SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Stub & Herbs, University of Minnesota. A nice dark brown with a two fingered head. Has a brawny coffee aroma that jumps out of the mug. The taste is a great balance of coffee with malt and a hint of vanilla that creates a truly creamy and textured drinking experience. One of the top coffee beers I have had.
DalzAle (1847) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler picked up from the brewery today. Poured a dark brown flavor with a slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Flavor was excellent, all the creamy and slgiht vanilla flavor of bender, but with the pleasant aroma and flavor of coffee. Cant wait until this comes out in cans!
bp (759) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: pours dark brown, aroma of coffee, taste of coffee on top of the very good regular Surly Bender. This one is some damn good stuff.
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station. Pours a dark brown with a big off-white head. Aroma of coffee and coffee and a touch of coffee. Huge coffee flavor with some creamy sweetness and a nice amount of hop. Amazing beer.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Myfirst introduction to the amazing coffee beer catagory. I now have a new hobby. Coffee Bender won the gold in the 2007 GABF and it’s understandable. This is more of a nut-brown ale than a stout. Smell is coffee, plain and simple, with mild nuttiness. Mouth is light with normal carbonation. First taste is coffee, second is coffee, third is roasted nuts. This is phenominal and worth a drive for it. Surly, time to can this and sell it.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at Barley John’s. The aroma is coffee-ih. Good looks, black with lots of white head. Better tasting than Town Hall’s coffee stout, average mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Just too coffee, what is it about these local coffee beers?I just couldn’t take more than a couple sips. Overated.
JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
I absolutely love this beer, when I going to drink a lot of beers in one day. It has a terrific complexity and overall flavor. The coffee is somehow infused in the beer; it’s not so much a flavor in the beer, but rather a part of the beer. It sounds weird, but I love the way it marries with the other flavors,and actually makes the other flavors stand out more! My biggest negative with this beer is the mouthfeel and appearance which really go hand in hand. It is much too thin, much to carbonated, and lacks the characteristics I enjoy with this flavor profile.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Map Room. I have missed this beer so many times I finally made a special trip once I saw it back on tap on their website. Bender is already a really great smooth brown ale, and you add all that great coffee flavor it is really amazing. Good coffee aroma and flavor, incredibly smooth. I have to have this again.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FINALLY!!!!!!! On tap @ Flossmoor Station: Fluffy and frothy head atop a nice-looking mahogany pour. Amazing coffee nose, like a day-old coffee filter. Flavor is a Kona-esque coffee punch in the mouth. Finishes roasted and dry, almost with a tea-like dryness. A must-try for the coffee lovers.
GJF (1158) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Much more unique than the regular bender. Incredible coffee nose. Flavor is good but I actually found the coffee flavor a bit overpowering--there was a bit of coffee ground effect. Still, a very unique brew.