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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 192
Gots: 144 | FT: 7
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Morakaton, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

nineworldseries, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

steamboatbrewer, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy 07/05!!!

A: snifter. pours a completely opaque tawny color with a really light tan head on top. good retention level and an amazing amount of lacing.

S: outstanding nose. big rich malts with some cherries, big alcohol esters, some light vanilla and a hint of wood.

T: good age to it. rich malts, some fell out a little, some cherries, some big wood notes, hint of smoke, tobacco, and some molasses.

M: mild carbonation level, mostly due to age. very rich and creamy.

D: very nice brew, but I am sure it is really "hot" rather fresh. the age did a great job with this one. very nice and drinkable, the abv mellowed really nicely.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 03, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

RMelyon, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

pat_usher, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jwhancher
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Bartender said this was a worthwhile brew to try. Appears amberish in color with nice lacing clinging to the pint glass in ring set sequences. Smells mostly hoppy with pine, citrus, and peppery notes. Tastes mostly hoppy with a subdued malt backbone that's hidden behind this abundance of hops. Should this be an IPA? The strong ale label complexes me. Either way, it's a slow drinking hoppy beer with bitter mouthfeel and dry then sweet mouthfeel. Sees like a sipper to me.

jwhancher, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of treyrab
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A: Clear and golden with a nice white head and tons of active carbonation to this one

S: Very strong scent with bready malts, alcohol, tons of grain, and hops

T: This American strong is hoppy, and I like it. It has a nice malt backbone with caramel and munich malts

Overall, this is a special brew. It is a strong ale but has a nice hop kick and is very smooth

treyrab, Aug 17, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

C2H5, Oct 16, 2012
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint: from notes.
A: The body is a reddish brown, with a thick tan head that holds in a nice fluff.
S: The aroma is of sweet and strong malts. A medium to high intensity is shown from the aroma.
T/M: The first impression of the taste is one that holds sweet before the strong. The hoppy bitterness does not taste strong at all and then the mouthfeel releases a punch of rich, roasted malts and finishes with a strong and heavy finish.
D: This is a really nice Strong Red ale or stock ale. The flavors do develop with the warming of the brew. Nicely done and tastes really good outdoors on an autumn night while the sun is sinking low.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

jp312, Sep 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Evarigan, Sep 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

GaryMarkle84, Sep 23, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color was dark brown, with a touch of reddish hue. Small 1 finger off white head that laster a few minutes and then left no trace. Aroma was slightly berry fruity, sweet, but with a touch of acid bitterness, maybe akin to a raspberry. Taste was completely unlike the aroma. It had a hoppy bitterness to the flavor with the piney aftertaste. Hopes became more pronounced as it went on. Felt thin in the mouch, otherwise was well balanced, nicely carbonated. ABV hit hard and fast, despite being otherwise fairly well balanced and drinkable.

mountdew1, Oct 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

beerme626, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last sample plucked from my cellar. This one dates back to early 2004.

GLBC has been known to be rather ridiculously over-cautious with their labeling system...to their credit. Whenever you get a GLBC beer you know that it will be up to snuff. I'm curious as to how much research they've done with their own beers to determine the relative merits of aging them. They leave it up to us, I suppose.

Comes out as perfect in appearance as before: foreboding burgundish near-red with snowflakes attached to the snow-globe of the glass.

The nose of this beer instantly conjures to mind 'well-aged Bigfoot'. All of the booziness I mentioned in my prior review has deteriorated, but how has the hop quality. Slightly vanilla-inclined aged hoppiness that has a distinctly 'old' quality to it, even in its relative middle-age. Interesting insane sweetness - gummi bears. Cherry cordial. Fruity licquers. Stands up, though.

What was already seemingly well-integrated and low on the IBU meter has sunk into a butter/velvet/silk ghost that you hear glugging in the glass, watch sliding into your mouth, but cannot grasp. This beer has become a ghost that slinks away into the night. Fruity, velvet malt sweetness with almost no hops is a little much, but still insanely good. Just too drinkable.

