Cacao Bender | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mahogany hued ale infused with coffee, vanilla beans and cacao nibs.

45 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 07-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
485
Reviews:
40
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
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87
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Photo of zacnock
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate milk in your mouth so so so smooth.

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Photo of cbcrunch
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TonyTwins
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of n2185
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tjb27
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On nitro. Cold cocoa

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

Photo of NodakEric
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bbtkd
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly Cacao Bender Nitro Brown Ale, 5.1% ABV, 45 IBU. Pours thin and dark brown with a half-finger tan head on a careful taproom pour. Head does not look like nitro, nor did it taste/feel like it. Nose is malt and cacao, taste follows. Doesn't seem like 45 iBU. Mouthfeel is decent, and overall excellent. Not a brown ale fan since they usually lack solid flavor, but the cacao int his hits in waves, and is right nice.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miami66
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

I had this on nitro tap at the brewery restaurant. I haven't had Bender or Coffee Bender (yet - cans are sitting in my fridge) but this was a delicious brew with nice roasted chocolate character and most importantly, not too sweet.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Smooth mocha coffee, Chocolate malts, cacao nibs, creamy mouthfeel to the finish. Big cacao bean and vanilla coffee aroma. Dark Brown and mostly clear with a tan refined head of good lace on glass. Medium body. easy to drink this slick coffee brown ale.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hap on nitro tap so gave it a velvety textured stout you rarely see if not on nitro. Better than regular bender with a fuller more complex set of flavors.

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Photo of j-rod18
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate notes, smooth

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Photo of drone
3.37/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of cencless
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of jds16
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Cacao Bender from Surly Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 485 ratings.
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