Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged
Jester King Brewery

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Jester King Brewery
Texas, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #18
Ranked #461
4.58 | pDev: 4.37%
Apr 25, 2022
May 26, 2016
Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-AgedNocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged
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4.5 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Apr 25, 2022
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4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

Bottle at share, courtesy of Rich. Cloudy amber pour, small airy head. Fruity aroma, stone fruit, berries, tartness and light gin notes. Taste comes in sour, dark fruity sweetness, again with the gin providing nice character and dryness.

Dec 22, 2021
4.44 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 27, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Look: dark red purple with a very thick pink head. It looks beautiful.

Aroma: blackberry, gin

Flavor: The flavor is slightly tart blackberries with a moderate gin flavor that enhances the blackberry flavor rather than over powering it. I am not that fond of Gin, but in this case the Gin is perfect. It is my first time drinking this and I have to say it is delicious.

Body/Overall: medium body

Sep 01, 2021
4.73 by CSO from Illinois on Apr 12, 2020
4.65 by Kurmaraja from California on Sep 10, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Apr 08, 2018
4.75 by chippo33 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2017
4.54 by KT123 from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2017
4.27 by Keananmichael5 from California on Apr 02, 2017
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4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 14, 2017
4.68 by Brian29 from Ohio on Jan 14, 2017
4.71 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Dec 26, 2016
4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Nov 22, 2016
4.52 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Nov 22, 2016
4.5 by Narthax from Texas on Nov 20, 2016
4.7 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Nov 15, 2016
4.36 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina on Nov 13, 2016
4.31 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Nov 13, 2016
4.68 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 04, 2016
4.75 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Oct 11, 2016
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Sep 22, 2016
4.75 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Sep 09, 2016
4.77 by earljones199 from New Hampshire on Aug 18, 2016
4.57 by Mikeypnh from New Hampshire on Aug 16, 2016
4.6 by IrishColonial from Texas on Aug 08, 2016
4.5 by Bristopher89 from Texas on Jul 11, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by JamLand from District of Columbia

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!

Jun 25, 2016
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4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by fl_beer_fan from Texas

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.

Jun 04, 2016
5 by StandupandStout from Texas on May 31, 2016
Nocturn Chrysalis - Gin Barrel-Aged from Jester King Brewery
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 30 ratings