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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 226
Gots: 268 | FT: 10
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 KFBR392
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium bodied thickness. A thin head on the pour and was not really present while drinking. An average amount of active carbonation while drinking. Dark red/brown color to this brew.

Smell: Bright front of molasses, caramel, cloves, and some hop bitterness. Leafy greens and sugary tones continue to ride throughout the aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, the sweetness hits you right away from the caramel and leafy greens. The body opens up the hop profile and has some very bitter hops. The front of this beer is really heavy on the palate and lightens up slightly but no doubt take you for a ride. The finish is lingering earthy hops with molasses sweetness hanging around.

Mouthfeel: Heavy sugary tones and very bitter hops. Pretty smooth feeling on the carbonation from though.

Overall: A really good strong ale. The sweetness brings you in and the hop knock you out. Great Lakes always bring great beer and this one is no exception.

Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper to amber color with a thick, rich tan colored head. A nice lace was left on the side of the chalice as the head receded into the beer. Grassy and floral hop character balanced by a little grapefruit rind all found in the aroma. Taste is surprisingly light. It has the grapefruit and the hop flower, but it is much sweeter than I expected. Toffee/caramel and a bit of fig provides the sweetness. Thin mouth feel, but still very drinkable.

Photo of Risser09
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown color with orange highlights and an off white head. there is plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. No apparent carboantion fromt he bottom of the glass.
Smell: Whoa hops. i let this beer warm to close to room temperature before even smelling it. Grapefruit and orange peel are dominant.
Taste: Built on hops, this beer is much like a double IPA. I hope that is what the brewer is intending. Not much of an American Strong Ale to me. Grapefruit is way out in front, followed by cherry and pine is picking up the rear. complex and strong.
Mouthfeel: Bitter with hops and grapefruit feel. Medium body and an alcohol burn in the end. Creamy and smoothe.
Drinkability: Awesome for a beer of this strength. seek it out and you won't be disappointed. cheers!

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

A: A light copper color with great clarity and a long lasting light-tan head.

S: A rich malty aroma with a moderately-strong citrus and resinous pine hops aroma. The aroma is complex but I get all malt hops and alcohol with little else getting past.

T: A strong grainy malt flavor with a firm hops bitterness complimented by a decent amount of alcohol. There is a moderate citrus hops flavor. The balance is pretty bitter with an off-dry finish and a linger hops bitterness in the the after taste.

M: A lightly creamy, medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation. A strong alcohol warmth.

O: I look forward to this Strong warming beer every year with it's solid bitterness and decent hops flavor and aroma it never disappoints.

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of lochef81
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  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.

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

Bottled on 01/06, courtesy of jhammerly.

Pours a really cool looking deep garnet, with a one finger, lightly tan head. The foam fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; lots of caramel malts, with a little bit of chocolate sprinkled in. There's a little bit of a citric hop presence even after being in the bottle for a year, with a little bit of some spices. Cherries and figs make a nice presence.

Taste; the caramel and chocolaty malts are very evident, but the hops are not as strong as they were in the aroma. I shouldn't be to surprised by that since this is a year old. There's a nice fruit presence with the cherries and a bit of orange peel, with a little brown sugar in the finish, with no alcohol peeking through at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability.

Photo of DrStiffington
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of magine
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a reddish amber, clear with a near white fluffy head. Head settles to a nice full layer and remains intact with each sip. Great lace. Really good looking brew here.

Brew smells of hops, citrus and floral. Balance nose with some caramel malts. Good nose.

Brew is very balanced; creamy smooth. Nice oily resin hops. Floral and piney as well. More earthy hops initially, maybe citrus as well. Brew then mellows nicely in the middle, good malts; caramel and some nuttiness. Finishes slightly dry and warming. Smooth, sessionable stuff here. Wow - Great stuff here.

Wow, another winner from Great Lakes. A very nice treat during a cool night.

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mjw1200
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of kbnooshay
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scary vampire guy on the bottle. The label said to drink by 12/14/08. I did not listen. This aged for another year plus a few months.

Poured a gorgeous deep red color with a frothy tan colored head. Body is clear with carbonation slowly rising to the top.

Aroma is of dark fruit, citrus, and hops. There are nice hints of bread and sweet malt.

Flavor is slightly bitey in the back and sides of the mouth from the hops. Nicely floral and citrusy. Hops are moderately strong for an american strong ale. Thought it would have mellowed over the year. Tasty hints of bready goodness. Malt is there in the background.

Feel is prickly from the carbonation but very smooth.

