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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 166
Gots: 96 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 20:21:24 | More by bpfrush
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-14-2011 19:08:46 | More by meetyouoverboard
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 18:26:38 | More by thebouch01
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-14-2011 17:51:07 | More by throwback
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

11-14-2011 17:09:15 | More by SaintJonah
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

11-14-2011 15:37:10 | More by Jspriest
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-14-2011 15:26:35 | More by sbricker
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-14-2011 10:02:13 | More by bsuedekum
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 07:37:53 | More by mater
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a turbid ruby red with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates slowly. Yeast sediment dances around the glass with moderate carbonation. Ultra-fine lacing clings to the glass.

N: Biscuit, bread, grapefruit, some caramel, notes of fruity esters and perhaps some pine.

T: Pine, lemon citrus and candy sugar upfront. Mid-palette brings in sweet biscuity and bready malts along with some caramel, green tea and grapefruit. Finishes with caramel and lingering pine, sugar and orange citrus.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, semi-chewy, a little sticky and dry.

O: Although leaning towards the bitter, hoppy side, this beer still remains incredibly balanced. Very easy drinking for 8%. Big biscuity malts and sugar with pine and citrus hops to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:09:46 | More by justintcoons
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3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber with a white dusting and a small ring around the edge of my snifter.

S: Aroma of a nice yeast profile/ strong ale with a booze factor. There are not a whole lot of hops, the yeast profile really reminds me of Samichlaus however much less boozy.

T: Strong Ale up front , a nice strong English Ale profile and a light bitter hopping at the finish. There is a slight astringency to this, which isnt terrible but it definitely takes away from the drinkability here. Strong sugar caramelization also in midbody.

M: Light mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

O: I love the beer but think that it could be improved probably without a ton of effort. I have to assume that this beer was meant to taste this way but the bitterness is just off in this beer. It is a clean beer until it was overbittered. Take away the astringency and the pungent bitterness and this is a great beer. For an 8% beer this does seem to do decently on the strong ale side which was slightly surprising.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:52:42 | More by alpinebryant
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: A perfectly clear red with a very slight orange tint. One finger off white head with awesome retention and very good lacing.

S: Floral hops upfront, but not to hoppy. Just a nice flowery/perfumey aroma. Slight malts come through including, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, and a very light fig maybe. A touch of earthiness.

T: A decent blend of everything that was in the nose with the malts, the fig inparticular, coming through more. A slight touch of alcohol in the end but is quickly replaced by a light bitterness.

M: Medium light body. Medium carbonation. Light creaminess. A touch slick.

O: A good red ale. A touch to floraly and the touch of alcohol in the finish are the only bad points.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 03:15:09 | More by doughanson78
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice red color with a short head. Dissipates to a film and lacing. The smell is fruity hop with a sweet malty background. The taste is also fruity hop with a nice balance of malt. Mildly bitter finish. This is a great beer. Well balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:37:36 | More by Kbogac
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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Great Lakes British pint glass...

A: Pours a hazy, dark copper color. Just a tinge of red to it. A beautiful two finger light cream head erupts from the brew. It's thick, pillowy, and inviting. Recedes to a half finger and leaves behind some nice, sticky lacing on the glass. Nosferatu is quite tasty looking.

S: Mmmm....a marriage of malt and hops that is at once refreshing and warming. An assertive pine, citrus hop burst is tempered damn near perfectly by sweet, roasted malt. Smells very good.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet, creamy malts on the front slowly give way to bitter hop oils across the mid. The finish perfectly marries the two, with just a hint of it's 8.0% ABV hiding in the background. The great thing about Nosferatu is that it lets both components shine...it's a thick, hearty, malty ale that also has an assertive, piney, resiny hop presence without being a hop bomb. Fans of either (or, in my case, both in moderation) will be pleased here. A very tasty brew.

M: Again, I just think that Great Lakes hit it out of the park with the balance on this one. It's damn near perfect. It's a malt forward beer with a lasting hop finish. Every flavor gets a chance to shine here and Nosferatu is a better beer for it.

O: Nosferatu is a unique beer. I haven't encountered a beer that so demonstrably integrates both malt and hop flavor. It's a beer in conflict...an IPA blended up with a Scotch Ale/Octoberfest hybrid. And it's delicious. It leans a little on the boozy side and I'm not sure I would want more than one or two of these at a time, but there won't be another Fall where I don't think of this beer. Perfectly matched to the season in which it is released, Nosferatu is an outstanding Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 20:06:27 | More by siege06nd
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours amber color with a tan head with good retention that leaves a slight lacing around the rim
S-caramel, perfume, toasted malt and yeast, slight fruit aroma
T-more caramel and toasted malt mixed with a good amount of hop bitterness, and slightly dry finish with lingering sweetness
M-medium bodied
O-good beer, I don't have alot of experience with this style but I did enjoy it. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness, Would have again

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:31:16 | More by atr2605
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured On Tap at Big Hunt Dupont Circle

A: A dark amber orange with a thin lace of white cream head that sticks to the glass like melted marshmallow cum.

