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RATINGS: 747   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Sample via growler courtesy of hellbilly at his holiday tasting. The beat coffee aroma on the nose from a beer I’ve had. Black body with tan head. Roasty burnt cold coffee flavor. Good brew, thanks Josh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3248) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2010 On tap at the hop leaf. I don’t like brown ales. I find them too sweet, too boring. Bender though is awesome, easily one of the best browns I’ve had. Obviously, I was excited to get Coffee Bender on tap. And, yes, it was big, complex and bitter with a great addition of coffee. Surly is awesome. Re-rate: Big coffee aroma, with insane coffee flavor, creamy mouthfeel. Bam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Growler courtesy of hellbilly at the hellbilly holiday tasting. Dark brown body with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head. Big roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Much like drinking an iced black coffee. Very good brew! Thanks Joshua.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 Huge thanks to DalzAle for grabbing me a growler of this. Even sitting for a few days, it is every bit as good as I remembered. Aroma is coffee beans and nothing else. Thin (but not wayery) on the palate. Flavor is wonderful coffee, lots of roasted bean, with a touch of cream and hazelnut. Slight acidic bite on the aftertaste. I am still partial to Bells Java Stout, but this is one damn fine coffee brew that I could drink all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Sample via growler courtesy of hellbilly at his holiday tasting. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice tan head. Nose is lots of French roast black coffee and toasted malt.Tastes just like cold black coffee with a sourish coffee grain finish. Medium mouth feel. I really enjoyed this, but you better like coffee. Thanks Josh!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2008
On tap at Stub & Herbs, University of Minnesota. A nice dark brown with a two fingered head. Has a brawny coffee aroma that jumps out of the mug. The taste is a great balance of coffee with malt and a hint of vanilla that creates a truly creamy and textured drinking experience. One of the top coffee beers I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Growler picked up from the brewery today. Poured a dark brown flavor with a slight coffee and vanilla aroma. Flavor was excellent, all the creamy and slgiht vanilla flavor of bender, but with the pleasant aroma and flavor of coffee. Cant wait until this comes out in cans!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (784) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Draft: pours dark brown, aroma of coffee, taste of coffee on top of the very good regular Surly Bender. This one is some damn good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2008
On tap at Flossmoor Station. Pours a dark brown with a big off-white head. Aroma of coffee and coffee and a touch of coffee. Huge coffee flavor with some creamy sweetness and a nice amount of hop. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Myfirst introduction to the amazing coffee beer catagory. I now have a new hobby. Coffee Bender won the gold in the 2007 GABF and it’s understandable. This is more of a nut-brown ale than a stout. Smell is coffee, plain and simple, with mild nuttiness. Mouth is light with normal carbonation. First taste is coffee, second is coffee, third is roasted nuts. This is phenominal and worth a drive for it. Surly, time to can this and sell it.

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