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Very Noddy Lager is a deep dark hop edged experience

  • Feb 22, 2010
Tonight’s beer review comes to you from the kind folks at Buckbean Brewing Company, who sent me reviewing samples of this Imperial Schwarzbier.  I’ve previously reviewed their Original Orange Blossom Ale, Black Noddy Lager and Tule Duck Red Ale, so you know I’m a fan of their beer.

Here’s what they say:

Brewed specially for owner Doug Booth’s 40th birthday, this Imperial Schwarzbier has twice the malt and hops of our Black Noddy Lager, creating a deep black color, rich, nutty malt flavors and a smooth hop bite. A symphony of balanced intensity!

Here’s what I say…

The Pour
This beer pours from the can into a pint glass extremely thick. Pours to a two finger thick head that’s a light coffee with cream color. The beer looks like a very dark ruby brown around the edges of the glass. Other than the edges, it looks like motor oil.

The Nose
This has a great smoky, malty nose with coffee and caramel notes. There are also slightly noticeable floral hop notes hiding in there as well. As it warms, faint hints of raisin are also detected.

The Taste
This comes across far hoppier than the nose lets on. There are powdery and dry qualities to this full bodied beer. Coffee seems to be the most pronounced flavor I noticed. There is a slight caramel sweetness hiding there beneath the dry flowery hoppiness. It’s more effervescent than I think I was expecting, but the finish is quite dry and leaves your palate ready for another go at this beer. The fact that it’s 10.5% ABV is easily missed when first drinking this beer, as the higher ABV is hidden well. You do notice it after finishing the entire can though!

I really didn’t know what I thought about this beer at first. My preference is for beers ranging from well balanced to the malty side of things, so the pronounced hoppiness gave me pause at first. But this is an interesting beer, definitely worth trying out. I don’t know that it is as balanced as it could be.

Recommended: I’d encourage fans of hoppier brews to give this a shot and savor it slowly, letting it warm considerably to fully experience it.

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Buckbean Brewing Company was started in 2008, the vision of Reno, NV native Douglas S. Booth and veteran Brewmaster Daniel B. Kahn.  This Nevada brewery cans their beer, believing it to be better for the environment, and also with the idea that canned beer can be taken places bottled beer is not allowed.
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Type: Lager
Variety: Imperial Schwarzbier
Country: Reno, Nevada, USA
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing Company
ABV: 10.5%
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