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Thursday, August 20th 2009

Black Noddy Lager
(Buckbean Brewing Company)

Black Noddy lager is the second canned member of the Buckbean Brewing Company family. They've now canned four of their brews with hopefully more on the way!

From the Buckbean site:

"This is a traditional Schwarzbier with a smooth, rich malt flavor, black color and medium body. The mild roastiness and malt complexity is perfectly balanced with a moderate hoppiness for an exceptionally clean finish."

Here we go...

Pour – pours dark, almost pitch in color, but them again the word "black" appears in the name of this beer! When held to the light it has some of those ruby red hues that you can see in a glass of stout. The head is a good inch of coffee colored foam that tops this one quite nicely.

Aroma – a boatload of dark roasted malt, brown bread, iced black coffee and some sweet caramel. Mostly this is toasted and roasted malt.

Taste – first sip is surprisingly light in flavor and actually reminds me a bit of a hoppy porter. Its got a nice carbonation level that makes it quite refreshing. The dark, roasted malt flavors are definitely at the forefront but there is, like the can says, moderate hoppiness. Its got a nice bite to it that works to balance things out.

Overall - Not bad, not bad at all. We definitely liked this one more than their Original Orange Blossom Ale.

Note -  The name, Black Noddy, refers to a type of bird, a seabird that is part of the tern family to be more specific. Considering that the bird itself is not native to Nevada, its a mystery as to why the brewery chose that name for their beer. Please chime in if you have some insight.


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Black Noddy Lager
Style: Schwarzbier
Brewery: Buckbean Brewing Company
Reno, Nevada  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.2%
IBUs: ???
Date: August 20th, 2009

Posted by Russ

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