Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I'm a big fan of "Imperial Red Ales," so I was pretty excited about this one.
A: Deep red, almost "blood" red. Beautifully translucent. Very nice, off-white, brown tinged head on top. The head seems to last for quite a while at about a 1/2 inch. Moderately carbonated. The color is fantastic and blends well with the fall season.
S: Strong citrus notes at first. These quickly change to deep, dark fruit tones. I get a little plum, a little black cherry, and even a hint of raisin. A faint fruitiness from the yeast remains with a backdrop of citrus notes. Nice flavors, but a bit muted.
T: Only great flavors here. A lovely blend of orange/grapefruit citrus and plum fruitiness. A little black cherry as well. The bitterness is piney with some grapefruit notes and perfectly balanced. The hops really provide a middle groud citrus feel with more orange than grapefruit. The yeast is fairly clean, but provides some fruitiness that enhances the dark fruit flavors. I get a slight touch of raisin in the end of the drink. It is very slight. There must be some munich malt in here as this has a nice maltiness in the background. Very nice flavors, very well balanced.
M: Medium bodied. Fairly clean, but was slightly sticky in the back of my throat. Carbonation is middle of the road, which fits the style. Finishes fairly crisp.
D: This was an exceptional ale. Think of a West Coast hoppy red and kick it up a few notches. I really enjoyed the flavors that the malts brought to this beer. This is definitely and autumn seasonal I'll be going after again and again.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2010 18:40:29 | More by brewdoc75
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3.69/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 15:38:00 | More by secondtooth
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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