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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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BA SCORE
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1,802 Ratings
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Ratings: 1802
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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amidabha

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

vigorous pour into a sam adams perfect pint gave this an inch plus head with an intense lacing and aromatics and a perfectly clear deep amber color lays beneath.

there is a slightly bitter aftertaste that the malt doesn't quite catch up with but the hops leave a nice dance on the tongue. slightly hoppy just the way i like it.

this is a great beer and i like the whole experience of drinking it from the smell to the taste and after. the growler has a slightly lighter mouthfeel than a bottle which only makes it feel fresher to me somehow.

at $7.49 a growler at DEP's i'm glad they have another keg on the way when this one runs out. a great beer for when the nights turn colder.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2011 02:01:18 | More by amidabha
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gabedivision

New York

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

got this brew at consumers for a buy one get one free growler, how can you pass up free beer?! poured into a dogfish head snifter glass. very hoppy taste, almost like their commodore perry ipa, but yet a little sweeter and darker. the smell was delicious wanted to just just jump in and swim. very dark mahogany red in the glass. the the taste threw me for a loop however, despite how much i liked this beer, it tended to be a too bitter of the finish on some sips for me. but all in all another fantastic great lakes brew.

Serving type: growler

01-08-2011 18:05:52 | More by gabedivision
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dogfishandi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

pours out of my growler into a standard pint glass. big biege head with lots of sticky lace, and great head retention. reddish chestnut like color.

in the aroma, raw, piney, pellet hops balanced by a biscuity toasty malt.

great balance. great tasting biscuits toasted caramel malt, piney, citrus pellet hops. bits of tropical fruity hops.

smooth creamy feel. hops are felt on the palate. good feeling carb.

even with the higher than average abv, one growler is no problem. i definatly recommend this and ill be sure to revisit this one soon.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2010 14:55:21 | More by dogfishandi
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UDbeernut

New York

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

a: very dark amber color with very little head and no carbonation

s: hops, malts, spice

t: sweet malts followed by a strong punch of hops and citrus

m&d: full body, the hops do come through strongly on this brew. Not a session beer, but not one that you struggle drinking two or three.

This is another excellent beer from Great Lakes, best served on tap.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: growler

10-15-2008 20:29:51 | More by UDbeernut
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64oz. growler courtesy of AKSmokedPorter and his recent trip to Cleveland.

For the first time in a L-O-N-G time, a different serving type has just blown me away compared to a bottle. Fresh Nos on tap is such a beer. The previous times I'd had it in bottles (thanks to Blatzman, TwelveVoltMan, and PhantomVoDoo!) it was good. This....is damn near perfect.

Same clear blood-tinged ruby darkness. Hefty layer of off-white lace. All sorts of lovely rings of lace paste the sides of the glass. Aromas are swirling with hoppy fruit and citrus notes battle with a swarm of malt sweetness. Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Worthy praise, indeed. Flavor is off the charts. Whatever brashness I experienced with the bottle is smoothed out in the tapped form. But make no mistake, there is a TON of flavor in this beer. Up front assault of citrus and fruity hops, followed by a crescendo of sweetness of caramel, maybe a twinge of honey, and some choco-toffee notes. Ends with a smile- and burp-inducing bitterness on the palate that is not quite piercing, but certainly monstrous in size and long-lasting. Definitely smoother than the bottled version. Stupidly/laughable/amazingly/insanely/superbly/etc. drinkable. 64oz. is not enough for me. This is a "call AKSmokedPorter and drive up to Cleveland with him to get more of this" beer.

Flash...I owe you big time for this. Simply wonderful. GLBC shows yet again why they are my favorite brewery.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2005 01:35:09 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Jmamay22

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber. Slightly hazy with pumpkin colored highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is a orange tinted off white that leaves thick gobs of lacing on my glass. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of caramel and a hint of chocolate that comes and goes. Mild notes of range and grapefruit.

The taste begins with a strong caramel presence and moves towards a well balanced hop note. Nice notes of orange and grapefruit peaking through again. Finishes generally bitter, but does leave a lingering sweetness. Alcohol level is not noticeable. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Well balanced and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:14:55 | More by Jmamay22
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dank203

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

did like this, but it reminded me of tomato juice and/or blood. still it was clean, sweetly malty, had some bready/cakey notes, dark cherries, etc. just had some strange notes to it. can't award the A for my own taste, but being put together its respectable. cant say i would buy it again

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 20:54:00 | More by dank203
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craftbeerbyob

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful red, amber color. Beer is dark enough not to be able to see through. Nice head on pour.

Smell: I honestly could not smell much of anything that distinguishes it's characteristics. I do pick up a little fruit smell along with hops!

