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4.15/5
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2,675 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,493
Reviews:
860
Ratings:
2,675
pDev:
10.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of kreg02
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bearshawks85
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PMarcy78
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ipeters1017
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Smells primarily of roasted coffee and a slight malt background. Taste is coffee up front, with a caramel sweetness following. A coffee bitterness lingers after the swallow. No hop character pops out to me. Medium heavy body with light carbonation, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. My favorite coffee beer and my favorite flagship brew from Surly by far.

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Photo of Jodio
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sour_Lord
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lucular
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily the most coffee-forward beer I've ever had, both in the smell and the taste. Tastes pretty much like 50% Bender and 50% cold-brewed vanilla coffee. Very tasty.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Treycotton
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maxcoinage
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrUse
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slarson7
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoilerUpNavy
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j-rod18
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: My cousin, Sam
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Nov. 30, 2016
Consumed: Dec. 10, 2016
Reviewed as: American Brown Ale
Misc.: Canned on Aug. 29, 2016 at 9:59 a.m. CT

Thanks, Sam!

Had been wanting to try this one for a long time and was lucky enough to get a can from Sam. Big Surly fan and big coffee beer fan. Looking back I gave Bender a 3.88 back in the summer of 2011 but I was just starting my reviewing process then. Have some high hopes here.

Poured a dark-to-light black brown color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Could see a few bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Bad watery spotty lacing. Poor retention. (Sight - 2.50)

Smelled bitter coffee beans, roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, slight char wood, burnt molasses and ashtray. For the style and type of beer, nailed it. (Smell - 4.50)

Taste followed the nose almost exactly. Probably had this a tad too cold. Got roasted bitter coffee malts, dark espresso, mocha, char wood, ashtray, burnt molasses, licorice, toasted toffee and hints or dark caramel. (Taste - 4.50)

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter, roasty finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Loved this one. No hiding it and a great name. I really need to start drinking coffee. (Overall - 4.50)

4.36 | 97 | A

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Photo of s_thayer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buster
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AustinWadkins
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amberish-brown with a 1/2 fizzy head that soon forms a film over the surface

Aromas include lots of creamy coffee, chocolate, and caramel

Taste follows the nose with delicious coffee, followed by some bits of chocolate and caramel, with a hint of vanilla

Overall this a fantastic beer if you love iced coffee! A great beer to get you Sunday funday started!

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Photo of obrike
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazed dark brown color with an ample cap of tan head. Decent retention and lace.



You like coffee? You'll love it. You don't like coffee, please skip and don't review.

Pours a dark brown, nearly black...head doesn't last too long on this one.

Wonderful fresh coffee scent...maybe with a bit of creamer added in as well.

Taste really blends the deliciousness of the Bender with a fresh coffee flavor. Not uber bitter though as there is a bit of sweetness on the back end.

Goes down smooth and is really good on a cool evening. Low in alcohol so feel free to have another.

Delicious. Once of the best coffee beers I've had

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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