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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,320 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 233
Gots: 281 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 2,320 | Reviews: 858
Photo of seaoflament
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DavidEddie for this extra!

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice amount of foam which takes its time to settle down, also has some good lacing. Hop aromas of grapefruit, citrus and pine are well represented as well as some dark fruits and sweet cherries. Some caramel and toasted malts support the hoppy profile to make a nice salad of citrus, dark fruits, and biscuit and caramel malts. Taste is similar to the aroma, which is good. I get some dark and ripe fruits with some sweet and malt finish. Hop bite is more subtle than I expected from the aroma. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side but the carbonation is very good and helps to hide the alcohol wickedly well.

Photo of RMelyon
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a crystal clear medium brown/deep red. Had a two finger light orange/yellowish head that lasted, along with lacing that stuck all the way down the glass.

S - Didn't have a real strong aroma, which is kind of disappointing, but what I did smell I liked a lot. It was mostly grainy/caramel malt with toffee and sweet sugars. It was a little plastic-like towards they end which I didn't quite like.

T - Makes up a lot for the aroma because it starts like a strong red ale and then finishes like an IPA. Wonderful caramel, nutty, malt sugars up front on the palate but as you swallow it leaves behind an earthy bitterness on your palate. The hops are very one-dimensional but that's ok with me seeing that this beer transitions nicely from start to finish.

M/D - Medium-heavy body but is smooth on the palate. Lots of carbonation but combines well with the beer. No signs of alcohol for such a "big" beer but you do get a little warming sensation as you make your way through a glass.

A very unique style of beer with wonderful transitioning characteristics. Would I take it over Eliot Ness...depends on the day, but still a solid beer by Great Lakes.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.87/5  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

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bobhits
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I hate the term strong american ale as it just leaves so much to the imagination. This beer is like a strong ale meets an IPA and they had a kid. This is by far my favorite beer by great lakes (why do I always like the expensive beers?). I really don't feel like I can put words to how great this beer is.

For taste I wish I were better at explaining different hops but the hops come through as just bitter. You don't get that awful grape fruit flavor that many IPA's are using today. This is mixed with a strong ale (reminds me a bit of third coast ale) instead of the normal strong malt finish of say 90 minute you get a nice crisp yet sweet finish with a nice bit of alcohol backing it. For a beer of this size and strength the mouthfeel and drink ability match it perfectly. You can easily drink 2-3 of these without realizing it yet even on the first you know that you probably shouldn't keep drinking them all day.

Photo of jjheinrichs
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a medium beige head with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes. Taste is a strong caramel malt and toffee flavor, yeast with a good dose of earthy hops for balance on the end. A medium body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity, some toffee notes and earthy hops bitterness. This brew goes down smooth considering the bitterness and alcohol. Overall a very good tasty brew.

Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear copper red with a rocky 3 fingers of light tan head slowly falling with a little lingering lace. Aroma of biscuit and marmalade with caramel.
Flavors are sweet caramel malts balanced by grapefruit hops. Bitter aftertaste to dry out the sweetness. A great choice for the hop lovers. Medium body although sweet not slick and dextrinous. A little alcohol in nose and flavor as it warms

Photo of pearljam118
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of assman79
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of fmccormi
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to Luettich balloon-style glass (The Bruery tulip). Best-by date of November 29, 2011 (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 8698DL 11/29/11”) printed on the label.

Appearance (5.0): Four fingers of fine-grained, light tan head sitting atop a crystal-clear, ruby-red body. Moderate lacing, leaving first a chunky sort of cookie floating on top, finally fading to a half-centimeter cap with some moderate lacing—sheets and spots all over the sides.

Smell (3.5): Bright, floral hops, some tropical fruit, and a light sweetness very close to that tropical, American hop goodness. Nice, but could use some more evidence of the malt base.

Taste (4.5): Candied pineapple, or some other sweet, tropical fruit happening but not cloying by any means; malt base finally comes around, with a strong toasty but not quite roasty flavor bordering on astringency (in a good way). Just a bit of caramel underneath it. There’s a hop flavor here you don’t see very often—it’s floral as HELL on top of that hop tropicália, and the mid-palate to finish is where most of the bitterness happens (which I’d say is mid-range, personally), mostly focused on the grassy part of the hop spectrum. No spicy or piney hops, just tropical fruit, flowers, and grass. Awesome hop profile, personally. No alcohol detected, and yeast is neutral, to say the least—classic American ale character. Malt base is solid, but simple: toasty and just sweet enough to handle the hops.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Moderately oily body with relatively light carbonation, some smooth velvet going alongside the medium-thickness body when you take some head in the sip. Soft mouthfeel, very nice.

Overall (4.5): Incredibly drinkable, it’d probably be more bitter if it was fresher but honestly where it is now is fantastic. I liked the wide variation of hop flavors present, especially with more prominent grass, floral, and tropical notes happening. This really was a hop story for me, honestly, which is not what I was expecting (or remembered from last year). Malt was simple but did the job more than well enough. This was a great beer, looking forward to next year’s already!

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 Kaveman
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Artjsantos
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep crimson with a thin eggshell head that settles quickly to a thin film. Carbonation is mild, but lacing sticks to the glass with ease.

S: Piney hop nose, with fruity notes lingering in the backround. Malt gives aromas of caramel and toast.

T: Hops blast the palate with pine, spring flowers, and citrus notes, while at the same time being balanced out with caramel and cereal flavors. The finish is dry and robust, yet very clean.

Notes: This beer has great flavor and depth, but it lacks a bit in body for the style. Overall, Nosferatu is a medium bodied brew that's tasty as Hell, and very easy to drink.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chcfan for sending this in a completely random gift box. Thanks a bunch Chris!

Pours a slightly hazy deep red color, almost a more ruby mahogany. Has a thin off white head that doesn't have the greatest retention. Does leave some lacing but not much.

The nose is strong on the maltiness, mostly sweet, with a light earthy and piney hop character in the background. Biscuity malts dominate.

Much like the nose, the taste is biscuity and sweet malts balancing light piney hops. I get more citrus hops and fruits in the taste than I did in the nose.

Medium to full bodied with a very creamy and smooth feel. Drinkability is great, alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Overall, a nice strong ale from Great Lakes. It's not my favorite of the style, but it's a good one none the less. I don't think if this was available to me it would be one of my regulars, but it was good and fun to try. Thanks again, Chris.

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 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 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 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.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,320 ratings.