Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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Coffee BenderCoffee Bender

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

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

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Photo of sevenarts
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brownish black, medium tan head, moderate lacing.

S: Rich, creamy, espresso-like coffee, like bitter, slightly nutty iced coffee.

T/M: As with the aroma, the coffee taste comes through loud and clear and up-front. The bitterness and strongness of the coffee is balanced by some chocolate, nuttiness, and a long creamy coffee finish.

O: A delicious coffee beer, like rich, strong iced coffee.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Who's your fuckin' daddy? This shit is SO good. Seriously though.... Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a rich, dark brown with a nice cappuccino like head. The nose is straight black coffee. It's such a lovely scent. The taste is just...outstanding. Very coffee forward flavor with a slight hint of cherry. This is so slick. I love this. The mouthfeel is a bit thing and acidic. The coffee and slight bit of cherry lingers throughout the finish. Overall, this is a marvelous beer. I wish I had regular access to this. Good shit.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cabelgabel
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of SuperNova777
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to the godfather of SBI for this one

A:Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing

S:Smell was absolutly radical, just like a handful of coffe beans. I had a hard time keeping myself from smelling it, picked up a slight hint of chocolate as well but mostly COFFEE!!

T:Just as you would expect from the nose almost all you get is big coffee flavor, up front middle and back. Really I can't get enough of this

M:Good mouthfeel all around, palate is dominated by what you guess? Yeah all coffee everywhere

D:This was so tasty and easy to drink I couldn't get enough of it, had take it away from my woman because she wasn't gonna volunter to give it back after a taste. If you dig coffee search this one out

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a Stone Pint glass. DOB: 8/11? At any rate, it's fairly fresh.

A: Pours a deep amber brown color. Red hues for sure. Half finger tan head. Goes away quickly.

S: Smells like dark roast coffee beans. There are some toasted malts in there for sure. Coffee lovers dream.

T: It's a delicious brown ale with coffee. Your tongue gets assaulted with coffee bitterness right up front, which is very nice. Then in the mid-tongue you get the malts to mellow out the bitterness. Roasted character, no chocolate if a little. And coffee on the close.

M: Medium bodied beer. Lighter side. Some mouth coat. Very drinkable.

O: another win for the Surly boys. I really really like it. A- to A beer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can courtesy of KeefD who threw this in as an extra in a great trade. Thanks!

Dark brown with red highlights. Nice tan, two finger head with an aggressive pour. Slight Brussel's lace forms with each sip.

Smell is definitely rich, Sumatra coffee. Nutty, earthy with a slight acridness associated with moderately roasted fresh ground coffee.

Taste is full blown, French pressed iced coffee. Nicely done! Dark malts provide a slight sweetness - as if this coffee had one tablespoon of liquid sugar added to it. Bitterness comes from the roast as I have real trouble discerning the 45 IBUs. Okay, maybe I get a touch of green hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very nice at this ABV. Creamy - as a good iced coffee should be. A nice silkiness is also present.

Drinkability is great! I could see getting pulled in two different directions with this one after one too many.

Overall, a very nice beer from Surly!

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Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark dark brown with mahogany highlights. almost-tan head that had pretty good retention and left a little lace. nose is coffee intertwined with toasty, roasty, malty, malt and a kind of chocolate/coffee malted milkshake scent? taste follows suit with a nice chocolate/cocoa character that is sweet, but doesn't translate as anywhere near cloying or out of step. great harmony here. also a pretty healthy hop character that blends right in. hops create a bitter sensation as well that melds with the bitter of the coffee perfectly. the malted milkshake thing comes through in the middle very nicely. medium body that is soft and borders on slick. mild carbonation. abv is undetectable to me. overall, a great twist on an already very very good beer. quite a pleasure.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a glass mug. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy tan head has some staying power. No real lacing.

Lots of roasted coffee beans in the nose. It seems so good it's hard to notice anything else. Maybe I just don't want to...I love coffee!

Taste is iced coffee. Slightly sweet with a mellow bitter finish. Brown ale base gives way to showcase the coffee beans. Some may say it's one dimensional, but what a dimension.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is right on.

Overall...I love this beer. The fact it's a brown ale lets the coffee shine, unlike some heavy handed coffee stouts. Thanks to LostCook for bringing this back for me. I missed out on trying this when I was in MN. Never again.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Received two cans of Coffee Bender from mnjeff - thanks man this stuff is killer! Poured into a Duvel glass at 50 degrees this beer is a very dark brown and appears to be unfilitered. The head is off-white and billowy. The head recedes to a thin lace as the beer warms closer to room temperature.

The aroma is of freshly brewed columbian dark roast with whole milk cream, raw sugar, and vanila bean flavoring. I'm blown away by the intense coffee smell in this one! Smells great!!!

