Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +30.1%
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.
05-30-2014 19:40:34 | More by wattoclone
3.6/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-25-2014 18:33:03 | More by tone77
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-04-2013 11:09:20 | More by RblWthACoz
4.29/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
03-25-2013 21:57:28 | More by danedelman
4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-03-2013 23:11:02 | More by Act25
3.08/5 rDev -17.9%
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?).
11-10-2012 02:32:15 | More by HoppyHomo
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
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!
10-22-2012 00:40:34 | More by sommersb
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
10-17-2012 01:26:49 | More by Bung
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-28-2012 02:11:07 | More by kylehay2004
3.75/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-28-2012 02:10:51 | More by nickfl
Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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