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Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne

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BA SCORE
85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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:
Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 01-02-2009)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

DavoleBomb, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

jlindros, May 20, 2011
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

JRed, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

gueuzeonhigh, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of ism
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

ism, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

clickpush, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of 9InchNails
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

9InchNails, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

morimech, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

cpanossian, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

glid02, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark, mahogany/amber with a large (2+ finger), light tan head that has decent retention and bits of lace.
The smell is deep roasted, sweet malt.
The taste is sweet and malty with a light touch of chocolate and bread. There is a tingle on the tongue at the finish which falls off to a short-lived caramel finish.
Mouthfeel is medium to light and dry with ample carbonation.
If you like this and have a greater tolerance for alcohol than I do then you can surely session this for an evening. This is a pretty decent lager.

meatyard, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Ego
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Ego, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of bob3701
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

bob3701, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

BeerImmediately, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Drinkalot
4.8/5  rDev +28%
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.

Drinkalot, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Seanibus, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance: Dark ruby colour, white head that does not last long, spotty lacing

Smell: Malty and grassy

Taste: Redeems itself with a mixture of roasted bread and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Very dry beer, medium bodied

Drinkability/Overall: A decent beer, nothing to get excited over

tjd112, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Gavage, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Wasatch, Mar 28, 2009
Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.