Nocturn Chrysalis - Jester King Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev -8.6%
500ml bottle of Blend 2. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 8/16/2014.
A- Dark purple body. Pours out like a particularly dark red wine, but with a darker shade of purple. Comes with a one finger white head with fair retention time, not a whole lot of lacing to be found. 
S- Initially, this beer smells remarkably similar to a pinot noir to be honest. Oak, red tannins, dark fruits- heavier on the blackberry versus cherries or blueberries of course- with a nice lactic tartness that is more subtle and really the major distinguishing characteristic versus a warmer pinot noir. As it warms, however, the lactic acid comes out quite a bit more to remind you that this is an AWA. Funk comes out more as well, but this beer has less funk than I was expecting. 
F- Lactic acid, oak, and a dry blackberry finish. There is a small amount of leather and horseblanket, but it ends up being a fairly insignificant contributor to the overall gestalt flavour of the beer. This is a very dry beer which reminds me of a red wine in some ways except its carbonated and there is certainly less complexity to it as the blackberries are the only contributors of the dark fruit character. 
M- On the thinner side, but certainly not watery. Sufficient carbonation that dances on the tongue. Finish is a dry, slightly bitter tannic one that absolutely dries my tongue out. [3.75]
O- Good drinking experience. It's moderately acidic but the complexity seems to be a bit lacking- I feel that this beer is far too dry for its own good as it takes away a lot of the potential fruit sweetness that would add to the palate. In addition, there seems to be a bit less funk that would also add complexity and make this a more interesting drinking experience. [3.75]
Final Score: 3.925
(Using the above ratings for each category and the weights below, per the old system)
08-16-2014 23:52:29 | More by Stevedore
Nocturn Chrysalis from Jester King Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.