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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,028
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 610
Gots: 228 | FT: 12
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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for tossing this my way. Poured from a 16 ounce can into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The ale appears a hazed chestnut brown color with about two fingers of creamy ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, caramel mocha coffee, toasted bread, pleasantly bitter earthy and fruity hops. Great balance of bitter and sweet. Nice mouthfeel for the style with light to medium carbonation. A wonderfully session-able brown ale. Thanks again Dyan!

ClockworkOrange, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of cbros
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 16 ounce can poured into a pint glass. I got this as an extra in a trade with mnjeff.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown. No visible activity after the pour. A small one finger tan head present after the pour that stayed throughout the beer. A small amount of cling present troughout the beer.

S- Hints of coffee(obviously) that seem to be roasted.

T- The roasted coffee taste comes out in the taste as well. There is a medium flavor of hops and malt, nothing overpowering in this beer. If anything I am getting the coffee flavoring the most. There is a strong bitter feel to the beer that is constant throughout the taste.

This is the first 'craft' beer that I have had from a can and I was interested in how that might alter or affect the taste. As far as I can tell there is no difference from bottled beer. This is a decent offering but not something that I would get again. Jeff sent me various stuff from Surly and I can't wait to try out the other stuff. I am sure they will be solid beers just like this one was.

cbros, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Rooney107
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An absolutely beautiful brown pour with a formidable, sepia head.

S- Coffee, a lot of it. Definitely a scent of roasted sweetness that mingles well with chocolate and vanilla beans.

T- I know how obvious this sounds, but COFFEE. Coffee in all its brilliance and nuanced splendor splashes across the palate. Absolutely superb, almost perfect. The bitterness and roasted qualities are just expertly balanced. This is the apotheosis of coffee beers.

M- Good, moderate (not too heavy) mouthfeel that works well with the low carbonation level.

D- Quite drinkable despite being a very dark coffee beer. One of the best, if not the best, from Surly.

Rooney107, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has pre set high expectations as I had sampled it from a growler a couple of years ago and loved it. Pours to the darkest blackish brown body. Head is a biscuit like tan tone and considerably rocky standing at nearly three fingers. Tons of wavy lace is left as it very slowly fades. Coffee is immediately evidant on the nose, like cold but fresh coffee. I love the nose on this one. Coffee comes first and quick with the initial sip but quickly yields a bitter dryness as it slides back. Malt profile is mineral based and adds a slight sweet feel for just the right amount of balance. Refreshing, yet bold and truely enjoyable all around. Mouthfeel is so attractive and really beckons the next sip. True drinkability that is hard to beat.

SPLITGRIN, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of Shango42
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type-can poured into pint glass

A-Dark brown with decent head retention. Great lacing throughout.

S-Roasted dark coffee smell but not too strong. Not like a coffee porter.

T-Sharp bitter flavor right away-not what you'd expect from a coffee beer. Coffee flavor for real coffee drinkers. Blend of the coffeee flavors and the Bender's medium hoppiness and sweet brown ale is perfect. Finishes smooth and lets coffee linger on the tongue. Better with every sip.

M-Full and creamy for a bitter coffee beer. Little carbonation.

D-I could drink this all morning, all afternoon, and all night. So easy going down and so drinkable.

Shango42, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tall-boy can into a chilled glass.
Comes out a muddy opaque dark coffee brown, almost black, with a small tan head that resembles the consistancy of whipped cream out of the can.
It smells of ... guess. Yes, coffee, and also of mocha.
It tastes of course of coffee but it isn't too strong to hide the brown ale which comes through in the middle but then gives away again to the coffee in the aftertaste.
It is medium bodied, crisp then smooth.
Very easy to drink. The coffee makes this brew seem so dark to look at but it's certainly nice to realize that it isn't too heavy or overly filling upon drinking. Maybe that's why they went with a brown ale rather than a stout for this coffee beer; but, whatever their reasons were, kudos to them for making this delicious concoction.

ThickestHead, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with skinnyguy, thanks!

Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass. Medium to dark brown with a nice two finger thick fluffy head. Great lacing and good retention during the drinking period.

Aroma of cocoa powder and a hint of roasted coffee beans.

Flavor of dark chocolate, caramel, a bit of roasted malts and watered down coffee (not in a bad way).

Amazingly thick and chewy mouthfeel but the carbonation cut the body a bit. A coffee like aftertaste that really lingers on your palate.

Very good overall and very easy to drink. Excellent flavor and a healthy 5.1% abv means you can have more than one in a night. Looking forward to more of these!

davexisxrabid, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like an iced coffee, clear with a BIG foamy light tan head that leaves a good amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell on the timid side, but classic lightly roasted malt and caramel topped off with coffee. I really appreciate the big mouth feel on this one. It works really well with the malt and coffee flavors. It's very smooth and creamy; finishes with a touch of sweetness and a light coffee note that lingers nicely. I also appreciate that the roasted character isn't over done. It's been a while since I sampled Bender, but I think that I prefer this one over the original. At 5.1% ABV, I recommend that you fill your coffee station at work with this stuff...if you can get it. Hell of a drinker...had a lot of fun considering it. Many thanks to maximum12 for this opportunity!

jjayjaye, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks for Alex (MasterSki) for simply giving me a can of this one day because it was on my wants.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown with maybe a hint of red color and a few fingers of nice frothy khaki colored head and laced the glass.

S: Smells initially like roasted coffee beans, then chocolate, chocolate/roasted malts, some yeast, nuttiness and other typical brown ale scents.

T: Very similar to the smell - roasted coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts, some nuttiness, and other brown ale type flavors that are harder to pick out through the coffee - like molasses, caramel malts, brown sugar - the roasty bitterness wins over everything else in the end

M: Very nice, full mouthfeel here...about creamy as I'd want a brown ale while still being thin enough to be refreshing

D: The roasty bitterness takes this down a notch for me, but overall this is a great brew that seems to be exactly what Surly was going for with this coffee flavored beer...easy to drink and no alcohol picked up in the flavor.

dukedevil0, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled can into a glass, courtesy of busch03. Thanks Waylon.

I'm normally not a fan of coffee beers, so I didn't expect to enjoy this one. But wow.... here we go:

A: Pours a murky light brown with reddish tint when held to the light. Head is a limpid finger's worth of tan bubbles that quickly recede into a collar, and leave no lacing behind.

S: Coffee is very strong on the nose on this one. Caramel and nuts waft out as the beer warms.

T: This is where the beer shines. Coffee lays down the groundwork, but there is a pleasant caramel and biscuit malt backbone that compensates nicely for the bitterness. The end taste sees mostly grain and nut flavors, and I felt like I tasted vanilla, but none of my friends picked that up.

M: Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very fitting for the style, and for a drinking session this was a good starter.

D: Pretty high. I'd like to try the regular Bender, if not get more of this. The most enjoyable coffee beer I've had.

Arbitrator, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of shroompod
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can.Pours dark brown with a decent head , some lacing.

Aroma of of coffee , light hops present.

Nice infusion of light coffee , caramel sweetness with a slight hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with good carbonation.

I could drink these for breakfast.

shroompod, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft. Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of sweet malt and light coffee grounds. Flavor is sweet initially with a coffee ground finish. I would have liked to see a stronger malt backbone to balance out the bitter coffee but perhaps that is expected when using a brown ale as the base instead of a porter or stout, which I am more used to. Anyway, it was very good for a brown ale.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can into a pint

A - On the dark side of brown - almost amber. Very opaque - almost porterish. Head formation is strong, well retained at a few mm. Mocha color. Not possible to determine hazing or yeast suspension.

S - A chocolate and roasted scent leads the way, with only the lightest in american hops. Upon closer inspection I do detect a few light coffee note - almost from a very weak batch sitting at my office all day long (a good thing). I also think some yeast breadiness exists as well.

T - The first flavor off the CB is where I certainly notice the coffee - bitter, roasted, and biting. It immediately is sweetened, rather than bittered by the mid-taste. No hops are detectable. Moves to a very sweet, malty crystal malt flavor in the finish. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter, but not well retained.

