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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 192
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

ab39z, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of adamette
1.68/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served into Great Lakes pint glass at the brewery a few hours ago. This from brewery notes: Bold Stock ale exploding with Hop flavor.

A Amber, brown body, one centimeter head.

S Hops. It reminded me alot of the smell of my cat's piss when he pees on our living room carpet. I had my wife smell it and she agreed that it is "the same smell." Really, the smell is repulsive.

T Very bitter with the hops, can't help thinking about that cat piss. There is some barley, malt in the background but WAY in the background.

M Full, hoppy, acidic.

D Poor. This beer is too bitter and smells too much like cat piss for me to finish a pint (which I did not...and I hate not finishing a pint).

Notes: I had learned of some interest in this beer from BA and since I was at the brewery I thought that I would step out of my usual comfort and try this very hoppy beer. This experience will discourage me from doing that again soon. I cannot recommend this unless you are a serious hop head!

adamette, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of TheBigBoy
1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

TheBigBoy, Nov 04, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -57.2%

scm2787, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of BrownAleMale
1.88/5  rDev -54%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet.

Appearance- Blood red in color with a half finger of khaki head that leaves lacing.

Smell- Lots of pine. Smells like a car freshener. Also a hint of lemon and bread.

Taste- Yuck, I'm getting so much pine and citrus. Not my thing at all.

Mouthfeel- Over carbonated making the pine bomb even harder to choke down.

Overall- This is a prime example of why you don't judge a book by it's cover. This is a beautiful looking beer that has an unbalanced pine hop presence. It was a drain pour x2 for me, but I'm not into beers being over hopped especially with piney or floral hops.

BrownAleMale, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of drevim
2/5  rDev -51.1%

drevim, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ambiguousfigures
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

daverdave, Feb 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

RWMIT, Mar 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of Gaddabble
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Gaddabble, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of mwar
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

mwar, Dec 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

satellite86, Apr 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

tom10101, Aug 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

chrisroarshack, Nov 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber pour with a small off-white head, rescinding quickly, and decent lacing.

S: Very malty with the hops coming through predominantly. Some caramel and spiciness in there as well.

T: Hop bitterness all over the place. Piney, but mostly malty and caramel. Hops stay on the palate for a long time after the last drink.

MF: Medium body and carbonation. Oily with a bit of a bite.

D: Not high for me. Intense hops make it tough to drink it consecutively.

russwbeck, Nov 03, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Dactrius, Oct 31, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

clfrost, Oct 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Preluderl, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Dalem
2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No, this beer isn't bloody looking or anything but it is sharp clear red in color. Once inch head that fades a bit but still sticks around pretty healthily and all kinds of thick lacing all the way through. Aroma's are subtle here. A bit of hops, a strawberry tinge and dark malts are what my this nose is noticing.
The flavors in the brew itself are much more pronounced than they are in the scent. There's a huge malt sweetness up front then a ESB like bitterness shows up soon afterwards with more that a dint of alcohol hotness in the end. Firm, creamy body but overall though not a whole lot of complexities and something seems just not there. Maybe it's the weird spicy bitters characteristics that stick around too much that are leaving me a little put off.

Dalem, Nov 08, 2008
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2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This is a really nice looking glass of beer. Its clear ruby red capped off with a tall, eggshell colored head. Precise rings of lace mark the glass all the way down.

S- Sadly the nose is pretty weak. Its malty with a touch of chocolate, spicey hops and toffee.

T- Malty and hoppy with a bit of alcohol. The chocolate and toffee come out in the finish.

M- Highly carbonated, dry and medium bodied.

MbpBugeye, Oct 16, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A red/amber possibly attempting to be blood colored beer. A bit hoppy, slightly bitter, with a citrusy tang, a bit of grapefruitish taste. It's a pleasant taste, but with a bit too much bitter aftertaste for me. The mouthfeel is a robust, carbonated feel.

The 8% abv doesn't show up in the smell, or the taste.

If you like a hoppier beer you might like this, it's not bad just not what I would come back to.

RJBeverage, Nov 19, 2010
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2.89/5  rDev -29.3%

CycleHops, Aug 31, 2014
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.