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Cricket's Nocturne - Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.53%
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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jnardone235

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%

09-03-2012 04:21:39 | More by jnardone235
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 00:38:37 | More by NJpadreFan
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9InchNails

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 06:21:46 | More by 9InchNails
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morimech

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 22:39:05 | More by morimech
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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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lordofthewiens

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:46:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 23:04:13 | More by beerthulhu
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cpanossian

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:12:25 | More by cpanossian
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JRed

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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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meatyard

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 00:14:42 | More by meatyard
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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tjd112

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 17:08:45 | More by tjd112
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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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shamrock1343

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

06-13-2013 23:42:38 | More by shamrock1343
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kennylopez

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev 0%

03-13-2012 20:40:32 | More by kennylopez
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev 0%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 00:59:25 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4%
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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Bung

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-22-2013 17:15:20 | More by Varkias41
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-01-2013 04:49:07 | More by Drknight
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-23-2012 20:13:32 | More by ygtbsm94
Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.