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): 5.50%

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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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Of all coffee beers I've ever had, this one unquestionably smells the most like fresh coffee. It really smells amazingly like iced coffee. And that's about all I get out of the aroma here, which is just fine because it's pretty awesome.

Pours black in my pint glass with a fair head....which dissipates fairly rapidly.

The taste is of perhaps the most coffee tasting beer I've ever had. Unlike many other coffee beers, which are often stouts, this is a lot thinner and really just seems a lot like an iced coffee. I read about how it's made, and it is apparently steeped in coffee beans for 24 hours. It certainly shows. If you're looking for deep complexity in a coffee beer, I'd say to keep looking. If you want a beer that's really a dead ringer for a cold coffee beverage that you'd get at a coffee you are!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a Goose Island glass.

A- Just barely able to see through the glass into the light. Rich coffee brown ale. Medium head with great retention.

S- By far the highlight of this beer. Coffee explodes out of this beer. Nutty

T- I have been drinking a lot of stouts lately, and coffee stouts too. I can really tell that this is a brown ale with loads of coffee. Smell of coffee is much stronger than the taste.

M- Pretty decent for a canned brown ale. Carbonation follows down the throat. Nothing offsetting here.

O- My first Surly offering, and I think for a coffee brown ale, they did a great job!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium dark brown, almost opaque. Head is pretty thick actually.

Smell: Smells like a cup of decent coffee (not Folgers) smell the alcohol a little bit too. Excellent smell

Taste: Very refreshing and crisp. Not as heavy as I was thinking it might be. Get some hops in there and of course, lots of coffee. Smells like coffee, taste like coffee. Doesn't have that old coffee or burnt coffee taste either like some coffee beers do. ABV is on the low side for me personally, but I suppose it could be considered a perfect blend.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing and crisp as aforementioned. It feels like a dark cup of ice coffee. Exactly what you would want from a coffee beer. Not heavy at all

Overall: Really outstanding beer. As I stated it is a bit light on the ABV. But this is an excellent year round beer. I could imagine drinking this in the summer considering how light, refreshing, and crisp it is.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89.9% out of 100 with 2,665 ratings
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