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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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887 Reviews

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Reviews: 887
Hads: 2,495
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 252
Gots: 373 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

Imperial Red Ale
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Reviews: 887 | Hads: 2,495
Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been storing this bottle sideways for months, so not sure exactly how this will affect thing. Also, drank this while watching the movie, Nosferatu (tip: it's not a great movie)

Appearance - 3.75/5
Deep red orange brown. Fairly hazy, fair amount of particles in the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Pine-citrus hops, some malt smell as well

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet, fairly hoppy, but not too much so. Good balance between sweet malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Crisp, medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly bitter, but still easily drinkable.

Overall - 3.5/5
This is an okay brew, nothing special, nothing fantastic.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nosferatu pours an inviting mahogany, topped by a scant rocky white head. The head drops almost immediately, leaving a ring of lacing behind. Aroma is pretty restrained, but I am picking up a hop presence. A bit of a light fruity sweetness as well.

Bitter hop's up front, followed by a mellow sweetness. A mustiness that is surprisingly not unpleasant. Modest fruit flavors are present, a bit of cherry here, a hint of citrus there, nothing too dominant though, and it seems to work. A very slight hint of the ABV, but by no means severe.

Mouthfeel is fine, carbonation let's the hops do their thing. Full, and a medium dry finish, combined with the hops makes me pucker a bit, in a good way.

Highly drinkable, nothing that makes me say wow, but a wonderfully balanced sipper that would warm me up on a cold night. I will buy this again.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.00 / ea.

A: Bright brown body with strong red highlights. Big loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus upfront with hints of sweet caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional but the hap aroma is divine.

T: Heavy citrus hop flavors, predominately grapefruit. Noticeable malt sweetness takes over after the initial sip. Bready to the end with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and pronounced hop oil smoothness.

D: If you enjoy IPA you will have no problems drinking this one all night long. The aftertaste is pleasant and the hop character citrus, so it is pretty accessible.

O: Comes across as a double IPA. Not a bad thing, just something to consider before you make a purchase.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Clear dark amber with 1 finger light tan head. Some lacing but resides almost immediately.

S- Small amount of sweetness in there, amber malts, some toast.

T- Sweet amber malts, nice balance of pine hop bitterness as well.

M- Medium body, leaves you with bit of a dry mouth aftertaste.

O- Good beer, but nothing outstanding. Wasn't sure what this was classified as before I saw it here. Sort of a barleywine lite.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on the side of the bottle reads

A= The beer pours a nice bright red color with a decent two finger head on it that holds steady and leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is thick caramelly malt and a nice hop background. The hop character melds nicely to the malts making for a quite unique smell to the beer. A little biscuity

T= The taste is again quite hop dominated with a good malt character to it. The hops for sure play the dominate roll however leaving a nice smooth bitterness in it's wake. The malts come though with a nice biscuit flavor and a little caramellyness.

M= The mouth is a bit high on the carbonation. Finishes nice and dry with the hops lingering

O= I've been wanting to try this beer for some time now and I haven't worked up the balls to buy it. This bottle was given to me and I've happy I didn't buy it. It's not that it's a waste of money. It's a good beer but there are much better beers for less price. Worth trying but not my favorite.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy copper body. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, resins but overall mild. Flavors are pretty tough to handle at first. Very boozy and tart/sharp. Mosty mollases caramel, red apple, fig and tart grapefruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one may have been infected. A little too funky. Also the booze were hard to get used to verging into barleywine realm.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Scion.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky amber with a short light-tan head that persists for quite some time. The nose is a bit of roasted nuttiness with some caramel and light fruits. A bit of earthy and pine hops. Faint citrus as well. The taste melds things together but is a bit plain. Some slightly-sweet cherry-tasting malt and a bit of light hops. Feel is medium and a bit sweet with a mild bitterness. Some good flavors individually, but I don't quite like how everything comes together in the end.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from Elric73... off my wants even. Classy cat.

Nice burgandy hued beer. Head didn't hang out too long. I can't smell shit. Maybe my sniffer is broke today. Taste is stronger. And better. Very smooth.

Good beer, I guess I'm just not in the reviewing mood tonight. Definitely finish this while watching SVU with the misses.

Overall: good, but no scent

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Photo of rudzud
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a half a finger white head that fades quickly to leave light, light wisps.

S - Not much for hops at all here. Must be pretty old as there are light pine notes but for the most part its malts.

