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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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This beer is our regular Bender beer with a cold-press coffee-brewing process. We steep 20 gallons at a time, so this beer will pop up at Tours, beer fests and special tappings. The coffee is roasted locally at Coffee & Tea Limited in Linden Hills.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
16 oz can. Pours a cloudy dark brown body with a one inch frothy beige head that left some nice lacing. Very nice clean coffee aroma that mixes great with the dry nutty malt. Throw in the moderate hoppiness and yet get greatness. The flavor is just as well balanced, hard to tell where the coffee stops and the beer begins. Did Starbucks make this? Hoppy cold coffee? Did they make this just for my tastes? Medium bodied with a nice crisp hop bite on the finish with the coffee lingering on even further. I love the subtle light-roast coffee flavor, there’s no astringency or burnt flavors at all. I hope they keep making this, I love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Aroma is of sharp coffee (go figure). Flavor is coffee but not much else. Not the most complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3525) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2009 Draft at ACBF09. Pours brown with a small head. Aroma of sweet malt and light coffee grounds. Flavor is sweet initially with a coffee ground finish. I would have liked to see a stronger malt backbone to balance out the bitter coffee but perhaps that is expected when using a brown ale as the base instead of a porter or stout, which I am more used to. Anyway, it was very good for a brown ale. 7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Brown and opaque like coffee with a yellowish tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, and sprucey hop notes. Taste is the same as aroma with hops on the leading edge with more coffee in the finish. Not really as coffee forward as I expected with rather tea-like elements, and rather typical brown aleness. Perhaps the can aged too long and the intensity died down.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 19, 2009
16 oz can from Skinnyguy. Pours a brown color with a small off white head. Nose is sweet malt with some nice dark notes. palate is fairly simple with a light velvet feel. Flavor is all coffee, where was this in the nose? coffee overpowers the flavor, its actually kinda nice...nose is malty, flavor is coffee...blends nicely.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3637) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Can acquired via trade. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a small head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and nuts. Flavor is loads of coffee as well as some nutty brown ale malt and roast. Palate is medium-light and slightly creamy. Good but I thought regular Bender was a little better and more well-rounded.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Can at the 8th Richmond Gathering courtesy of maniac. Dark brown pour. Strong coffee aroma. taste is almost pure coffee. Some roasted malt, and cocoa come through as well. Body is medium, chewy and creamy. Rather bitter as well. Ends with more coffee, choco notes and roasted malt. Very nice coffee beer!

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Can. Aroma has notes of roasted malts and heavy roast coffee. Very dark coffee brown with a small off-white tan head that mostly diminished and left some lace. Flavor is bitter and tastes like cold carbonated coffee. Palate is light bodied and lively. All I can say is why? Left me with no desire to drink another coffee beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Drank nearby with bender. Bottle thanks to tytoanderso. Pours a dark brown with thin tan head, laces pretty well. Aroma strong of coffee and has a very mild grain, roasted malt, and chocolate to it. Flavor is obviously dominated by coffee, but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is creamy. Overall a nice coffee brew, but nothing uncharted.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3507) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Deep brown. Pleasant coffee aroma. Flavor is nutty and coffee combined. Really rather nice. Some hops show up on the finish, sort of leafy. Surprising in a coffee accented beer, but welcome. Great way to finish off this Richmond gathering.


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