Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

Coffee BenderCoffee Bender
2,671 Ratings
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: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Surly compares to a starbucks iced coffee in a can, almost like one of the starbucks energy drinks. A very strong potent smell of coffee and beans, but a very weak beer. It's almost like a light beer with color additive. Overall I would drink it again b/c I am a coffee fan, but I truly believe the "coffee" added makes it like left over coffee from the pot in the afternoon.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, October 2012. Can thanks to yamar68, poured into a tulip.

Pour: Muddy, though mostly clear deep brown with a finger and a half of tan, almost khaki head. Some lacing, and the recedes rather quickly.

Smell: Well this came before the sight... I cracked the can and instantly got a burst of fresh coffee grounds. NICE. More coffee up close, followed but a light roasted chocolate, and some caramel. That coffee character is intense and spectacular.

Taste: Follows the nose to a T, with nice iced coffee upfront. Most into a roasted maltiness and a very light milk chocolate. Some bitter coffee grounds, and more Folgers to close.

Mouthfeel: Kinda heavy, but also equally, if not more, splashy. Coffee bitterness is interesting, but not amazing.

Overall: A much better beer than FMB, and perplexing at the same time. Truly very much enjoyed, but wish it was more substantial. This beer reminds me of the direction Breakfast stout should go in flavor, but what FBS makes up for in body.

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A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a nice looking one finger light brown head. Great retention that eventually settles to a 1/2 finger cap.

S: Freshly roasted coffee with some light mocha notes, faint roasted malt and some vanilla.

T: Lots of coffee and a touch of toasted hazelnut upfront. Some roasted malt in the middle followed by some faint raisin skin. A touch of acidity and just a hint of caramel on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the light side, but I like how the coffee works in this.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,671 ratings
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