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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,840 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,840
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 590
Gots: 217 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bender steeped cold for 24 hours in coarsely ground coffee beans from the Vinca Vista Hermosa plantation in Guatemala.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 05-28-2006)
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badbeer

Iowa

2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured out black with a nice head that retained well. Smell was of old coffee, maybe a little cream to the nose as well; wasn't good. Taste was full of old and not enjoyable coffee. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and medium carbonation levels. Drinkability is not good. I didn't even finish my first glass of it. Surly makes good beer, but this was disappointing. Give me the regular Bender.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 05:48:44 | More by badbeer
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep brown with a small tan head.

Smells of coffee obviously and some chocolate. Not bitter roasted coffee like I'm used to, but a smooth general aroma.

Lots of coffee flavors, but again not exactly like fresh roasted. It's kind of weird. A little earthy bitterness on the back end.

A little bit light on the mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Kind of weird and kind of a disappointment. I love Surly and I love coffee beers, but this one isn't for me. A little one note and kind of tastes like cheap coffee as opposed to something gourmet. I'll stick to the regular Bender.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 19:55:04 | More by jmarsh123
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a great low ABV beer for coffee lovers. Unfortunately, I am not a coffee lover hence the low ranking here. Poured from fresh can into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown body with a few reddish hues. Inch thick, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma has lots of fresh coffee up front. When this warms up a bit, some nice roasts, caramels, and toffee brown malts come out. A light chocolate, nuts, and vanilla. Flavor is similar. Lots of fresh, espresso coffee with a nice, rich brown maltiness. Caramel, chocolate, roast, vanilla, some biscuit, and a light earth. Finishes dry and lightly bitter with lots of coffee and a nice earthy roast. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, somewhat watery body at times and a moderate, creamy carbonation.

Serving type: can

04-18-2011 16:56:16 | More by CuriousMonk
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craytonic

District of Columbia

2.8/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at churchkey DC

Appearance: Dark amber-brown pour with some blood red tint; tan head with little lacing. Not entirely opaque.

Smell: Old coffee, sweet dark candy malts

Taste: Loads of thin, stale coffee and some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Way to thin

Overall: Too thin and too much coffee. I've had this in both a can and on draft and didn't enjoy it either time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:25:38 | More by craytonic
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PatronWizard

California

2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shared by Mauerhan (getting really tired of typing that).

Pours a dark cola and super deep burgandy. Froths up a creamy half finger head. Nice looking.

Smells of straight coffee grounds. Reminds me of my grandparents roasting coffee in an old percolator over a fire at the river. I like coffee flavor but this may have pushed the boundary too far.

Tastes like old coffee. Trying to enjoy it. Fresh coffee now. Fresh coffee grounds.

Very dry and not very thick. Did I mention that it's dry as dirt?

Overall: they went too far with the coffee

Serving type: can

08-29-2009 20:14:10 | More by PatronWizard
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. The modest head sat atop a murky brown body. It reminded me of really strong brewed tea that has sat too long. Not too pretty.

Smell was porter-like. Some raisin notes. No coffee aroma? Odd.

Taste was coffee. Sweet fruitiness, raisins. Tangy. Light brown sugar. Much more Brown Ale than Coffee.

Mouthfeel was thinner than expected. Mild carbonation. Not a favorite.

Serving type: can

04-02-2010 13:30:03 | More by Cresant
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AgentZero

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep dark brown with a tan head. Quickly receeded leaving some nice lacing to look at.

S - Smells like burnt cocoa and wood. Almost reminds me of gin.

T - And the taste reminds me of gin, has that really woody taste to it. Definately get the roasted malts but I don't really taste any coffee in this at all. Too woody, don't care for it, and just not a whole lot going on.

M - Solid, medium bodied with some solid carbonation.

D - It's not hard to drink, but it's just not particularly pleasant either, not going to do much of this.

Serving type: can

11-09-2009 01:28:57 | More by AgentZero
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djmichaelk

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a perfect pint. Courtesy of pullen (thank you!).

A - Translucent brown, with a rocky one-finger head. Retention is poor, it's gone after a few seconds, and some lacing down the glass.

S - Nothing too special here. Very much the standard brown ale, with some stale coffee flavors on top. The coffee helps, but otherwise it's a bit underwhelming.

T - Well, hmph. I had very high expectations for this brew. What I'm getting instead is the standard roastiness from a brown, maybe a bit of toast and some nuttiness, but then completely blown out by the three-day-old stale coffee flavor in the finish. The base beer seems to taste pretty good, but that coffee is killing any subtlety or flavor. Disappointing.

M - Again, nothing special. Thin like a standard brown, high carbonation. Medium to dry finish.

D - For the most part, I could drink a ton of this based on the ABV. The problem is the aftertaste from the coffee. The staleness and bitterness of it just gets to me. Still maybe a bit above average, but only just.

O - This was a huge disappointment for me after having such high hopes for it. It's possible I just got an old can of it, so I'll be seeking this out again to give it another shot, and I'll come update this if there's any difference.

Serving type: can

09-04-2010 15:35:37 | More by djmichaelk
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - odd combination of brown and red. Tall creamy tan head that leaves spiderweb lacing.

S - very mild. Some coffee, malts and something mildly sweet. Actually it seems to have some "freezer burn" smell for some odd reason.

T - mild iced coffee flavor that increases in the after taste. A bit of q bitter hit, but not from the coffee.

M - light coating good tingle on top and sides of tongue.

D - maybe one, depending on the other choices.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 21:22:38 | More by biglite351
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -28.1%

12-14-2011 23:55:48 | More by acurtis
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Slimpo

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-18-2012 21:42:21 | More by Slimpo
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danfix99

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.1%

05-29-2013 13:12:37 | More by danfix99
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NodakEric

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.1%

06-15-2012 02:40:41 | More by NodakEric
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Loogs

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-22-2012 19:19:58 | More by Loogs
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tbone64

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.1%

05-25-2014 16:41:41 | More by tbone64
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RandyJ

Ohio

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-15-2011 01:35:39 | More by RandyJ
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -28.1%

08-11-2013 21:42:09 | More by Dave_Treat
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BKLady24

Illinois

3/5  rDev -28.1%

01-14-2013 17:09:09 | More by BKLady24
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-18-2012 17:53:15 | More by chrispoint
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IrishColonial

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-21-2012 18:39:16 | More by IrishColonial
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joh02034

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -28.1%

02-02-2013 01:54:55 | More by joh02034
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

3/5  rDev -28.1%

10-14-2012 03:49:15 | More by StubFaceJoe
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -28.1%

05-01-2012 18:51:39 | More by HopFace
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RichBeer

California

3/5  rDev -28.1%

11-16-2011 08:31:28 | More by RichBeer
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marct

Nevada

3/5  rDev -28.1%

12-11-2011 00:07:10 | More by marct
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,840 ratings.