Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

Coffee BenderCoffee Bender
2,671 Ratings
Coffee BenderCoffee Bender

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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

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

The beer smells, exactly like a cold coffee with a slight bit of chocolate. The beer is poured dark brown, with a off white fluffy head. When drinking this beer you get a nice hit of coffee, but sweet chocolate and hoppy flavours come through. The beer is so tasty. The balance after the coffee flavours are quite flavourful. The mouthfeel is light, but quite drinkable. I could drink a lot of these. What I love about this beer is that by the end of the beer, you don't taste as much coffee, but the hops and the chocolate sweetness from regular bender come through. This is an outstanding beer.

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

A big thanks to wisconsinbeer1 for throwing this my way in a trade. A fine trader you are no doubt.

A - A nice dark brown ale poured with love into my anxiously awaiting glass. Nice puffy head that quickly backs off leaving some legs and lacing behind.

S - It's all about the coffee and this one certainly delivers. Not the charred blackened coffee that meets one's nose, this one is very inviting.

T - Lots of great coffee flavor dances on the tongue along with a little chocolate and smoke. The taste goes along with the smell. My wife who is a coffee hound gave this one an enthusiastic thumbs up.

M - A little on the thin side compared to the plethora of coffee stouts that dominate the beer shelves. Since it is a brown ale, that is to be expected.

D - You could probably drink these back for quite a nice session. Given its ABV, it allows you to enjoy more than one, that is for certain.

I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Seems like you can pick probably from 50 coffee beers today if you so choose. If you do, make sure that this in one that you do pick. It is worth it. Another cool Surly can has met its match.

Thanks Jason for passing along my way. I appreciate your generous trades.

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

Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge 11/05/08.

Appeared a very dark brown with a thin head that sunk to a skim and left little to no lacing.

Aroma was of mild chocolate, slight caramel, but mostly bold roasted coffee. Kind of like sticking your face in a bucket of ground coffee.

The taste had a bit of mild caramel sweetness up front with some chocolate but that was quickly taken over by the profound fresh coffee taste that dries up on the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium, and came across quite creamy and drinkable.

For a coffee beer this stuff is very drinkable. You kind of have to like coffee to really enjoy this one to it's full extent as it's bursting with it.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Omar and the crew never dissappoint.

A: Dark mahogany in color, with a creamy head that settles to a thin film on the surface. Lacing is very good, and carbonation is very fine.

S: All coffee at first, but also has subtle hints of toast, chocolate, and oatmeal. Hops are almost non existent in the aroma, as the coffee dominates the aroma.

T: This beer is almost like drinking black coffee. Roasty, with espresso and chocolate notes. Also a bit of toffe and oats. Hops are more present ont the palate than the nose, giving the beer a very pleasant dry finish.

M: Not much different from the ordinary Bender. Medium-bodied, and very smooth.

D: A great coffee beer. Very easy to drink and expresses what coffee beers should taste like. The best part of waking up is Surly in my cup!

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

A: pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a nice one inch creamy light brown head

S: smells like delicious iced coffee. not over powering at all with a small hint of vanilla & coco powder

T: tastes like a wonderful iced coffee with hints of mocha and vanilla

M: feels light and tingly on the tongue with good carbonation.

D: This is truly a perfect beer you could drink for breakfast! Would be great for after dinner as well maybe with some ice cream. At 5.1% I could easily drink several of these with no problem.

I would very much recommend everyone try this beer. Especially if you are a regular coffee drinker like myself.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head. Head leaves some slight lacing along the sides of the glass.

S- Coffee with something sweet I can't put my finger on it though.

T- Roasted coffee, sweet malts and a touch of hops.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- A very good solid brew that is really easy to drink.

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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

Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,671 ratings
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