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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,894 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 171
Gots: 98 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last sample plucked from my cellar. This one dates back to early 2004.

GLBC has been known to be rather ridiculously over-cautious with their labeling system...to their credit. Whenever you get a GLBC beer you know that it will be up to snuff. I'm curious as to how much research they've done with their own beers to determine the relative merits of aging them. They leave it up to us, I suppose.

Comes out as perfect in appearance as before: foreboding burgundish near-red with snowflakes attached to the snow-globe of the glass.

The nose of this beer instantly conjures to mind 'well-aged Bigfoot'. All of the booziness I mentioned in my prior review has deteriorated, but how has the hop quality. Slightly vanilla-inclined aged hoppiness that has a distinctly 'old' quality to it, even in its relative middle-age. Interesting insane sweetness - gummi bears. Cherry cordial. Fruity licquers. Stands up, though.

What was already seemingly well-integrated and low on the IBU meter has sunk into a butter/velvet/silk ghost that you hear glugging in the glass, watch sliding into your mouth, but cannot grasp. This beer has become a ghost that slinks away into the night. Fruity, velvet malt sweetness with almost no hops is a little much, but still insanely good. Just too drinkable.

So far in the cellar draining experiment I have come to determine:

Nosferatu: clearly better fresh, but has an interesting lightness of being after a few years that might entice the less intense beer drinker. Some of these aged B-Wines/Old Ales become like insanely sweet milk chocolate after a few years.

6000: Totally best fresh...but still impressive after a few years. Amazing that it could change from a hop-head's beer to a malt-heads beer in just a few years.

OG '04: Served best by a year's aging, but i'm in love with 2 years aging too.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 16:59:30 | More by GreenWBush
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3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
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Bottled is aged -- best by 11/21/13, so this one probably is a year old!

Pours a deep, deep amber -- almost opaque even. Rich head of tan foam, and nice lattice lacing.

Nose is malty and grainy, with a little diacetyl, and certainly some caramel malts. Pretty typical of the style.

Flavor is rich and malty, with plenty of toasty grains and a heavy body that typifies such a heavy beer alcohol-wise. Tangy bitter touch at the finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid beer for it's age, and quite a big brew.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.