S: Sweet Amber with Raisin fig caramel with a candied Raspberry Puree. Awesome!

T: Nice Simoce hops, sweet caramel, bready heavy yeast with a nice candied caramel backbone. Very tasty!

M. There is a nice thickness to this ASA, with a slight creamy feel and an amazing hop backbite that lingers well beyond a normal ASA should. The back of my throat was really enjoying the lingering yeast body.

O: This is a real winner of a beer. I am a huge Imperial IPA fan but this was a really nice change of pace that will soon be repeated by buying these bad boys again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 01:02:54 | More by challenja
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 05:01:01 | More by fmccormi
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a reddish copper color with a short wispy head.

Smell: biscuit and hop bitterness are strong with some softer fruity tones in the background.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, red apples, plums, strong citrus flavors, and a hearty bitterness makes up a well balanced ale. Alcohol is mildly noticeable here too.

Mouthfeel: medium- heavy in body. Light crispness to start with a smooth slightly dry finish.

Overall: a full flavored malty beer that has a nice strong bitterness. Slow sipping beer but fully satisfying. One could have this as a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 18:45:33 | More by Gavage
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3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red with a small amount of creamy head. Thins out to a ring around the glass. Nose is a big on biscuit and rye bread. Also a layer of peppery yeast and earthy, resinous hops. The hops shine through immediately, similar to the nose. Not overwhelming but balanced out with the wave of rich caramel, biscuit malts come through. Some of the yeast character comes out for the finish but I am mainly tasting rich, toasty, bready malts and piney bitter hops. Dry finish makes me want to keep quenching my thirst.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 00:54:49 | More by DrinkingDrake
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a beautiful light ruby red with a slight orange hue, pours completely clear with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a full finger of fine head that is light yellowish tan, leaves a small amount of spotty lacing
S: nice sweet scent with notes of cherries and whiskey barrels, also has a slight finish of alcohol
T: what i would consider to be a typical red style taste, begins with a slight sweetness then moves into a bit of whiskey and wood and finishes actually pretty smooth for being an 8% abv brew, leaves a taste of whiskey on the palate and a distinct dryness
M: gentle on the carbonation, smooth through the middle and finish with just the slightest tinge from the abv, leaves the mouth dry

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:56:44 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A handsome looking beer with a brilliant copper color and a tall foamy cap. The head is dense and lingers a long while leaving spotty lacing in it's wake. On the nose I get a hoppy upfont bouquet with piney and earth tones followed by a malt nose of sweet caramel malts, a little fruity too. Palette is as the nose: a good dose of hops upfont similar to the nose and equal amounts of maltiness with a hint of fruits in the finish. A well balanced ale. The feel is medium with a dry bitter finish. A good beer be it a red or old, one that I'm sure I'll be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 12:36:39 | More by micromaniac129
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was told this wasn't available then my buddy from Cleveland shows up at my house today with a four pack. Perfect!

This beer pours a medium bodied dark amber in color with a one finger off white head. The aromas are pretty traditional for an imperial amber. You get a lot of malts, light cherry, more malt, maybe some oak. It's solid. The flavors too of a complex malt bill. It's just hard to pick apart it's sweetness, which is smooth and not over the top. It drinks medium in body and has a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It's deceiving really. You don't get anywhere near 8.0%. Overall this is a solid beer and a nice imperial amber. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:40:47 | More by aasher
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into A Great Lakes pint glass at 58 degrees.Bottle dated 11-22-11.

A. Clear bright ruby red body,carbonation streaming of the glass. A nice pillowy cream colored head. Tons of sticky lacing all over my glass.

S. I get a good amount of piney hops upfront,some caramal and grahm cracker follows.

T. Pretty much follows the smell. This is a pretty hoppy strong ale. Then there is the caramal and cracker.

M. Very well carbonated, medium feel. Ends with a dry finish from the hops.

Overall this one of my favorite beers! It's so easy to drink for being 8.0. This is a seasonal that is a must get every year. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 00:29:28 | More by Marty30
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking thanks to Handle.

A: Redish amber, very clear and attractive. Finger or so of white head. Splotchy cap and a good bit of lacing.

S: Lots of hops(citrus/pine) with biscuit and toasted malts. Very good.

T: Hops are present throughout the taste. Resinous and citrusy with tasty toasted, biscuit..spicy as well. Pretty bitter.

M: Medium bodied, almost chewy. Sticky with a bitter finish.

O: I'm a big fan of hopped up Imperial Reds and this is a very good example of the style. Nosferatu is a solid beer that I'll likely pick up again at some point down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:36:44 | More by titosupertramp
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3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle inte pint glass

A. semi transparent amber red

S. Malty and bready, not picking up much hops

T. a lot like it smells, very malty, wish there were more hops present as advertised, very disappointed about that.

M. Crisp, but syrupy

O. Too malty, needs more hops, more like a light barleywine then a hoppy red ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 08:03:06 | More by Centennial
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