Taste: Great bitterness!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking for an 8% alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:50:11 | More by craftbeerbyob
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and transitions to notes of orange citrus and a light amount of bitterness, both of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a rich mouthfeel and seems heavier and fuller in flavor compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:53:14 | More by metter98
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish copper with a one finger beige head that faded quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops, bready malt and some spice.

Taste of bready malts up front, sweet caramel and spice with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp , smooth with a slightly dry after taste.

Over all a very good balanced yet complex Imperial red that I would recommend you try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:51:21 | More by dtivp
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark read with short lived, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe cherries and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 15:55:39 | More by mikeg67
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Label is in the traditional GLBC fashion with phenomenal eye-catching graphics. In my opinion, Nosferatu is probably the coolest of the GLBC beers as far as graphics are concerned. Front label gives a great back story and description of the beer, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a bit of brewery info, web info, and an Enjoy By Date(11/21/13). Neck label give a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 ¼ golden tan head that is of a medium density atop a deep amber/orange bordering on red beer that is crystal clear. Head retention was a great 6min before fading to a thick cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on the caramel malts and hops with citrus and bit of pine resin coming through as well.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of heavy caramel malts on the front end along with a nice sweet citrus hop bite. A bit of bready maltiness comes through mid point with the hops turning slightly resinous before a toasty caramel sweet maltiness hits on the back end. Finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: On of my favorite GLBC beers and for good reason because Nosferatu is just a tremendously well done beer that is perfect for the fall season. It has a great flavor profile!! Try it if you get the chance!!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:44:00 | More by thegodfather1076
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beagle75

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively toasted and grainy, this beer's smell is similar to undiluted malt extract. Some dark fruits--raisin and cherry--are also detectable, though they remain subordinate to the more overt malt qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark estery fruit and husky crystal malt. Acidity is restrained into the middle where notable cherry fruit and vinous tannic qualities combine to make a very rich sensory profile for a pale ale. The finish reveals some late piney hops flavors and unexpected wood smoke, while bitterness is fairly mild for the overall size of this beer. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a malt-forward red ale that appears even bigger than its 8% ABV would suggest. It retains just enough American hops influence to keep it from being mistaken for an old ale. This beer promises to pair with food in versatile fashion, all while remaining assertive in the face of other strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:55:35 | More by beagle75
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ckollias

Maryland

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
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In all of my years living in the Michigan area, I failed to come up with this whale until I recently acquired in a trade

White stamp in the bottom right corner says best by 11/14/13 (I'm still gonna do this, at 8%), I'm not too worried:

Into a snifter (only reason since the ABV level made me think this is closer to an Imperial Red):

A: a decent transparent red/amber colored body, thin white film of a white head, no lacing

S: mostly caramel malts, but a slight floral yet toasted sort of hoppiness comes through

T: malty sweet, and really not much else goin' on for the most part, malty dry aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation isn't really there (making me wonder I need to try this fresh again)

O: as much as I wanted this for years, I would say I would still want this again, too bad I got an old bottle, still I thank wvsabbath for a whale I've been looking for in a long time, I still will be looking for a fresh one some day

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:49:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber, minimal head even after a few swirls only a thin light khaki head appears.

Once brought to the nose a lovely aroma of peach, currant, orange liqueur, some floral notes from the hops and toasted grain. I love the nose the first thing that comes to mind for me when I see an Imperial red is tons of hops but this has a lot of great sweet aromas.

Getting into the beer first sip is all sweetness with lots of fruit, some carmel and toasted grain then come the hops not to be left behind good amount of bitterness but not overpowering. Towards the end the hop profile comes to fruition with/grassy/ floral notes maybe a twang of ruby fruit.

Carbonation is consistent and is appealing could definitely enjoy one over the course of a meal.

Great winter beer as the 8% warms the soul. Nothing really stands out to me specifically I think overall this is a well balanced offering from Bells definitely lives up to their reputation of making really good beers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 03:55:54 | More by ac22rush
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kojevergas

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great freaky label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high given the brewery as well as this beer's current ratings (92/91). Reviewed live. "A handcrafted stock ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. Enjoy by: 11/29/13. Reviewed as a stock ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour and nice even consistency. Okay thickness, but subpar for a stock ale. Not much creaminess or frothiness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich clear translucent amber-red. Has an attractive understated glow. Refined. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance and I'm eager to try it, but it's not unique or special. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Faint caramel and toffee. Bready/crusty malts. Amber malts. Any hop character is barely coming through here. Clean, refined, and inviting, but not alive. Fruity.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: Caramel, toffee, amber malts, bready malts, bread crust. Hop character is quite faint and shallow: floral notes and generic fruity tones are all I find. It's a shockingly reticent flavour profile all around. Just not that accessible.

