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Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne

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BA SCORE
84
good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 01-02-2009)
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, some coffee as well. Taste is chocolatey, some coffee, drinks more like a stout than a lager. feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not what I expected, but a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 18:33:03 | More by tone77
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good lager. Quite robust though, and almost like a rauchbier or smoked beer. Consistent and smooth. Nose brings a somewhat chocolate character. Would probably be heavier than most would expect, almost reaching into porter or stout territory. Well, not almost. It does. Regardless, it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 11:09:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at RSVP in Maine on sale for $3.99 a bomber and poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip

A-dark black with a one finger head although poured too cold which could have affected it. Ruby red hues around the edges where the light hits it.

S-dark roasts of chocolate and a hint of light roasted coffee.

T-chocolate malt with a hint of chalkiness. Roasty and smooth. Very well done for this style. Very clean and crisp.

M-smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation for this style which is low/medium carbonation

Overall this is a well done beer. I would have and did think it was a porter when I first had it and liked it then. Now I see its a lager and give it more credit. My first cricket hill I have ever enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:57:28 | More by danedelman
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cricket Hill, welcome to Maine (bomber acquired at RSVP for $3.99):

Into a pilsener:

A: dark brown body with a three finger off-white foamy head lasts a good two minutes, head gently fades to valleys, light foamy lacing clings to the sides of the glass

S: some light chocolate, coffee and malts

T: bittersweet - combined spectacular between previously mentioned flavors

M: medium, rolls nicely between tongue and mouth leads to a nice smoothness, slightly sessionable, coffee aftertaste and finish

O: what a nice Munich Dunkel that I would come back to pretty quickly, could be perhaps I had it just at the right time - unsure, but hey of course I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 17:29:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Act25

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque beautiful blackish-brown in color with a 1" tan head that laces extremely nicely, and has large bubbles. Beautiful color, as good as they come in black lager.

Smell: the mild malt sweetness is pleasant, appealing, inviting. Roasty, but not over powering. A winter beer.

Taste: Of course malt, but subtle. Less cloying than brown ales, with some herb, earth, chocolate, grass, and hint of bread. Bitterness moderate, fresh tasting, and with nice sweet-bitter-earthy balance. A great session beer. Approachable, will be great with food, tonight shrimp cocktail and sphagetti with meatballs. Stands up to any foods. A great seafood dinner or roast beer. Also great with cheese.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-full bodied, a little creamy. Crisp, sessionable, satisfying. Aftertaste short-lived. Leaves one in a good earthy not too sweet place.

Overall: this is a drinkable dark lager that can be a session beer. Great NJ Brew! worth trying out. I will definitely get more. If I am to drink dark lager, this would be near the top of my list. I could see drinking this and surprising my friends with it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 23:11:02 | More by Act25
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HoppyHomo

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of attending the Cricket Hill Brewery in Fairfield last week. The man in charge of the brewery, Rick i believe his name is, really knows how to draw a crowd. Sure the crowd looked like they had just left Comic Con but overall everyone was very nice and it was a good time.

One of the beers on tap at the Brewery was their dark lager (nocturne). On tap i thought it was pretty good so i decided to pick up a 750 at the local bottle king and see how it would taste out of the bottle.

Warning:Pour gently, there is a lot of head.Too much head in my opinion.

But once the head settle you have a delicious dark lager in front of you. Feels smooth in the mouth and while not overwhelming with flavor is just perfect for those November nights where your along sitting on the internet(eh?).

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:32:15 | More by HoppyHomo
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-21-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Received in a trade

Starts with a huge off-white head on a murky, dark brown beer. Excellent retention and lacing in the glass. Aromas are malty and sweet, followed by some roasted malt notes.

The taste brings to mind a dark, french roast coffee initially, plus malty caramels and chocolate. Earthy hops give a light bitter element. Medium bodied, with a crisp and clean lager mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry and with the coffee roast flavors noted before.

Overall a tasty balance of roasted/toasted notes in a not-too heavy lager beer.

Thanks to Steve for this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:40:34 | More by sommersb
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Bung

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. a very dark brown pour, some amber around the edges. Thin off white layer on top.

Aroma, a lot of chocolate, some peat, leather.

Taste, Some molasses and sassafras. Some malty toffee and chocolates, almost a milk chocolate like quality. A dry cocoa and noble type hop finish.
Quite dry. Feels like the high carbonation is hurting the flavor profile some.

