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Moe's Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 9.82%
Wants: 89
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.52% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Coffee chocolate vanilla brown ale aged on cherry and birch woods.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-08-2010)
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%

Draft at the Great Taste. Pours a nice brown ale color with a nice tan head, very similiar looking to the regular Surly Coffee Bender. Strong coffee and vanilla in the nose with some subtle chocolate aromas. I don't get too much oak in the aroma. Very smooth and velvety medium mouthfeel. Sweet up front chocolate taste followed by some coffee flavors. The vanilla is pretty pronounced and you ccan taste it the whole time you are drinking. Very well done and tasty. So far a favorite at GT.

09-24-2010 14:04:47 | More by kbutler1
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +6.7%

On-tap at the Surly 5th anniversary event at the Blue Nile. Reviewed from notes.

This was the beer I really wanted to try at this Surly event, and I wasn't disappointed. Pours a nice dark brown with a heavy head that gradually relaxes. Smell is heavy on the coffee, with a nice mix of cocoa and vanilla backing it up. Flavor is so complex it's hard to believe. Take normal Bender, which is already a fantastic beer, then add some coffee, then some chocolate, then a bit of vanilla. These flavors come in waves, making for an incredibly sophisticated beer. Just wow. I really wish this were more widely available - I'd drink it all the time.

02-24-2011 17:24:23 | More by zeledonia
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +6%

04-02-2013 00:40:10 | More by Localdrinklax
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

11-29-2011 04:40:24 | More by Urbancaver
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-03-2011 20:19:39 | More by FreshmanPour77
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -16.3%

07-02-2013 18:52:43 | More by bismarksays
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herman77

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

On tap at Surly's 5th Anniversary party at Cafe 28.

A: Dark brown with a modest light tan head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Smells amazing. Lots of chocolate, vanilla extract and some roasted malt. A bit of coffee. The chocolate smell is incredible!

T: A lot like normal bender with a lot of bitter chocolate. Bitter like a bakers unsweetened chocolate. Coffee. You can barely pick up some vanilla sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D: Good drinkability. A good twist on the classic Bender.

02-01-2011 23:43:42 | More by herman77
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-09-2013 05:38:32 | More by Auror
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -21.9%

11-21-2013 23:05:22 | More by mmulebarn
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

5/5  rDev +11.6%

07-22-2013 18:08:04 | More by sliverX
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younger35

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Stopped by Mackenzie's on my way home to try a glass of this version of one of my favorite beers. I'm a big fan of vanilla in beer if done right. Drank from a Surly Coffee Bender coffee mug.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish amber with a nice ½ finger fluffy light tan head. Nice cap and collar remains the entire beer while leaving a bit of spotty lacing down the glass.
Smell- Loads of vanilla right from the start that literally seems to jump out of the glass. Lots of coffee still makes its way through along with some raw cocoa nib like chocolate. I'm not sure I'd ever guess this was Coffee Bender by just smelling the beer since the vanilla is so dominate.
Taste- Tootsie Roll through and through. Loads of vanilla and cocoa with none of that coffee goodness I live so much in perhaps my favorite all-time beer. The vanilla makes the beer seem a bit sweeter than it is (or maybe it's the chocolate but the vanilla is what's more noticeable) but at least the vanilla tastes real. The chocolate plays second fiddle in this combo and perhaps even accentuates the vanilla. A bit of toast sneaks through as does just a snippet of citrus on the end. A long lasting vanilla richness lingers.
Mouthfeel- Very crisp and clean body with a medium feel that somehow manages to also be silky smooth and creamy.
Drinkability- Doesn't have the drinkability of the regular version but is most definitely unique and enjoyable. This is a desert beer to the fullest and fully showcases the power of the vanilla bean. No way I could drink more than one of these but hopefully we'll see this around town on more of a regular basis.

05-11-2010 16:36:56 | More by younger35
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scott2269

Ohio

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-15-2011 04:20:34 | More by scott2269
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6%

06-26-2013 17:07:53 | More by MNBeerGeek
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sprucetip

Alaska

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-20-2011 15:41:57 | More by sprucetip
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-19-2011 21:01:59 | More by ChrisPro
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6%

11-14-2011 15:36:02 | More by millelacsmark
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CWhite

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-19-2012 21:29:06 | More by CWhite
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theminutemen

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

06-26-2012 20:10:51 | More by theminutemen
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -3.3%

On tap at Darkness Day 2011.

Poured black with a half inch cap of tan foam that receded slowly leaving lacing.

Smell was roasty..malts, espresso, chocolates.

Tasted excellent. Roasted malty, espresso, hints of chocolate, porter notes, very smooth.

Medium body is creamy and, again, smooth. Very easy to drink. Can't wait to have it again, someday.

10-24-2011 01:48:43 | More by JackieTH
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stealth

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +8.9%

I wish Surly would decide to produce this one for the masses to enjoy. Enjoyed at Darkness Day 2011. Coffee bender with additional vanilla and cocoa. It's Coffee Bender, but more chocolately and sweeter. Mother of god this is good. I drank more of this than anything else at DD, and will do the same next year.

01-12-2012 10:19:30 | More by stealth
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Kenai4

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

02-05-2012 17:10:11 | More by Kenai4
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-18-2011 23:44:19 | More by lakersfan16
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VaTechHopHead


5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-19-2011 22:54:20 | More by VaTechHopHead
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

08-19-2013 01:34:09 | More by Jeffrey2310
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

12-31-2011 13:05:18 | More by PhineasGage
Moe's Bender from Surly Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.