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Moe's Bender - Surly Brewing Company

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 10.07%
Wants: 94
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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3.75/5  rDev -16.1%

bismarksays, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of herman77
4.2/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

herman77, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Auror
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.7%

mmulebarn, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

MNBeerGeek, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of sliverX
5/5  rDev +11.9%

sliverX, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

scott2269, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

younger35, May 11, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +6.3%

millelacsmark, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

sprucetip, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.5%

ChrisPro, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of CWhite
5/5  rDev +11.9%

CWhite, Feb 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

theminutemen, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

JackieTH, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of stealth
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

Kenai4, Feb 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

lakersfan16, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of VaTechHopHead
5/5  rDev +11.9%

VaTechHopHead, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had multiple pints of this at Surly's Power of the Pint event a couple weeks back.

Rather than write up the normal review, I'll simply focus on this beer relative to the other Benders from Surly. As much as I think coffee bender is better than the already solid bender due to the great balance between the roasted malts and the coffee notes. Moe's Bender takes it to yet another level. The balance of roasted malts, with chocolate espresso notes, and a hint of vanilla give this a wonderful smooth taste. This has a nice rich taste yet goes down way too easy.

I would love to see Surly keep making this one, simply a terrific beer.

If you get an opportunity to drink this beer, do it. And if you are lucky enough to get it for $4/pint, don't feel bad about drinking the tap dry.

deebo, Jul 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.9%

Alpar, Aug 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.7%

GeezLynn, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a keg while getting doughnuts at Darkness Day 2011. It was served in a plastic Surly cup. This beer is reviewed from notes.

Appearance- It's a dark brown opaque body. The head was only about half an inch and receded to a slight, tan film.

Smell- There is some coffee roast in the beer with earthy malts. Also some caramel malt sweetness and milk chocolate.

Taste- This beer has loads of roasted malt and coffee notes. There is also a little bit of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness.

Mouth feel- It is really smooth. The medium body is appropriate and really helps the beer. There is just enough carbonation to stop this beer from being too sticky.

Overall- Yes, it is a very good beer. Is it that much of an improvement over regular Bender? I think that is certainly debatable. Regardless, I'm very happy I got a shot at this, and would have it again if offered in a heartbeat.

Pintofbrown, Nov 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

zenwatts, Jan 28, 2012
Moe's Bender from Surly Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.