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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 629
Gots: 270 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 fl oz. can, with canned on date stamped on the bottom 11/13/2013. Ten days old, probably one of the freshest beers I've ever had. My first beer from Surly Brewing Co., as they have just reentered Illinois. Exponentially stoked to have this beer.

Poured into a Guinness Extra Stout St. James's Gate Dublin glass mug.

A - Aggressive pour conjures four to five fingers of big fluffy tan cappuccino looking head. Body pours a dark chestnut brown / ruby color when held to the light. Looks very nice.

S - Mouthwatering aromatics. Smells like a cup of delicious cold, freshly ground dark Guatemalan coffee, more than it does a beer. Dark bitter coffee bean roast and some earthiness. Smells amazing.

T - Taste follows in wake of the nose: beautiful, delicious, and authentic bitter dark coffee bean roast, and some dirty semi-herbal earthiness. Ridiculously delicious.

M - Feel is fairly light-bodied, smooth, and creamy, but high on the coffee bean bitterness, especially for 45 IBU.

Overall, this is probably hands down the best coffee beer I've tried as of yet. Packed with flavor, especially for being so light-bodied and with a fairly moderate 5.10% abv. Supremely authentic, a true breakfast beer if there ever was one, I am sooo glad these are now available to me, and I look forward to many more.

Surly Coffee Bender ---4.5/5

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Appearance- Pours a dark brown with red hues, 1 finger creamy tan head that lingers for a little while and then recedes to a slight covering on top

Smell- Awesome. Smells just like a freshly opened bag of coffee beans. I get a bit of vanilla and licorice in the background.

Taste- First sip is like eating a coffee bean. I get some vanilla, dark chocolate and lactose as well. A slight bitterness, matches well with the flavor. I don't get much caramel or nutty flavors I would expect from a brown.

Mouthfeel- Somewhat thin. Carbonation was good but body lacked a little.

Overall- Nice beer. I'd like the flavor to have a bit more complexity to it and the body would be better if it was a bit thicker. Worth trying if you're a coffee lover.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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