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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,131
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%
Wants: 195
Gots: 185 | FT: 8
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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Stinger80OH, Jul 05, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay. Me and this brew have had our differences in the past. I've left it in the back of my fridge for months now, the famous Nosferatu giving me the evil eye every time I select another brew instead of him. This will be my third year trying a single of this beer. The last two times have not gone well. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Appearance - A thick, creamy head that laces excellently to the glass. About a half-finger of head coats the surface of the beer. The ale itself is a deep, blood-amber with a roasted maroon/burgundy quality. Carbonation creeps up the glass. A really bewitching appearance.

Smell - Nothing outlandish. Alcohol and dark cherries with a hidden roasted malt trait in the hindsight. Not terrible; not impressive. Here goes nothing . . .

Taste - A relief. This proves that my tastes have indeed changed over the last year and a half. The entire beer has a strong roasted alcoholic feel to it. The taste of strong beets and dark cherries reign supreme. As the bottle describes, a strong ale with a powerful bite attached to it. Sweet malt with red wine-like qualities.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - While this brew and I get along much better than we did in the past few years, it is still far from my favorite strong ale. Still, it is chock-full of roasty fruits and does a bit of damage to the palate. Medium to heavy-bodied. I will try another one of these fresh when the new season rolls around.

Jesse13713, Jun 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

BurghFanSC, Jun 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

staticmaneuver, Jun 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

klipper, Jun 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

dmtang, Jun 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

vrbulldog22, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

OriolesFan1008, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

damngoode, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Romulux, May 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

TruaxMJ, May 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Zaphog, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with a small off white head. Smell of big caramel malt, juicy citrus hops, and hints of sweet Ripe fruits. The flavor is fairly sweet as well, caramel malt, and wood notes, as well as some piney hops in the finish. The hop bitterness really shows up in the aftertaste, and stays awhile in the mouth. Good beer that I don't buy often enough.

beergod1, May 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

gutbuster, May 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Fbm427, May 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

JimGlonke, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

HungarianCount, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

markmiller, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

atone315, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jameseaster, Apr 25, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a nice murky brownish-red with a soft, sticky tan head. Really nice retention and lacing.

S: Reeks of sticky hops and heavy, wheat-like malt. Pineapple, black pepper, burnt sugar, tangy dark wheat, caramel malt.

T: Big, sweet red malts (caramel, bread, dark wheat, grain, nuttiness, little bit of chocolate) pushed up by some spicy, earthy, slightly citric hops (grapefruit, grass, mint leaf, pepper). Dark grain, a little bite of alcohol, and some bitterness in the finish.

M: Frothy and creamy carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: This is one of my favorite American red ales. Achieves a great balance between the malts and hops. Unique and tasty.

Etan, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

tina, Apr 24, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Well-balanced and enjoyable until the finish. Tasty toasted malts with some caramel paired with citrus hops share the stage. Finishing hops of bitter dried herbs and a touch of pine spoil the party at the end.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 21, 2012
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,131 ratings.