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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure brown with an average size beige head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, and coffee filled. The taste is much more coffee oriented than anything else. It’s got a coffee and cream type of thing with some cocoa, and roastiness. I guess the iced coffee cited in the description is pretty accurate. I would like to try the regular Bender, so I can taste more of what the coffee aspect did to this Brew. Great for Coffee Lovers.

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

16oz tallboy can side-by-side with regular Bender. Born on 1/26/12.

Pours a dark brown/red oak with a small pillowy tan head. Smell is more subdued than regular: less toffee, hazelnut, and hops; more pronounced coffee bean and barley. I slightly prefer the smell of regular. The taste is espresso bean and cocoa up front along with a strong bitter presence. It hits the palate and kind of goes flat, not like regular bender that had deep rolling layers of flavor. Still, it's great: coffee, toffee, dark chocolate- all roasted to perfection with a bitter kick of hops at the end. The bitter is medicinal at times and the mouthfeel is still a bit thin. Otherwise it's great.

The four loko of craft brews? No, just a great brown ale with coffee (caffeine) added.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another fine offering from Surly. Thanks to my brother for driving all those cans across the country! Dark brown, coffee-colored beer with a good sized tan head that settles slowly. Good lacing as well.

Aroma is balanced between freshly brewed coffee, roast, bready malt; perhaps a touch of bitter hops underneath but they’re subdued. The flavor is much the same; a well balanced brown ale with coffee blended in. The coffee doesn’t overwhelm but rather compliments the toasted bread, caramel malt flavor, roastiness, and mildly bitter herbal hops. Very lightly sweet with a faint but appealing nutty note.

Body is medium-thin and carbonation is lively; crisp and dry, refreshing. Not over-the-top in terms of flavor or aroma; just a well-made, very drinkable brown ale with a decent coffee hit.

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

Canned 01/26/12 Poured into Guinness pint glass

A: One-finger tan head, brown color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Fresh iced coffee, chocolates, caramel malts, bready

T: Nice blend of coffee and balanced beer, hops can be tasted in there along with quality blend of malts, toffee, coffee aftertaste

M: Superb mouthfeel, medium-bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy

O: Very drinkable Coffee infused Brown Ale, I like how the can states, "Your only dilemma will be whether to finish your day or start it with a Coffee Bender."

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

Pours with a nice 2 finger high caramel-tan head that's more creamy than foamy. Decent lacing and a bit higher than low retention. I would describe the color as a deep, dark black cherry or a purple ruby.

Aroma is mostly of coffee, like a cold cup of joe. There are also hints of other things like chocolate, caramel malts, caramel, bread and dough but they are all on the lighter side. Hint of cola aroma also, but not a detrimental smell.

I feel the taste is better than the aroma. Lots of coffee flavors here and supporting characters like the chocolate, caramel, cola, and bready malt flavors from the aroma, but more prominent. Perhaps some hints of nuts and vanilla, and maybe even earthy hops. Very nice tasting coffee beer.

Medium carbonation, creamy consistency, smooth, almost velvety body, and a nice smooth finish of moderate length.

Overall I really like this as a coffee beer. The aroma isn't quite as good as the taste. In fact, the aroma is a little lacking when compared to the taste, but the taste definitely makes up for that. This is one that I could, and actually did, have in the morning on one of my days off. Awesome. It's never too early to get Surly! Must try if you like coffee beers. Big thanks to TIMMYJ21 for this in our recent trade! You're awesome Tim!

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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