Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

Coffee BenderCoffee Bender
BA SCORE
89.9%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 2,665 ratings
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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:
#1,448
Reviews:
857
Ratings:
2,665
Liked:
2,395
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
10.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
674
Gots:
426
Trade:
25
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Photo of bluehende
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy roasted pepper notes.

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Photo of njammer
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can dated 6/5/17. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Slightly off-white head, 2F. OK retention, leaves some lacing and a cap and ring. Dark brown.

S: Very coffee. Some roasted malts in the background.

T: Again, very coffee up front. Roasted malts, some citrus and earthy hoppiness. Neutral finish. Fair amount of complexity.

F: Light bodied, fairly moderate carbonation. Good construction although a tad watery. Balance good.

O: Very much like a cold-brewed coffee, but with complexity and alcohol.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craigmj7
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evanwoertz
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WaveDragon
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck89
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source. Clear chestnut brown color with a frothy and lasting head. Huge coffee and nutty aroma. Silky feel with coffee, roasted malt, caramel and toast. Slick feel. Just awesome.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mantistobogganmd
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lelampp
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sethcroisant
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Dark brown color with a thick thin caramel head with short retention.
Strong aroma with predominant roasted coffee bean notes. Hints of nuts and vanilla.
Flavor with predominant notes of roasted coffee beans, but it feels different, I guess it was the cold extraction process. Hints of cinnamon, oranges, pine, nuts, grapefruit citrusy, vanilla, oat and some dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness and a lingering roasted coffee note.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Fresh cold brew coffee with an American Brown Ale in the background. The 45 IBUs didn't shine it through the coffee notes. I would increase its stake beyond the Bender regular recipe. Though, once it warms up, complexity starts to increase.
Anyway, the ultimate result was an was utterly pleasant and balanced brew. Perfectly executed and a must for coffee lovers.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arizcards
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead 3-12-17 for $3.49. Canned on 2-13-17.

Beer poured brown with a decent tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Nose offers huge steeped coffee like the beans were freshly roasted.

Taste is a sweet brown ale that melds quite nicely with the coffee adjunct to form an impressive session brown ale. Finish is like sipping my morning coffee - very nice!

Mouthfeel is light bodied and rather underwhelming giving the huge flavors going on but was expected for this session ale.

Overall a very nice brew that i am glad we were able to try!

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ummswimmin
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Straight across the board 4's. The name don't lie. If you like good coffee this beer is for you. Another Highly worthy beer from Surly. Glad they have made it to AZ

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 2,665 ratings
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