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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,800 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1800
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%


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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

We pour a dark brew, of a reddish cider coloring. It holds a creamy two finger head of eggnog colored bubbles, showing great retention. Once it finally begins to abate it leaves sheets of patterned lacing all around the glass, with aggregates across half the liquid’s surface. There is a thick haze to it, no sediment, and average carbonation. The aroma is a mix of rich caramel and coiny malts, with citric, floral, and soapy hops. The malts also show a rye-like quality, with some sourness and bite on the back. The sting of booze and the milkiness of heavy creamer become stronger with warmth. Our first impression is that the beer is nicely satisfying. As we sip, the flavoring opens with sweetness of caramel malts, and a spicy lemon hop. The hops also show nectar of sweet flowers, with an herbal breakfast tea quality. Really, it tastes like cold tea, with generous inclusions of sweet creamer, honey, and a wedge of lemon. The middle peaks with more strength to these tea-like tannins. We finish with more sweetness than anywhere else in the sip. This comes in the form of strawberry freshness, sweeter citric hops, caramel malts, lemon candy suckers, and sweetened iced tea. The aftertaste breathes of white sugar, dirt and grit from the initial hit of malts, peppery booze, lemony hops, and light floral notes. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is fantastic slurp, cream, and smack to each sip, with a general softness as it sloshes around the mouth. The mouth is left cooled, wet, and satiated, with little dryness to speak of, despite the stark tannins. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the smoothness of flavoring, and the beautifully creamy feel. The flavoring showed a nice depth to the malts in the way of sweetness, while the hops came in for a nice balance. They, too, were sweeter, giving an ultimate impression of a sweeter beer, all around, to the drinker. The feel is really what did it for us. While the flavoring was all there, the mouth was so creamy and delicate, with such glorious creaminess and frothiness, we were left coming back for more and more.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 04:36:03 | More by TheBrewo
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,800 ratings.