Noggin Knocker | Siletz Brewing And Public House

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Siletz Brewing And Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Reidrover on 03-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006, roughly one year old when sampled.

This pours out of the glass distinctively barley-filled, rich and deep, plum in color with a yellow sticky cap of lace.

Nose is sticky-sweet, candied toasted sugars. Heave and haw interplay of molasses/maple syrup assault and gum-smacking hop fuels littered in the wake.

Taste is more of the same, an assault of sugars and the intermittent sunshine of citrus hops. Traces of PacNW-bitterness drift in and out like yawns in sleep deprivation, sweetness clobbering all drying hops. Might have been more interesting fresh out of the gates.

MF Nothing out of the ordinary other than the feeling that you’re drinking liquid insulin.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of findlayfan
2.58/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber, bottled in Jan. 2006.

Since this one is now a little over 2 years old, a cold icy night seemed like a good time to give it a try.

Poured into an imperial pint glass with a huge 1 3/4" tan head (which became rocky after a bit and lingered well past halfway through). Dark (but clear) maroon body with very slight carbonation. Moderate lacing.

Unfortunately, the appearance was the highpoint.

The smell was fruity - but had an acrid note that turned out to be a warning.

Odd taste: bitter dark cherries seemed to predominate. There was a touch of hop bitterness, but this certainly isn't your typical American barleywine.

Didn't seem all that heavy in ABV, either, but I can't imagine drinking more than one (or even ALL of one) of these.

I see that this beer is retired - which is just as well.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes:

About a year and half old, give or take. Don't know how it tasted to start, but I have never had a barleywine that wasn't at least ok after a year and half when aged properly. Not sure if this one is my fault, but I don't know how it could go so bad so quickly.

Dark, not the usual maroon, but a pleasant color none the less.

Big nose, lots of hoppy candy.

Holy crap. Sickly sweet, caustic candy. Barely palatable. Couldn't keep it in my mouth long enough to discern all the possible flavors. A car wreck on your tongue.

Mouthfeel? I don't know. Battery acid?

Cool bottle. If you are aging this one, just dump it out. Maybe use the bottle as a vase or something.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Newport ,Oregon today.
22 oz bomber witha really nice screen printed label,with a depiction of the Ancient Egytian diety ,Hathor.
Very attractive beer in the pint mug, very dark red,almost a cognac colour to it,small bubbly tan head,plenty lacing.
Very strong aroma of hops and an almost sherry like tone.
The taste is quite unusual..the first sip and its extremelly srong dark fruit tastes that assault the taste slightly "off" blackberries..then its gone and replaced by a lasting spicy,bitter hopiness that lingers long.slight hint of what appears to be strong alcohol.
Nice on the palate..though the mouthfeel seems to be divided in two distinct "areas" the dark fruitiness, then the spicy long lasting bitterness.
I found this beer very tasty ,though it has to be said this is not the most balanced beer in the world.
The brewer suggests aging this..I think that would be a great idea..maybe the two halves of the taste bwould meld beautifully in a year.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I think this is not a fully retired beer but a seasonal since this one was picked up last week in a large grocery chain...

Aroma is heavy with yeast effects and fruit aromas including plums and apricots. Nice light hop aroma too smelling like wood and light citrus.

deep red colored and clear. Head is small but there is good rising bubbles in the glass but no lacing.

Flavor is big and malty but with a strong hop bitterness. It also has a vinuous sour component that doesn't seem like a yeast effect but more like a barrel aged. But as it warms up, it seems a little sour and funky.

Pretty thin in the body for a barleywine. Has a little alcohol flavor in the mouth too.

Seems like a strong beer for the sake of being strong. Not a lot of the standard profile of a barley wine.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a tan head and murky burgundy edging.
Nose is loaded with residual sugars.
Chocolate covered cherries, red licorice, sweet malt, and a faint tart note. Hops subdued.
Fruity and sweet on the pallet, with a wink over the pond.
Roasted malts and a sweet juicyness dominate the flavor profile, accented with mild alcohol.
Hops are low for a Northwest Barleywine, once again leaning towards the Brits.
Bitterness seems right on at first, but as it finishes there is a lingering acrid or burnt bitterness, along with the drawn out sweetness.
Very unique beer.

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Photo of blakesell
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this beer is retired but my bottle shows that it's brewed January 2006, which would only support what BA claims.

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark blood red with a dark brown tan head that rises a fine finger and a half high. Beer is cloudy and looks a lot like a carbonated plum juice or something of that sort. Lacing is thick and sticks quite well to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Smells to have some light cardboard oxidation but outside of that, this beer smells better than anything else I've had from Siletz. Very rich and plummy with a bit of peanut and raisin in there. I catch some subdued hops that I would wager came out a lot stronger 2 years ago. I'm getting a little Cabernet wineyness in there too.

