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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 226
Gots: 270 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Ri0
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into teku. Best by 11/21/13.

A - It is a very deep ruby and translucent color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. Fades to a collar and leaves some lacing behind. The red color is memorizing when held to the light, just gorgeous.

S - This is so different from any Amber or Red that you will ever have. There are big fruit notes, more dark type fruits, but the hops add in some bright citrus like notes. There is a nice presence of sweet malt the lends to the balance.

T - The taste is otherworldly. The hops are very fruity and bitter, different that I'm used to, but so good. There are other sweet dark fruit flavors and a sweet maltiness. Some sort of caramel like sweetness. I want to say like a bock, but it is not quite that. I just want to keep drinking this beer. I don't notice the alcohol.

M - It is smooth, slick, and silky. It is more of a medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - I've had this beer very fresh, and 2 moths past the best buy date. The hops completely fade making this an entirely different style of beer from an Imperial Ale. Fresh it is very hoppy, but aged it is a strong/old ale type beer. I adore this beer when it is fresh and look forward to drinking it every fall. It is so delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -51%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops and subtle delicious smelling malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark caramel malt and bitter hops. No taste of alcohol. Slightly nutty finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: A solid strong ale. I would have preferred a bit more dark fruit and malt and slightly less hops, but still really good.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of B33R501
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

strong ale? much more of an amber i would think. stunning ruby red appearance, held up to the sunlight this saturday am and watch the little bubbles rise to the top and light up like twinkling Christmas lights, very pretty indeed.

lucious red ripe strawberry malty aroma. taste follows, mix of red ripe strawberry and raspberry, cherry. very interesting and delicious. hops to balance. light body, thin mouthfeel.

i can see the appeal to this beer, but slightly mettalic aftertaste detracts for me. im not the biggest great lakes fan, the few ive tried are underwhelming. some beers and breweries are overrated and im glad i got the single, not the 4 pak.

but this was a visual treat. fix the finish and i would have rated this higher.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours super hazy rich amber orange. A one finger of an off white/ sand colored head. Slight alcohol legs.

S- Hop dominant nose. A lot of citrus and pine. A lot of ripened dark fruits. Sugary malts.

T- A slight bitterness up front. A big beer and a touch of alcohol to start. The middle of the beer is malty, some toffee and caramel. A slight bit of dark fruits like raisins and plums. A nice hop profile, with citrus, pine and some onion like herbal notes.

M- This beer has some big feel to it. Some burn from the alcohol. Bitter, chewy and rather silky. A sticky, hoppy, bitter aftertaste and feel.

O- This is a great beer, its like a middle of the country take on Arrogant Bastard. I may age one or 2 to see what happens but its great fresh.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, ruby red color with a thick, fluffy head on top, quickly dwindling to a bubbly covering. Heavy, oily hop aroma...sweet citrus, dark fruit, spice, bread, leafiness, and pine. Smooth, piney Simcoe, grapefruit, light pepperiness, caramel, biscuit, and a little brown sugar. A tasty blend of flavors creates a lovely balance. Medium body, not too heavy on the tongue, creamy, solid bitterness. Very nice...

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.