Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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4.48/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured 16 oz can into a snifter, but I couldn't get it all in there.
A - Pours a..wait for it... coffee brown color with about 2 fingers of a sandy head. A nice frothy cap remains afloat the dark liquid below. Some lacing on my glass.
S - So I get coffee, espresso, cappuccino, coffee, and some brown malts as well.
T - Big, bold roasted coffee, espresso, and cappuccino crank up the flavor with some brown malt, bready flavors. Dark chocolate and hops round this one out.
M - Typical body for a brown ale, medium light. Nicely carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel.
O - There is only one coffee beer that tops this, but it is only brewed every 4 years or so. If you like beer and coffee, this is a big coffee beer that you should try.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2013 16:48:15 | More by Ri0
4.18/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This beer poured out as a deep brown color, might as well be black. The head was tan and creamy looking. There is a thin scattered lacing on the glass with a pretty good retention. The smell of the beer has a great coffee aroma with a subtle malt sweetness in there too. The taste follows the nose, a very nice coffee flavor from start to finish on this beer with a touch of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth as hell, and has a soft carbonation to it. Overall it's a great beer, no surprise there because it's from Surly. This is a killer brew, well worth trying.
Serving type: can
02-23-2013 02:06:00 | More by Knapp85
3.48/5 rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
A: Reddish-brown with moderate light transmission. Pours into an imperial pint from the can with a 1/4" head with limited retention and splotchy lacing.
S: Smells like strong, freshly brewed black coffee, with hints of chocolate
T: Very coffee forward. This is straight-up standard black coffee, no fancy-pants artisan-roasted espresso here. And yet, you would expect that sort of coffee to be undrinkably bitter and acrid when cold, but this stays pretty smooth, so they're definitely doing something clever with their extraction process. There's a bit of bready malts hiding in there too, but boy the coffee really takes this over.
M: Medium carbonation, light body, medium-long linger. Fairly low bitterness
O: This works out to be one of those beers that I'm technically impressed with, but don't particularly enjoy. They've packed an intense amount of coffee flavor into this beer, but it seems to have lost any subtlety or balance it might have had. Ultimately I'm not sure how different this is from taking a cup of cold brew and adding a shot of vodka to it.
Serving type: can
02-14-2013 23:38:24 | More by kscaldef
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,844 ratings.