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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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live tasting, can into Duvel Tulip... Huge thanks to OtisCampbell for this!!

Appearance; pours a dark, maduro cigar colored brown, with a two finger khaki colored head... Retention is moderate, and the head dissipates over a couple minutes to a thin ring around the glass... Lacing is pretty good, with patches of lace on the glass.

Smell; Smell is pretty mild, some slight coffee aromas, and a slightly bready, yeasty presence... Nothing extraordinary, but certainly not bad...

Taste; a great coffee flavor without any of the associated acidity or bitterness. The coffee kind of "sits on" the beer, and by that I mean it is the first flavor that pops right out, and as it gently fades out, a great , slightly nutty, bready brown shines through... The way the flavors meld together is wonderfully complex and it is perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel; medium bodied with medium carbonation... Drinkability is superb at a touch over 5% ABV, it goes down extremely smooth... I could drink this all day.

Overall; probably the best brown I've ever had... Drinkability is superb, flavors are outstanding... Definitely a winner from Surly and I would drink this daily if I could... I also think it would make one hell of a beer bread...

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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark brown, almost black. has a two finger mocha colored head that displays good retention and lacing.

s: straight coffee, nothing else.

t: varies slightly from the smell but not much. along with the coffee i also detect some malty sweetness, caramel and toffee.

m: medium body, good carbonation, long bitter coffee finish.

o: pretty nice coffee beer, not my favorite, but up there. wish there was other flavors to compliment the coffee, just too much like a cold cup of coffee to be my favorite.

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

On-tap at a Surly tapping at Churchkey in DC.

A: Clear brown pour with less than a finger of white head. A small amount of lacing is yielded from the small amount of retention.

S: The aroma is all coffee. Wait is that something else? Nope, coffee. Honestly, I love it. Roasted and bitter.

T: Light malty taste up front leads to just a blast of coffee in the middle, which follows all the way through the finish and lingers on the palate for a good, long while. I seem to be getting something that resembles vanilla at the very backend, wasn't expecting that.

MF: Coffee Bender's light body has a nice amount of carbonation. Crisp overall, the coffee obviously leaves an extremely dry finish.

O: This is more like drinking a cup of coffee than a beer. Don't put this down too late at night or you won't be doing much sleeping. I do wish there was a little something else, the coffee wore on me after a while.

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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Big thanks to storminspank for this one.

A: Dark brown, ruby red when light comes through. One finger big bubble, light mocha head with alright retention and great lacing.

S: Aroma is light but good. Coffee mainly with hints of chocolate and toasted malts. Light oatmeal notes.

T: Roasted coffee and chocolate. Toasted toffee and some light caramel. Aftertaste of coffee lingers forever.

M: Medium body. High carbonation. Crisp yet slightly creamy. Best mouthfeel in a brown yet.

O: Although lacking in aroma this might be the best brown ale I've had. Very flavorful.

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Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
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