Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,277
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 639
Gots: 306 | FT: 24
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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Photo of KevChiTown
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, it doesn't taste like beer in the slightest. I feel like I'm drinking black coffee whipped up and served cold. I rarely say this but I would love to try a BA version of this. I love coffee beers and this is up at the top.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light shade of brown with a white head. Aroma of fresh coffee grounds and malts. The taste has big ground coffee flavor and light malts. Coffee all day. Creamy, with a delicate nutty flavor underneath the coffee Medium bodies, fair carbonation. I love surly beers and coffee so this was a win. Very delicious.

Photo of founddrama
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and rich. Coffee is dominant here but it's not over the top either. Which is a surprise from something with coffee right in the name.

Photo of BigD1975
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted beery, smelt very much like coffee, overall a good beer, I look forward to drinking it once again.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doesnt appear very big, but it packs a solid coffee punch!

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to @Alexander for this one. Unquestionably the best non-BA coffee beer I've ever had.

Photo of Kraj30
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

woah.. this is great coffee flavor.. top notch brown ale

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 3/9/15. Comes in a 16 ounce (1 pint) can in a 4-pack in the $10 range. New brews brought down to Council Bluffs, Iowa market in the past couple of weeks actually. Last Thursday there was a distributor from the brewery there at the Hy-Vee in Council Bluffs, Iowa with all of their brews available for sample. Of course I tried all except for the 2-IPA's there as the guy said that both of those were pretty bitter. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

This 'American brown ale' style brew pours a very deep mahogany in color with some reddish highlights. A good 3-finger foamy beige head is seen after the pour. A good amount of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the inside of the mug. The aroma is of freshly roasted coffee beans for the most part. You can smell this across the room even. Pretty much is said for the taste also. If you like black coffee, then this is for you. Lots of flavor. Does finish slighter bitter as would be excepted but doesn't last long. Medium-bodied and perfect carbonation.

Photo of BatManuel
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

First beer I had the first time I ever went to Minnesota. Will never forget you, coffee bender. So much coffee!!!

Photo of ToddSoonerFan
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you like iced coffee, this is for you! And I do like iced coffee.

Photo of MartzMimic
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the can a dark brown with an off-white head that reduces quickly. The aroma tells you quickly that it's coffee, coffee and more coffee. So it tastes like, well, coffee. There's a bit of chocolate and roasted malts. Medium mouth, and it goes down pretty easy. I taste very little of the Bender base. This reminds me more of a porter or thin coffee stout. It's good, but not what I expected.

Photo of JohnSadler
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor. Some coffee beers taste like a coffee filter. Not this one.

Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't care for this as much as the regular Bender. More bitter than a plain brown, but not from the coffee. Too much roasted flavor for my palate. Bent Paddle's Cold Press black is the coffee brew to beat these days in Minnesota.

Photo of KATCanada
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served at fridge temp from can. Dark brown with tan foam. Ban huge ground coffee nose. If you have ever had iced coffee in southeast Asia, this is what it smells like. Big coffee taste, bit of mocha. Mouthfeel is pretty thin when compared to the big coffee stouts, not in a bad way. Bitter coffee. Pretty one dimensional for me but fine since that's the ways it's advertised. Very good quaffer.

Photo of Sintech
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite non-barrel aged coffee flavored beer!

Photo of atomicbeer
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this coffee beer in 16 oz cans as a souvenir while travelling in Minnesota after having had Surly's Furious. Pours a chocolate brown with a beige head. Aroma is fairly intense fresh ground coffee with a little sweet grass background. Nice and smooth coffee, milk chocolate, and sweet grass taste. Goes down easily calling for quaff after quaff. No sipping here: down the hatch! Classed as a American Brown, I think of it more as a coffee porter, and even more so as Awesome. Nice job Surly.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The friendly fellas from Surly were kind enough to bring out a case of tall cans for a meet the brewer event we hosted for them during this past SDBW. Poured from the can into a Modern Times coffee mug.

Pours a dark brown coffee color with a fat tan head that sticks around for a while leaving thick coats of lace in my mug. Smells like more of a coffee lager than a coffee ale - light hop and grain bill with massive amounts of coffee aroma that dominate the overall aroma. Big coffee flavor up front that gives way to lightly sweet toasted chocolate malt - the coffee plays real well with the malt selection in this one, slight bitter bite from the decent amount of hops in this one, but not enough to distract from the immense coffee flavor and perfect malt bill. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with mellow carbonation, finishes dry with fresh coffee lingering on the palate.

A real unique coffee beer in comparison to the others on the shelves these days. Very easy drinking and an outstanding breakfast beer - especially if you had a long night. Pairs amazing with pancakes and real maple syrup with a side of bacon!

