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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Only available at events. Mahogany hued ale infused with coffee, vanilla beans and cacao nibs.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BlackBeerPG (468) - Darien, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2017
Taste: Smooth mocha coffee, Chocolate malts, cacao nibs, creamy mouthfeel to the finish. Big cacao bean and vanilla coffee aroma. Dark Brown and mostly clear with a tan refined head of good lace on glass. Medium body. easy to drink this slick coffee brown ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ronritter (345) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Nitro on tap strong cocoa and coffee senses pours black with tan head nice easy drinker

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1218) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 10, 2017
On nitro tap at JL Beers, Grand Forks. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a rich tan head. Aroma is plenty of cocoa, hints of coffee, a little nutty. Taste is soft chocolate and black coffee. Nice, but slightly disappointing as a special release from Surly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (7611) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Nitro pour, large creamy tan head, great lacing. Aroma is roasty cocoa, lactose, hints of coffee, vanilla. Flavor is medium sweet, very light bitter, rich and creamy. Medium body, silky mouthfeel.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (4342) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 30, 2016
A very good brown ale. Potent coffee character. Surprisingly acidic. Dark brown and delicious sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrjaxson (525) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2016
What I liked most was the balance, but I expected this to be more explosive. The coffee and chocolate scents were there, but the body approached a milk stout, which seemed out of place. Sweet finish that had a pleasant duration.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13175) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Minnesota Trip Beer #29. Keg at Surly, 5/8/16. Dark brown, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of strong coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. The taste is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, oats. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (46696) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2016

Draught @ CBC 2016 [ Yellow Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Oksnehallen Vesterbro, Halmtorvet 11, 1700 Copenhagen, Denmark.

[ As Surly Cacao Bender ].
Clear dark brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, coffee, cacao, vegetable coffee. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, coffee - cacao, dusty, vegetable coffee, roasted - dark roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160513]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13197) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2016
On tap at Darkness Day. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is strong mocha, vanilla bean, roast. Medium body, nice sweetness, roast, vanilla, light bitter finish, very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (3298) - CROATIA - SEP 6, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016, yellow session. Pours brown with ruby haze. Off-white head. Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, vanilla. Sweetish. Dry bitter finish. Medium bodied.


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