M - Moderate body - not extremely clinging or cloying. Carbonation is light to hardly detectable (no sting). Some sweetness does start to cling after a long drink.

D - Very easy drinking - the coffee flavor is a bit direct after a full can, reducing the drinkability for me. Not filling nor overly abusive in terms of ABV.

katan, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of ahalloin
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. Can at Cafe Twenty-eight in Minneapolis, an establishment owned by the Surly brewmaster.

Pours a dark brown clear fluid with amber hues. A light tan frothy head tops the beer which slowly disipates to a thin ring atop the beer.

The aroma captures all the greatness of fine coffee. Bouquets of earthy toasty coffee strongly carry from the glass coupled with a slight malt caramel sweetness with hints of cocoa.

The flavor brings together the desired maltiness of a fine brown ale and the bitter roasty, dare I say surly, nature of a fine cup of coffee. This is definitely a beer for coffee drinkers, but isn't so strong to turn away non coffee drinkers. The balance of the infused flavor with the beer works very well in my opinion creating a rather refreshing brown ale.

The mouthfeel is moderately full with good complimenting carbonation. Their is a slight alcohol sting in the dryish finish.

The drinkability is very good considering coffee is such a strong flavor. This beer would be appropriate in many circumstances whether sessioned, on a cold Minnesota winter night, or even at a cook out.

ahalloin, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown-black with about two inches of tan head. Looks like a big stout or porter. Laces great.

S- Like an iced coffee. Little or no beer character to it... I guess that's what they were going for, though.

T- This is good. A nice roasted espresso flavor dominates. Some dark chocolate notes are in there, followed by some vanilla and maybe a hint of citrusy hops. Coffee doesn't overpower the flavor like it does the nose. Definitely a different beer than Bender, not just a variation... good stuff just like Bender itself.

M- Moderate carbonation with medium body. Slightly syrupy.

D- Good stuff here. Mouthfeel and taste keeps this one going. Surly is the real deal.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to treyrab for sharing this can of beer with me. Where would be in life without beer...err...Friends?

Split pour into a perfect pint glass. Pours a foggy light brown, with some red hues, and is pretty clear around the edges. No head from pour, just a light tan ring. No lacing on the side of the glass.

The smell is neither good nor bad. An off-putting airiness is present, but as the beer warms a lot of creamy caramel scents come out. Still, not what I was expecting for a nut brown ale with coffee. Some slight coffee latches onto the caramel and provides a segway for a subdued sweet chocolate scent. There is a rather nice nutty scent, but there is nothing about the smell of this beer that makes me jump and say, "Wow!!"

Again, the taste is not what I expected for the style. Nutty, and very old aged mature coffee that tastes like its been sitting out for a few days. Match that with primarily biscuit malts and roasted chocolate malts and a very watery taste and mouthfeel and you have a very underwhelming taste. I'm really shocked buy this one, I'm not the biggest fan of regular Bender, but I had higher expectations for this one. There is an almost sweet cola taste that appears on the end. Still, I attest to the fact that Surly is one of my favorite breweries, given that they brew one of my favorite IPA's.

Cheers!

CoolJosh, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours deep brown with a half finger of head in my 16 oz. snifter. Thin lacing left behind

S--Smells like a freshly pile of coffee beans, coming from a very mild variety of bean.

T--Taste follows the nose well, the beer is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Its not the greatest coffee taste I've had (more Folgers than gourmet), but it is still pretty damn good. Almost a lighter version of Founders Breakfast Stout

M--I would prefer a little more thickness in a beer with this type of flavor, but it is what it is and for the style it is where it is supposed to be

D--Another rock solid brew from Surly, and one that I would surely drink a lot of if it was available.

alcstradamus, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can recently acquired in a trade with mikesgroove, thanks again for this Surly brew, poured into my Hangar 24 pint glass tonight, color was a dark brown, 3/4 inch off white creamy head that lasts a few minutes, minimal lacing, aroma consists of coffee beans, mild vanilla, roasted nuts, sweet malts, caramel, and grains, flavor starts off with a dry coffee taste, nutty in the middle with some sweetness lingering right afterwards, stays the same as it warms but gets easier to drink, like how the coffee dries out this great brown ale, dry, slightly chewy, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, taste lingers, moderate carbonation, could drink a few cans of this no problem, smooth and light for what it is, coffee is not overpowering, hit the spot tonight, would like to drink again, recommended

Floydster, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can(s) courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Another lower abv brew from Surly...hehe...they do some fine ones.

