Cricket's Nocturne | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".

Added by jwc215 on 01-02-2009

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color letting in light touches of amber hues along the sides of the glass. Mild half finger's worth of white foamy head slid off fairly quick to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet grains, a bit stiff to start off with then developing into some cocoa powder, dark bread, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Light earthy hop spice and dark semi-sweet grains open it up further with a sweet ash.
The flavor mildly leaned towards the sweet side then had a light roasty to toasty sort of earthy bitterness rubbing my tastebuds with sweet grains. Good aftertaste of sweet grains, toast and roast.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a wee touch under and having a wonderful sessionability about it. Carbonation and ABV felt on par. Great finish with some graininess leaving it's mark along my tongue, acceptable harshness.
Overall, a pretty good Munich Dunkel lager, I would come back to.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery. Pours dark but not black. Slight head, decent aroma but nothing special. Nice and easy to drink, good flavor. One of their better brews, very tasty.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a ruddy burnt brown color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light stringy lacing.
The smell had some rich sweet chocolate malts, light bready to biscuity tones and a light raisin to blend nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet with burnt crisp coffee tones to balance underneath. Lingering bready aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body. Lager yeast definitely helps to smooth out and lead to a light creaminess rolling over my tongue nicely.
Overall, rated to the Munich Dunkel lager style, this one works and also is good to me. Probably pair well with some coffee cake. I'd have again.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the best black beers I've ever had. A great level of oakiness and a mild fruit flavor that remind me of the similar Xingu, but the flavor seems to be a bit stronger here.

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Photo of brap
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very drinkable a little bit of chocolate but not too much going on but had some complexity and was very flavorful for a lager Didn't curl my toes but no complaints.

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Photo of Mulegrinder
1.75/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Overly carbonated. It tastes like half a bottle of seltzer used to cut the brew.

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Photo of ChadwickHines
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Delicious dark bold taste. A favorite of mine in the Cricket Hill line up.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +7.2%

02/27/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. At first blush I though the chocolate was out of place in a 'lager' but soon learned, no matter what you want to call it this is a fine brew.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of wattoclone
4.87/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of muskiesman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Zimm
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
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