So far in the cellar draining experiment I have come to determine:

Nosferatu: clearly better fresh, but has an interesting lightness of being after a few years that might entice the less intense beer drinker. Some of these aged B-Wines/Old Ales become like insanely sweet milk chocolate after a few years.

6000: Totally best fresh...but still impressive after a few years. Amazing that it could change from a hop-head's beer to a malt-heads beer in just a few years.

OG '04: Served best by a year's aging, but i'm in love with 2 years aging too.

GreenWBush, Jan 11, 2006
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops and subtle delicious smelling malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark caramel malt and bitter hops. No taste of alcohol. Slightly nutty finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: A solid strong ale. I would have preferred a bit more dark fruit and malt and slightly less hops, but still really good.

SolipsismalCat, Oct 10, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a dark amber, deep red color and builds a 1.5-finger, creamy white head. Doesn't stick around for the party though, and the lacing is minimal. Poured into a Perfect Pint and can see a constant trickle of carbonation rising from the nucleation point. Very clear.

S - Predominant nose for the Nosferatu is hops and malts. Perhaps a tinge of caramel, sticky molasses. Very earthy. Bouquet is heavy and reminds me of a double IPA. Quite enjoyable.

T - Taste is hop-forward with the earthy undertones swarming in afterward. Malty, bready, thick. Complex in that it's hard to distinguish individual flavors but with a tone that comes together nicely that prevents it from coming off as too muddled. Very slight alcohol vampire bite at the end that entices the drinker to indulge again.

M - A medium-bodied ale that has nice carbonation as noted above. A bit sticky.

D - A very drinkable beer. I'm nearly done tasting my first bottle of this and I'm surprised it went as quick as it did. Not heavy, but I can myself wanting to move on to something else after a few of these due to the high hop character. Extremely happy I went with my urge to pick this one up.

nhindian, Oct 20, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am shocked in the lack of aroma in this beer. I get nothing but a very slight, almost absent caramel note. It doesn't smell bad, it just has virtually no aroma.

Perfectly clear and deep red in color with a light tan head that laces moderately on the glass. Its a great looking beer, for sure.

Thank god it tastes better than it smells. I get a burnt sugar flavor, molasses, caramel candy, and a nice floral hop note in the background. It has a lighter body which shocked me especially for an 8% ABV beer, with medium carbonation and the finish is a touch on the dry side. It's a good beer, but not one of their best seasonals.

tlazaroff, Sep 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 11.21.13) into tulip glass with a nice 3 in whitish tan head that took it's time to settle down and left some good lacing on the glass.

Color - dark reddish brown

Aroma - resinous hops, bready for sure

Taste - slightly citrus, pine, a bit of malty sweetness, bread, bitter finish

Moutfeel - good body and medium carb, easy drinking

Overall - Nothing too special but nice and enjoyable to have with a meal

maxcoinage, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 05, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as near to perfection for my palate! poured nice from the bottle. some light persistant carbonation. excellent lace throughout. the aroma is very pleasing with hop and sweet malt. the flava is excellent. i am afraid i could sit and have about 5 or 6 of these in a row! that would likely knock me socks off since it is a 8%abv.

top 5 beers that i have ever had!

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Sep 14, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

GOBLIN, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

xJMFCx, Sep 13, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright crimson red with a thick layer of retaining head. Very inviting.
Smells citrusy sweet and of floral, piney hops.
Initial taste is sweet & malty, with notes of dried fruit such as apricot & plum. The piney hops subtley but surely make themelves known, leaving a noticable kick and dry finish. Nothing overpowering; everything blending together well.
Goes down smooth, with the carbonating melting in the mouth rather than kicking around.
A very well-balanced ale. Alcohol is well-hidden and only noticable in the effects, not the flavor.
Not an everyday beer, but certainly something to go to when in need of balance and a nice hop bite.

Natural510, Sep 12, 2008
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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