Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
A: Lighter than expected - clear dark brown, burgundy/mahogany edges. Has a really pillowy beige head.
S: HUGE coffee - smells exactly like an iced coffee but fuller. I love coffee but am not a big iced coffee fan, so this isn't the greatest coffee smelling beer to me personally, but very impressive. Very raw, heavily roasted and kind of burnt coffee beans. Wow, quite something.
T: Much of the same - like drinking a fuller bodied and carbonated iced coffee. There are some nutty/caramel notes coming through, but not much. Very raw, heavily roasted coffee beans - a bit too burnt.
P: Light/medium bodied, soft and comfortable carbonation. Appropriate to the aroma and taste. Oddly very refreshing
O: This is quite a beer. I love coffee beers, though I have only had coffee infused imperial stouts up to this point, which I prefer because there are other elements balancing and enriching the coffee flavor. This is just straight coffee. Would be great in the morning
04-05-2013 22:38:48 | More by timc100
4.24/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance: A finger of head that produced some minor lacing but retained exceptionally well, with a deep brown, almost porter black colour in the body.
Smell: Unsurprising coffee smell as touches of robust malt and chocolate in the background. Warming helped it come out, although it smells a bit dry.
Taste: As expected taste taste of coffee is prevalent throughout the beer from start to finish. Light malt biscuit takes a backseat to a more earthy and robust dark chocolate bitter taste leaving with a dry coffee snap at the end.
Mouthfeel: The dryness of this beer is interesting, it serves the beer while drinking it, but seems to hamper and reduce the effectiveness of the pleasant coffee aftertaste. The carbonation could be a bit stronger. However that malt texture really helps the coffee blend well.
Drinkability: Medium bodied which was surprising for me, easy to drink and light going down. The dry notes put it in a bit of an odd spot, but really I don't see myself really wanting to drink more then one or two coffee beers anyways.
Final Thoughts: I really feel this beer is served well by focusing itself as a brown and not a porter or stout like most coffee beers and I think the slightly milder roasting might have something to do with it. It's just an all around well done beer, but if you don't like coffee, you'll want to pass.
04-05-2013 04:34:36 | More by TheHammer
5/5 rDev +20.2%
Tall Boy poured into imperial pint on a brisk Easter Sunday morning before family time.
A- Pours a dark brown with red hints and a thick, lovely 2 fingers of tan head that dissipates semi rapidly.
S- Coffee forward. This is why Coffee Bender is my favorite breakfast beer. The nose alone is enough to get me ready for a day of work or leisure. Big, black aroma of coffee with hints of mocha.
T- The palate follows the nose on this beer. Big coffee flavor with teases of caramel, chocolate. Minimal sweetness as the Surly crew must enjoy their coffee as I do, black and thick.
M- Medium bodied. The bitterness of the coffee finishes semi-dry.
O- The perfect before noon beer for me and my taste buds. I try to go to the Blue Door Pub every Sunday to get my fix after my morning cup of coffee and the gym. I really appreciate that I can drink more than one of this beer. As opposed to most coffee stouts this is a brown ale and isn't as thick and filling. I may be biased but I love Surly. Cheers
03-31-2013 16:51:34 | More by AndyP612
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.