It pours from the 16oz can a dark brown with hues of red and a good 2 finger billowy head of offwhite foam.(served near room temp) Some good lacing ensues.

The smell is of freshly brewed coffee and it seems to overpower anything else that may be there. Not too bad a thing in my book.

The taste is the same as the nose. Big coffee, as expected but also a good smackering of roasted malt and even a touch of caramel malt sweetness that I taste just before the finish where it returns to the tasty fresh coffee goodness that I enjoy so much. Damn, when these "coffee" brews do it right, they almost make me want to convert and become a coffee drinker. Weird isn't it as I enjoy tea more than coffee!

Medium bodied with a light amount of carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel here.

Drinkaility? Give me a cup of coffee...one cup, and I'm done. Well made coffee inspired beers seem to defy any sensible reasoning, given my "stand" on coffee, as I find them very damn drinkable. This is one of the easiest coffee brews to quaff. 'nuff said.

Bitterbill, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can sent to me by the wonderful BA Packforever1976. This has been one of my top wants for a while due to all the talk my BA friends have centered around. Finally I get my chance to give it a go. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a somewhat dark brown in color. When held to the light, you get more of a red and lighter brown hues forcing their way through. Slight haze in the body but pretty damned clear. Carbonation doesn't seem to high or crazy. Pour got me a perfect two fingers of mocha colored head. That head has some pretty good retention, falling very, very slowly throughout the drinking experience. It throws up some lace, but nothing too crazy or impressive. Just enough lace to keep me interested. Very nice.

S: Smell is first and foremost that coffee. Straight up coffee and light cream coming across. This isn't a sweet coffee aroma, just a nice coffee and milk. The you get a touch of caramel/toffee coming out. There is a touch of earthiness going on here, maybe some grassy hops. Overall, you just get that nice rich soil and coffee beans aroma. Nice indeed.

T: Coffee goodness this is. You get a nice iced coffee flavor. Not the overly sweet iced coffee you get out of a can at a gas station, but an iced coffee you get from a nice coffee house with good beans and cream. Incredible coffee flavor that I didn't really expect from a smaller ABV brew and let alone just a plain old brown ale (a style that is usually labeled as boring). Beyond the coffee, you get some nice toffee flavors (absolutely toffee over caramel). Nice nutty flavor as well, maybe some almonds adds a touch more earthy and hearty goodness to this beer. Slight bitterness coming across but I don't know if that is the coffee or the limited grassy hops presence. Sure its not the most dymanic flavor, but for what the beer is called, it damn near hits the mark perfectly in the taste category.

M: Medium in body that has a nice creaminess to it. It actually almost feels like a bit of ice coffee, I shit you not. It even has the drying/bitter qualities that a lighter iced coffee may have. ABV is not even considered in the feel, except for maybe a slight warming in the back of the throat. Aftertaste is straight up coffee and cream.

D: This is a damned easy drinking beer. I could easily kill 3 of these if I was in a coffee mood, but I would have to want coffee. This is straight up a good iced coffee type flavor and it mirrors an iced coffee almost perfectly. Like I said on the flavor, not exactly the most dynamic of beers but it all works greatly together and creates an amazing beer. Flavor is spot on and very enjoyable. I could easily drink this at any time of day. Morning, noon, or night. Fantastic. Thanks, Andy.

everetends, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into a Portsmouth goblet. Courtesy of nonstick. Thanks Chris! I know you had to pry this can out of Carol's hands.

