Doug’s Very Noddy 40th Birthday Lager

January 12, 2010 by Aaron Goldfarb | Filed under Brewer: Buckbean, Country: America, Grade: A-, Style: Bock.

10.5% ABV self labeled can

What’s the point of life if not for lame achievements, especially ones you conquer near unwittingly?  It’s been about sixteen months since I last examined how many of the fifty states I’ve had a beer from.  Back then I’d had a beer from twenty-nine states but since then I’ve added Arizona (Crazy Ed’s Cave Creek Chili Beer, oy!) Georgia (various from Sweetwater), Hawaii (Maui and Kona), Indiana (Three Floyds can I get a witness!), Montana (Big Sky), North Carolina (Duck-Rabbit), Utah (Uinta), and West Virginia (Mountaineer).  That puts me at thirty-seven down, thirteen to go.

A few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Buckbean Brewing Co. asking if I’d be interested in getting sent their newest offering for review.  Why thank you very much!  No need to twist my arm.  Oh, by the way, Buckbean is from Nevada.  Thirty-eight down, twelve to go.*

I really didn’t know a whole heck of a lot about Buckbean but I was charmed by the tallboy “silver bullet” self-labeled can I received in the mail.  An Imperial schwarzbier according to the can–a style that doesn’t seem to “officially” exist really–with double the malts and hops of their standard Black Noddy Lager, which I unfortunately haven’t had.  Since I hadn’t really heard of this brewery, I didn’t expect much but I found Very Noddy to be pretty damn good.  I’m going to call it a doppelbock and in that case it’s one of the sweetest doppelbocks I’ve ever had.  A nice malty but not cloying sweetness, like in a better barleywine.  A very nice “Americanized” example of the style.  Silly drinkable for such a potent ABV, you could put several of these back before the alcohol caught up to you.  All in all, quite enjoyable and Nevada folks are lucky to have this brewery in their backyard.  I look forward to hopefully trying more Buckbean stuff and I believe I might just send an e-mail back to the company asking for a little help on that.


*Those twelve:

North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Dakota

4 Responses to “Doug’s Very Noddy 40th Birthday Lager”

  1. NFP says:, try to get someone to send you the Porter or the Nut Brown, both are fantastic. That would cross TN off your list. And AL just recently freed the hops, so I’d be on the lookout for new stuff coming soon, but as far as I’m concerned, nothing good is coming out of that state right now.

  2. I recommend the Alaskan Smoked Porter. I have heard it referred to as the “bacon beer” because the smell and the taste really bring bacon to mind, in a good way.

  3. Yeah, I’ve heard that Alaskan Smoked Porter is great. Would love to try it one day. Also, anything Midnight Sun, but especially the Arctic Devil barley wine.

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