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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JoelClark
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured aggressively and - very cold - , a milk chocolaty brown, to a sun king brewery shaped pint glass with a super foamy finger and a half, long lasting toffee head that leaves lace all the way to the rim of the glass after each sip.

aroma of roasty toffee, chocolate and corner diner coffee.

buttery dark brown sugar up front, moving toward coffee to the back of the tongue. a nice, sweet, brown. the malts balance the coffee well and while the coffee is indeed ever-present, it's not at all distracting. it's a brown with coffee, rather than a coffee brown.

very light and smooth, again, enjoyable. if there's anything approaching bitter hops here, they're sure well-hidden.

at 5.1 abv, this one's very drinkable.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby red, mahogany with a creamy tan head and good retention.

S - Coffee, nutty, chocolate, toffee, hazelnut.

T - Slight brown sugar sweetness, hazelnut, coffee, dark chocolate, bready malts with some roasted malt.

M - Medium body and smooth with a dry finish.

D - Like a mix of brown ale and iced coffee.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/10/2012; Poured from a 16oz can into New Glarus pokal.

Brilliantly clear seal brown liquid shines with maroon and sinopia highlights. A finger of thick creamy buff foam persists for ages and clings to the sides is sticky pearls of lace.

The fresh roast aromatics from coffee are immediately present in the nose, followed with toasted malt, faint cocoa, and brown sugar. Delicate, rich, and inviting.

The coffee contributes immense flavor, though the profile is clean and balanced as you would expect from a great Guatemalan light roast: mild citrus-like tartness backed by hints of vanilla and a lasting earthy/biscotti note. Low bitterness; no astringency; with roast malt just sufficient to re-assert that this is a beer rather than just a cold-brew iced coffee. Finishes just dry enough to draw you back in for another sip.

Light-bodied, creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel.

One of the better coffee beers I've sampled - very aromatic and well balanced with an unexpected delicacy as well. Well worth hunting down.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Promising but doesn't quite deliver. Look and smell outshines the taste and mouthfeel. Too thin and watery. Coffee flavor is weak and doesn't come through. I had high hopes for this one based on the look and smell but it just didn't deliver.

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Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

16 oz tallboy can, canned on 06/06/12, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown color, nearly opaque, dark ruby highlights, produces about a finger of creamy beige head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Big aroma with lots of roasted coffee beans, smells like an iced coffee, also some notes of roasted grain and chocolate.

T- Lots of bitter, roasted coffee flavor, cream, some chocolate and roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy feel.

O- A pretty nice coffee beer, very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tytoanderso for this one!

Pours out a cola-like murky brown with a very minimal loose head and very spotty lacing...

Aromas of coffee, chocolate malts, and perhaps a little earthiness... Nice...

Starts with a chocolate bitterness that melds into a coffee bitterness and lingers around like with that familiar coffee aftertaste... The mouthfeel is definitely a little thinner than I was hoping...

Glad I got to try this one.. I'm not sure I would buy this one regularly but its a nice novelty...

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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can into pint glass

A- Dark brown, thin head w/ lacing
S- Coffee ground. LIke the ones in a giant filter at the church social
T- Coffee, malts, sweetness then bitterness
M- Smooth and full, not watery

O- Good beer. There is something about coffee taste in this beer that I'm not 100% sold on. I love coffee and beer, but this combo results in good, not great for me.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ALC82
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: deep brown in color that has some amber color when I hold it up to light. Three finger fluffy tan head forms after a vigorous pour. Long head retention and superb lacing clings to my glass.

Smell : Very pleasant and pungent roasted coffee aromas . Subtle chocolate aromas also but mostly coffee dominats the nose.

Taste : Lots of great coffee flavor the name says it all :) Some very pleasant bitterness lingers in the aftertaste so you know your drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel : medium carbonation and medium bodied Great mouthfeel perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall : this is my favorite coffee flavor brews. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a coffee brew

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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