Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 78
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Cricket Hill Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jwc215 on 01-02-2009

Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".
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Photo of wattoclone
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Capone's. Pours a deep black/brown with tan head. Mild chocolate aroma. Taste is mellow chocolate and coffee with a subtle sweet malt and roasted malt finish. I really felt this lucious brew drank like a porter so I checked out the Cricket Hill website and there it is listed as an ale: "Nocturne Chocolate Ale". Therefore I have to assume the Beer Advocate listing is in error and this is an American style porter. As such it is outstanding on draft and worth seeking out. (485 characters)

Photo of Drinkalot
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great surprise. I've had Cricket Hills offerings before and they've all been very drinkable, but nothing memorable. I think Nocturne may be their breakthrough brew.

Popped it out of a 22oz into a standard pint. Somewhat denser ebony coloring but the nose was a perfect blend of being both fruit and roast. The perfect mouthfeel and easy to drink on a cold wintery night. A perfect complement with a beef stew or roasted meats. (434 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml into nonic pint at 40 degrees.

Perfect pour - the largest head I've ever encountered from any lager style beer, filling half the glass with a foamy beige head. Body is a dark cola color, with orange/amber edges. Really nice, sticky lacing.

Aromas of rich multi-grain bread, roasted malt, and some naval orange fruity quality.

Good semi-sweet chocolate flavor, with some bitter bark, citrus rinds, and charred wood in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty rich - especially given the ABV - but it's plenty dry and crisp in the finish.

Quite drinkable, and a really top notch & unique representation of the style. (623 characters)

Photo of bob3701
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner styled glass. Pour a clear, deep dark chestnut brown, almost black with a light tan creamy head that hangs around a long time and has great lacing. A malty earthy aroma. Very malty taste hints of chocolate but not too sweet with a slight burnt malt and sour aftertaste. Very smooth to drink, goes down easy. This is by far the best beer I've had from Cricket Hill (not that I have had many) but it has left me wanting to explore more of their brews. (471 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of WhiskeyNinja
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of ism
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent session beer had on draught at Hop Angel in Philly. Brown hue topped by 1.5 finger hea that maintains steady lace for 30 mins. Crispy dry smell with some chocolate notes. Flavor is similar, light roast, dry chocolate, and hints of banana. Crisp, dry feel that distributes flavor evenly. Delish. (304 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this!

Pours brown with ruby highlights. It has a nice, thick, off-white/light tan head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of pumpernickel with a some roast.

The taste is of lightly roasted, bready graininess with soft underlying fruitiness.

Light-bodied, towards watery, but very smooth. Very, very drinkable. Looks awesome, smells and tastes very nice - mild roastiness, grainy, a hint of fruitiness - feel is smooth, but could use a bit more body - still amazingly drinkable, with a pleasant aftertaste. Very refreshing - a nice dark lager. (599 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly and sports some large bubbles.

Smell: a mild malt sweetness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with some bits of chocolate, grass, and hint of toasted bread. Bitterness is moderate and balances out the flavors nicely.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is very short-lived.

Drinkability: this is a very drinkable dark lager that can be an all night session beer. Definitely worth trying this one out. (540 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

not the biggest fan of this brewery (due to past reviews/experience) but I'll give this one a spin as they are practically my neighbors, literally...

eyes...
fluffy white head rises to 2 full fingers, dark ruby tone, active carbonation keeps the head fed, nice lacing of micro bubbles coat the glass as this settles down, head retreats as fast the NY giants defense at the end of last year (ugg... hey, at least we got antrel rolle.. hell yeah), pretty decent looking brew and a more attractive bottle than their other fare (not rated but worth mentioning)

nose...
light toasty malty notes, some mild chocolate, nice subdued malty ride, very nice to fit the style

taste etc...
smooth but the carbonation is a bit distracting (too prickly, really takes away from this). the flavor is very much like the nose, just very nice subdued smoky malts with a hint of bitterness, just enough to make you want more without being off-putting or overpowering in any way, the body is just right, kind of milky smooth but light enough to imagine quaffing a bunch of this at a beer hall,

verdict?
I like it, would I ever call it "Great" ? probably not, but that isn't the point, this is a great beer to hang out with and session with. it is like a comfortable blanket... and in that regard it succeeds as such. (1,299 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted roasted malts with good amounts of sweeter dark malts. As it warms light hints of breadiness come through as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark malt flavors with hints of roastiness kick things off. Midway through the sip mild amounts of leafy hops enter into things and carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this wasn't quite robust enough for a schwarzbier however it was certainly different in flavor profile for an amber lager. A nice cross between the two styles and well worth a shot. (878 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +3.4%

