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Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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4.15/5
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2,672 Ratings
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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:
#1,483
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
2,672
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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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4.39/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at an awesome tasting last night. thanks tom!

pours out nearly black, dark brown color, decent looking biege head.

blown away by the aroma! tons of coffee, like smelling a handful of expresso coffee beans. the aromas of the regular bender (sampled minutes before) are lost behind all the coffee.

again lots of high quality coffee, the regular bender base is more noticable. some light roasted malt and bits of cocoa. creamy, smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied.

overall: as a lover of coffee beers, this is definatly at the top of my list. one of the more memorable beers of the night, which included almost the whole surly lineup, including darkness, four, and smoke.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark brown, I can just barely see through it if I hold the glass up to the light, as deep ruby hues shine through. The head is medium thick, tan, leaving a hearty lace. The aroma is all coffee, no malt sweetness really, like a freshly roasted pot. I like it.

This thing tastes like a cold and carbonated cup of coffee really. I don't like coffee all that much, but for a beer this is great. The dry roasted bitterness is really pleasant with just enough malt backbone to balance things. The mouthfeel might seem a bit thin, but the rather sharp carbonation compensates for that nicely.

I must say this coffee-flavored beer is excellent. It's really nothing like the original Bender, but that is fine. This Packs alot of flavor into a really sessionable brew. Highly recommended...

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,672 ratings
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