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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of russwbeck
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of doughanson78
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of lovindahops
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everyone has a favorite brewery that they don't have immediate access to. For me, it's Surly. I love every brew I have ever had and I would honestly buy pallets of the stuff if I could. Coffee bender is unlike anything I have ever had.... Yet I have never reviewed it. Great timing as this is my first review since the site changed.

A- a black as night body with the rockiest head of fluffy mocha foam I have ever seen with a brown ale. The foam barely recedes leaving elevated layers of foam on the sides of the glass. I would go on record as saying the layers are almost 3D. I'm going to go on record as one of the best appearances ever

S- great malt flavors that are enrobed in stalks of coffee beans. The scent is pure java that isn't a old coffee scent like some coffee brews. This is fresh and lively as it meshes with the malt and slight dry hop scent

T- Unstoppable black coffee bean flavor tastefully combined with a crisp and flavorful brown ale. Sweet malt flavor with a dry taste that mingles with the coffee. This is equivalent to a black iced coffee that is so flavorful with a commitment to the beans. Best coffee flavor that is not positioned with some cream and sugar if you will. Perfect

M- the coffee flavor is not only delicious but it settles fantastic in the mouth and palate. Flavor is coating and smooth

O- Surly has created one of the best brews I have ever experienced. The iced coffee attributes that are cloaked as a brown ale is unyielding. Coffee bender is a brew that I will always want and enjoy. What a brewery, what a beer. How I wish, how I wish they were here. I'd be one lost soul swimming in a bowl of coffee bender year after year

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of chilly460
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep brown with honey gold color highlights. Solid rocky 2 fingers of a medium tan head. The head faded to a thick cap. Smears of lacing remain behind.

S - As expected, this one is totally coffee forward. Freshl ground coffee all up front with some brown sugar and lighter roast malts next. Finishes with some earthy hops.

T - Pretty much mirrors the nose. Fresh roast medium coffee stands out along with fresh baked bread. Perhaps a bit nutty in the middle, with the earthy hops finish.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied beer. Creamy with a moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer overall, expected a bit more with Bender as a base.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

16oz can, dated 1/26/2012, poured into DFH snifter (thanks to Schlais for the trade).

Clear, dark ruby elixir, 2-finger, tan head settles to a thin rim. Some lacing.

Wonderful aroma of coffee, burnt malt, chocolate. Reminds me of the fresh Kona brews I had the pleasure of tasting while in HI.

Smooth bitterness from the Columbus hops and the coffee, supportive but not overwhelming malt backbone, nice coffee aftertaste.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, 5.1% ABV not a factor.

Very unique brown ale. Highly recommended. Another nice Surly brew.

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4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: deep brown in color that has some amber color when I hold it up to light. Three finger fluffy tan head forms after a vigorous pour. Long head retention and superb lacing clings to my glass.

Smell : Very pleasant and pungent roasted coffee aromas . Subtle chocolate aromas also but mostly coffee dominats the nose.

Taste : Lots of great coffee flavor the name says it all :) Some very pleasant bitterness lingers in the aftertaste so you know your drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel : medium carbonation and medium bodied Great mouthfeel perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall : this is my favorite coffee flavor brews. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a coffee brew

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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