02/27/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At first blush I though the chocolate was out of place in a 'lager' but soon learned, no matter what you want to call it this is a fine brew. (180 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cricket Hill- Nocturne

A- Dark brown slight reddish hue with a mild thin head. Thin filmy lacing.
S- Good medium roasted malts, smoke, ash, sugar syrup.
T- Sweet molasses and roasted malt. Smoke, ash, and wood flavors with an earthy hop touch in the end. Malt dominates.
M- Sweet thick malt throughout. Smokey dry with a slick sweet finish.

Overall- Started off thin but flavors popped as it warmed up. A good offering from Cricket Hill who usually puts out average brews. Hopefully a taste of things to come. (511 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If looked at without holding it directly to the light it looks opaque. When held it up to the light, it comes up with a very dark cherry color. It poured without a head. Looks like there is no carbonation whatsoever.

It smells like a toffee nutty sweetness with some caremel notes. It smells delicious. Towards the end of the mug I smelled a strong odor of coffee, as if it was like a porter or stout.
Lightly carbonated and medium body.

Sweet toffee taste upfront, then leaves with a slight bitterness of hops and barley. Nutty caramel notes in the background. It reminds me of an English Brown Ale I tried not too long ago. I like it, it's quite tasty, though.

I could and I would have another 22 ounce bottle of this, if I had another one. It's quite tasty for a Dark Lager but it reminds me more of an English Brown Ale to me. (837 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,159 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a head that barely formed before settling to a thin film. There was a moderate amount of lacing left on the glass. Pleasing aroma of some dark malt that gives hints of chocolate and smoke. I am not picking up any hop aroma. Good malt flavors as well. Notes of chocolate and mild roastedness. A touch of grass is the only hop flavor I can detect. Definate lager flavor. Nice body and carbonation gives this beer a good texture. This beer lies somewhere between a Dunkel and a Schwarzbier, but whatever it is, it tastes good and is an enjoyable beer with a low ABV. (585 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown color, kind of chesnut. Thick tan head. Roasted, smoky malt aroma. Some sweetness, probably chocolate. Mostly malt taste, molasses, still showed that smoky taste. And yes, there was a bit of chocolate taste. Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated. I enjoyed it. (268 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark chestnut brown with a 3 finger, frothy tan capping that was well lasting, leaving a lacing of splattered foam deposits on the glass. Against the light the coloring appeared a deep crimson red revealing a strong and rapid carbonation factor.

S: The nose had a dried munich and caramel presence to it of moderate proportions. Hints of fresh pie crust and semi-dry dark cherries are also present.

T: A light smoky and sweet dried caramel first greets the taste buds. Some husky grains and a light coffee presence is picked up as well a dry fruitiness of apple peels and dry spice of cinnamon. Evidence of chocolate is picked up before the beer rounds out with a soft dry touch of grains and dried apples. Overall a dark lager with a nice touch of smoky sweet and toasted appeal gives this a flavor similar to a Vienna lager. Nice to see Cricket hill is stepping up thier game.

M: The mouthful is lively with a good deal of carbonation coming through while a creamy maltiness provides an ample medium-full experience. The swallow finds a gentle smoky woodiness and sweetly dried caramel left behind.

D: Nice drinkability, dry, sweet with a light appreciable smoky touch gives this some variation and depth. Probably one of their better beers to date and one that may finally give them some respect. Drinks like a smoky Vienna lager but not as sweet with a nice dryness for a finishing touch. Definitely worth a try. (1,435 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cola brown color. Pours a rich foamy biege head between two and three fingers high. Leaves a nice abstract lace residue around the glass. Rich chocolately malty aroma with taste to match with some coffee. I'm pretty sure that's anise or licorice I taste too. I think you could enjoy this with a nice red meat meal or just buy itself like a dessert. I am not a dark beer guy but this was pretty darn good. (409 characters)

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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.