holdenn (2077) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Maproom Chicago. I’m glad I got to grab this one this time around. A pint for five bucks is a good deal with this brown ale. Pours a medium brown with a tan head that fades as I drink this down. Roasty nose. Coffee, chocolate, nuts, and earthy hops in the aroma. Medium body with adequate carobonation. The roast/coffee comes on strong and leads to the nutty, chocolate, and earthy hops. The flavors don’t carry the punch of the initial roast but the earthy roasty bitterness lingers after those other flavors are gone. Solid coffee beer that wasn’t all about the coffee but used it well.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with big, foamy brown head / Rich semi-sweet chocolate & roast coffee nose / Medium body, acidic, with balanced malts & hops, and with good finish / Flavors of roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and oak / A coffee porter.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma is very earthy. There are hints of malt, nuts, and straw as well as the overpowering aroma of coffee. Taste was mainly of coffee at first. After the coffee taste settles in, the malty and nutty flavors lingered on. The more you drink, the more the coffee is subdued for the taste of chocolate and roasted malts. Too much coffee for my liking.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 2008: Brown hue with reddish highlights. The aroma is coffee (duh), roasted and chocolate malts, walnut, some herbal hops and an earthy yeast ester. The taste is sweet malt and walnut with a straight forward coffee character. A hint of fig and juniper like flavors as well. The mouth feel has the problem many coffee beers do, thinner than it should be. Despite the weak mouth feel, I still liked this beer quite a lot.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
OBF 2008. Beautiful coffee/sweet roasted malt aroma. The coffee taste is done just right, and I love it. Give me more.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW ’08. Poured a clear dark orange-brown color. The head was light tan with an almost orange-ish tint. The aroma was subdued coffee. Light to medium bodied with coffee and chocolate notes. Good, but didn’t bowl me over. I preferred the regular Bender.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Surly in Brooklyn Center. Another good brew from Surly. Pour is a dark brown . The nose is highly roasted coffee. Comes across the palate with strong notes of coffee with a hint of chocolate on the finish. I don’t much care for coffee, I loved it, & I couldn’t get enough of it.
BuckeyeBoy (2414) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Oregon Brewers Festival 2008 Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Holly coffee batman. Aroma was very nice. Tast more of the coffee and some sweetness from chocolate. A very tasty brew. I think they should have called with one Coffee Blender.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 A major improvement over the regular Bender. Nice, sweet aroma with coffee and hints of roasted malts. Appearance is dark brown with a dark tan head that fades quickly. Flavor is well balanced that is predominately coffee and hints of chocolate, malts and hops. Very smooth with a balanced finish (not bitter, not dry, not sweet). Impressed because I wasn’t expecting much since I was disappointed by the regular.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Oregon Brewers Festival 2008--Dark brown-black body. Bubbly, somewhat thin though opaque with an almost nonexistant head. Nose of straight up espresso. Super coffee! Thin mouthfeel. Little flavor outside of coffee. A little bitterness and acidity, but it is hard to say if it is due to hops or java. Not my bag.