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Coffee Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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

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.

This is just as advertised and I enjoyed it.

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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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16 oz. can poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance - A deep brown, maybe a little hazy or murky. Not a lot of light penetrates. Nice khaki head that laces all over the glass.

Smell - I'm surprised the nose isn't as dominated by coffee as the taste. Much more of a brown ale aroma with coffee in the background. Nutty with some vanilla, then coffee.

Taste - Here's where it's all coffee. Tons of coffee with a little bit of hazelnut brown ale and some vanilla. The beer comes through in the form of a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Easy drinking. Bitter, maybe too much, but at least it reminds me that I'm drinking beer and not coffee.

Overall - I'm not usually a fan of coffee-dominated beers, but the coffee in here is dominant without being too acidic. It makes for a very pleasant coffee experience.

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

16oz tall-boy thanks to will1256. Poured into HF tulip.

A- Pours a very dark pretty much opaque brown with about a half finger of mocha brown head that has nice layered lacing. Decent carbonation.

S- Roasted coffee beans, lactose sugars, light roasted malts. Very nice lightly sweet coffee flavor that is well above average aroma strength.

T- Coffee, light cream/lactose sugars, a bit of toffee, light bitter chocolate on the finish followed by a light espresso aftertaste that lingers for awhile.

M- Medium bodied, lightly creamy, decent carbonation, easy to drink.

O- This was a very flavorful beer that had a very nice coffee taste to it. If you like coffee beers I would definitely recommend this beer. The aroma was very nice and the taste was very good but the finish was slightly too bitter. Very easy to drink, tasty, would love to drink this on a regular basis.

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

Looks dark brown. Light brown head and lacing from an aggresive poor.

Smell on this beer is a huge selling point. Some malty sweetness mixed with iced coffee.

Similar to the taste. A must for coffee lovers one of my go-to beers.

Mouthfeel is creamy but light.

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Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clearish chestnut pour with a good two finger khaki head that fades to leave a nice thick, creamy blanket.

S - Oh wow. This one really pops with the iced coffee aromas. Really big and bold coffee, nice and still light and creamy though.

T - More of those tasty iced coffee notes. There is some light malty sweetness along with good delicious iced coffee type flavours. Quite good.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Enough carbonation to keep this up and. Stuff is super, super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a very tasty brown ale. The coffee really jumps with this one in the nose and taste. Only complaint would be the coffee overpowers the brown ale aspects of the beer.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 2,675 ratings
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