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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Only available at events. Mahogany hued ale infused with coffee, vanilla beans and cacao nibs.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2015
On draft during Madison Craft Beer Week. Huge coffee aroma. Like being in a Starbucks. Awesome coffee taste. Love the vanilla and cacao nibs. Turned it into an awesome mocha style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12058) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Outside Kihoskh, CPH, whilst running the Mikkeller 5K 03/04/15. Rich brown with a big old tan head. Nose is biscuit, chocolate malt, light coffee, earthy, trace of vanilla. Taste comprises chocolate biscuit, caramel, light coffee grinds, fruit cake crumbs. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light hop notes. Solid brown, plenty of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (840) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
Draft at Surly. Pours a deep caramel/brown with a finger of light tan head that coats the glass. Aroma is rich and slightly smoky with dark chocolate, caramel, woody nut shells, and espresso. Taste is balanced. Starts put with dark chocolate and vanilla, then moves to rich chocolate and coffee, then ends creamy with more espresso and vanilla on the ending. Bit of fruity yeast influence as well. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Fairly clean in the mouth with a soft carbonation. Overall very nice. Dark and rich chocolate mixed with vanilla, coffee, and a touch of fruity yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisSc (393) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2015
10oz sample on tap at brewery. Minneapolis. Pours dark brown with slight ruby tint. Aroma is chocolate, coffee,vanilla. Really smells nice. Taste is slightly bitter, like dark chocolate, but balanced with sweetness. Body is medium. Soft carbonation. Medium finish. Overall, this beer has a lot to like about it. Aroma is great. I know body is supposed to be lighter, but it would be so much better if it were A bit more rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (3254) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pour is clear caramel with a big white head and good lacing. Huge coffee aroma - some brown sugar, caramel, light vanilla, bread, and a hint of spice. Taste is sweet vanilla, roasted espresso, spice, rye bread, grass, and cookie malt. Light body with medium carbonation. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2015
Tap at Apex for Gigantic and Friends A: Dark brown bordering on black, thin creme colored head,, light lacing. N: Coffee, cocoa, char, vanilla, lots of roast, black peppercorn, some earth, and milk chocolate. T: Bittersweet like dark chocolate M: Lighter body, fuzzy carbonation, no alcohol presence. O: Another winner from Surly. This is balanced and deft; I canít compare it to anything immediate except maybe a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4538) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2015
Draft during EBF weekend. Poured a medium to darker brown with an average sized beige head. Aroma dusty grains, chocolate grains, earthy bread and cereal. Flavor is the same as the aroma but with slightly more chocolate. Medium body with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (767) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at Parlor City. Pours dark brown with very little head. Nose is coffee. Taste is coffee with dark chocolate. Better than coffee Bender.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimGustavo (8) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2015 does not count
Great coffee and chocolate smell. Dark brown appearance with tan head. Coffee and lovely chocolate taste thatís mildly bitter. My favorite version of Bender!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma combines bitter chocolate and coffee with a backing of dark grains and light roast. Flavor has more coffee with a growing chocolate and some dark grains backing.

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