Cricket's Nocturne
Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #57
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,156
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
83
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Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  4
Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne
Notes: Formerly known as "Dunkel Lager".
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by poorbanker:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 ism
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Ego
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 cpanossian
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
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 morimech
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +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 Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 83 ratings