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Coffee Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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Ratings: 2,136
Reviews: 784
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 629
Gots: 270 | FT: 19
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Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can side-by-side with regular Bender. Born on 1/26/12.

Pours a dark brown/red oak with a small pillowy tan head. Smell is more subdued than regular: less toffee, hazelnut, and hops; more pronounced coffee bean and barley. I slightly prefer the smell of regular. The taste is espresso bean and cocoa up front along with a strong bitter presence. It hits the palate and kind of goes flat, not like regular bender that had deep rolling layers of flavor. Still, it's great: coffee, toffee, dark chocolate- all roasted to perfection with a bitter kick of hops at the end. The bitter is medicinal at times and the mouthfeel is still a bit thin. Otherwise it's great.

The four loko of craft brews? No, just a great brown ale with coffee (caffeine) added.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz canned on June 8, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours dark brown with a two finger light brown head that retains very well and leaves some spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is toast, bread, coffee with cream, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, caramel, a little chocolate, a touch of grassy hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is coffee, dark bread & toast, nuts, caramel, toffee, some grassy hops on the finish. Mild sweetness and some light bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good carbonation.

An excellent Brown Ale. The coffee is part of the supporting cast and is not the star of the show like some other coffee beers. Exceptionally tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a 16oz can, served in a Samuel Smith pint glass

A - solid inch and a half, maybe two inches of super frothy tan colored foam...had to let it settle a bit before I could fit the entire can in the glass. the beer is a very dark burnt amber/ruby color. minimal spotty lacing.

S - coffee, coffee, coffee...more like coffee flavoring or instant powdered espresso than anything freshly roasted. underneath all the coffee are some crackery malts and a small whiff of earthy hops.

T - immediately goes from sweet, to coffee, to bittering. coffee again is more of the lightly sweetened and creamed instant powder. graham cracker and brown sugar malts add a kiss of sweetness fighting to be noticed.

M - very present and tight carbonation works well with the flavor...medium bodied and quite slick, then the bitterness turns slightly chalky.

D - quite the unique one here...drinks more like an alcoholic coffee energy drink than anything else. i am a huge coffee-head so i find this rather enjoyable, just missing the well-roundedness of classic coffee + beer flavors.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, ckeegan04 hooked me up with many fine regional treasures in a trade, and this was one of them. Entirely unexpected since the package came from Tennessee. And an extremely pleasant surprise it was...thanks Chris! I have enjoyed every Surly offering I've sampled so far. This seems ripe for my Portsmouth snifter.

Pours an iced-coffee brown that gets a little heavier as the snifter fills up. A nice root-beer styled ginger-colored head is a little less than a finger and goes relatively quickly. A little decent lacing though. Body is a little opaque.

Oooh, coffee, sweet coffee. Almost reminds me of a thin Peche Mortel in a way. Malt profile is midly dark with no tannins. Nice. Hops have a little grass and pine. Smooth, very smooth.

Now the hops come out a bit more with the first sip or 2. Mostly grass and pine, but by no means earthy - they have a nice zip. The backdrop of dark malts and coffee make this quite a velvety concoction. Very well-played.

Palate feel on this one is mighty fine. A little hop tang - even a little citrus..up against rich coffee texture. Finish is even-keeled and well-balanced. There's some Beautiful Chemistry going on here.

To me your average brown isn't the easiest drinking thing in the world...but this is not average by any means. Very solid - a little brighter than usual for style from the nice tangy hop bite. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to try this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Buebie for sending another Surly want my way.
Can poured into my Sam Adams glass produced a good finger worth tan of head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was brown in color with red highlights'

Guess what it smells like coffee ;-) Probably no surprise there, but it also has a nice sweet aroma a well. The flavor mimics the nose with a light bitter finish. Comparing it to other coffee brews I have experienced this is a lot more like a Ice coffee flavor and feel in my mouth. I like it, I could easily see myself kicking back a few of these on a hot day and feel quite refreshed. If you are into ice coffees you got to give this a try

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

A - Very, very dark brown body with a purplish-red hue when held to light. The head is a medium brown standing about an inch tall. This is a very inviting brew.

S - Oh, coffee. Smooth and inviting. This is an aroma that begs to be consumed. I can't wait!

T - Coffee with a woody middle and a subtle hop finish. This is an intriguing brew.

M - Smooth but a little watery. I must say the feel is good but it could be a hair better with a little more texture. I think a bit of coarseness might help to bring out more of the hops that I can sense is lurking in a back alley.

~ I want to call this brew complex but it really is straight forward and to the point. This is definitely something every beer drinker must try. You will not regret it! Thanks again "drizzam"!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A: Pours that deep dark mahogany brown just like the original with those garnet hues around the edges. Frothy 1 finger burnt khaki tan head with some nice lacing.

S: Toasted nutty grains expected of the brown style are handed over to a nice subtle roasted coffee bean aroma.

T: Like a straight iced black coffee! Nice nutty caramel toffeeness. Chocolatey toasted grains with a dry roast java finish. Bitters and black coffee give a bit of acridity to it with a sort of tart sourness.

M: Medium light bodied brew that is ver creamy in texture. But has an acrid bitter quality that sort of tarts the palate on the finish.

D: Quite refreshing out of a nice cold can - you totally get that iced coffe feel out of drinking this brew if that is something you would enjoy.

Another solid Surly brew. I think while the original Bender does lend itself to some coffee flavors with the coffee additions here you lose a lot of that great mouthfeel from the oats and a sort of tart bitterness takes over. Would definitely have another but would prefer to stick to the original really.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown body topped by a thick tan head. Head throws a lot of nice lace. Aroma has a strong fresh ground coffee note with a hint of malt and vanilla. Flavor is also very strong on the coffee, like a nice mild roast, supported by caramel malts and a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but tends to support the whole coffee vibe. Drinkability is good. I would want another someday, but not immediately following. A very enjoyable coffee beer.

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

Can served into a pint.

A - Deep amber-infused brown hue with a frothy one-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Massive espresso off the nose! Smooths out to caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. As a coffee lover, this is a delight.

T - Coffee, cream, vanilla and roasted flavors toward the end. This beer is not complex by any means, but damn it does the coffee right.

M- A light-medium body with fair carbonation. This is easily the worst part of this brew.

O - For a light coffee beer, I have had no better.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a four-fingers thick dense, tan head into a pub glass that left really nice lacing throughout. body was a brown-mahogany color.
s - bitter coffee with some sweetness underneath.
t - same as the aroma.
m - medium thickness on the tongue.
o - this beer isn't trying to fool you, it's coffee all the way. good stuff.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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