kyzr (1150) - 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 (921) - Minneapolis, 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 (1929) - 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.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz. can, from the ever awesome tytoanderso! Pours a clear dark brown with burgundy highlights and a one finger tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is fresh coffee, with some subdued chocolate, toffee and caramel. Flavor is more coffee, again with background notes of light chocolate, toffee and roasty malts. This is a well done coffee beer that works well for me. Not the intensity and complexity of espresso, but the cold pressed coffee does itís thing nicely and is a good enhancement to the regular Bender. Thanks again Ty!
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz handbottle from iowaherkeye. Pours blackish broen with a tan head. Sweet coffe nose. Taste is coffee and malt and overall very tasty and interesting. I like it.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Hop Leaf. Black, minimal head w. very nice lacing. Nice roasty malts, soft chocolate-y coffee. Flavor is rich roasty malt, some toffee, bitter (but in no way astringent) coffee. Lingering bitter coffee finish.
BVery (6126) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 CAN, TAP: pours reddish/brown with beige head. Nutty and chocolate on the nose, with flavors of chocolate, caramel, nut, and of course, coffee. A little hop at the back end with some coffee bitterness. Great beer, Surly rules!
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black with tan head. coffee strong on the nose, huge coffee flavor with some roasted and chocolate malt interspersed. could benefit from some alcohol adding some depth, but a nice coffee flavored beer