Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
2,658
Reviews:
856
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.6%
 
 
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671
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427
For Trade:
25
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with red hues, persistent creamy tan head slowly fades
S - aroma is iced coffee, but not much else - it does smell good though!
T - iced coffee again here, more beer like qualities than the aroma indicates; brown malt, chocolate, grain, some vanilla
M - medium bodied, smooth, slight piny herbal bitterness on the finish
O - really nice to go back to this one. The one and only other time I had this was a few years ago when Surly was in the Chicago area on tap only. I wonder what this would be like as a nitro tap. Just a thought.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee Bender
Surly Brewing Company, Minnesota
---from can to stemmed tulip glass---

Appearance
Dark brown and leather red where light is allowed through, huge head that shrinks down to a thin cap with little lacing.

Smell
Like the can says, this smells like iced coffee! I’m having a hard time smelling anything else.

Taste
Coffee. Little nuttiness from the brown ale, very faint sweetness. Some earthy hops help offset the coffee bitter.

Mouth-feel
Medium body, medium carbonation, literally tastes like cold-carbonated coffee. Incredibly smooth – probably from the oats.

Overall
I really dig this beer. Obviously coffee forward… doesn’t leave much for the standard beer drinker. I’m not a brown ale kind o’ guy… but this Brown Oatmeal Coffee Ale is tops… also best coffee forward beer I’ve had. I absolutely MUST have another.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to PHboiler for throwing this extra in a trade.

Took a few sips from the can then poured to tulip.

A. Starting off it poured somewhat thin. A medium brown color. A fine bubble amber head that quickly builds back up when swirled. Minor laces.

S. Low fragrances of coffee, yeast, biscuits. Straight forward.

T. Follows the nose but amplified. A pleasant bitterness from the hops and coffee beans. A bitter cocoa flavor comes from the dark malts.

M. Highly effervescent. Smooth. Medium body.

O. A very nice experience. A well crafted blend of coffee beans and ale. It strongly resembles an iced black coffee with beer. A great combination. This is not an everyday beer but when the time is right, this ale hits the spot. I find this does wonders for hangovers.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from trade and forget who. But thanks! Pours to my tulip brown with some ruby red showing through in the pour. As it accumulates in the glass it ends up very dark brown with a one finger khaki head that's looks very creamy. Aroma is a giant smack of coffee beans, maybe a hint of nutty brown ale in there. Flavor comes in with, SURPRISE, big coffee, earthy and spicy as can be and nearly like liquid espresso beans. There is a light nutty and malt character mixed in there but it is certainly subdued. There is a small hint of bittering cocoa powder as well. The mouthfeel on this is on the thin side and it would have been nice to have either a bit more thickness to this, or more carbonation. As is, the carbonation is a low medium to low. It makes it sort of sit deadened on the tongue. Nevertheless the coffee flavor here is massive and this is rather enjoyable.

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

A - Very dark brown with a good creamy brown head. Leaves a little lacing around the edge of the glass.
S - dark chocolate, coffee, cherries
T - coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, moderate bitter finish.
M - Heavy, lingers in the mouth, with low carbonation.
O - I enjoyed it and will have it again.

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what i love about coffee bender is its drinkablity, and intense coffee smells and flavors. its more coffee heavy than any other beer ive ever had, yet it drinks real easy, and could work as an all day beverage. the color is dark brown, but lighter than porter, its got some transparency to it, and has a fading inch of off white head. the nose is all coffee, earthy and bitter, even a little fruity like blueberries, but there is very little acidity. there is also some brown ale style chocolate malt, but the coffee dominates. same in the flavor, its all coffee start to finish. just enough beer here to give some backbone, but this is almost indistinguishable from a cup of coffee, at least in beer terms. the cold pressing really helps the feel stay light and refreshing, and the caffeine is detectable. clean though, not long bitter in the finish, just sharp enough. carbonated well, medium body seems lighter. a four pack of these would be a nice dose i think, a good beer to start a big night with as well. i have loved everything from surly, and i love this too!

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,658 ratings.
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