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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,248 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,248
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 212
Gots: 230 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Adkins1203, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of BlindPig
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Thin off white head, clear darker red. Looks very nice.

S Some citrus mixed with grassy floral hops, big malt balance in it also, reminds me of a lighter Arrogant Bastard.

T A lighter floral Arrogant Bastard. Still has the big citrus hop taste just has grassy hops added in.
To follow the Arrogant Bastard it has the same strong bitterness and flavor bitterness.

M Medium to full body, light carbonation, smooth

D It is very good I would just prefer a Arrogant Bastard but if I didn't have that on hand all the time this would be a 2nd choice to it.

BlindPig, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -2%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rodlavers
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

rodlavers, Oct 25, 2014
Photo of dmamiano
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How I have anticipated reviewing this beer.
Had it a few years back at the brewery and couldnt wait to get my hands on it again.
The appearance is perfect. Dark copper, almost reddish with a nice one finger head that seems like it will atsy forever.
Smell is candy -like, very sweet with puffs of citrus coming through. Malts also blended in in a caramel like manner.
Taste is bold, big and bitter. Maltiness is pretty big but the hops are winning this battle.
A nice mix of ctrus from the hops, malt amd bitter to the end. Making me pucker and want more!
This case wont last me too long.

dmamiano, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of MidwestBA
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MidwestBA, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

srw, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of jakecattleco
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jakecattleco, Oct 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

CCutch, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

nitter, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2%

riemster, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I guess most true imperial reds would be american strong ales, since BA doesn't have a listing for imperial amber/red ale.
Poured into teku; deep brownish-red with a thick cream-colored head that fades a bit and then sits as a thick puck of foam below a fine coating of lacing.
Smell is a good amount of malt balanced by lots of herbal and earthy hops, with some interesting overtones I can't quite identify, possibly muted pine and citrus.
Taste is very malt-forward; loads of sweet, nutty caramel malt dominate the flavor followed up by herbal, earthy hops with hints of floral, pine and citrus hiding beneath.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium.
Overall, a very well-balanced and drinkable imperial red. Even a hophead like me can't drink Nugget Nectar all the time; sometimes you want a beer that wants to please your tongue instead of stab it to death.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

jminch, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of auxiliary
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Poured a reddish color wuth a foamy head that disolved later on.

smell - Malt, pine, hops.

taste - Has a malt and a pine taste with some hops are present at then end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer from this company.

auxiliary, Nov 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2%

WesMantooth, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

heerboth, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber red and clear with a small cream colored head. Aroma is a light citrus hoppiness including grapefruit and sweet oranges. A solid citrusy hop bite shows up in the taste as well along with a nice chewy maltiness and a fairly dry finish. This beer is incredibly balanced, no alcohol was evident in the aroma or taste, I felt like it was more of a strong ipa with a large malt bill. Very nice display of citrusy hops and incredibly easy to drink.

hoppymeal, Oct 11, 2006
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4/5  rDev -2%

DrStiffington, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

HumphreyLee, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

ShepardCommander, Oct 13, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out golden brown and sits a bright copper brown in the glass with a small off-white head.

Smells a great deal of hops, spicy and very aromatic. Light malty background and a bit of pear lingering behind. Grainy overall.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, some citrusy flavors, very mild, come out then a bundle of lush, green hops busts out into your mouth. Quite an herbal assortment of flavors from the hops. Alcohol is barely traceable, well packed withing the hops. Still kind of grainy here too. Finish is well bittered with a lingering flavor of hops, tastes like fresh green beans.

Very smooth and crisp in the mouth, but feels kind of soapy to me. I pick up a lot of residual foam after swallowing. Carbonation is adequate.

Easy to drink, and enjoy. Simple, yet fulfilling.

Skidz, Sep 29, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Dilly Deli in Cincinatti. Best by Sept 23 2005 ink jet labeled on the fron label. Pours a beautiful copper/amber with a sticky layer of tan bubbles. Sticky sugary hop aroma. This same come through in the taste with a strong pine, citrus and grassy hops. They are sharp, yet smooth. The syrupy sugaryness takes over and leaves it pretty heavy medium in the mouth. I think you could drink this one all night.

Dithyramb, Sep 22, 2005
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,248 ratings.