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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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1,799 Ratings

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Ratings: 1799
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%

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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Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty caramel aroma with a mild hop aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a nice caramel malt flavor and slight hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Excellent brew – worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:22:30 | More by ckollias
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very good, ruby clear with good head, retention, lacing. The smell is mild and a little fruitier than expected. Grainy notes also detected.

Taste is also grain-forward, a little more fruit than expected, grapefruit/pomegranate in nature. Reminded me a little of Pretty in Pink (Lost Rhino/Mad Fox), but not nearly as citrusy. The bad side of it, for me, was an acidic bite that crept in later, and lingered as a coating on the tongue.

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 00:42:42 | More by cjgiant
Photo of DeFaz


4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served as a blood red (not a coincidence) ruby color with a good head that leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Malt, caramel, pine from the hops, and not much alcohol in the nose despite the ABV. Smells sweet, but not too sweet.

Taste: Much like the smell, the focus is on the malt but the hops add some balance, and the caramel flavor doesn't get out of control. There's some citrus from the hops, and the alcohol is nicely masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body with good carbonation. Goes down nicely and is never sticky.

Overall: This is absolutely worth trying. It's not Great Lakes' best offering, but it tastes great and makes for a good sipper or dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 00:45:32 | More by DeFaz
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2011 vintage on tap at tap and mallet in Rochester ny. Poured a hazy deep amber into snifter with thin white lacing. Sharp alcohol aromas with a sweet base malt background. Smells "hot"
Taste is awesome. Sweet malts ...sugary and honey with some mellow hops. Nice tart malt note. Its dry and sweet...easy drinker but a sipper...very interesting brew and did Ikea mention delicious? !
Really an amazing brew. Glad to try the 2 year vintage on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 01:02:20 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of BierStein711


4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tap at the pub, three finger head in a ten ounce goblet

Appearance, deep copper amber, like a Full metal jacket

Smells of hop, malt, and perhaps a coarse, burnt oak

Tastes of oak, hop, and warm malts

Mouthfeel: Creamy and luxiourious

Overall, this Imperial Red is well worth your time. Have a go! I don't think you'll find this in a six pack though.

If I had the chance though, I'd put it in my fridge.

This is my favorite red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 05:27:19 | More by BierStein711
Photo of thecheapies


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600th review.

16oz pour. Rust-colored. A little hazy. Soapy ring of head that's nearly the color of cream.

Melony hops, booze, brown sugar, caramel malts, and a moderate roast.

Hop flavors range from pine to canteloupe to orange blossom. Big hop character with a punctual malty soup of caramel and toasted dark breads. Great heat. Perfect cold-weather sipper. Light-bodied for the style leaks the strength, but the carb is gruff enough to persuade you to take a gulp.

Impressive. Awesome hoppy strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 01:45:32 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jzeilinger


3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish copper color with mild carbonation and a thin layer of foam.

S - Aroma is light for a big beer...grassy and a little earthy with some citrus mixed in.

T - Matches the nose to a "T". Grassy, earthy, and toasted caramel, no more, no less. Flavor stays even across the sip. The aftertaste leaves a citrus, grapefruit and earthy presence. Finishes more on the malty side.

M - Medium body, slightly watery at the very end, mild carbonation on the tongue. Finishes fairly clean and doesn't leave much of a lingering aftertaste (though, maybe a little pine and citrus), finish is semi-dry.

O - Not doing much for me, for an American Strong Ale, I was expecting more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 04:09:14 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an imperial red ale, pours more copper in color with a nice thick head. smells a little sweet like a red, with a round hop profile as well. a little funky in the sense that the alcohol in cohorts with the malts is off a little to me. new maybe, not gross. taste quite large, malt driven for sure, but more balanced than the smell. dont think i could drink more than one pint of this as it was filling and strong. heavy mouthfeel and intoxicating. my first big beer from great lakes, not wowed

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 02:58:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jegross2


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour in a tulip glass at Sheffields.

Appearance: Pours two fingers of frothy foam head out of the tap. Deep amber color. Body falls between opaque and translucent. Average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Grains and spices. Toasted bread -- Ilana (my girlfriend) claims it smells like Irish soda bread. A little cologne alcohol as well. Sweet maltiness, slightly floral and earthy too. 4/5

Taste: Floral, earthy bitterness. Some grain, caramel-malt sweetness. Finishes very dry and hoppy. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes surprisingly dry given the malty-sweetness of the beer on the mid-palate. 3.5/5

Overall: A little aggressive on the hoppy flavors (something I always personally enjoy), but an overall delicious brew. 8.0% ABV entirely hidden. This is not one a beer you can drink a whole lot of in one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 06:02:01 | More by jegross2
Photo of Tucquan


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-09-10 at the brew pub in Cleveland, OH (from tasting notes)

A - Clear mahogany with a 1-finger white head and mild lacing.

