Cricket's Nocturne | Cricket Hill Brewing Co.

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Cricket's NocturneCricket's Nocturne
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.12%
 
 
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4
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of wattoclone
4.87/5  rDev +27.8%
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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Photo of Drinkalot
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
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 bob3701
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of danedelman
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at RSVP in Maine on sale for $3.99 a bomber and poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip

A-dark black with a one finger head although poured too cold which could have affected it. Ruby red hues around the edges where the light hits it.

S-dark roasts of chocolate and a hint of light roasted coffee.

T-chocolate malt with a hint of chalkiness. Roasty and smooth. Very well done for this style. Very clean and crisp.

M-smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation for this style which is low/medium carbonation

Overall this is a well done beer. I would have and did think it was a porter when I first had it and liked it then. Now I see its a lager and give it more credit. My first cricket hill I have ever enjoyed.

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Photo of mdstillman
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of gwiedman1
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sixpaxrcool
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of WhiskeyNinja
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Given to me by the brewery's owner (great guy), it pours a very dark amber, almost brown, with hues of ruby on the edges when held up to the light. Has a decent tan head that leaves a thin ring of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts with a bread like quality. The taste follows the nose with roastiness but also has hints of mild chocolate, which makes this a creamy and very smooth treat. Overall this is a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of ism
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 clickpush
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Act25
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque beautiful blackish-brown in color with a 1" tan head that laces extremely nicely, and has large bubbles. Beautiful color, as good as they come in black lager.

Smell: the mild malt sweetness is pleasant, appealing, inviting. Roasty, but not over powering. A winter beer.

Taste: Of course malt, but subtle. Less cloying than brown ales, with some herb, earth, chocolate, grass, and hint of bread. Bitterness moderate, fresh tasting, and with nice sweet-bitter-earthy balance. A great session beer. Approachable, will be great with food, tonight shrimp cocktail and sphagetti with meatballs. Stands up to any foods. A great seafood dinner or roast beer. Also great with cheese.

Mouthfeel: medium-to-full bodied, a little creamy. Crisp, sessionable, satisfying. Aftertaste short-lived. Leaves one in a good earthy not too sweet place.

Overall: this is a drinkable dark lager that can be a session beer. Great NJ Brew! worth trying out. I will definitely get more. If I am to drink dark lager, this would be near the top of my list. I could see drinking this and surprising my friends with it.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Gavage
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Ego
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 njcraftguy
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of CoolGuy42
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SMM0606
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +5%

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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Cricket's Nocturne from Cricket Hill Brewing Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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