Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged
Jester King Brewery

Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-AgedNocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged
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American Wild Ale
4.61 | pDev: 3.9%
Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-AgedNocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged
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Photo of Sabtos
4.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque mauve-purple with a thin, fizzy pastel violet head that slowly simmers down to a thin purple chain.

The gin barrel assuredly makes its mark on the nose, with a unique floral bouquet not present in the base, yet it doesn't take over like so many gin beers I've had before--and thankfully so, because regular Nocturn is my favorite JK beer. A bit of lime is also contributed, which seamlessly blends with light, toasty char and plenty of tart blackberry.

Punchy, spicy sour blackberry still maintains control on the palate with a touch of toasted sesame and oak, as the floral, lime-like gin adds some unique and fun contrasting accents. On the tail end, I get a black pepper exhale.

A moderate body with a surprisingly firm and velvety yet effervescent fizz finishes semi-dry.

The gin doesn't necessarily improve the beer, but it does give it a light-hearted approach that I enjoy thoroughly. This 11 ounce bottle is so cute I can't believe it--I don't think I've ever seen anything like this.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: a beautiful, opaque, deep ruby hue. It's a pretty nice looking beer.

Nose is blackberry dominant, with very faint aromas of pine, lemon/citrus, and an earthy/grassy vibe.

Taste: blackberries first, but the gin barrel really accentuates the fruitiness of the base beer. It's seemingly a perfect combination.

Mouthfeel-tart blackberry, sour but not overwhelmingly so, doesn't linger very long after consumption.

Overall. Taken as a whole, this is absolutely splendid. One of the better beers I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of JamLand
4.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasting notes based on a recent side by side with regular Nocturn.

L: Lighter, with thinner head than regular Nocturn. Able to see through beer when held up to light.

S: Hint of the gin botanicals and typical blackberry of Nocturn. Jester King funk present on the nose.

T: Gin makes the blackberry sing. One of the better barrel aged sours, I've had, where the barrel improved on the original. So often I find barrel aged sours muddying the beautiful flavors of the original. This enhances, while not overpowering.

F: A little thinner than regular Nocturn, but to be expected.

O: If you like regular Nocturn and gin, then this might be your perfect beer. These two harmonized together like Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell!

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Photo of fl_beer_fan
4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a 12oz flute

Look: red/black opaqueness, deep red when held up to the light, much like a port

Smell: berry smell that has a nice mix of gin botanicals. Can smell the juniper, and also the Rosemary that's prevalent in the gin that was aged prior in the barrel

Taste: when cold, muted blackberry tartness well balanced with a juniper pizazz. As it warms, the blackberries really start to open up, giving the beer a jam-like flavor. I feel the barrel pulls in some great accent flavors without overwhelming anything. No vinegar taste whatsoever.

Feel: much like any other sour ale; thin, but not ascerbic.

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Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 25 ratings