S - Roasted malt, earthy spice, hop floral and caramel.

T - Rock candy/simple syrup, earthy spice, medium roasted grain, caramel, hint of licorice. Alcohol evident on out-breath. The lingering sweetness hangs in for quite awhile but is finally trumped by the lingering bitterness.

M - Heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy and oily.

O - A tasty and unique flavor. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 21:20:19 | More by Tucquan
Photo of matjack85


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. It was served in an 11.5oz brandy snifter and cost me $6.

Nosferatu pours a brilliantly clear red color with a 1½-finger tan head on top. The beer had very good head retention and left plenty of lacing on my glass.

Hoppy smell with some toasted malt aroma as well.

If you like bitter beers, you'll love this. Huge piny hop flavor with bitterness to match. Caramel sweetness and bready toasted malts are in here for balance, but the hops win the battle for dominance, hands down. I'm also picking up a little black licorice and a touch of the 8% alcohol.

Medium thick body with moderate carbonation.

It's a well made beer and I liked it, but not as much as most of the other reviewers. Definitely a beer for the hopheads.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 13:40:16 | More by matjack85
Photo of xnicknj


3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at varga in philly

Pours deep amber with a reddish hue. Thin layer of beige head rests on top, fading out slowly, but leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Biting hops in the nose with tempering sweetness. Citrus tones with grapefruit. Caramel and toffee with some bready notes. A bit sweet and boozy.

Kicks off a bit sweet with a decent dash of bitter hoppiness. Grapefruit and cherry with some citrus pith. Very distinct notion of toffee with some caramel sweetness. Roasty malts with sticky caramel and bread crust. Finishes sweet, bitter, and warm.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. I don't know whether to call this an imperial red or a strong ale or what, but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 05:53:57 | More by xnicknj
Photo of challenja


4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured On Tap at Big Hunt Dupont Circle

A: A dark amber orange with a thin lace of white cream head that sticks to the glass like melted marshmallow cum.

S: Sweet Amber with Raisin fig caramel with a candied Raspberry Puree. Awesome!

T: Nice Simoce hops, sweet caramel, bready heavy yeast with a nice candied caramel backbone. Very tasty!

M. There is a nice thickness to this ASA, with a slight creamy feel and an amazing hop backbite that lingers well beyond a normal ASA should. The back of my throat was really enjoying the lingering yeast body.

O: This is a real winner of a beer. I am a huge Imperial IPA fan but this was a really nice change of pace that will soon be repeated by buying these bad boys again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 01:02:54 | More by challenja
Photo of keytown


4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy reddish color, with a 1 finger head & nice lacing

S - Smells of biscuity malts, piney & citrus hops with a hint of caramel

T - Very earthy, piney hops & some citrus (grapefruit), subtle sweetness (caramel/toffee)

M - Medium body, with a bitter dry finish

O - Great beer, very easy to drink which could put you in a world of hurt if your not careful!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 03:27:11 | More by keytown
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper color, good cap of dense off-white to khaki froth, good sticky lacing. Scent is hop forward with a backbone of carmamel, toasty and nutty malts. Suprising that the taste leads with an almost Scotch Ale like malt profile... toasty, nutty and caramely... before becoming a carrier of a significant amount of American hops... grassy, piney and citrusy. Medium bodied, bright carbonation, could use a touch more heft. A solid all around showcase of solid malting and hopping.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2011 16:22:13 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Nachojon


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in imperial half pint glass at Hopleaf in Chicago. Heard great things about this beer and thought it would be right up my alley. Was not disappointed. Pours beautiful dark woody red that is transparent. 1/4 head that held onto the sides of the glass nicely. Nice sharp citrus hops with a tinge of alcohol and then the sugars followed by a bite of pine. Great smooth drinking with balance of sweet, sour, spice that I loved.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 16:58:01 | More by Nachojon
Photo of iadler


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twisted Spoke.

A- Translucent amber with a one finger head that dissipates fairly quickly with no lacing left behind.

S- Toffee, caramel, bready malt, citrus, floral and piney hops.