T - Light pine and malts here with a strong bitter finish. Just rather average here.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Nicely carbonated but with a lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall not a bad beer, just perhaps not as fresh. Really kind of muddled.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a medium amber color ale with a small dirty white foamy head with average retention. Aroma of sweet malt with some bitter hops is interesting. Taste of sweet malt is easily shadowed by the citrus and bitter hops. Body is a bit light and lighter filtration would have been preferred. Alcohol is not dominant and well controlled. Good take on a style that I do not enjoyed particularly but that is always interesting to try.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle compliments of kmpitz2.

Pours a rather clear deep copper color with a thin but creamy white head. Thick lacing on the glass.

Mild aroma of sweet malt and piney hops.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront followed by a solid flavor of piney hops with a slight bitter bite. Finishes with a mesh of sweet malt and hops and a slight alcohol aftertaste.

Decent body, mild carbonation.

Decent drinkability, another solid brew from Great Lakes.

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Photo of gueuzer
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle to snifter.

App- Reddish copper. Little head with lacy cling.

Sm- Sweet caramel and molasses. Lots of hops.

Ta- Heavy bittering hops. A bit harsh. Sweet malts tasting like caramel and toffee.

DR- Hops just don't blend well with the rest of the flavors. The alcohol is fairly well hidden though.

Will put the rest of the 6 pack in the cellar to let the hops fade a bit.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Missed out on this last year, so it's nice that we happened upon it at the Firk tonight. It pours a russet Halloween brown topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, spicy caramel (...that's what I wrote...I hope it makes sense to someone else...), light booze, and red grapes. The taste goes in a slightly different direction, with notes of grapefruit, light caramel, heavy pine sap, and cedar. The body is a solid medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thickly watery (or watery thick) feel. Overall, I gotta say I wasn't enthralled with this brew, but it's not all that horrible either. I like the disjointedness, but I can't see myself seeking it out very often in the future.

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Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Amber beer with soft fluffy off white head. Nose of hops that is pretty intense upon the first whiffs.

Pleasantly hoppy with a malt back bone. Interesting Strong Ale. I was surprised how the malty complexity was nicely balanced and often overpowered by the hops.

A great beer to drink while watching and Evening with Kevin Smith.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured a see thru reddish amber color with a finger worth of head that falls fairly
quickly leaving decent lacing down the glass

S:Smells of sweet malt and carmel with a slight hint of floral hops in there as well.

T:Up front there is not much flavor going on then a little sweetness in the middle
with a slight hop kick on the backend.

M:Body is a little thinner than you would expect with not much carbonation. Palate
is left a little dry.

D:I've heard a lot of people try to compare some brews with this (ie Arrogant Bastard) but really I don't think they are even in the same ball park. With this being easy drink with some decent flavor it is really only feeling average for me with nothing to great about it.

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Photo of beeristhefuture
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a fine example of a good red ale. It's flavorful, with lots of strong hop taste (more than cascade!), and the caramel and crystal malts buck up the typically thin mouthfeel Great Lakes beers tend to have. It's a shame this brew's only a seasonal; it'd be one I'd have readily available otherwise. It should be noted that because of the high sugar levels and thin mouthfeel I can't give it superlative ratings. It is a great beer, though.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received in a trade from GbvDave- thanks again!

bottle dated "Drink by 12/5/07"- oops!

Poured into DFH snifter forming a 1 finger head. Upon swirling, Released a somewhat piney-aroma forming a larger, creamy, light caramel colored head on top of a dark amber colored brew. How does this still have any hop characteristics?

The body was mostly malty though, nice caramel, toffee, maybe a bit nutty but overall pretty rich, creamy and slightly sweet. I enjoyed this brew. Glad I got two of them, I'll let the other one go for a little longer and see what happens. It was definitely a solid brew, even at this age, with a nice label to boot.

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Photo of kajerm
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-tinged brown and opaque. The cloudy, chocolaty color looks more like a Belgian Dark Ale than a hoppy American beer (I refuse to use the term "American Strong Ale.") There is a thin rignt of carbonation and a healthy spattering of lacing. Some large soap bubbles cluster in the center, with a few hanging out at the edges.

The aroma is a mixture of malt and slightly citric hops. The malts have an almost imperceptibly roasted quality to them.

The flavor opens up with mixed malts and some flavor hopping, and ends with bitterness; strong caramel malts take the edge off the alpha bitterness. The flavor profile is surprisingly short.

The beer is somewhat light on the palate for the malt and alcohol content. Excellent carbonation, but a little watery.

Drinkability is good.

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Photo of nomad
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bright orange amber with a typically thick pillowy head. Color is strong though a bit rusty for my tastes.

