Surly Coffee Bender

Surly Coffee Bender

Rated 3.850 by BeerPals

Brewed by Surly Brewing Co.

Brooklyn Center, MN, United States

Style:  Brown Ale

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

45 International Bittering Units

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Coffee Bender refreshes like an iced-coffee, is aromatic as a bag of whole beans as satisfies like your favorite beer. The Surly brew team has developed a cold extraction process that results in intense coffee aromatics and flavor bringing together two of our favorite beverages. Your only dilemma will be whether to finish your day or start it with a Coffee Bender.

ID: 24446 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank397
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank2 of 1128
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.020
Weighted Score3.850
Standard Deviation0.406

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.2 3 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours transparent sepia with a thick and lasting frothy tan head. Aroma yields roast malt, quality coffee, vegetable and subtle earthy tones. Flavor provides roast malt, quality coffee, earthy and chocolate character. Texture offers good smooth body and peppy fizz. Go on a bender - but please do so responsibly.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.7 7 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    16 oz can. Pours clear light ruby brown with a medium frothy light tan head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

    The aroma is sweet chocolate malt and roast coffee.

    The flavor is a lot of roast with some sweet nutty chocolate malt and a lot of roast coffee. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.

    Overall, a nice coffee beer.

  • BRETT 1304 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled from can thanks to Andy! Pours clear dark brown with a tan head. I'm not a coffee drinker but the coffee aroma is just beautiful. Well balanced with a dry finish. Not a lot of finish hops and just enough coffee as to not overwhelm the toasted malt profile. Easy to drink. Fun to drink!

  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a crystal clear dark drown with a 2 finger head that goes down fairly quickly. Aroma is extremely strong of coffee grounds. Taste is one of the most interesting of all the browns I have had. Very strong iced coffee taste that stays in your mouth for a long time. You can detects some of the roasted malts behind the coffee but it isn't much. Also a deep earthy feeling to it. The down side is that the coffee is way too strong to make it feel like a beer. Overall a good beer but not something I would keep in my fridge at all times.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Of the 10 different Surly beers I tried at the recent tap-takover at Zorbaz, this was by far my least favorite (but not surprising because of my disliking of coffee). The addition of coffee to the regular Bender makes this very one-dimensional.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    I don't think I could ever have enough of this beer. During the last Beer Trip to the Twin Cities, I probably hoisted close to a dozen pints of this. It was amazing every time. Pours a dark brown colour with an off white head. Aroma is perfect. Vanilla, coffee beans and brownies on the nose. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Taste is sweet, balanced, nutty and obviously coffee dominated. Awesome beer all around. Will be picking up more of this on my trip to Stillwater in a couple of weeks.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A great breakfast beer indeed. Pair this with a good citrus hoppy IPA and you don't even need food for breakfast...now if they only made a smoked bacon beer... Strong coffee aroma with a nice amber darkness for color, caramel and coffee in your mouth, almost creamy, and raw coffee beans in the aftertaste. Very good beer.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Received a couple of these via a recent trade. I've sampled this in the past, but was very glad to have a couple cans to myself. I'm a big fan of well crafted coffee infused beers and this one showcases the coffee against a medium bodied brew (much like Perculator Dopplebock, another of my favorites). Enjoyed every aspect of this beer, thanks Chris!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Caddylac brought this one to me during OktoberPfist, damn glad he did! Pours like a porter; dark brown, almost black, with a nice cream-colored head the reduces to a cap and leaves delicate lacing with every sip. Watered-down black coffee aroma with some cocoa and roasted malts. Taste is black coffee-infused roasted malty goodness. Andy, Andy, Andy - glad I saved this one for last of the beers you brought to me - LOVED IT!

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    one dimensional for sure, but MAN is it a tasty dimension. all iced coffee. the nose, the flavor, even the feel. thin, but smooth. dark brown with a red tinge in light. covers up the original beer pretty well, which is both good and bad. if you're not a coffee person, you'd hate this. it's the most straight up coffee like beer i've ever had, and not a whole lot else.

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