Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Reviewed from notes 11/12/12. 12 oz bottle - best by date 11/25/12 - poured into a Great Lakes snifter.
Appearance: Deep clear red with a thick fluffy off-white head. Good head retention, leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell: Deep, rich toffee, lightly toasted grains, figs, plum, raisins. Really not much hop aroma to this one, which is unusual when compared to a lot of the newer imperial reds out there, but very nice.
Taste: The toffee and raisins are back in the forefront with biscuity malt and a big dose of bittering hops on the finish. The hops are very present, but in bittering only - not much hop flavor. This is a welcome change from many imperial reds out there. I can't speak enough about how perfect the balance of this beer is - lots of layers of toffee/caramel flavor from the malt but it's held in check wonderfully by the bittering hops.
Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and silky. Pretty light-bodied as far as imperial reds go, which works very well with the flavor profile. Perfect carbonation level. Nearly flawless.
Overall: To me this beer embodies fall. Nothing beats it on a cool autumn day. It doesn't punch you in the face with hops like some of the newer imperial reds coming out (Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn and Bells This One Goes to 11 come to mind), but I prefer this beer to those due to its malt profile and impeccable balance.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2012 06:36:41 | More by emyers
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