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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 219
Gots: 244 | 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 cavedave
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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

12oz bottle dated 11/16/08 into a Brooklyn Snifter

A: Pours a very hazy deep amber almost like a barleywine with a small white head and some lacing.

S: The nose is full of chocolate malt and a piney hop aroma.

T: The taste is sweet chocolate malts, caramel, toffee, and cocoa with a slight earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Good stuff.

M: The feel is medium bodied with a creaminess from the carbonation.

D: This is pretty good and I have another one aging from the same bottling that I hope will be even better after 2 years. The ABV will sneek up on you though.

Although I haven't had one fresh I bet age has done this some wonders to this and toned down the hops considerably allowing the malty/chocolatey flavors to come forward. Thanks to smelleesell for the bottle!

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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