Taste- There's that plum again with a high malt backbone and again with that oxidation which isn't entirely out of place. Hops are present and not too powerful which is just how I like them on my aged American barley wines. There is a hint of prickly sourness that isn't over the top, and none of that terrible yeast that I've caught off other Siletz beers.

Mouthfeel- Slightly sticky, prickling, tongue coating, full bodied, medium high in carbonation, not too warming.

Drinkability- This is the best Siletz beer I've had which isn't saying much, but it is also a very good American barley wine which is saying a lot.

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Photo of Crosling
2.54/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brown in color. Nose of deep malts, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate along with a touch of resin. Somewhat interesting, sticky nose. Flavor is light bodied, again sticky and pretty one dimensional. Most barleywines are tasty, but this is just so simple, although the aroma is somewhat pleasant. Hints of chocolate, oxidized fruits and resin, but the hop profile needs to be much more substancial. Icky.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven’t had the chance to try this on draught yet, but I stashed away a bottle last year and returned to it at 17 months of age. The bottle is of the standard 22-ounce variety but is among the most beautifully ornamented I’ve ever encountered. Silk screened onto the brown glass is a depiction of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, a deity of many virtues (and vices). I know of no direct connection between the reference to Hathor and “Noggin Knocker.”

NK is a deep cherry-garnet color whose low carbonation arrives in tiny, ticklish bubbles. The smell is richly appealing with suggestions of strawberry syrup. After 17 months the bitterness was still formidable. The sweet promise held out by the aroma is not delivered to the palate and I found this one just a bit too bitter for my tastes. It was almost tart, with the quality of singed cherry pits.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

'"Mingle the red ocher of Abu with the barley beer", said Ra, and it was done, so that the beer gleamed red in the moonlight like the blood of men'.

--from 'The Eye of Ra', the story of Hathor, the goddess depicted on the silk-screened bottle of Noggin Knocker

Deoxygenated blood red with polished cherry highlights. The upper third of the snifter is occupied by a firmly creamy noggin the color of golden brown sugar that is showing no signs of retreat despite what must be a double-digit ABV. Very little lace graces the glass, but I like the look anyway.

After almost two years (bottled in October 2004), it's not surprising that there's little alcohol in the nose. Trouble is, it smells like the hops have softened considerably as well. What's left is cherries and berries swimming in melted caramel syrup. It's a good nose, just not an overly complex or compelling one.

It doesn't taste like Noggin Knocker has aged well at all. I have no idea if this degree of sourness was present right out of the chute, but I doubt it. What should be a huge malt backbone has collapsed in on itself and is barely able to support the supremely shallow flavor profile. In fact, it's probably the origin of the supremely shallow flavor profile.

This just might be the least sweet barleywine that I've ever had. Sour pummels the hell out of Bitter and Sweet doesn't even take the field. What happened to those lucious caramel-like notes that I appreciated in the nose? How does what must have been a fairly substantial malt load deteriorate to this degree in less than 24 months?

Sour cherries--complete with the bitter, tannic skins--do not a good barleywine make. I keep hoping that something else will come to the fore with time, but since I started the bomber out at barely cool, it's unlikely. I have my doubts that this beer is actually retired because it still appears on the Siletz website and because they trumpet the fact that it won an award (!) in 2006. If it hasn't been put out to pasture, it should be.

The mouthfeel isn't bad for say... a pale ale. Make that a barely bubbled pale ale. The bottom line is that it isn't anywhere near as full as it should be for the style. Again, I blame a criminal lack of malt. I've had 10 year old beer that didn't taste this decrepit.

Given the bottling date, I had hoped that Noggin Knocker would be perfectly aged and ready for sippin'. It may have been a burly, hoppy brew when young, but the years have been overly brutal to a beer that should have been ripe for the plucking right about now. If you own a bottle of the '04, you've already held onto it too long.

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Photo of beercollector
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a well hopped barley wine that pours a ruby brown wiht a good light brown head. The lacing is fair but does not stay long on the side of the glass. The head lasts longer than most barley wines.

The first aroma is herbal, the hops. It is a light smell and not overpowering.

This is a moderatley sweet barley wine that clearly has plenty of alcohol to allow it to keep for several years. It is full bodied, thick and has a long lasting slight bitterness.

This is one that needs another year for the flavors to marry but with the hops, malt, and alcohol it should mellow quite well.

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Noggin Knocker from Siletz Brewing And Public House
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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