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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - poured a dark reddish brown almost black, lots of nice tan fluffy head

S - sweet hints of caramel and chocolate followed by a very aromatic coffee, molasses

T - a bitter black coffee taste, which for me is perfect since all i drink all day long is flavored black coffee (and by the time i actually get to drink it it's fairly cold), slight taste of vanilla, hint of bittering hops

M - very creamy and slightly bitter on the palate

O - this is a very nice coffee with a beer feeling.. does that make sense?

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Thanks of brkstoutfiend for the trade!

Pours a nice deep amber with ruby hints and a big, off-white head that lingers and laces. Really nice head for a coffee beer.

Smells of sweet coffee up front that goes into a more bready/sweet beer character. Lingering nutty sweetness.

Taste is up front malt/bready with hints of coffee that goes into a nutty, sweet middle and ends on a malty/coffee note. Lingering flavor of bready malt and coffee. Quite nice.

Light to medium body with lower carbonation. Thinner body makes it really easy to drink and works for the beer overall.

This is a nice malty/coffee beer that is still heavy on the beer character, which I like a lot. It is easy to drink and satisfying.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ShanePB
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Adam as an extra in his first trade. Awesome dude, thanks again! Poured from the 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with very obvious maroon hues throughout, especially noticeable towards the top surface and in the light. A creamy tan colored head forms quickly and has a moderate dissipation. Spotted sticky lace coat the walls, and medium bubbles line the perimeter and surface.

S: Fresh brewed coffee, spearmint, chocolate, cream, caramel and slightly roasted malts. This smells really nice and keeps the Brown Ale base in tact while adding a healthy dose of coffee on top of it. Instead of dominating the aroma, although it is the focus, it blends well with the underlying qualities.

T: Whole fresh coffee beans, chocolate, roast, caramel and a bit of vanilla all come through on the first sip. It's interesting, as it seriously tastes almost like an iced coffee without the beans ground up. Really tasty and well integrated with the malts and light hops that poke through towards the back end.

M: Bubbly, medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not too much to go overboard but just enough to keep it from getting thick and sticky.

This is really damn good. I'm a fan of fresh tasting coffee beans (no stale ones, please) and this delivers. I love that it's a low ABV beer and that this is a Brown Ale base. Considering its one of my least favorite styles, Coffee Bender is seriously making me rethink that.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 1-25-12
Canned on 1-5-12

Pours a deep brown color, completely opaque. A nice off-white head sits on top, leaving thin rings of clingy lacing.

Smell is all coffee, very fresh, very deep, and very enjoyable. Not much else though.

Taste is more one-dimensional than the smell would indicate. The coffee is there, but more tame, a result of the hop bitterness. The balance is still good, with a nice finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, a decent creaminess and low carbonation helps the coffee character.

Drinkability is good, but the flavor borders on boring.

Overall, a good try and a well made beer, but underwhelming.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of timtim
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

dark dark brown with mahogany highlights. almost-tan head that had pretty good retention and left a little lace. nose is coffee intertwined with toasty, roasty, malty, malt and a kind of chocolate/coffee malted milkshake scent? taste follows suit with a nice chocolate/cocoa character that is sweet, but doesn't translate as anywhere near cloying or out of step. great harmony here. also a pretty healthy hop character that blends right in. hops create a bitter sensation as well that melds with the bitter of the coffee perfectly. the malted milkshake thing comes through in the middle very nicely. medium body that is soft and borders on slick. mild carbonation. abv is undetectable to me. overall, a great twist on an already very very good beer. quite a pleasure.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Canned 12/20/11

A. Poured a deep dark brown, nice foamy mocha head, about 4mm thick with a mild-aggressive pour, resides to a nice 1mm thick head after sitting for a few minutes.

S. Smells nicely of coffee, somewhat sweet smelling for a brown ale, oats and brown sugar, slight hops with a mild chocolate.

T. Tastes nicely of roasted coffee and brown sugar, mild chocolate, with a oatmeal finish and maybe even a little bit of honey taste.

M. Medium body, which is nice given the rich smell, dry and chewy with a tingling finish.

O. A very good beer. Well balanced thickness and chewiness, the flavors are very well balanced and compliment each other well, the coffee is not excessively dominate. A great anytime beer, I might have one with breakfast :)

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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