Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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4.15/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bender steeped cold for 24 hours in coarsely ground coffee beans from the Vinca Vista Hermosa plantation in Guatemala.

Added by feloniousmonk on 05-28-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,643
Reviews:
865
Ratings:
2,702
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leantom
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'm hoping that 1) this is not one of those hoppy brown ales and 2) that it's not a stout masquerading as a brown ale. Here goes:


A: Looks very nice. Clear but very dark brown with a wonderful red tint. The head is also nice and brown. Great.


S: Nope, this most certainly isn't a stout or hoppy brown ale. Very rich smell. Lots of brown sugar, caramel, molasses, hazelnuts, and peanuts. Lots and lots of nuts. Can also smell fairly robust coffee. Great - very complex and rich.

T: Follows the nose. Lots of rich nuts and vibrant coffee. Peanuts and hazelnut coat the aftertaste, along with an aftertaste of coffee bean.

F: Nice and thick.

O: Very rich and complex beer. Loved it.

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Photo of Tone
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong fresh coffee, sweet malt, slight alcohol, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is an elevated roasted bitterness and dryness. Tastes of strong coffee, sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, and slight alcohol. Overall, almost completely coffee, lacking complexity, good flavors though.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of moundbz
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 02/26/18

Appearance - Pours deep chestnut brown with a tan. finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds, thickening up at the edges. Solid lacing with broken lines and spotting decorating much of the glass.

Smell - The nose is immediately greeted with a wonderful roast and slight caramel undertone.

Taste - Follows the nose. Fresh roasted coffee with a touch of creamy caramel malt sweetness riding beneath. Finishes strong and the aftertaste lingers with roasted bean.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low, tingly carbonation. Slick drinker with a mostly dry finish.

Overall - Solid coffee brown. A bit thin, but not terribly so for a brown. A little more depth in flavor and this could be killer.

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Photo of jewellrunner
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeandduke
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5/4/18: 16 oz. canned 11/17/17 @ 8:32 AM gifted by brother Andy poured into Chimay chalice. Pitch black pour, light tan head. Very strong pleasant coffee roast aroma. Roasted coffee taste, balanced by sweet caramel. Thin mouth feel, slight carbonation, creamy and smooth drinking. Overall excellent offering by Surly!

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Photo of khargro2
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CSO
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinMc
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada pub glass

A: Pours rich mahogany brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Roasty, rich coffee, toasty, nutty, slightly earthy, caramel, and sweet cream.

T: Roasty, toasty, nutty, smooth coffee slowly takes over, slightly earthy, rounded out with some caramel and sweet cream.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: I would happily drink this every morning. Super flavorful coffee brown, but it won't knock you on your ass like some of the other tasty coffee beers that are out there.

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Photo of StormAles
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mgmoore314
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jtk21351
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcb7472
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,702 ratings