A - Poured a nice deep brown with a creamy tan head, 1/2" thick that lasted for a good couple of minutes. Dissipates to a small ring around the edge of the glass. Extremely minimal lacing.

S - Hmm...coffee, coffee and more coffee. Nice deep roasty aromas overpower anything else that might be in there. Smells really good, although not very "beery".

T - Not surprising that deep roastiness and distinct coffee flavors dominate. The slightest hint of sweetness comes through, and I think I detect some hop bitterness somewhere in that coffee flavor. The coffee really makes this more stout or porter like to me than a brown ale, but regardless, this is really good.

M - Flavor makes me think stout/porter, but the body is definitely that of a brown ale. Somewhat thin and water like in feel, but not really complaining about this.

D - Extremely easy drinking...I might be able to have this one for breakfast instead of the morning coffee. Alcohol is not detectible. If you like coffee, you could have this one all day long.

portia99, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to deliriumfest for this one. Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint class.

Appearance: Pours a cola brown, with a little bit of light shining through around the edges of the glass. One finger of slightly off-white head that subsided quickly to a thin layer, but then just sat there for the remainder of the glass. Tons of lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly hoppy on the nose right away. That faded to a nice bready, malty, milk-chocolatey smell. The coffee is there, but its subdued - accents all of the other flavors very nicely.

Taste: This is a good beer. There's definitely some milk chocolate in the background, and almost some cola taste, but the coffee is there too. The coffee notes, as in the smell, provide a nice background and accent, rather than dominate, the beer. A nice bitter aftertaste, probably both from the hops and the coffee. Not as full-flavored as some, but still, a really good beer.

Mouthfeel: The best way to describe it would be slightly flat soda - it's decently high carbonated, but not overly so. Almost perfect for this kind of beer. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but the lack of a full-flavor makes it feel a little thin.

Drinkability: While brown ale's really generally aren't my favorite, this one was very, very good. The coffee worked with the other flavors in the beer spectacularly. I could easily put down a few of these, and would definitely pick it up against if it was more accessible to me (or accessible at all).

StarlightSeraph, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown to black in color. Some light passes through to create brown spots. Thick frothy head that clings to the glass as the head settles down. The head has a tannish color to it. Nice coffee nose that is like sniffing coffee beans. I call it "good" but can't be "exceptional" because its more coffee than beer (it seems like nit-picking). Gentle malt attack and coffee notes throughout. A little smoky at the finish due to the presence of the coffee. Very much reminiscent of a dunkin donuts iced coffee flavor to this beer. I haven't had dunkin donuts in a while since they aren't prevalent in the Twin Cities, but its how I remember it. Some mild bitters on the surface of the flavor. The coffee tones are gently interwoven into the beer but they are definitely the dominant flavor. Coffee in the title is right. It seems this should do well locally when you consider all of the coffee shops. Maybe they should ship some to Seattle for sale too. Different and worth a drink. I can see some purists turning their noses up at it however.

Ragingbull, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Head leaves some slight lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Coffee with something sweet I can't put my finger on it though.

T- Roasted coffee, sweet malts and a touch of hops.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- A very good solid brew that is really easy to drink.

nrbw23, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to mikereaser for sending me this great beer.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown color with a thick, creamy mocha-colored head. Lacing is very thick all around the top of the glass. The liquid and head are both darker than Bender. Great looking beer.

S: Obviously, there's a strong coffee aroma. Notes of toffee/caramel, nuts, and cream, as well. Nose is quite strong and still retains some of Bender's original complexity.

T&M: Fortunately, the coffee doesn't overpower the rest of Bender's great flavor. Coffee blends interestingly with citric hop flavors. The cream flavors detected in the nose reappear now to mellow things out nicely. Body is medium with a smooth feel, though the coffee seems to have coarsened the feel somewhat.

D: Still quite drinkable and tasty. I just drank my first Bender about 30 minutes ago, and adding Coffee to it certainly works well. The impressive thing is that they pack so much flavor into a lower ABV, lighter bodied brown ale.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 15, 2009
Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,028 ratings.