Lighter bodied and drinkable, but I found the carbonation prickly and a bit distracting.
Fix that and this is a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:26:49 | More by Bung
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: very large head on this one with excellent retention on a clear amber brown body

S: simple aroma with toasted caramel malts, rye breads, musty hops.

T: smokey and roasted malts with strong coffee presence. flavor is good but the soft drink level of carbonation is distracting. breads and light spices.

M: lighter than expected with very very high carbonation. semi dry finish and crisp.

Overall: drinkable and fairly flavorful but not really a great representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:11:07 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The cap comes off to a quick gusher that continues to foam up even after it is gently poured into the glass. The result is a massive, five finger head of foam that overtops the glass like a mushroom cloud. The body is a hazy dark brown and the head retention is epic.

S - An aroma of roasted malt with some nutty caramel and spicy notes of pepper and lavender.

T - Bready malt up front with some caramel and brown sugar. Some lightly roasted notes in the middle and a finish of dry caramel and more bready malt.

M - Medium body, very high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Based on the over the top carbonation, I assumed that this beer would taste infected, but it shows no off flavors or other signs of infection. It is a little on the dry side, which may be related to the carbonation, but otherwise fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 02:10:51 | More by nickfl
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a solid black with a foamy off-white head. aromas of yeast, bananas, toasted grains, tobacco and coffee. tastes like a watered down stout (roasted grains, caramel, chocolate). totally not what i was expecting. a little bready tasting and some metallic hints throughout the pour.

very refreshing, crisp (could be a summer/spring beer), light on the palate with subtle toasted hints, dry finish.

i was expecting a shit beer honestly. i sent one off to a friend in wisconsin and he was not a fan of it. maybe it got better with aging, it's been sitting at room temp for about 3 months. the very subtle flavors honestly make it a great beer for any season.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:17:27 | More by facundoCNB
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cricket Hill "Cricket's Nocturne"
22 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness date.
$5.99 @ Wine Legend, Cherry Hill, NJ

Not really sure of what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by this offering. It's caramelish, toasty, chocolatey/cocoa-ish, and a touch roasty. There are some nice floral and leafy hops to it, and it initially balances quite well. Unfortunately, the roasty edge builds on the palate a bit, thus accentuating the bitterness a bit as well. It finishes dry with a coffee character and solid bitterness. The first quarter of the glass was great, it lost luster half-way, and then it became softer and more enjoyable as it warmed. The roastiness is a little bit much given the malt component, but that makes it unique. Probably worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:38:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with hints of ruby and practically no head. The nose has a very slight malt element, but not much. There is little more than a hint of roasted malt in the flavor and this offering is especially thin in the finish.

Took a chance on this beer b/c of the relatively high BA rating, but this one is a big downer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 07:55:23 | More by 57md
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, somewhat hazy Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Malty aroma has a smoky overtone and a hint of caramel. Flavor has a malty core with smoky, caramel and coffee hints. Texture has average, powdery body and just a little fizz, leaving a malty and slightly smoky finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:55:20 | More by Cyberkedi
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WhiskeyNinja

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by the brewery's owner (great guy), it pours a very dark amber, almost brown, with hues of ruby on the edges when held up to the light. Has a decent tan head that leaves a thin ring of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts with a bread like quality. The taste follows the nose with roastiness but also has hints of mild chocolate, which makes this a creamy and very smooth treat. Overall this is a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:59:43 | More by WhiskeyNinja
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

honey color to it though with some darker touches around the sides that served it quite well. Aroma was decent, very sweet with lots of caramel and honey notes as well as lots of touches of nuts as well. Warming almost brings out a touch of fruit now. But the flavor really falls off. It seems as though it comes across musky and stale, the fact that it is flat does not help at all. A wash of bready malts, touches of grain and a hint of caramel all seem to miss and this quasi wheat and fruit note comes in, with a wet cardboard flavor. Not working out at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:18:33 | More by mikesgroove
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barcade, Jersey City, NJ

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that gradually died down and left a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts and brown bread in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and roasted malts along with notes of chocolate.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and somewhat smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very sessionable because it’s not very filling, goes down easily and has a low alcohol content. It packs in a lot of aroma and flavor for a beer with a light body.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 21:27:13 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Naugros for this bottle!

