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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,871 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,871
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 166
Gots: 95 | 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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have waited for this since May to try this beer and it's such a relief that it's finally here.
I pour most of the beers I rate into a deep tulip which I feel offers great improvements to the overall drinking experience, however that is just my opinion. That being said, Nosferatu does not fail to impress from packaging and aesthetics to first taste.

Appearance:
Deep rich amber which lends itself to the lighter tones of autumn once in the spotlight. I like to think of it as the blood from slain victims, but you are entitled to your own opinions. Nosferatu is rich and inviting, no haze nor head, but gives a decent lace when tilted. A good swirl will reproduce a tan head of a centimeter's width.

Smell:
The first thing I smell is citrusy/piney hops. I first think IPA, but strong ale will also fit the bill. Not much more other than bitter oils come through, but it's what I have come to expect from a good ale which boasts being "highly hopped."

Taste:
Outstanding taste. It is completely clean with a generous amount of hops. I have such a special spot for ales that go the distance to bring a crystal clean, refreshingly bitter brew to my Tuesday nights. The richness of the beer makes it worth allowing it to warm (more towards the 50oC recommendation). However, not much more is offered except more of the malty-caramel coming through the hops.

Mouthfeel:
Well carbonated, tickles the tongue and hits the bitter-buds hard. Nosferatu is clean and refreshing, as stated earlier, and doesn't variate far from classic strong ale guidelines. I was not sure what to expect the first time trying this beer, but I soon realized that Nosferatu had much to offer. Light yet smooth.

Drinkability:
Surprisingly drinkable for having such a high ABV. I let the beer warm over the hour that I drank, trying it very cold as well as approaching room temp. If you're trying to mask the strong hops and EtOH I would recommend the colder temperatures, but you will gain more from the malt if you let it warm a bit. Give this beer a try, you wont regret it.

cheers

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 00:34:47 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,871 ratings.