Moe's Bender - Surly Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Moe's Bender from Surly Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.