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown with a thinner slight off white head atop.Full on coffee in the nose,not beerish at all really,if your into coffee this is it.The beer is good...very good but the coffee is dominant and it maybe leaves the fact that it's a beer behind,besides the coffee on the palate I get some chocolate and mild caramel.I have had alot of coffee infused beers this cuts the cake as far as coffee goes,is it caffeinated?That's the question.

Photo of beertunes
3.04/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Kurmaraja for this one. Upfront, know that I hate coffee. Don't drink the stuff, and tend to find that it overpowers any beer that it's in. Caveat complete, let's crack this can!

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a deep brown, with a slight reddish tint, and had about 1/8 inch of light brown head that had decent retention and OK lacing.

Whoa! The aroma is like walking into a diner just before the breakfast rush hits, all coffee all the time. Only the slightest bit of of malt shows through the bast of Joe. Same on the tongue, thoroughly coffee, and just the slightest bit of beer appears.

The body was pretty nice, just a bit thinner than I prefer in a Brown Ale, but smooth, except for some coffee bitterness at the back end. Drinkability will totally depend on your view of coffee. You can figure out where I'm at. Overall, a solid brew, and one that a lot of people would love. I'm not one of those people. I just didn't enjoy the beer, but I'm thankful for the gift, and for the experience for having tried it. YMMV.

Photo of barhoc11
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Good coffee stout with a big coffee taste, if you want one of the better coffee stouts, grab some of these.

Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Coffee Bender is unique, enjoyable and quite delectable. If you are in Minnesota, you really need to try this one.

Photo of kkleu357
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 5/3/14

Had it on tap at the Tipsy Cow. This beer tasted just like drinking black coffee. It was good, but I like coffee stouts and porters more.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this one at Four Firkins when I was in Minnesota -- $4.39 for a can though? Was that priced right? Pretty damn expensive! I enjoyed the regular Bender though, and I like coffee, so my hopes are kinda high for this one. Canned 7/11/14 and poured 9/4/14.

Appearance: Semi-aggressive pour gave off a modest head that went down to about a ring and stayed. The color is mostly clear and ruby black. Looks pretty nice in the glass. (3.75/5)

Smell: Just upon cracking open the can, I got a huge waft of coffee that almost buckled my knees. Phew, this stuff smells great! Really doesn't share any characteristics of the regular Bender, at least on the surface, because the coffee note is really strong. This smells like coffee with some cream or sugar added, because it has a definite sweetness in there. Awesome nose on this beer though, but stay away if you don't like coffee and/or coffee beers, because the coffee in this is FAR from subtle. (4.5/5)

Taste/feel: So much coffee. This has a rich black coffee flavor, but the malt in Coffee Bender keeps it from tasting identical to cold black coffee -- coffee, coffee, coffee, a malt roastiness character, a slight bit of char, and then lingering coffee. There's not a lot of depth of flavor. In fact, regular Bender probably has more depth of flavor, but I just like this beer more. The feel is about full bodied with a modest carbonation to let you know you're drinking beer, and not coffee. (4.5/5, 4.25/5)

This brew just smells like freshly brewed coffee, and tastes almost the exact same way. Probably the most coffee-forward beer I've had, and one of the best beers I've had as well. This is an absolutely phenomenal beer that needs to be purchased if you see it, even at the price I got it for. Lucious, fabulous amounts of coffee... damn, I just wish I could get this in Michigan. Wow, wow, and wow.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August 30, 2014

16 oz can, nonic pint

A – Medium to dark brown. Effervescent. Off-white head, low head retention. Basically looks like a carbonated version of my morning java brew.

S – Smells like a freshly opened bottle of cold-pressed coffee. Lots of roasty, burnt notes. Bitter.

T – Again, a lot of cold-pressed or iced coffee. Bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. Burnt flavors are actually minimal. Instead it’s very roasty, with touches of chicory.

M – Medium carbonation, slightly astringent. Mild bitter coffee in the finish and the aftertaste.

O – I want to like this a lot more than I do, but the cold pressed coffee is a little too upfront and pushes the beer out of balance. That characteristic could certainly be appealing for some drinkers. Would love to taste this base brown ale with no or more balanced coffee addition.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light black in color with some penetration to light. A fingernail of khaki colored head sits on top. Strong aroma of very bitter intense coffee is present. The flavor is extremely bitter coffee with no room for anything else. The mouth is thick and creamy.
Appearance: 3.5
Aroma:3.25
Taste:3.25
Mouthfeel:3.5
Overall:3.25

Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.