Not balanced because of the hops but this is fairly drinkable.

I want to try a fresh one to compare.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a translucent ruby red color.. fizzy with about half an inch of head when poured into a tulip glass.

The smell has a definite hop presence, lots of citrus, and potentially rye. Flavor is very citrus like: orange, grapefruit, and bitter but balanced with caramel flavors. Medium bodied and fairly well carbonated.. alcohol is masked pretty well and this a decent drinkable beer.

Photo of tewaris
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial Red Ale on brewer's website
70 IBUs
OG: 18° Plato
12 oz bottle with a best by date of 12/30/2010 poured into a 25 oz snifter on 12/01/2010 at room temperature.

Poured clear, ruby colored, with a good white head, medium head retention and lacing. Aroma was mostly hops with some complex malt notes but overall weak. I got a lot of CO2 in the aroma as well and I think I might have poured this beer a little too warm.

Flavorful bitterness from hops complemented by aromatic sweetness of dark caramel and toffee. Warming with a medium finish and a long, bitter aftertaste. The body was thinner for my preference and drinkability was alright.

For the purpose of scores, I compared this beer to Arrogant Bastard and it doesn't come close. Frankly, I don't see much potential in "red" ales, imperial or otherwise.

Photo of davemathews68
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of cfh64
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RMelyon
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Honey orange color bordering on the red end of the spectrum. Soft pillowy white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Sweet caramelized malt and grassy hops are strong up front. Citric hops aroma sits just behind.

Going simply by the flavor this seems to be a hybrid Old Ale/DIPA. Hop presence is strong but not bright or crisp enough to fall into DIPA territory. Malt is strong and sweet. Caramely bready malt flavor provides great balance with the grassy piny hops. Slight fruitiness on the back end but flavors are more subtle.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation levels are very appropriate.

Great beer all around. While not my favorite in regards to style it is very enjoyable. Drinks easy, alcohol is well hidden and non obstructive.

Photo of jmich24
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In to a Duvel Tulip

A: Huge three finger head that just wont go away. Beutiful dark amber with red highlight. Sticky lacing is impressive.
S: Smells very nice. Sweet carmel malt. Citrus, floral and spicy hop aromas.
T: Full flavor well balances ASA. Starts with a huge somewhat sweet malt punch and then the hops come in strong at the finish.
M: Smooth and creamy nice lingering bitterness to finish.
D: This is very drinkable at 8% ABV. Nice banalce and bitter finish.

I am a big fan of IPA/DIPA and this fits the bill although list as a ASA. Outstanding!

Photo of ShepardCommander
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes Nov 1 2008
Pours a hazy deep amber color with a slight head but the head remains as well as a great sticky lace. Nose is surprisingly sweet malty and quite hoppy with a smoked quality.Great body and mouthfeel, silky and smooth. Roasted malt,caramel,and piny hop taste . I deem this stuff ''The Bomb'' Malty goodness with a bite.

Photo of cavedave
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by 12-14-09

It pours a beautiful, clear, red amber, capped thinly by a dark beige cap of foam that quickly dissipates to a few floating amoebae, and a persistent ring. Light refracts unevenly through the thick brew, giving it a shimmering, alive look.

The smell is strong, redolent, thick with yeast and estery notes of dark fruits. Dark caramel malty goodness joins. A subtle edge of citrus, and a muted note of bitter are wafted into the nose by strong and sweet warmth of alcohol. Fine nose, I want to keep sniffing, but it is too tempting.

It is cellar temp., I guess around the 50 deg. the label recommends. Gimme a few sips for a first imp. Wow drinks pretty light, it's full of flavor, somewhat unlike what I expected from smell. It starts sweet, yeasty, dark fruity, dark caramel, but not in a heavy way. This quickly gains company from delicious dark roasty notes, some unsweetened chocolate, leading into an herbal, bitter finish only hinted at in the bouquet. It has warmed more, the glass is empty of the first six ounces. The flavors have gained life as my mouth learns them. This is a very well crafted beer, delicious, interesting, and complex.

Despite the look of it at first, it has plenty of carb. to sustain and showcase the flavor of this. A touch more carb. might have been even better, but low carb. is an asset to many beers in this cat. It is medium side of thick for the style, pretty viscous, a bit of a cloy towards the end of the glass. Probably the least excellent feature of this beer.

Compared to other American Strongs this is extremely drinkable.

Impression: The alcohol was more present in the nose than the flavor, nice. The bitter was much more prevalent in the taste, nice surprise. I will get this again for sure.

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.