The taste is just like the smell - bitter coffee flavor, sweet malt, creamy head and a hint of hops. It's hard to say where the coffee ends and hops begin. The brewer used a hop variety that works great with coffee; it's very similar to the same bitterness. Finish is dry and of coffee - obviously!

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated - just about perfect for style. Perhaps a touch thin in the finish.

This beer isn't as drinkable as some because the high level of bitterness I would not want more than two of these large cans in a sitting. I did enjoy the beer and would love more in the future. Great brew!

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Photo of Maerzen
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the tasting last night at Common Roots Cafe. This was my first coffee infused beer and it was quite enjoyable. The appearance was a little muddy but attractive. I'm curious to know if it's difficult for the coffee to completely meld with the beer. The smell was of what else, coffee - a nice, dark, rich coffee. It was the taste that really got me. The bitterness of the coffee and hops seemed to compliment, encourage and smooth each other other as if they were always meant to be together. Nice creaminess and very drinkable - especially during the extreme cold we're having now. It's not something that I would want to have at any time but it is very good.

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

Photo of Jae61
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BuzzFee
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MN-Nice
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Superbohl4
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of robear
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LooseMoose1978
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MPLS
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had this on Tap, from a growler, and now recently in a can. Decided to choose the can, which was my most recent tasting of this beer.

A: Nice Medium-Dark brown body, with a subtle fizzy head. Psychologically it makes me want to think it's the exact color of a dark cup of coffee.

S: Prominent coffee smell, roasted, but not of old roasted coffee. This smells fresh and not like some of the coffee ground beers I have tasted.

T: Awesome coffee up front with the typical bender in back, smooth and mellow. Props to Surly for not having the coffee flavor be too acidic.

M: Medium bodied, enough to swish the palate with every sip.

D: Pretty damn drinkable considering how much coffee I drink. Low ABV and plenty of coffee smoothness to keep enjoying.

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Photo of wvdfh120fan
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Photo of memphischas
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can to pint glass.

A- Visible streams of carbonation, one finger light khaki head that sticks around. Brew is a very dark brown, dark red under intense light. Leaves great web like lacing all the way down.

S- Coffee!! Fresh roasted whole beans, espresso, mocha, light hint of cacao nibs.

T- Opens bitter with strong notes of espresso and unground beans. In the middle I get some toffee and light nuttiness. Finishes silky smooth with notes of cocoa nibs and milk chocolate.

M- Full bodied for the style, good carbonation, creamy and smooth, no alcohol present at all. Perfect score here.

O- I personally really enjoyed this offering. I could see how the coffee could be overpowering if you're not into it though. I'll definitely buy again, and I'd recomend this to any heavy java drinker. Perfect fall beer.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great looking brown ale. The pour resulted in a nice two finger pale tan head with great retention sitting overtop an opaque dark coloured brew that displays garnet highlights when backlit. Nice sticky lacings, sheets gradually disperse to reveal a sticky, full intricate webbing.

The rich aroma of dark roasted coffee greets the nose. It has the unmistakable aroma of coffee, with earthy notes of chocolate. Milder notes of roasted barley are also present along with some creamy nutty notes and toffee. Hops are also present, although somewhat muted with herbal accents and hints of hay.

A coffee lovers beer, and thankfully i love my coffee. The main flavour is the coffee, rich, earthy, and chocolaty with a hints of smoke. Toffee and nuts present from the malt but take a backseat to the rich coffee flavour. Herbal hopping with a clean bitterness appear to round out the finish.

Smooth and creamy with a substantial medium body. Roasted coffee and malts contrasts nicely with rich malts with their notes of hazenut and toffee. Some bitterness from the coffee and roasted malts, as well as herbal hop bitterness. Coffee is showcased quite nicely with malt and hops relegated to a supporting role.

Quite drinkable, although not recommended for those who arent into coffee. Perhaps too bold and complex to be a true session beer, but i could easily see knocking a few pints of this back at a sitting. Im thinking this would be a perfect brew in front of a fire after a long day. Im happy they are canning this one, and will be drinking this again very soon. Highly recommended for fans of coffee.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into an imperial pint
Big thanks to Mikey711 for the extra

Pours a dark brown with a lingering mahogany hue. A huge, billowy, foamy head that leaves huge chunks and rings of lace.

Roasted coffee beans and a mild nuttiness. Caramel and toffee with a touch of molasses round out the flavor profile. Subtle, not overpowering but pleasing and inviting.

Toffee and caramel lay a nice foundation while the coffee grounds dominate. There is a nice sweetness that lingers and the bitter coffee meld nicely. I am not a coffee drinker, but I do enjoy coffee flavor and this guy has a load of it.

A medium light body that is creamy and supple. A little thin, but overall enjoyable. The finish is cold roasted coffee, slightly bitter.

The body and somewhat simple flavor profile coupled with a low abv make this easy to drink.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,643 ratings.
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