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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,044
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.3%
Wants: 610
Gots: 238 | FT: 14
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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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, this Ale pours a reddish brown with a 1iin tan head. Nothing too impressive, but still a classic looking pour.

S: The aroma is dominate fresh ground coffee. The essence of coffee is all over this brew. There is a sweet malt presence, with a little roast to it. Not bad at all.

T: For a brown ale, this is up there. The coffee explosion is smooth and refreshing. There is a presence of a little nutmeg, some cocoa, and caramel. What a great brown!

MF: The mouthfeel is full and creamy, big for the ABV.

D: Drinkability is excellent as well. Balanced and refreshing.

Overall, one of the best browns out there. Many browns are bland, Coffee Bender has solved that problem.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-This one is a ruby-hued brown color with a two finger head.

S-Coffee and chocolate malt with some earthy hop notes.

T-Bready and chocolatey malt notes with a nice bitter, roasty finish.

M-Really smooth mouthfeel with really low carbonation and medium body.

D-This is a really easy drinking coffee beer and one where the coffee component doesn't overwhelm the other flavors in the beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance -- Pours a dark burgundy/brown with two fingers of stiff khaki head. Good lacing.

Smell -- Strong and distinct aroma of freshly ground coffee and well roasted malt. Sweetness is subdued; some molasses and cocoa powder. Overall, smells roasty, rich, and a bit dry.

Taste -- Coffee with cream, roast malt, mild sweetness of molasses and dark chocolate. Finish is mild resin hops and coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, abundant prickly carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability -- A good dry brown ale. The integration of the coffee is exceptional. Not especially complex, but a robust and easy-drinker. An improvement upon Bender for me, though your mileage may vary. On the shortlist of best coffee-centric beers.

Darkness Day Notes: If you had to pick a beer to be served to you at 8AM in a cold, dark industrial park in MN, this is definitely in the top 5.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yippie! Bender in cans!!

Had this once before on tap, its nice that I can have it from home. Just picked it up, as it was released yesterday.

Poured from my 16 oz can into an oversized snifter. 2 fingers of fluffy off white head sits there for a few minutes. Settling to a thin layer of retention and nice even drapes of lace.
Color is almost black with a redish glow while held up against light.

The aroma still has a bit of cereal grains and malts. Now with deliciously creamy coffee aroma and bits of peanut butter nuttiness. Just a bit of roasty burnt caramel with somthing like a sweet hazelnut, or candy coated walmuts.
Mmmmm, this thing smells so good.

Good amount of carbonation kick all through.
Starts out with a semi sweet dark roasty nutty coffee flavor. Its not watered down or thin, its big in your face coffee. Still balanced with the grainy malt flavors still coming through.
That nutty rich coffee really peaks at the swallow.
Finishing quite dry and carbonated with a hay like hoppyness.
Bitter delicious black coffee lingers.

Very nice pick me up after a very long day at work. Maybe I'll have on for breakfast?

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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.

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4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into (several)(free) pint glasses poured on D-Day.... pours a dark brown to black with a nice fizzy light tan head, doesn't stay too long due to the coffee most likely, served a bit too cool. The aroma livens up as it warms, but all throughout... the most delicious coffee aroma, stunning... they sure use damn good beans for this one. There is also a faint malt wafting about, and some hop too.

Upon first taste, I realized this was the perfect beer to this even... 10AM, sitting around with a bunch of folk who've been up for hours. Coffee, rich and glorious roasted coffee paired with that beautiful brew Bender, sweet toffee, chocolate, all those fine qualities plus the added dimension make this one special brew. The body and carbonation are the same as normal Bender, very creamy smooth. Three cheers to the Surly crew for one fine beverage.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 2,044 ratings.