nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good. I love Surly’s stuff, so it’s a treat to finally get to give this a try. Great coffee nose, nice lacing and a deep rich color. Coffee is very apparent, but not much else in there. Very well-balanced, but not too intricate. I like it, but I don’t love it.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Pours hazy reddish brown with a nice beige head. Huge coffee smell with roasted malt and oatmeal. More caramel sweetness and less coffee in the taste. Roasty finish, a little too watery for my taste.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice brown color with an off-white head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, and nutty. Taste is sweet and definately coffee. Mouthfeel is light to medium, very easy and smooth to drink. Very tasty brew, the coffee flavor is really well done in this brown ale.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee aroma. Smooth coffee flavor. The tiniest hint of sweetness and impeccable balance.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Can - Thanks skinnyguy! - Pours a pure brown with a smaller beige head. Aroma is sweet, nutty, and coffee filled. The taste is much more coffee oriented than anything else. It’s got a coffee and cream type of thing with some cocoa, nuts, and roastiness. I guess the iced coffee cited in the description is pretty accurate... A fun brew.