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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 171
Gots: 98 | FT: 6
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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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-28-2012 00:10:07 | More by FrankShirley
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beerme626

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-11-2012 05:04:34 | More by beerme626
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Brown mixed with tints of blood-orange. Very transparent. Half inch head formed, but dissipated rather quickly.

S- Hops! Also hints of caramel and malt.

T- Very similar to the smell. The hops is in your face, but then temporarily relieved by the sweetness of malts and caramel. Finishes with a nice crisp, hoppy taste. Also distinct instances of piney/citrus flavor similar to west coast IPA's.

M- Light to medium bodied with some carbonation.

D- I couldn't stop drinking this one. The alcohol really was not that detectable.

Overall, another impressive brew by GLBC. Now if only I would have taken more advantage of this place when I lived in Cleveland, especially since I went to the high school right next to the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:15:55 | More by rhinos00
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CCutch

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-28-2013 12:31:16 | More by CCutch
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured red amber, a real nice color. Small but nice head that fell as I wrote this, real nice cascading lace

Smells of hops and sweet bready malts, not increadilby strong though

Tastes nice green and medicinal hops hit 1st. sweet malts hit next, they are almost like a sweet grain bread, you know the kind with the little sunflower sedds in it. There is also some carmel malt in there. This beer gets better and more comlex as it warms. There is a big bitter hop finish

Creamy medium body, carbonation is spot on and doesn't run the creamy texture

Drinkability could get dangerous given that the 8% is well hidden by the depth of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 21:16:55 | More by jackorain
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-29-2012 15:09:22 | More by EROCK75
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogony red with a nice receding head that leaves webs of lace. Bottle says best by 11/16/08, hops may be a bit muted as a result.

Aroma is light hops and roasty malt. A sweetness is there that make this aroma somewhat candy like.

Taste is roasted malt upfront with a hops flavor that is surprisingly FRESH. This is weird, the last beer I had with hops that had this fresh of a flavor was Ale Asylum Hopaliscious on tap, at the brewery. Only hop flavor that I can describe as grapefruit, which a lot of reviewers do. This flavor is really well done. Hops and malt in perfect harmony, the malt is roasty and a bit smokey, with a perfect roast, this is well done. I am enjoying every quaff.

Mouthfeel is medium and perfect for a strong ale.

I would seek out and buy this again, glad I have three more.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:08:15 | More by wheatyweiss
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-17-2013 20:50:18 | More by Westuh
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Nosferatu!
I look forward to this beer's release every year and was scared I might not be able to get my grubby mitts on it this year because GL no longer distributes in Indy.

But I did, and that makes me happy.

The beer pours a dark ruby red. I'm tempted to say 'blood red' in keeping with the theme of this beer, but no, it was somewhere between garnet and ruby. Truly a breathtaking beer to behold. The head forms a small ring around the beer which lasts until the beer is finished, always an appreciated effort!

Mmmmm, it smells of intoxicating malts. A strong nutty base mixed with strong notes of caramel and toffee. The alcohol is also quite pronounced, but it seems to act as a carrier for the malt much like a parfum. There is also a noticable hop presence in the aroma, a wonderful earthy note mixed with pine that rounds off the experience.

The taste follows the smell, but better. The hops are more pronounced and balance the malt out nicely with the alcohol being present, but not cloying.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich without being cloying. The alcohol is perhaps a bit too pronounced, having a slight drying effect.

Drinkability? This beer is amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 19:05:27 | More by shbobdb
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clay23

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-02-2013 00:29:07 | More by clay23
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jp312

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

09-03-2012 22:58:30 | More by jp312
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malcontent

Illinois

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

Haha! I love the name now that I see it poured; blood/ cranberry red when poured into a pint glass. Nice looking head with great lacing. Good hops smell but that takes a back seat to vanilla, blackberry, wheat, port...I need to drink this now!

Hmm, not what I was expecting but I'm very pleased/surprised. Hoppy bitterness with rye bread notes then malty sweetness & then a hop finish. Interesting, like a boxing combo almost. The sweetness isn't strictly malt-driven, however, as there are fruit tastes, cranberry or gooseberry, that give it a good tart/sweet balance.

