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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,002
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 191
Gots: 147 | 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%

sgoro, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Shango42, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

cbazner2k5, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

DanL133, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

allouez86, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

areich6, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

thewimperoo, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

adamk1978, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA shufon for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

Label indicates "best by 12/16/10," and website says "shelf life: 90 days." Whoops! Reviewing it anyway because as is it's an above average American barleywine.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a two and a half inch, fluffy, bonewhite head that dissipates loudly, rockily, and slowly, leaving tiny spots of lacing everywhere. Pours a very hazy deep red, and leaves thick lacing islands.

Smell: Big American barleywine aromas, with a little more biscuity aroma than usual. Sticky and sugary dark fruit smells along with caramel. Slight musty aroma and a bit of oxidation. Reminds me of the sensations I got when I first smelled Olde Gnarlywine.

Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Figgy caramel, slight oxidation that doesn't clash, biscuity aftertaste. High bitterness and surprising alcohol heat keep the malt in balance. No trace of Simcoe or Cascade hop flavor left; no pine, no citrus, no weed, etc.

If this were marketed as an American barleywine and people said it should taste this way, there wouldn't be much disagreement. Lots of flavor development with the fruity/sugary malt up front, and very satisfying breadiness and alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Sweet without being sugary. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I'd like to try this beer fresh, but it's definitely a worthy beer as is. If you're a fan, consider putting some away and having it some cold Winter's night. 4pk of these at 1~2 years old is like having a 4pk of decently aged Old Ruffian or Olde Gnarlywine.

Pahn, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

fergster75, Dec 07, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one more than your average BA.

A: From a hard pour came a 2+ fingered tan colored, frothy head that exhibited good retention. The beer itself is a deep rust color, making me wonder if blood was mixed in.

S: Lots of caramel and toffee malts, nuts, hints of chocolate that are almost tootsie roll like. Finally, subtle notes of cherry poke through becoming more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Caramel, milk chocoalate, cherry, but what I was surprised by was the sudden fairly strong hop profile. Came out of nowhere on me! Flavors all mix very, I am impressed.

M: Fairly heavy, well carbonated, creamy with a slight burn from the booze.

O: Another great offering from GL.

tjkinate, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jdl55, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

cadaugherty, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really nice red color with a decent sized tan head. Really nice looking beer.

Smells nice, reminds me a bit of candy or maybe even baking cookies. I can smell caramel and toffee, along with spices, seems to be a bit of pepper and clove, and a hint of rye.

Interesting flavor to this one. For some reason it reminds me a bit of rye bread, it has a profile that reminds me of it. From there it ventures off into a bit more of a spicy bite, pepper and clove are there, and seems backed by a hint of fruit. It does finish a touch bitter, combined with a floral hop taste.

Good solid feel to this one, feels nice in the mouth and going down.

Not as hop dominated as I feared, which for me is a good thing. I do think this is a pretty nice beer, has a good range of flavors and goes down smooth and easy. The alcohol is well hidden, and the flavor makes it one of the better beers I have tried lately.

Vixie, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jstewart1130, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

SATBMan, Dec 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

FMPLover24, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

i3ei3s, Nov 30, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nosferatu smells amazing even from the bottle. Fruity hops (berries) & rich caramel malts.

Poured into my Breckenridge Vanilla Porter nonic pint glass, the brew is an appealing reddish-brown. A sticky nougat head sits up top.

The smell is intensely malty; candy-like; caramel and fruit roll-up. Cold milk chocolate; herbal hops. A great aroma.

Taste is prickly; a bit boozy up front (alcohol lingers). Brown and/or chocolate malts show up in the middle. Dark notes start to linger with the alcohol (a welcome addition). This brew doesn't shy from bittering hops or fruity hops flavors.

Remarkably creamy for a beer that grows bitter toward the end; well rounded.

Notes: a big feature to this robust beer is its lingering qualities, which leads me to suggest Great Lakes should continue to release this in the fall, but push it through the winter season due to its warming effect.

DerekP, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Franz4, Nov 28, 2011
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,002 ratings.