Hailing from Reno, Nevada, Buckbean is relatively new to the craft brew scene. It was founded just two years ago, but is well on its way to making it into the national beer scene! We recently had a chance to try their regular Black Noddy and an imperialized version, Very Noddy. Similar on the surface, but these beers proved very different!
Black Noddy - Dark espresso brown with sepia tints in the light, this schwarzbier lager had an earthy aroma with a slight citrus tang. This carried over in the taste - lots of earthy and mineral flavors, roasted black coffee, and a whistle-clean finish. It's a good sipping beer and was fantastic with food. We had it with lamb chops and potatoes, but it would make a good match to anything with rich, roasted flavors.
Very Noddy - Brewed in honor of the founder's 40th birthday, this is the Black Noddy on steroids. The description says that this beer has twice the malts and hops at the Black Noddy, and we believe it. If possible, it's blacker than the original Noddy, and it pours slick and syrupy with deep roasted aromas. Check out that head of foam!
It has a nice arch of flavors going on. Lots of bittersweet espresso in the middle with an overlay of caramel and toasted nuts. It has a lemon peel bitterness around the edges that helps cut the heavy sweet malts. It was as thick as a milkshake and just as creamy. You could drink it with food, but we really enjoyed it after the meal was over and we could fully appreciate all the flavors.
Buckbean's beers are only available in Nevada and parts of New York and California right now, but keep your eye out for them. They also sell their Orange Blossom Ale and Tule Duck Red Ale in cans, and we're looking forward to seeing where the company goes in the next few years.
Have you tried any of Buckbean's beers? What do you think of them?
• Buckbean Brewing Company - check out their website for more info on their beers, distribution, and upcoming releases.
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