Texture is exactly as an American Strong should be; not overly chewy but not carbonated like soda. Man, I am totally into this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:33:19 | More by malcontent
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last month but noticed today the best before date 11/27/08 on opening. Higher ABV usually means longer storage capability, so I wasn't too worried about that. Red with a tan head, quickly receded to a thin wispy veil that covered most of the surface. The carbonation appeared quite low but a swirl quickly regenerated head and that was for the duration of the glass, impressive. Thin ring and minimal lace, but for the swirl. Earthy smell reeks of alcohol, corn mash, barley, caramel. Hops are yet apparent, high bitterness with a dryness, boozy but balanced. Warmth is unmistakable and the stronger alcohol puts me off a bit but behind that is a well balanced hop-malt bill that makes it all work rather well. This one was five months overdue, according to the brewery label, I'd love to try it again fresh. Also a pretty cool label, just don't store these near garlic.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:47:45 | More by ThatWineGuy
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

05-02-2014 13:22:02 | More by KFrank729
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4Socialanxiety

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2%

09-14-2013 02:15:02 | More by 4Socialanxiety
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-08-2014 23:53:24 | More by Moses_Malone
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-26-2014 02:48:27 | More by vwbus7
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rcjennings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2%

11-17-2012 15:48:22 | More by rcjennings
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2%

12-03-2013 03:01:03 | More by jmccullough108
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JamesMN

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/red hue with very light brown head.

Aroma: Nice barley character with some sweet hop presence.

Taste: Like this one immediately. Great barley flavor in there, the whole malt bill shines. Caramel and amber malt flavors as well. Nice earthy and hop presence with a little grapefruit. Very good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Moderate bitterness in this one, probably around 60 to 70 IBUs. A bit of a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A tad over medium bodied with average carbonation. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: I heard some good things about this beer so I went ahead and bought a bottle. Wish I would have sooner. A well-rounded full-flavored brew with a lot of things to like about it. Would I drink it again? Yep.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 23:53:22 | More by JamesMN
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mhenson42

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

12-03-2011 02:38:39 | More by mhenson42
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assurbanipaul

Texas

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

Pours a light amber with an orange tint and a thin head that settles to a frothy ring. Aroma is some caramel malt with a fresh addition of fruity hops.

Taste is hoppy up front with a good malt following. Not as wildly hopped as many but strong with a faint flavor of alcohol (my bottle says 8% ABV). Resiny, piney elements but not so far as grapefruity. Start is dry but the finish is on the sweet side with more of a malty end.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly oily, light for the style -- which I think qualifies as a barleywine. Not much to set this apart but a very good, basic balanced barleywine (which not everyone can make). This could even be an "everyday" barleywine, it is lighter and easier to drink than others in that style. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 05:13:07 | More by assurbanipaul
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellared for 6 months. Pours a pale orange-maroon with bronze highlights and terrific clarity. Three finger beige head holds very well leaving thick blotches of lacing. Deeply malty nose; crystal malt, dextrin, dark fruit notes and a background Chinnok and Cascade aroma. Heavy caramel and dextrin taste upfront, followed by a hint of peat and strong ripe fruit flavor like plum or dates. The aftertaste balances out this robust malt with an equally boisterous hop bitterness, but the hop flavor/aroma seems to have faded and retains only a shadow of citrus/grapefruit finesse. While this beer continues to evolve and hold up well-past it's expiration date, in my opinion this is best consumed fresh. The body is med-full and the carbonation is moderate, but somehow the mouthfeel remains very fluid and not at all viscous. Finishes with ample residual toasted malt/fruit complexity and an even level of bitterness - but lack-luster hop aroma/flavor. I will probably review this fresh in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 07:28:54 | More by PBRstreetgang
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washburnkid

New York

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

This bottle has a couple of months on it. Enjoyed in a snifter.

A: Nice beige bubbly head over a caramel and orange ale. Bubbles retain at the edges and there's a tad bit of lace.
S: Heavy sweet malt hitting me in the nose right away at the pour. It's balanced out by a hop presence that has settled over the last few months. Hops are piney. Lots of biscuit and the faint burn of alcohol at the very back. The calm and dark fruitiness of dates is there, too.
T: Flavors similar to the nose, but much spicier than I would have predicted from the aromas. Balancing all of this out is lightly toasted biscuit malt that is prominent in the nose. Dates and prunes are on the palate, and there is a subtle alcohol bite that gets stronger with warmth.
M: Medium body, but slides down and sticks to the tongue like molasses.
D: Strong, warming, and delish. 4s all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:27:48 | More by washburnkid
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dailyminefield

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-03-2013 16:15:02 | More by dailyminefield
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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