Smells of maples, oranges, and English hops at an intense degree, with floral and earthy accents that come close to the American sense of piney hops. Recedes, though, and never teases my nose with much anything interest. Smells like a concentrated special bitter.

Taste is fruity but bitterly balanced with hop flavor through out. Has a good light-caramel base with a general overlay of ESB flavors, like strong lemony hops flavors and earthy and intense floral accents. Again, this beer comes across as a super extra strong bitter, and as such is a bit much though Great Lakes skillful construction is evident as usual (despite what I think of the results).

With fruity esters, caramel malts, and English hops taking to the nth degree, this beer doesn't coalesce into anything I ever wish to return. Not the beer I expected, even after a four-pack of adjustment. Not really an ESB, not really a Strong ale, not really something I'll touch ever again.

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Photo of enfield249
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, slim off white foam head, about 1 1/2 fingers.

S - Lots of floral hops in the aroma. Little bit of sweetness in the back ground.

T - Hoppy, but not like an IPA. There is way more aroma the bittering hops it tastes like. In the back ground is some nice malty sweetness.

M - Medium, with some decent sparkle from the carbonation.

D - A really nice beer, but I would almost class it as an IPA or PA, and less of a stock ale. Didn't have any of the alcohol burn I would expect with a stock ale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Re-review on tap 9/22/2014:
This beer looks very good, dark ruby and fairly clear with good head, retention, lacing.

On re-review, I didn't notice much in the nose. What I did get seemed Marie malty in nature than fruity, but my original review had: The smell is mild and a little fruitier than expected. Grainy notes also detected.

Taste is sweet grain up front, brown sugar and light candy/bubblegum notes. This is followed and combined with a mint/pine taste that doesn't quite work for me. This turns into grapefruit rind as the beer finishes. The lingering feel is a bit oily to me.
Original review points:
Taste is also grain-forward, a little more fruit than expected, grapefruit/pomegranate in nature. The bad side of it, for me, was an acidic bite that crept in later, and lingered as a coating on the tongue.

Rated down a bit from original review, but generally agree with point: I think I'd rate it decently higher without that last taste. It had a little more bitterness than an amber, which I liked and enjoyed until the end.

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Photo of Tizzod
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mcallister for the trade.

Pours a deep, dark amber into the galss, with a fairly thin head. Nice lacing though. It smells very sweet, almost like caramel, although the smell isn't terribly strong. It tastes very sweet as well. Lots of rich maltiness. Almost syrupy. It does finish with a nice bitterness though, which dries the palate a bit. Some alcohol is noticable. Moujthfeel is silky smooth, with just the right level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. It's a little too sweet (and strong) for me to want to drink often, but could really hit the spot in the right mood.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Classy. Rich, deep cherry brown. W/ the slightest hue of red. The head was white w/ the littlest bubbles.

S: Sweet, sweet hops. Very different from the citrus hops I'm used to living on the east coast. Honey. Slight cherry, and slight vanilla.

T: Bitter. Oak. Musty. Burnt Caramel. Vanilla. Cherry. A little unbalanced.

M: A little carbonated. Unbalanced bitter. Very crisp and tight.

D: Very disappointing, especially after loving the appearance and smell, the taste and mouth feel.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ryan for hooking me up with this beer. Clear copper pour with a quickly fading head and not much lacing. This one is all malt in the nose. Lots of caramel and brown sugar with a really earthy side to it. The taste is malty sweet initially, but is soon dominated by the earthiness. The hops were absent in the nose, but they show up with lots of bitterness on the palate. The toasted malt gives decent balance, but that bitter hop bite lingers and overpowers for the most part. It's a bit too earthy to be very drinkable for me. Would have liked to have seen more balance, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright amber with a little burnt orange or red. Dense 1/2 inch head dissipated slowly.

S: Earthy, spicy hops dominate. Faint caramel smells.

T: First thought, slightly burnt Triscuits. Earthy spiceness carries through from the smell. Getting some leather or tobacco flavors. Definitely a little heat from the alcohol. Quite a bitter finish.

M: Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Finishes with just a little heaviness on the tongue. Not syrupy, but it definitely coated the tongue.

D: Interesting... I'm glad I traded for two bottles of this because it's hard to decide whether I like this beer or not. It's not bad, but I don't know that it's a beer I would go out of my way to find.

Follow up notes from tasting second bottle on 6/9. Hop flavors had subsided a little, but the result is that the overly sweet caramel malt flavors show up more strongly. I left my score the same, but would not seek this out again.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.