Surly Coffee Bender
Brewed by: Surly Brewing Co.
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: Brown Ale
- Variation: American, Coffee
- Seasonal: No
- ABV: 5.1%
- IBU: N/A
Brewer’s Notes and Ingedients
Coffee Bender refreshes like an iced coffee, is aromatic as a bag of whole beans, and satisfies like your favorite beer. Utilizing the latest technology, the Surly brew team has developed a cold extraction process that results in intense coffee aromatics and flavor – bringing together two of our favorite beverages. Your only dilemma will be whether to finish your day or start it with a Coffee Bender.
Hops: Columbus, Willamette
Malts: Pale Ale, Aromatic, Medium Crystal, Dark Crystal, Oats, Chocolate
Additional: Guatemalan coffee
More Surly Brewing Coffee Bender Images
Artwork: Features the Surly logo imprinted on a coffee mug that is blasting off. Very fitting.
Color: The darkest shade of brown, but not quite pitch black.
Aroma: Exactly like a strong cold pressed coffee.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Goblet
There are plain brown ales, and then there are flavor infused brown ales. Sometimes it’s nice to drink a traditional, straight up brown ale, and know it can stand on its own merits. Like this one.
And then there’s those almost unfair-to-call-it-a-brown, brown ales that enhance your imbibement with the addition of chocolate or coffee. Surly Coffee Bender is the epitome of the latter.
Besides jump through the roof, the first thing this beer did was make us want to throw our coffee maker out, because if that’s what morning joe is supposed to taste like, our machine must be broken! It would be cool if Surly could advertise what brand of Guatemalan coffee they used, so we could buy it. Wow.
This coffee brown ale poured a small layer of cream colored head that vanished almost immediately. It looked like there was not one globule of Co2 left in the glass, but its mouthfeel got a little sharp for a brown ale at the end of the sip. Or maybe that was just all of the dark coffee bitterness pounding our palates.
Just to reiterate, the coffee levels are off the charts in this beer, and surpassed that of a coffee and/or cappuccino stout. After a few drinks we started to wonder if there was even any beer in the coffee. Lol.
Coffee Bender’s bold, dark roast not only delivered a powerful and robust flavor, but it was surprisingly refreshing for a dark ale. Its light body went down easy, as the coffee bitterness intensified, with a subtle hint of vanilla. Each drink finished with the deepest, darkest roast of coffee on the palate that rivaled a double espresso.
Aptly named, Coffee Bender was loaded with almost too much coffee, and that’s coming from a pot a day drinkers. The brown ale base was almost entirely masked by the deep roast, making it un-balanced in that sense. But the coffee was so extreme it was hard to get hung up on that fact, and instead just sit back and enjoy its explosive bitterness.
If you love strong dark coffee blends, look no further than Surly Coffee Bender. It packed more of a coffee punch than an imperial coffee stout, without being so filling.
Final Score: 4.5/5
Not for the faint of heart, and especially non-coffee drinkers. Surly Coffee Bender packed a small buzz, along with a hair tingling caffeine rush. ”It’s Never Too Early to Get Surly” couldn’t be more true.