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:
#3,006
Reviews:
869
Ratings:
2,711
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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678
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Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant coffee hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice coffee flavors.
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice coffee flavored beer

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Photo of shelby415
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Micheal_McCann
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not just a hint of coffee, it's borderline an iced coffee. If you are a coffee lover, it is superb.

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Photo of teromous
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottom of the can says: "CANNED ON 07/20/18 F4370 10:46"

Appearance: The body is a dark brown with hints of dark reddish-brown in the light. It has a large khaki head that is fluffy and has both good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The smell of coffee is present even when the glass is on the table. Closer inspection reveals a slightly peppery and earthy espresso aroma that smells very fresh.

Taste: It has a nice mix of flavors, including toffee, burnt caramel, coffee, and toasted bread. There is a faint hint of mint and a touch of burnt carbon towards the finish of the beer. It has a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It is a smooth and easy drinking beer with a pleasant medium body and great carbonation. There's no room for improvement on this beer.

Overall: It's a very impressive beer. It has a good coffee flavor but it doesn't use that flavor to mask the flavor of the beer. What you have here is an outstanding Brown Ale that has been supercharged with even more flavor in the form of coffee. I would highly recommend it to both individuals who like coffee and those who simply like a good Brown Ale. It is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer that I would like to buy again.

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Photo of npachl
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is all coffee. The taste is an excellent blend of coffee and malt.

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Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GulDukat88
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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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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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

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,711 ratings