RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.88/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Vanilla and Chocolate cocoa nibs infused version of Surly Coffee Bender and aged in oak.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours very dark amber with an average tan head that leaves thin lace. The nose is the best example of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean that I have come across. The flavor is very dry, dark chocolate covered espresso bean with some nice bitterness. The body is medium with a bit more than average carbonation and a long chocolate covered espresso bean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2012
FoBAB 11’ I’m a fan of coffee bender to begin with and I think the vanilla and cocoa nibs with the oak woodiness adds a nice little something. I’d still drink more of the base if both were readily available, but its a very good festival beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
brosen561 (70) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap@ Mackenzie’s Pub (Minneapolis). A wonderfully thick malty beer. Perfectly dark and inviting, much like Coffee Bender, though the head gets lost quickly (eh). Wonderful mocha latte aroma. Thick and syrupy on the palate with awesome toffee and chocolate, lots of chocolate, flavor with a good bitterness from the nibs which is unique from coffee bender. If you’re a dark hot chocolate fan, this is your beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Draft at darkness day. Liked this beer more than normal coffee bender. Had a nice nose containing a light sweetness and dark chocolate notes. It was pleasantly bitter and had an interesting finish. I would want to taste this again to figure out the finish. I liked it though. Deep brown color with a beige head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pours brown with tan head. I didn’t like this one as much as the regular Coffee Bender. Nice coffee, chocolate flavor, with touch of wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (11025) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured a deep murky brown with a yellowish brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma had notes of coffee with a backing creaminess, vanilla and dark grains. Flavor had a nice combination of vanilla and coffee with a hint of chocolate and barrel backing. Quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011
tap at fobab. like coffee bender quite a bit. didn’t like this. Weird artificial vanilla, playdough, anise, graham cracker, sweet doughy bread notes. masked the nice clean coffee taste of regular coffee bender. too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours a reddish brown with an offwhite head. The nose is muted coffee and more of the cocoa and vanilla. Also a root beer type thing going on. Kind of all over the place and not as good as the base. On tasting, it’s on the sweeter side, kinda like a vanilla latte or something. Creamy and sweet, light coffee and roast. Odd beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4181) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
On draught at Darkness Day
Pours a deep ruby color with a small head and some lace.

The aroma has lots and lots of coffee and some dark chocolate. The beer has a mild roastiness and some vanilla. Very sweet smelling all around.

The flavor is coffee and vanilla with a light whiskey booziness. Some roast flavor is here and the hops flavor has slipped into the background while the bitterness they impart is pleasantly still around.

The palate is fairly thin but the mild carbonation makes this easy and enjoyable to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2522) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!

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