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RATINGS: 848   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
This beer is our regular Bender beer with Guatemalan coffee, and roasted locally at Coffee & Tea Limited in Linden Hills. Coldpress coffee aromas, intense coffee flavors balanced by the oats in the malt bill, resulting in a cappuccino-like creaminess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Thanks to sliffy for sharing a bottle. The beer is a deep brown color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Roasted coffee and milk chocolate aroma with a hint of malt. Medium body with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and malt. Touches of hops at times too. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Enjoyable all around.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Nose of coffee. Lots of flavor here. Coffee. chocolate, roastiness, malt and sweetness make their show in the nose on this one. Pours brown with a fluffy beige head. Ends on a coffee bitter note.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pros: Not light struck. Cool Design. Lots of taste for a 5% beer.

Cons: Brashly hoppy upon tasting. Overly bitter and burnt. Not a lot of body or nuance. Aroma is fairly muted. Short finish. Out of balance for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Big thanks to Buebie for sending another Surly want my way. Can poured into my Sam Adams glass produced a good finger worth tan of head that settled down to a thick lace. The body of the brew was brown in color with red highlights’ Guess what it smells like coffee ;-) Probably no surprise there, but it also has a nice sweet aroma a well. The flavor mimics the nose with a light bitter finish. Comparing it to other coffee brews I have experienced this is a lot more like a Ice coffee flavor and feel in my mouth. I like it, I could easily see myself kicking back a few of these on a hot day and feel quite refreshed. If you are into ice coffees you got to give this a try

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2009
2009 Can - Thanks skinnyguy! - Pours a beautiful amber brown with a medium tan head...aorma is cocoa, coffee and malt, with some light hops...flavour is similar, with a terrific char bitterness that lingers...great brew...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Deep, rich medium brown pour with a two finger off white head. Aromas of fresh brewed coffee, white chocolate, and toasted malt. The flavor is where this beer really shines: coffee, mocha, sweet malt, dark chocolate, and earthy hops. The bitterness is spot on and does not linger on the palate. It is a crisp, clean, interesting brew that successfully retains the characteristics of its parent beer. The coffee is well controlled, adding complexity to an already fine brew. If I lived in MN I could see this becoming my session beer of choice - outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a medium, light tan head. Aroma of coffe, malt, and oats. Medium body with low carbonation. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, caramel, oats, malts, with some hops. Very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5219) - 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 (3589) - Cincinnati, 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 it’s 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

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