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Cacao Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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96
world-class

219 Ratings
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95
world-class

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 41
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Mahogany hued ale infused with coffee, vanilla beans and cacao nibs.

45 IBU

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 07-20-2012)
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Reviews by Ross_Haddow:
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Ross_Haddow

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

08-04-2013 17:51:13 | More by Ross_Haddow
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-07-2013 14:19:46 | More by Schlais
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briang01

Maryland

4.12/5  rDev -5.1%

08-12-2014 04:58:10 | More by briang01
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NWer

Washington

4.6/5  rDev +6%

Served in a Surlyfest mug at Surlyfest '12.
This was my first taste - not really a 'taste' at all but a full 16 oz pour - at Surlyfest and the best.
Full bodied dark chocolate in appearance. One finger head that retained well.
Chocolate, cocoa beans, coffee.
At 5.10% very sessionable. Not big on the alcohol which allows me to enjoy the festival and not get wasted.
Smooth aftertaste. No cloy whatsoever.
It sure would be nice to see them can this one not that it would do me any good. I don't get to Minnesota very often.

09-23-2012 11:51:57 | More by NWer
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-14-2014 18:16:32 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-29-2014 15:18:21 | More by warnerry
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-10-2014 17:35:24 | More by Jason
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ryancl

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-16-2012 03:06:58 | More by ryancl
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SjConroy

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

02-24-2014 21:18:00 | More by SjConroy
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deebo

Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%

First time trying this one. On tap at the brewery. Had Moe's many times and all except the last time in which it was syrupy and cloying it was a superb beer that managed to be so flavorful at such a low ABV. Anyway this similar version to Moe (without the wood aging) is also a fantastic beer. Tons of flavor yet not filling and easy to drink multiples of. Rich cocoa powder flavor on top of the already solid coffee taste and the rich roasted malt backbone of Bender with a fair amount of vanilla to top it off...this is so tasty. The mouthfeel on this version is lighter than Moe's but still has a rich, silky mouthfeel upfront that quickly dissipates inviting that next drink. Similar to Moe's I would love to see Surly make more of either one of these beers. Just takes Coffee Bender to the next level. What a beer that is so flavorful yet very drinkable!

07-25-2013 03:32:47 | More by deebo
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-29-2012 04:22:04 | More by NilocRellim
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MNMike

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-09-2013 02:54:39 | More by MNMike
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warmbier804

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-16-2013 21:50:37 | More by warmbier804
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

On tap at the Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. Served in a 10 oz. tulip glass.

Appearance: Color is a very deep and dark brown that is somewhat hazy. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of light tan head with good retention. Has some pretty good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of sweet chocolate dominates. Smells a lot like chocolate milk. Dark roasted malts with big hints of cocoa chocolate and coffee. Also some hints of vanilla, nuts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and syrup. Some earthy hops linger around in the background. A very good aroma here. Sweet but not overly cloying.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a big taste of sweet milk chocolate. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of the cocoa, chocolate, lactose, coffee beans, and vanilla. Also notes of nuts, burnt caramel, and toffee. A sizable amount of brown sugar and syrup is tasted. Behind the dark sweetness is a nice presence of earthy hops that provide some bitterness towards the finish. Really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, smooth, and somewhat syrupy. Starts out pretty sweet but has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good chocolate beer. Has the big cocoa taste you would get from a big chocolate stout with a smaller body and lower abv. A good session chocolate brew.

09-29-2012 05:35:02 | More by MattyG85
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-14-2013 15:04:22 | More by roostor07
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optimator705

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

07-26-2012 22:44:49 | More by optimator705
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-11-2014 13:34:36 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 23:48:51 | More by Gonzoillini
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markcp

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-11-2014 02:27:42 | More by markcp
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Rborre321

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

08-10-2014 13:49:49 | More by Rborre321
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-13-2013 04:07:08 | More by sjstraub
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-28-2013 12:32:13 | More by Bunuelian
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-28-2013 15:56:32 | More by arniepnminne
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

04-04-2014 01:40:07 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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wmobley

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

03-13-2013 20:47:58 | More by wmobley
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Cacao Bender from Surly Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.