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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: 91
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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Reviews by biglobo8971:
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -1.1%

had this on tap at Mckenzie's for MN Craft Beer Week, was excited to try this and wasnt let down.
ST - on tap, even though the guy behind the bar had no idea how to pour a good beer (see my review on Tea Bagged Furious) I was excited for this beer
A - very dark and murky, light brown head that laced somewhat down the glass.
S - best part of this beer. Every time I went to take a drink, I had to shove my nose in the snifter
T - first thing that hit me was the roast, then the complexity. This beer has a lot going on that all works well together. From the roast, to the chocolate, to the cherries, and finnally to the smoke. Each and every one of these flavors complement each other, instead of fight against each other to be the star.
M - a little bit boozy, but very easy to drink.
O - was excited to try this beer and was not left dissapointed. Only bad thing is that it is not around all the time. Will mos def pay the premium price for this premium beer.

05-15-2011 13:38:08 | More by biglobo8971
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -6.3%

On-tap at Darkness Day. Served in a Surly-embossed plastic cup.

A - Served with a big billowing light tan foam that had great retention and eventually settled to a chunk cap with plenty of lace. The body is a nearly transparent cherry/mahogany brown.

S - Huge coffee, light chocolate, and a hint of nut brown ale.

T - Loads of coffee here as well, some some vanilla sweetness and a bitter espresso finish. Not sure I could easily distinguish this from Coffee Bender, but I did find the added sweetness blunts some of the harsher coffee notes.

M - Somewhat grainy gritty body, but pleasant carbonation is a plus. Medium-light body with a sticky finish.

D - Good brew, although it felt a little too big and intense after so many beers in such a short period of time. I'd totally have it again, and I find it less astringent than regular Coffee Bender.

10-27-2010 04:51:14 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +7.1%

At last in my grasp, Moe's Bender…

dark brown with transparent, crimson footing, slim cocoa-tinged head.

If I remember correctly, the cocoa is coming from Guatemala, and the vanilla from Zimbabwe…? Or, maybe another African nation? The coffee is the same

Aroma: soft and spicy, warm and inviting, a complex and beguiling mix of chocolate and coffee with vanilla underneath, but slowly rising.

Taste: espresso tones come first, just the smallest bit bitter, but not an iota harsh or astringent. Very mellowed by the cocoa, charmed by the vanilla. Medium-bodied, with a strong flavor, and a long finish. Becomes languid and creamy.
Settles sweetly on the palate. You'd think it would be a tug of war, a cacophony of flavors, but it's nothing but harmony, melody, and deliciousness.

Every sip begs another, the flavor finds a lovely place in the mouth and it beckons out, "don't let me leave."

Halfway into the pint, it only makes my mouth happier. This joy spreads out through the senses, and touches the soul. Deep down contentedness.

In other words: "ahhhh…"
Furthermore: "Mmmm…"

05-21-2011 05:34:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +6%

12-06-2011 05:05:09 | More by Schlais
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deebo

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

07-01-2011 04:13:05 | More by deebo
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biniek13

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-16-2011 20:51:32 | More by biniek13
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kittywamp

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

i had this beer at darkness days 2010

a: dark color with a small head and lacing

S: vanilla, oak, coffee, and chocolate

T: very creamy with chocolate, vinilla and a
hint of coffee with a lingering awsome after taste

m: smooth goodness

O: If it was sold I would buy it buy the case. this beer is a must try. I loved it

08-31-2011 16:37:27 | More by kittywamp
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nkersten

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured into plastic surly cup, opaque brown with thick mocha head. Smell is mostly coffee and chocolate, some hops. Taste is bitter coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and hops. Mouthfeel is light body with medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, but the flavors are a bit strong to drink a lot of these.

10-23-2010 17:46:51 | More by nkersten
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chenieprudhomme

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-04-2011 02:04:20 | More by chenieprudhomme
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brewnic

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-15-2011 21:32:32 | More by brewnic
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branimal9

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

01-05-2012 02:23:20 | More by branimal9
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djschnabel

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 12:43:37 | More by djschnabel
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RRC87

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-15-2011 17:10:29 | More by RRC87
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Riggsenater

Indiana

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-30-2011 19:33:04 | More by Riggsenater
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

11-21-2011 02:07:04 | More by SpdKilz
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deadbody

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

I have tasted heaven and its name is Moe.

Pours a nice rich brown with a caramel head, smells of malt and vanilla and chocolate. Taste is outstanding, vanilla and chocolate notes mix in to make this delicious brew. Drink this with a rich chocolaty dessert and you will be willing to trade your first born for the ability to do so again (does anyone need a generally well behaved 12 year old? I have one I'll trade for a keg of this).

Mouthfeel is rich without being too thick.

Overall? Outstanding. Quite possibly the best beer I have ever tasted.

06-13-2011 13:00:36 | More by deadbody
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reddfrogg

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%

08-02-2012 16:40:19 | More by reddfrogg
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ElfKicker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -10.7%

11-02-2012 19:09:11 | More by ElfKicker
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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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blue-dream

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%

08-19-2014 11:36:29 | More by blue-dream
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langfot99

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-13-2011 15:34:30 | More by langfot99
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Yulles

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

11-14-2011 17:14:08 | More by Yulles
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jegross2

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

10-04-2013 01:11:34 | More by jegross2
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FreshmanPour77

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +11.6%

12-03-2011 20:19:39 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

02-18-2013 16:21:17 | More by Hopsiam14
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Moe's Bender from Surly Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.