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: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thank you to Steasy66! Working through this box will be an absolute pleasure.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a little red and a finger of tan head that doesn't last long, but leave some bands of lace.

Smell. Dark roast coffee, some sweet caramel malts and maybe just a little vanilla.

Taste. Some lightly sweet, darker malts, nice coffee flavour that's not too strong, but very much the predominant taste. Slightly acidic which goes well with the coffee.

Mouthfeel. Below medium in body with medium carbonation. Not a big feel, but makes for some easy dinking.

Overall. A really nice and easy drinking coffee beer. When I think coffee, I'm used to it being in a pretty big beer. Not the case here, and it works great!

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

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A: 1/2" creamy light brown head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Coffee, caramel and clean yeast.

T: Chocolate, caramel, some roasted malt, some coffee, clean yeast and grassy hops.

M: Somewhat dry with medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable, great beer for a wet coast fall day.

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

Poured from a 16 oz can into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Big clumps and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, and some roast.

T- sweet roasted malts, coffee, and some bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable with slightly creamy feel.

O- very good brown ale. Coffee works very well with base brown Bender. Not overpowering coffe just enough.

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Poured from a can, canned on 09/7/12

A: Pours a dark dark brownish color that I would feel comfortable calling black. Big, fluffy beige color head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a beautiful lacing for most of the drink.

S: Aroma is dominated by coffee, with roasted cocoa hints at the end of the wafting.

M: Actually pretty light, which is very unexpected from the appearance. Medium level of carbonation.

T: Strong coffee taste with some chocolate roastiness.. Finishes with a hazelnut lingering flavor. I really like the sweet balance of chocolatey hazelnut and the bitterness of straight black coffee.

O: Bottom line, there is no way I won't load up on these whenever I'm in minny for work. I love how natural this tastes compared to many of the artificially tasting coffee brews I've had before.

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

I had this one at Gluek's & it was poured into a mug; the beer is dark brown with a beige head. Impressive lacing.

Aroma of coffee and more coffee all layered over some roasted malts.

The beer leads with coffee and well roasted malts. It is bitter but coffee bitter not hops bitter. There is some dark chocolate and dark fruit, but the coffee rules the roost.

The mouth is medium but for some reason I wish it was thicker.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can, canned on 08/21/12, and poured into my Stone tulip...

A - Pours a dark brown color, almost black. 2 fingers of thick light brown head cling to the sides as it slowly fades. Nice lacing left behind.

S - Smells like a cold cup of joe. Straight and to the point.

T/M - Yeah, a nice cold slightly bitter cup of black coffee, but I mean that in the best way possible. After the bold coffee flavor fades from the forefront, it makes way for a nuttiness. Great combination of a brown/coffee ale. Medium slightly thin mouthfeel.

O - Different from any other coffee ale I've had. Maybe it's from Surlys' cold extraction process of the coffee. It just has a natural/organic coffee flavor, not artificial or synthetic. I would definately purchase more of these...if they were sold in Vegas. Either way, Cheers!

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