in a 16 ounce (1 pint) can in a 4-pack in the $10 range. New brews brought down to Council Bluffs, Iowa market in the past couple of weeks actually. Last Thursday there was a distributor from the brewery there at the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa with all of their brews available for sample. Of course I tried all except for the 2-IPA's there as the guy said that both of those were pretty bitter. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

This 'American brown ale' style brew pours a very deep mahogany in color with some reddish highlights. A good 3-finger foamy beige head is seen after the pour. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the inside of the mug. The aroma is of freshly roasted coffee beans for the most part. You can smell this across the room even. Pretty much is said for the taste also. If you like black coffee, then this is for you. Lots of flavor. Does finish slighter bitter as would be excepted but doesn't last long. Medium-bodied and perfect carbonation. (1,096 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a dark brown with an off-white head that reduces quickly. The aroma tells you quickly that it's coffee, coffee and more coffee. So it tastes like, well, coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Medium mouth, and it goes down pretty easy. I taste very little of the Bender base. This reminds me more of a porter or thin coffee stout. It's good, but not what I expected. (400 characters)

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't care for this as much as the regular Bender. More bitter than a plain brown, but not from the coffee. Too much roasted flavor for my palate. Bent Paddle's Cold Press black is the coffee brew to beat these days in Minnesota. (232 characters)

Photo of KATCanada
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at fridge temp from can. Dark brown with tan foam. Ban huge ground coffee nose. If you have ever had iced coffee in southeast Asia, this is what it smells like. Big coffee taste, bit of mocha. Mouthfeel is pretty thin when compared to the big coffee stouts, not in a bad way. Bitter coffee. Pretty one dimensional for me but fine since that's the ways it's advertised. Very good quaffer. (394 characters)

Photo of atomicbeer
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this coffee beer in 16 oz cans as a souvenir while travelling in Minnesota after having had Surly's Furious. Pours a chocolate brown with a beige head. Aroma is fairly intense fresh ground coffee with a little sweet grass background. Nice and smooth coffee, milk chocolate, and sweet grass taste. Goes down easily calling for quaff after quaff. No sipping here: down the hatch! Classed as a American Brown, I think of it more as a coffee porter, and even more so as Awesome. Nice job Surly. (501 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The friendly fellas from Surly were kind enough to bring out a case of tall cans for a meet the brewer event we hosted for them during this past SDBW. Poured from the can into a Modern Times coffee mug.

Pours a dark brown coffee color with a fat tan head that sticks around for a while leaving thick coats of lace in my mug. Smells like more of a coffee lager than a coffee ale - light hop and grain bill with massive amounts of coffee aroma that dominate the overall aroma. Big coffee flavor up front that gives way to lightly sweet toasted chocolate malt - the coffee plays real well with the malt selection in this one, slight bitter bite from the decent amount of hops in this one, but not enough to distract from the immense coffee flavor and perfect malt bill. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with mellow carbonation, finishes dry with fresh coffee lingering on the palate.

A real unique coffee beer in comparison to the others on the shelves these days. Very easy drinking and an outstanding breakfast beer - especially if you had a long night. Pairs amazing with pancakes and real maple syrup with a side of bacon! (1,119 characters)

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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