pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma of coffee. Pretty tasty beer. Mixture of dark chocolate and coffee. Delicious.
SirPip (16) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Dark mahogany pour. Lots of fresh brewed coffee (with cream) as well as some vanilla on the nose. Not too heavy, with moderate to high carbonation. Flavor is dominated by the coffee, but there is a little malty sweetness to it. Long coffee accentuated finish.
nbutler11 (1263) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Can from Ed at Heritage. Pours, smells, and tastes as advertised. Notes of black tea and hops characterize this as a Surly beer, to me. A noticeable improvement on the Bender recipe, but a bit thin on the palate. No matter the temperature, this beer seems to taste like iced coffee. Upon re-rating, I found that after a few months of again, a really dried red pepper taste seems to come out in the aroma and in the flavor, which is more than welcomed.
TURDFERGUSON (3874) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared by JCB. Thanks Jason. Pretty tasty brown. Smells great and tastes like some tasty coffee. I could stand a few more 4 packs of this one.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JCB for sharing. Pours a dark brown that allows light. Head is frothy and light tan. The nose shows a nice pronounced coffee character, a good smooth roast, some grainy malt character. The flavor and aroma both show the character of the cold extracted coffee in that there is less bitterness and acidity and a much smoother coffee flavor that integrates better with the beer. Flavor has a good pronounced coffee character with a nice balance between the malt and coffee bitterness. The roast adds a really nice character. Nice coffee brown.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can thanks to Skyview. Pours brown with brown frothy head. Big roasted coffee nose. Flavor is rich dark roasted coffee with roasted malt sweetness. Some notes of dark chocolate that round out this gem.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from tytoanderso - thanks, Tyler! Man, Iíve been eager for this one for a while and it doesnít disappoint. Dark brown pour with a surprisingly frothy head. Iím a fan of the base beer, which is far more complex and quirky than most browns, with a signature toasted malt and slightly bitter flavor. So the coffee addition - and seriously, this is lovely, full coffee flavor - really works well. Long and smooth finish complements the full mouthfeel. Some bitter choc in there too, along with a faint woody note. Really great. I would drink tons and tons of this were it available locally.
SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black, head fades rather quick. Aroma is very pleasant- like a good black coffee with a noticable back. Iím pretty impressed with that aspect. Taste is good. The original bender is still apparent, but itís accented with the wonderful coffee flavors, and either more chocolate, or the chocolate flavor is also created with the addition of the coffee. Iím getting a kick out of these Surly brews. Worth a taste for sure.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pours dark with red brown highlights with a small head that laces. The aroma is coffee and Bender. The flavor is somehow sweeter than I anticipated since Bender really isnít this sweet as I remember. The palate is rich and slick. Overall, this is another good effort.
Trev (1821) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a lasting thin creamy head.
Aroma is coffee, some chocolate and burnt malt.
Flavour is col coffee, dark roast bitterness combines well with nutty chocolate tones. I like it better than regular Bender.