Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 221
Gots: 248 | 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:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

honeyish colour, lots of light lace. Medium to full mouthfeel, hoppy and scotchy and honey aroma. Rich bitterness, citrussy,lace cushioning tongue. Carmel for some balance. Very drinkable. Very good old ale. Variety of hops UK and American in here. Thanks Doc Jay.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Features an amber color with a great head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Caramel aromatics with plenty of grapefruity citrus

Taste: The caramel base that is present up front is quickly subsumed by a building grapefruit flavor; after the swallow, there is a burst of grapefruit that ultimately blends with the caramel to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine ale that balances nicely between the malt and the hops

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

With a huge burst of hop flavor and bitterness, this Imperial Red-type of ale deviates from the malt focus to allow for a heightened celebration of the bitter cones- pushing it into an American strong ale where larger than life malts are met with equally stated hops.

This deep amber ale meets the fall season with bright clarity and garnet low lights. A formitable creamy deep ivory head caps the beer but then sucumbs to the malty and alcoholic weight while reducing to a thin sheet that skirts the surface, leaving broken rings of lace behind. A great looking beer, but wishing the head character shows more persistence.

Rich malt aromas of sun kissed barley malt, toffee, and peanut brittle are met with a balance of grasses, pine, and citrus for an overal balanced scent that's richer IPAs and American Reds but have characteristics of both.

Devilishly delicious with a very rich malt base of toffee, slightly burnt caramel, bready sweetness, and the nutty flavor of light scorched barley malt all shape the fortified malt flavors. A counterpart of hop resins follow with the growing intensity of white grapefruit, orange pith, pine and spruce, with a grassy, leafy flavor that morphs into a biting bitterness that's needed to balance the bold malts.

Medium-full in body, the malt flavors give the impression of robust nature that's probably over stating the early creaminess. When the hop flavor and bitterness take over, the beer turns toward dryness to culminate in a malty-dry finish with pronounced alcohol warmth and a linger of both hops and malt.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hemorrhagic orange-bronze beneath a dense cap of pale orangish caramel; a wonderfully complimentary color scheme. The richly creamy cap oozes quality and should hang around for quite a while. I'm a little disappointed at the relative lack of lace, but given the ABV, I guess it isn't fair to expect a dazzling display. In the end, there are small, thick sheets sporting intermittent puncture marks.

The nose is deep and powerful with a bewitching mixture of heavily caramelized malt and citric hops. It smells like fermented orchard fruit drizzled with caramel sauce and flecked with shredded hop cones. Amazingly, there's no hint of alcohol.

Nosferatu tastes quite a bit like a DIPA (in the same vein at least). The rock solid malt backbone is colossally caramel-like, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the hops. I'd like to see at least a 50% increase in hops, but that's just me. The flavor profile, in addition to caramel, consists of apricots macerated in brandy, candied grapefruit flesh and Curacao. Although alcohol isn't quite as well-masked on the palate, it gives the beer a power and a presence that it wouldn't otherwise possess.

The finish is a long, lingering affair that showcases citric hops; wonderfully hoppy burps are an added bonus. I'm overjoyed to see that the body/mouthfeel is typical Great Lakes; that is, full, chewy and velvety smooth. Stealth carbonation lightens what could have been a syrupy feel and turns each mouthful into pure drinking pleasure.

Nosferatu isn't much of a vampire since it definitely doesn't bite; nor does it suck. It is bloody good beer though. Okay I'm done. It has been my fervent hope that Great Lakes would eventually bless the faithful (of which I am unabashedly, unashamedly, one) with a highly hopped IPA or DIPA. This isn't quite what I had in mind, but it is a worthy substitute until they brew the real thing. Year-round please.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red amber, with a huge off white head. Had a decent retention, so a slow fade left a nice quarter inch film on the top. Some strings of small bubble chains pouring through the glass and a nice clingy lace made a good starting impression on this one. Smell started off with some bread and yeast tones, but soon warmed to reveal a nice hop presence. Grapefruit and orange. Very sweet and well balanced. The taste started off very hoppy, Grapefruit, Pineapple, fresh tasting. Fely a bit slick when sipping, not watered down at all though. A slight hint of alcohol, but not bad, just enough to let you know it was there. The sweetness and bitter/sour were very well balanced off of each other, and in the malts vs hops war, there was no definitive winner in this one. This was a great brew, very drinkable, and very nice. I would love to try this on tap!

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant mix of caramel-coated, oven-toasted biscuits, cut grasses, grapefruit, pepper. A bit sweet-smelling, a bit spicy, a bit citrusy. Nice!

Taste: Toasted biscuit maltiness with just a faint touch of dry caramel and even lesser hint of sweetness. Grassy, leafy hop character drizzled with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Medium-high bitterness alongside a pinch of white pepper. Finishes dry with a bitterness that lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of our local Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. A fine beer to pair with the F. W. Murnau film, which I do own, I'll admit, but I opted instead to set it against tonight's Colbert Report. A fair base of malts with plenty of hops and bitterness (and alcohol), yet it still remains easily drinkable -- good job as always, Great Lakes.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had the pleasure of sampling this a few times in the past and had a pint last night on tap, this had been sitting for a few weeks waiting to be drank here at home.Poured into a impy pint glass a nice clear copper/amber color with a tight 1/2 finger light reddish tinted head that left a nice ring as it settled,aromas of roasted nuts,dark fruit and a real noticable leafy hop presence wich I found more profound out of the bottle than on tap.Big fruity profile on the palate up front with notes of brown sugar with that leafy,piney hop presence coming thru into the finish as well a light alcohol zing.I like a good American strong ale and this is another top notch one in my book it has alot of different flavors and character going on.

Photo of largadeer
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from bakerslp - thanks.

Appearance: Dark but semi-clear, amber-colored. Pours with a great big fluffy tan head, great retention, tons of sticky lace. Nice.

Smell: Rich and sweet, a big malt backbone with notes of pine and grapefruit from the hops. Slightly fruity. Reminds me a whole lot of Arrogant Bastard, but not as clean.

Taste & mouthfeel: A nice mix of chewy malt and resiny hop flavor, with malt taking the slight edge. Rich caramel sweetness and a touch of pineapple precede the oily, bitter finish. Full-bodied, a bit too heavy on the residual sugars for my liking, but a very nice beer all the same.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown, good clarity. Lots of active carbonation and foam. Sticky tendrils of lacing ring the glass. Aroma is nicely sweet and sticky from the hops, with a slight boozy note.

Lots of caramel malt, earthy dry hops in the finish. Fairly strong, but the carbonation keeps it rolling smoothly. Cerealish malt taste comes through briefly but gets washed over by the large hop load. Aftertaste is dry and herbal, mildly bitter. Tasty and super drinkable, despite the higher abv.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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