Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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Coffee BenderCoffee Bender

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

Can served into a pint.

A - Deep amber-infused brown hue with a frothy one-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S- Massive espresso off the nose! Smooths out to caramel malts and a touch of brown sugar. As a coffee lover, this is a delight.

T - Coffee, cream, vanilla and roasted flavors toward the end. This beer is not complex by any means, but damn it does the coffee right.

M- A light-medium body with fair carbonation. This is easily the worst part of this brew.

O - For a light coffee beer, I have had no better.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a mug (quote the can: "beer for a mug, from a can". Acquired as an extra in a trade with Surge1311, thanks man!

A- Pours a muddy brown body with amber highlights. There is a decent amount of noticeable carbonation. A thin white head rises and reduces pretty quickly. Leaves a little lacing.

S- This honestly smells like a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Slight French vanilla and toffee notes in the background, but black coffee is the primary aroma here. Pretty inviting.

T- Upfront I get some delicious french vanilla, coffee, and cream notes. These notes stick around for most of the sip and leave a roasty burnt toast taste on the tongue. There is a surprising hoppy pine note on the late aftertaste.

M- Super creamy but not too thick, medium low carbonation. As drinkable as any coffee milkshake.

Surly really hit the coffee character on the head with this brew. The huge coffee aroma/notes really make you wonder how much coffee they added to this brew, but as long as it tastes good and maintains its beer characteristic/abv I have no problem with that. I really likes the fact that the hops really shine on the finish. This is a unique and drinkable brew that really works. Could this be pulled off by another brewery? Probably not. Try it!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown body with 1-2 finger head.

S: it smells like... coffee. like canned coffee (one of those Asian coffee drinks)

T: Althought it's very much one-dimentional, it's quite awesome. It really tastes like Asian canned coffee drink. Coffee does overpower the somewhat of complexities that exist in regular Bender (coffee, vanilla, chocolate flavor).

M: Good amount of carbonation, fairly light body. I would say its body is lighter than regular bender (I am having them side by side).

O: Very interesting in a good way. One dimentional beer that gets a good rating from me. I think that's pretty rare.

Edit: Just wanted to add that this beer is 10x better than Founder's Frangelic Mountain.

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

Appearance: Dark but translucent hazel brown color with a two finger foamy tan head.

Aroma: Like the aroma coming from a fresh pot of coffee. Some sweet and roasty malts as well.

Taste: Wow, actually tastes almost exactly like iced coffee. Less sweet, but with all the flavor of a fresh cup of black coffee with cream. However, it is a tad watery. Sweet milky/caramel malts up front and then all dark coffee and a hint of hop bitterness on the end and finishes dry and bitter. An interesting beer if nothing else.

Mouthfeel: Too thin but perhaps that's what they were going for. Easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I tend to like real coffee and hazelnut flavors in beer, so I like Coffee Bender. However, I don't see why it's a year-round offering. Would I drink it again? Yes, but I wouldn't take it over the regular Bender.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,685 ratings