Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,347
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 245
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.41/5  rDev -16%
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 (492 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,563 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  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. (638 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (1,903 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  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. (486 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  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! (864 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden red color with a one-finger tan head of bubbly foam. It left soapy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very piney and malty with a touch of booziness.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with a spicy bite. Nice piney hops with a touch of citrus.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with an alcohol warmth and a dry finish.

O - This is a good Great Lakes beer. Glad I found this one at Zipp's in Minneapolis. (457 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nosferatu pours a crystal-clear copper body with golden highlights beneath a full head of creamy, yellowed-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and rings of thin lace are left clinging to the glass after each sip.

The nose is distinctly malty and caramelish along with some very nice yeasty and hoppy fruitiness (orange, grapefruit).

In the mouth its creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Although it starts malty and offers a continual presence of that throughout, there are more hops in the flavor than the nose suggest; lending it a piney, citrusy, grassy and even somewhat leafy side that works really well in the dry finish. And it's bitter, but not overwhelming, as some sweetish, bready, caramel-drizzled and toasty malt lingers in the mouth. This is quite English in nature (hops, malt, yeasty fruitiness) with a hefty bitterness to back it up, and I find it quite reminiscent of some of the strong English ales that are now utilizing hops from the Pacific Northwest.

This one is very nice indeed; and I think it offers a tremendous amount of drinkability in that it can fit many different occassions, and is complex and strong but not overwhelming. Recommended! (1,244 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear muddy amber with a decent sized creamy off-white head that left some nice lacing down the glass. Aroma of sticky citrus and piney hoppiness with a oh so sweet caramel backing. Very nice!

The taste matches the bite of the aroma. Hops dominate up front but is nicely balanced by that thick caramel and chocolate backbone and ends nicely with a dry hop bitterness and some lasting sweet maltiness. The mouthfull is fairly thick and seems about right for a Strong Ale. A slight heat crops up in the end but that 8% ABV seems fairly well hidden.

Wow, this beer certainly does have bite! It reminds me alot of some hoppy ambers I've had but that thick mouthfull and punched up ABV certainly bump it up into the Strong Ale area. Definitely not a beer I would have more than one of in a sitting but rather one to savor and warm up with during those cold Fall evenings. (925 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from mcallister, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a ruby red color with a short foamy off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is rich with dark fruit (raspberry & plum?) and hops along with some caramelized malt.

T: Decent hops burst up front, then the balance of malt sweetness, which makes you think this beer is an IPA, but the flavor of the sweetness contains dark fruits instead of citrus. The hops bitterness returns in the after-taste along with a touch of sweetness.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, not very filling, good kick and has the type of interesting flavor that makes it well-worth drinking for a while. I could see myself knocking back a sixer of this one with ease. (922 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerhan for this interesting looking beer.

Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that fades... wait it doesn't fade at all just sits there waiting for instructions. Nice lacing starts to form on the sides as I swirl and move the beer around. The beer itself is a hazy yeast chunked bright cranberry blood red color.

Nose is nice but a bit too light, nice malts with a juicy reddish malt, nice caramel and even a bit of vanilla. There are nice hops that push their way to the front fairly quickly, with a floral grassy Hallertau like hop aroma.

Taste starts interesting and different a bit, some copper malts and a slight coppery like flavor (not the bad kind from lager, just a coppery malt flavor). Then reddish malts again, earthy slight biscuit reddish malts, with plenty of caramel and a slight sweetness, but thick and rich, as thick as blood one might say. A juicy malt like flavor fades as the hops come out slightly but not much. Some floral and spicy earthy hop flavors come out not strong but enough to let you know they are there. As it finishes it dries even more and smack come the spicy hops, it gets quite bitter but not over the top, like I chewed on a hop pellet a few minutes ago. A slight caramel malt flavor lingers as well.

Mouth is thick almost syrupy but more sloshy, like blood even which I'm guessing they were aiming for, with decent carb, and a slight hint of warming booze.

Overall it's nice. Good malts, decent hops, booze is almost there but drinks well. A nice blood thickness and almost chewy. Balanced and drinkable. (1,560 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to brewdlyhooked13 for this -poured just cooler than cellar temp into my La Fin Du Monde Tulip

A - A beautiful flame red/orange w/ more than two fingers of dense tan head comprised of tiny bubbles. The beer is hazed lightly from hops and chill, but has a resplendent glow and with the rocky cream on the surface it simply beckons for a s smell as the lace collects on the glass

S - Fruity with tangerine, clementine and lemon zest. The hops really give the nose dimension w/ a fragrant citrus as the malt and mild ale yeast esters give the aroma a substantial full scent w/ a mild malt sweetness and subtle pine notes

M - A crisp carbonation w/ mild citrus bitterness and simple sweet malt/hop combination w/ a quite clean finish and residual sappy smooth edge.

T - As the beer hits the tongue it is mainly citrus rind flavored w/ a nice caramel malt flavor allowing for the hop bitterness and citrus flavor to be balanced and sweet. The subtle bready flavor combines w/ a tangerine, valencia orange, ruby red and mild spiced notes. The slight pine sap flavor comes in the background w/ a mild smooth taste/texture. A red fruit taste resonates w/ a bit of berry and mild crystal malt comes forward as it warms. There is a honeyed lemon flavor and malty toasted flavors coming out with nice round edges and hints of yeast noted in the last sips

D - A phenomenal strong ale - great synergy and just doesn't taste like 8%. This is something I could drink year round - the hoppy red style, like an IPA is one I can't seem to tire of and I consider this to be one of the best in the pack. (1,596 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly fogged brown amber with a yellow/tannish head. It slowly falls and leaves a fairly large amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is malty caramel with a minor earthy edge and also a minor alcohol tone as well. Flavor is unusually dry. It almost seems like this is wood aged. Just loads upon loads of wood. Barely noticeable alcohol. Feel is fairly full bodied on the liquid and has a bit of a biting carbonation as well. For being so high in abv and also being "the beer with bite", this one goes down very smooth. (535 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby caramel hue with a nice sized off white vanilla beige head leaves full webbed lacing blotches around my glass. Aroma: Strong pine presence with a bready mild malt sweetness touches of caramel and nuts but more stand outish is the alcohol presence. Taste: A dominant piney hop flavor flows throughout this becoming a bit one dimensional at times and overbearing on the palate seems very concentrated and not as balanced as some of the prior batches I've tasted of this big brew. There is still a spiciness beneath the hop flavor along with a tone of syrupy rich caramel malts with alcohol backing all of this that's going on. Mouthfeel: Medium to full body range doesn't sit heavy on the stomach but the flavor would probably become somewhat abrasive after multiple bottles of this brew. Slight syrup and touch of an oily quality about it from the hops 85 IBUs, definitely the bigger brother of the Burning River. Drinkability: Nice treat definitely an old ale in my eyes, when is Great Lakes going to start bottle conditioning their brews b/c this one was released in September and the bottle says it only supposed to be best by November 20, 2004 I'm sure it will last a bit longer with the alcohol and massive dose of hops it has. (1,248 characters)

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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