Balanced, sure, but there's surprisingly little going on here. It's painfully simple for a stock ale. Cohesive and enjoyable, but not gestalt, complex, subtle, or intricate. I will say it has nuance.

There's some faint alcohol presence. Clean, without any real yeast character.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour.

What I like about it is it doesn't feel like a half-assed English barleywine. But it just lacks the mastery of the best beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, nicely thick, and full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile well. Nice unobtrusive presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable, but honestly I expected better. It isn't much of a stock ale. I'm really disappointed giving this is coming from Great Lakes. I wouldn't buy it again, and I can't see it cellaring well. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy finishing it. I wouldn't want more than one in a night.

I'm not sure what I'm missing that other reviewers are finding, but I found this lacking.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 06:18:13 | More by kojevergas
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade from MWolverines66

Poured into a DFH tulip , Best by date 11-30-13

A - Ruby red in color with a frothy lacing sticking to the side of the glass. Starts with a 1/2" head, but recedes to a white ring. Great clarity with light carbonation is visible throughout the glass.

S - Hints of caramel, touches of booze, hops, some medicinal notes, grass, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T - Taste of wet hops (think Celebration), bread on the back end, hints of toffee, a good complexity.

M - Clean with a lingering finish of bread and caramel. Lightly carbonated on the palate. Light notes of spice and fruit.

O - This is one of the best red ales I've ever had! For me, it's more complex and balanced that G'Knight and would pick this every time. I'm glad I have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:44:49 | More by Cubatobaco
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57md

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear reddish copper with a finger of fluffy head. Most of the head dissipated quickly, but some nice lacing was left behind on the glass. The nose was definitively hoppy. The malt profile could stand to be more pronounced, but the hop finish is outstanding.

The alcohol is hidden well in this one. That combined with the relatively light body makes for one dangerous and easy drinking imperial red.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 05:35:09 | More by 57md
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keithmurray

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - bright ruby red/crimson color with beige head

Smell - toffee, grapefruit, orange peel

Taste - caramel, toffee, butterscotch, orange peel, grapefruit, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet upfront, hop bitterness in the back , slightly sticky, hearty beverage

Overall - very nice imperial amber ale. This beer screams "autumn"

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:24:01 | More by keithmurray
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BMMillsy

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbwimer. Dated 12/1/13, poured 11/20/13. Pours a deep red to amber color with a small cream colored ring of head. Aroma of sweet fruits, dirt, grass, caramel malts. Flavor follows with a grassy fruit flavor, massive malt bill, just a tinge of earthy hops, with a lingering bready malt on the palate. Slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Very crisp pleasant finish, very easy drinking. Cannot believe this is 8%. Nothing especially complex in the flavors here, just a nicely crafted brew. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:38:33 | More by BMMillsy
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head. Nice amount of thin lacing.

S - Sweet - toffee and caramel - with some pine and grapefruit hops.

T - Just like the nose with big sweet toffee and caramel. Good amount of pine and citrus creates a nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very fun and complex beer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 07:10:06 | More by TreyIsWilson
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; enjoy by 12/10/13
A - nice red ale, frothy beige head holds excellent retention, lacing coats the glass well
S - malty aroma with toasted grain, caramel, and sweet fruity hops
T - superb balance of malt and hops with notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, bread, fruity, juicy hops provide bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and some tropical overtones
M - creamy medium body, semi-dry with a fairly bitter finish
O - definitely a fall must-have. This beer is phenomenal and a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:38:22 | More by barnzy78
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep red amber body, orange highlights, topped by an oatmeal colored two finger head.

Deep malty aroma. Big bakery. Hint of candy. Tropical fruits.

Deep, deep semi-sweet malt. Massive foundation. Juicy tropical fruit. Big bitter bite. Bigness all around.

Full mouthfeel with hoppy bumpiness.

A big, big imperial red. Heartily recommended. Bloody good.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:21:46 | More by RonfromJersey
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TheStig

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish amber with a fast-dissolving head. Ok, it's not BLOOD RED, but it's close enough!

Smells of yeast, toasted bread, a few bitter herbal notes floating around.

Tastes most prominent: juniper, oak, bitters and a healthy base of a dark fruit sweetness. Cherry perhaps.

Gentle carbonation, smooth finish. Crisp.

This should be the level to which other Halloween-themed beers aspire to-- there's no hokey pumpkin fetishism to be found, the flavors come from the beer and not from syrup or flavorants added later and it's as near to blood red as one can get.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 16:46:07 | More by TheStig
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,802 ratings.