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RATINGS: 791   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Can, thanks to Daknole. dark brown and clear. Nice mellow coffee aroma. Strange flavors, though. Somewhat lactic. Thin with low carbonation. Has more acidity than expected and is not roasty enough but still has redeeming qualities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Can, thanks to tytoanderso. Clear mahogany with a large head. Aroma of coffee, cereal, nuts and earth. The coffee flavor really shines in this; roasted, smooth, not bitter. Medium bodied. A n outstanding session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3136) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009
Rating #209 for this beer.
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4/25/2009: Surly Coffee Bender is probably better than I have given it credit, but itís so hard to be truly objective about a beer when it follows not only a huge, deeply flavorful and rich Imperial Stout, but the second highest rated beer on the site?! Needless to say, I would love to try Coffee Bender again, so please consider sending me a can or two if you have some to spare! At any rate, this beer has a good coffee flavor all around and is balanced in everyway. I like the bitterness and roasted quality that the ground coffee beans impart. This is a great beer in general and even better since it is available in a can!

Sample from can at Dark Lord Day 2009. Rating: 7/3/8/3/16 = 3.7
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11/02/2009: Surley Coffee Bender... Aroma: Iced coffee latte; nutty. Appearance: Opaque, dark reddish-orange-brown head that is frothy, ivory-colored, and lasting; detailed lacing marks top to bottom. Flavor: Rich, intense iced espresso coffee with a touch of cream, plenty of caramel maltiness, and a wonderful blend of coffee-like acidity and earhty, resin hop flavor and bitterness in the finish; lots of nutty coffee bean flavor and a moderate bitterness overall. Palate: Medium-bodied, goes down easily. Overall: Very good, but the coffee definitely dominates a bit much.

16 fl. oz. can ( 5.1% ALC/VOL; IBUs - 45 ) from Skyview via trade. Thanks Bob! Rating: 8/4/8/3/15 = 3.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blklab2007 (2069) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 6, 2009
can poured a brown amber color with a thin foamy tan head. aroma has dark chocolate, light coffee, faint vanilla, and brown malt. flavor does have some bitterness and light roast not in the nose. black coffee, dark chocolate, hefty malt, and some earth. more of a coffee porter but still tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Canned. Deep brown body with pretty garnet when held to light. The head is thin with a light khaki color. Deep coffee nose with some notes of dark chocolate and plums. The taste is medium coffee with some roast and milk chocolate. There is also a little bit of fresh raw soybean in the finish. Overall, a nice brew with coffee being th dominant flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (16286) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2009
bottle at DLD 2009 ... Dark red copper ... huge coffee nose ... and again huge coffee huge coffee very 1d

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (582) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
A- Pours a deep brownish red letting almost no light through. Creamy, two finger head fades with a little lacing. S- Coffee Coffee and more Coffee! Lots of roasted malt. T- Very coffee heavy all the way through slightly acidic, bitter coffee flavor is left on the tongue. M- Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. D- This is very flavorful for the amount of alcohol. I personally felt the acidity and raw coffee flavor was a little too much to handle but iím sure coffee lovers will get their fix on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2081) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2009

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice thick long-lived tan head. Sweet oats and coffee aroma. Serious coffee flavor in here, almost sour (in a brown-ale way) flavors that recall an iced coffee without milk. Coffee flavors totally drive the late end, mingling well with some hops, and putting together an all-around kick-ass coffee beer. Also poundable, with is not a flavor in the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
Holy cow! This beer has more coffee in it than any other that Iíve ever had! Really delicious, and very intense, but still complementary to the notes of the original Bender.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2009
Traded for on DLD to a random stranger sporting a cooler.Smells like old Folgers thatís been sitting in a freezer for when relatives come to town.Pour is a dark brown with a lake pollution head. Flavor is an almost sour- mash- old- coffee -thatís -been- sitting since -morning kind of filth with a touch of acidity. As I drink it it gives love back to me like a dog recently beaten and looking for forgiveness, so I try to love it back and find only a "like" for said dog...A smattering of hops and bitter coffee show themselves toward the finish leaving me to question "why didnt I drink this in the morning?

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