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Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 17.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: jwc215 on 01-02-2009

Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215.

Pours a dark clean/clear brown color, nice carbonation, little off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some caramel. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, bitter, and dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent but surprisingly insubstantial.

Pours deep reddish black with an off-color head. The aroma is malty and roasted, to the point of being a little raisny. The flavor is strong, woody, smoky, with a little dark fruit, cherry, raisin, plum. There is a nice smokey sweetness down the throat. But then, oddly enough, be beer just evaporates - nothing much left on the finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated but rather thin.

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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.