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): 5.10%

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 Tsar_Riga
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

A - Dark brown, near black, almost opaque except at the edges. A light tan head forms up fat, but fades pretty quickly to a partial sheen on the top. Extensive, persistent lacing.

S - Big coffee, with some roastiness and subtle chocolate notes.

T - Follows the nose, with a solid hit of coffee. Strong chocolate, toasted grains, and malty dark bread flavors, closing with a coffee-like acidic bite, but after the fade, the residual sweetness remains on the tongue for a good long while.

M - Moderate carbonation and strong acidity, light body, perhaps a bit lighter than I'd like given the flavor profile, but the base is a brown, not a porter.

O - The bitterness is a nice counterpoint to the dark, sweet molasses bread taste. I will seek this out whenever I'm in an area Surly is distributed.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruby red, mahogany with a creamy tan head and good retention.

S - Coffee, nutty, chocolate, toffee, hazelnut.

T - Slight brown sugar sweetness, hazelnut, coffee, dark chocolate, bready malts with some roasted malt.

M - Medium body and smooth with a dry finish.

D - Like a mix of brown ale and iced coffee.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned on 5/10/2012; Poured from a 16oz can into New Glarus pokal.

Brilliantly clear seal brown liquid shines with maroon and sinopia highlights. A finger of thick creamy buff foam persists for ages and clings to the sides is sticky pearls of lace.

The fresh roast aromatics from coffee are immediately present in the nose, followed with toasted malt, faint cocoa, and brown sugar. Delicate, rich, and inviting.

The coffee contributes immense flavor, though the profile is clean and balanced as you would expect from a great Guatemalan light roast: mild citrus-like tartness backed by hints of vanilla and a lasting earthy/biscotti note. Low bitterness; no astringency; with roast malt just sufficient to re-assert that this is a beer rather than just a cold-brew iced coffee. Finishes just dry enough to draw you back in for another sip.

Light-bodied, creamy, well carbonated mouthfeel.

One of the better coffee beers I've sampled - very aromatic and well balanced with an unexpected delicacy as well. Well worth hunting down.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rkarimi
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PG2G
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 oz tallboy can, canned on 06/06/12, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark brown color, nearly opaque, dark ruby highlights, produces about a finger of creamy beige head, leaves nice lacing.

S- Big aroma with lots of roasted coffee beans, smells like an iced coffee, also some notes of roasted grain and chocolate.

T- Lots of bitter, roasted coffee flavor, cream, some chocolate and roasted grain.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy feel.

O- A pretty nice coffee beer, very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ALC82
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blaze5445
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Coffee Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.15 out of 5 based on 2,649 ratings.
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