Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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4.01/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pint can poured into a DFH Signature glass. I recently found this hidden in the bottom of a box while repacking for another trade. Trouble is, the label was already removed, so I don't know who to thank. Canning date 9/28/12.
A - The stream into the glass looks burnt auburn, but it turns nearly black as it collects in the glass. The body swallows all light. About a finger of almond head displays impressive retention. A frosty tiered lacing paints the interior of the glass.
S - Roasted barley and fresh ground coffee first and foremost. Oats in the background. Finally, hazelnut sweetness is the glue that brings this binds the aroma together. Smells smooth and delicious.
T - Iced coffee is the first thing that comes to mind. Some bitterness and astringent flavors associated with the dark roast barley and coffee beans persists. Some sweetness on the back end with a delicious mocha finish and aftertaste. This is a pretty flavorful brew.
M - Subtle carbonation and a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The finish is pretty dry, like black coffee.
O - This is a delicious, relatively low ABV beer. The coffee aging adds a pronounced flavor; probably closer to the actual flavors in coffee than most any other beer I have had. There are a few out of place nuances to this beer, almost a staleness, but I would imagine this one is best consumed fresh. My first Surly beer and I am pretty impressed. Drink this if you can get it.
Serving type: can
02-12-2013 01:22:49 | More by NoLeafClover44
3.86/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Serving type: 16-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom of the can is “01/14/13.” Kudos to Surly for printing freshness dates!
Appearance: Poured into a nonick pint glass. The color is deep, ruby brown. I was expecting it to be darker and opaque, but I will take it. (Honestly, I always assumed Coffee Bender was Surly’s stout.) A finger of tan, uneven head left a thin but spotted skim of foam and a buttery ring around the edge.
Smell: It offers a powerful dose of straight black coffee roast, which dominates the aroma. Frankly, it is hard to smell a hint of anything else.
Taste: Straight black coffee, complete with that coffee-like, bitter, roasted astringency that grates the taste buds and fouls the breath. It is coating my entire mouth. Unlike the aroma, though, there are hints of other flavors, especially on the tail of each sip — presumably remnants of the Bender base: toasted caramel, toffee, cocoa, and maybe molasses.
Drinkability: Good stuff, but can I get some beer with my coffee? I love coffee infused beer, but this is more coffee than beer. I would have liked more complexity.
Serving type: can
02-08-2013 19:18:26 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Can served into a pint.
A - Deep amber-infused brown hue with a frothy one-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.
S- Massive espresso off the nose! Smooths out to caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. As a coffee lover, this is a delight.
T - Coffee, cream, vanilla and roasted flavors toward the end. This beer is not complex by any means, but damn it does the coffee right.
M- A light-medium body with fair carbonation. This is easily the worst part of this brew.
O - For a light coffee beer, I have had no better.
Serving type: can
01-22-2013 03:08:52 | More by mscudder
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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