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Beer #75 – March 19, 2010: Cricket’s Nocturne

March 19, 2010

Finally up to date with reviews, but here I am on the 78th day of the year, and only at beer #75.  Three beers behind… and in the immortal words of Humphrey Bogart, “the whole world is about three drinks behind.”  I guess I’m in the same boat right now!

Beer: Cricket’s Nocturne

Brewery: Cricket Hill Brewing Company, Fairfield, New Jersey

Style: Schwarzbier (Black Lager)

Serving Type: On-tap

Price: $5.00 pint at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ

Availability: Occasional Offering

Glassware: Shaker Pint

Strength: 4.5 % ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A surprisingly “light” dark beer… dark, malty flavor, but not heavy.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Quite dark (though there is not much light in the tavern either) with a thin tan head.

Aroma: Mild roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, though the carbonation adds body.

Taste: Brown sugar and cola nut sweetness, followed by woody, earthy notes, a nice roasted flavor with hints of coffee and bakers chocolate, finishing with a slightly dry tanginess.

Pairing: A bacon cheeseburger… nothing like bacon with those roasted flavors.

Trivia: Schwarzbier is a German word that literally translates to “black beer”.  It is somewhat deceptively dark, since unlike porters and stouts which are ales brewed with a heavy hand of roasted and dark malts, Schwarzbiers are lagers brewed with a relatively smaller amount of these dark malts, lending dark color and just a little roasted and charred flavor.

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  1. March 28, 2010 8:35 pm

    I went to College in Caldwell, NJ. I have friends that live on Bloomfield Ave. The Cloverleaf is a great place!

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