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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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1,915 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,915
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 602
Gots: 213 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3.81/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer for a mug, from a can, poured into Avery Tour Glass. Canned 02/24/14.

I've not written one of these in a while, so I figured I'd sit down and do a review for this beer.

A: Pours a deep brown with clear mahogany light through the edges and 1/2 finger of cappuccino-colored head that dissipates after a couple minutes to a ring and mottled film, leaving plenty of sheet lacing.

S: Huge coffee right out of the can and even more abundantly from the glass. Roasty notes of iced coffee alongside a mild chocolate and what I can only describe as the slight malty sweet waxiness that is characteristic of brown ales. This beer smells like what it claims to be, full of coffee and cocoa powder.

T/M: Astringent up front with a burn of carbonation, the first real flavor that emerges is, unsurprisingly, unapologetic coffee. Underneath an abundant coffee character is a slight hint of malt sweetness, but the brown ale-ness of this is somewhat lost in the coffee. Which I think is really what they were going for. The finish is clean and roasty, and the lingering character is of very earthy coffee, with a hint of a flavor that is vaguely plant-like... almost like a tree or a leaf, but not from hops. Just something that brings back fresh-cut grass. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Finish is clean and watery with a reasonable coffee astringency.

O: I am impressed, but not chomping at the bit to get my hands on more. This is definitely a cool beer and I'm glad I tried it, because I've not had anything quite like this.

jdhowe, Aug 13, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Dark brown, near black, almost opaque except at the edges. A light tan head forms up fat, but fades pretty quickly to a partial sheen on the top. Extensive, persistent lacing.

S - Big coffee, with some roastiness and subtle chocolate notes.

T - Follows the nose, with a solid hit of coffee. Strong chocolate, toasted grains, and malty dark bread flavors, closing with a coffee-like acidic bite, but after the fade, the residual sweetness remains on the tongue for a good long while.

M - Moderate carbonation and strong acidity, light body, perhaps a bit lighter than I'd like given the flavor profile, but the base is a brown, not a porter.

O - The bitterness is a nice counterpoint to the dark, sweet molasses bread taste. I will seek this out whenever I'm in an area Surly is distributed.

Tsar_Riga, Aug 10, 2014
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2.71/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had a can of this alongside the base beer.

Good appearance, much like the regular Bender, deep dark brown, but still clear when held to the light; a medium-sized off-white head held for a few minutes and sank to a ringlet, leaving a few dabs of lacing on the glass. Nose full of coffee, with lesser notes of caramel malts. Taste was pure, straight-up bitter black coffee and nothing else. Just blew me away and made me cringe. There's a good way of using coffee in a beer, but for me, this isn't it. I pretty much hate coffee, unless it's in beer, then I actually like it a lot. But when I do have a coffee beer, I want a coffee beer, not a cold can of pure coffee. This was bitter, acrid, one-dimensional, and lacking any sense of balance. I literally could not drink this. But if you love cold, bitter coffee, get as much of this as you can.

Rifugium, Aug 09, 2014
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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,915 ratings.