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:
#1,537
Reviews:
860
Ratings:
2,684
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

Photo of JoeandRyan
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spoony
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz can (canned October 31, 2017) to a nonic glass.

A-The beer is dark walnut brown. It is nearly opaque, but a little light gets through at the edges. The head is mocha colored and dense, but it fades rather quickly. A wave of lacing remains on the glass.

S-Wow! Intense and delicious notes of brewed coffee and hints of espresso bean. Despite a huge coffee aroma, the beer doesn't smell overly bitter and acidity is almost non-existent. It is almost like a iced latte with hints of creaminess. Not much in the way of "beer" aroma gets through the coffee.

T-The taste is also coffee-heavy. That almost-creaminess is still there and there is just a hint of bitterness on the finish that lingers on the palate. I cannot detect anything in the way of hops and just a little hit of barley grain. If I had to knock the beer I would say it almost a little one-dimensional, but if you like coffee, it is a good dimension.

M-The body is medium in heft with a smooth carbonation. It drinks really well for such an intensely flavored beer.

O-One of my favorite brown ales ever. I may be up all night because of the caffeine but I don't care. I will drink more of this.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying this at Monks Pub in Chicago. It poured a nearly opaque deep rich amber with no head and no lace. The scent and taste are so coffee grounds that there is no comparison. I gave this a beer a 5 on taste becaus rid brewer's intention....that that I liked it that much. If you love coffee/chewing in coffee grounds....thwn this is your beer. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's way to strong on the coffee side for me.

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Photo of Cliffy21
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trygelski1
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RichieSledz
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Tastes like a nitro iced coffee with a bit of an edge.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brenn79
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can, thanks bro- Pours very dark cola brown with a tan head that reduces. Aroma is all coffee, serious gourmet shit right here... dark roasted malts. The taste is coffee, roasted malts, bitterness that can be attributed to the coffee, or possibly hops, it does have 45 ibu's, getting a bit of chocolate and caramel too, delicious.

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

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

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,684 ratings