T- Sweet at first with toffee, caramel and bready malt followed by grapefruit, orange zest and pine. Very well balanced.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly chewy and finishes dry.

O- My favorite seasonal offering from Great Lakes and may be my favorite overall from them. Very drinkable with the 8% being hidden very well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 00:55:49 | More by iadler
Photo of oline73


3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Capones, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful ruby amber with a finger of off white head and some good lacing.

Smell: Some malt sweetness, pine and citrus hops dominate.

Taste: Citrus peel hops dominate with an herbal flavor in the background. There is a good amount of malt to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought the alcohol was hidden well in this beer. There was a strong bitterness in the finish that wasn't totally pleasant. I'm not sure that I'll have this one aga.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 13:56:33 | More by oline73
Photo of dcloeren


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Great Lakes Brewing Co. Pub at the Cleveland Airport

Poured a transparent copper with a finger of creamy offshore head. Spotty lacing

Smell is somewhat subdued (I think due to temp...) bit picking up some caramel malt, dark fruit and pine hops above all else

Taste follows the nose but not quite as subdued. Bold pine hops, sweet caramel malt and dark fruits. Could be a bigger beer... But still tasty.

Medium to full body with just the right amount of carbonation. Drying hop aftertaste... Hop dragon breath for sure!

Overall, I'm pretty happy I got a pint of this. Bold beer but could definitely be bolder. Great taste, and the mouthfeel was spot on. Worth getting for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 18:03:33 | More by dcloeren
Photo of brew3crew


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap are great lakes brew pub

A- hazy red with a llittle bit of head wwhich tapers off

S-great balance of hops and malts

T- follows the nose. Nice bit of hops and a solid malt backbone. Not as good tasting as the nose would ssuggest

M-medium body and smooth

O-very solid brew. Would love to see wwhat some age does to it

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 16:52:32 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Knapp85


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nicely done red ale, the color of this brew fits the name very really. It's got a deep shade of red with a decent looking white head on top. The smell of the beer has a piney citrus aroma much like some nice IPA's do. The taste of the beer is hoppy with some sweet caramel flavors in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was decent I though, not overly carbonated and had a normal feeling body to it. Overall I loved the name of the beer, and in general I though the beer itself was quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 17:21:45 | More by Knapp85
Photo of output01x


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 1-finger cream-colored creamy head rests atop a clear ruby amber body. The head receds in a couple minutes to a clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. Decent lacing clings to the glass throughout consumption.

Sweet malts with notes of caramel combine with a spicy hop aroma. The nose is pleasent and a little warming, but lacks strength.

Spicy, floral hops flavors flow over the tongue and transition to a bready, caramel malt flavor. Quickly after, the spicy hops return with a lasting bitterness at the back of the tongue and throat. Cinnamon, caramel, plum notes can be found within.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this is a somewhat thick feeling beer. The carbonation helps to prevent this beer from becoming too sticky, but is not enough to give it great drinkability. In all truth, it is a little more than sippable but not much more than that.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 17:04:48 | More by output01x
Photo of clayrock81


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with good sized head and leaves lace patches. A nutty, sweet caramel malt aroma along w/ breadiness or toffee and some tea-like hop bitterness. Medium to heavy body with slick sweetness of caramel malt along with bread and toffee or roasted malts (what is w/ me and this toffee?) for a dry edge to the beer. Has a light citric, floral hops balance for a dry finish w/ well-hidden ABV for proper balance. Not overly strong like some of these ales but thoroughly enjoyable and a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 17:49:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of RJBeverage


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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 05:34:25 | More by RJBeverage
Photo of schlazzgraft

New York

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in my college town on tap... they always have some interesting great lakes brew and i'm always willing to try what they put out.

A - Pretty standard appearance, dark/reddish brown with nice lacing and a decent head retention

S - Nice, earthy and hoppy. Not shockingly piney or citrusy, but subtle and balanced.

T - Similar to the smell, with a great earthy, drying bite to it that I've never experience with any other beers. Exceptional taste, I couldn't stop going back for another sip just to figure out what I was tasting! Great stock ale that has a really original taste.

M - Smooth, and a nice dry finish with the perfect amount of hop bite.

D - Pretty strong, I was starting to get a good buzz and am still feeling this one to be honest (: ... I'd get it again, but i'm not sure how many i could drink in a night

Overall, this is a great beer I'd suggest anyone to try... very different and very unique. Great Lakes always has a knack for surprising me. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 05:37:15 | More by schlazzgraft
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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