This is a nocturne. A Which? You know: Frederik fucking Chopin. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear garnet-brown topped by over a finger of dusty light tan foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light toffee, mineral water, and a touch of vague fruitiness. The taste holds notes of very light roasted malts, mild cocoa powder, potting soil, dark greens, and a slightly biting herbal bitterness at the end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a pretty nice Munich dark, something you don't see too many of in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 19:18:43 | More by TMoney2591
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. This way a low intensity gusher. It took me a good dozen pours to fill my glass.

4.0 A: After much effort I can finally see what what a full glass looks like. Clear dark brown color. Three fingers of beige, frothy head with excellent retention and a good amount of lacing.

3.0 S: Dry roastiness with a touch of burntness. Something along the lines of ginger ale or dish soap and an unidentifiable frutiness. Just a touch of sweet maltiness. Fresh water and overall clean.

4.5 T: Taste is very good. Not quite as roasty as the nose suggests, but roasty nonetheless. No burnt flavors. Rather, a fairly intense chocolate joins the party. Sweet caramel. Grainy malts with a strong neutral maltiness.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body, maybe even as light as a heavier light body. Good carbonation somehow after the multiple pours. A tad bit creamy, smooth, and refreshing.

4.0 D: There's a good amount of flavor in this despite not being an imperial something or other and the components work well together. The nose is a little weird and doesn't quite reflect the taste, but no big deal. This is a good beer after all is said and done.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:30:25 | More by DavoleBomb
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy 1/2 finger head that fades semi slowly with a bit of lacing, semi clear darker brown caramelized brown sugar color.

Nose had a crisp lager, semi sweet toasty malts, light lager fruits, some light fluffy roast and toffee, light pillowy caramel and touch if an herbal fruity hop.

Taste starts with a toasty and light roasty malt, dark light roast, caramel malts, light toasty reddish malts, light creamy porter dark malts, touch of minerality, then light lager flavors, crisp and sweet toasty malts and light fruit, a but of an earthy slight herbal hop and some bitterness, starts semi sweet and dries just a little on the finish, more bitterness and earthy his, as well as a slight astringent and mineral like flavor, lingering dark and roasty porter malts.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb, semi crisp.

Overall pretty good, nice crisp lager flavors, nice malts both toasty reddish malts and darker roasty porter malts, finish could have been a bit drier and light minerality flavor from the dark malts and light herbal hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 02:00:36 | More by jlindros
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JRed

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost opaque body that becomes blood red when put up to the light topped by off-white head that retreats to the rim of my glass. Black cherries and faint wheat in the nose. Tastes of light cereal, dark fruit (black cherries and prunes), cola, faint echo of caramel, and a light bitterness accompanied by a spicy hop toward the finish that rides out the drink. Light in body with light carbonation. It's easy on the belly and contains a great balance between sweet malt and a light hop presence. An interesting beer fit for hot nights, chilling outside with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:09:32 | More by JRed
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with a frothy head that laces the glass as it recedes to the surface. The head leaves behind a coverlet of froth with a few hefty bubbles guarding the beer.

From its appearance it's almost a brown ale or even a stout but its flavor tells a different story.

It's a light flavor-- bordering on nondescript with a tinge of effervescence. On second consideration, there's hops balanced by malt but with the nod going to the hops bitterness. Producing a long clean hops-like finish.

It's quite a drinkable beer-- with a mild but tangy mouthfeel and what doesn't seem like an overly high ABV factor makes for an enjoyable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:59:25 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Very dark brown almost black color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malty and flavor is toasted malts. $7.25 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 23:05:56 | More by jdhilt
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled on 1/8/11 served in a glass beer mug on 1/9/11.

L - very dark brown color with a beige head that left trails of lacing.

S - roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate.

T - roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down very easy and low abv is a plus.

Serving type: growler

01-09-2011 21:51:16 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ism

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with deep red highlights, with a 1-finger tan head. Decent retention, settling to a thin but substantial layer, and thick rings of lacing. Nose is dry toffee, and a very subtle fruit ester.

Very gentle carbonation, medium body, complete opposite of slickness that I like. Roasted malt base, slight bread characteristic of a toasted lager, no hop presence yet not too sweet, and a very nice dryness. Hops emerge as soft, piney bitterness in the finish and a pleasant dryness that doesn't linger too long.

Very pleasing, sessionable, and one of the best offerings in this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:28:08 | More by ism
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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.