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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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1,895 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 171
Gots: 98 | 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

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largadeer

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra from bakerslp - thanks.

Appearance: Dark but semi-clear, amber-colored. Pours with a great big fluffy tan head, great retention, tons of sticky lace. Nice.

Smell: Rich and sweet, a big malt backbone with notes of pine and grapefruit from the hops. Slightly fruity. Reminds me a whole lot of Arrogant Bastard, but not as clean.

Taste & mouthfeel: A nice mix of chewy malt and resiny hop flavor, with malt taking the slight edge. Rich caramel sweetness and a touch of pineapple precede the oily, bitter finish. Full-bodied, a bit too heavy on the residual sugars for my liking, but a very nice beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:07:04 | More by largadeer
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ahalloin

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased in Toldeo, OH. Pours a beautiful dark mahogony color with a luscious light tan head of about two fingers width. The lacing is clinging to the glass as the head recedes slowly.

The medium strength aroma has qualities of citrus, pine, and alcohol with hints of brown sugar and raisins in the background.

The flavor is big and potent. The nose is big and malty with flavors of dark malts, fermented fruit, and brown sugar. The flavor morphs into an extremely spicy (almost burning) finish of piney and citrusy hops. Awesome!

This beer isn't for everyone but for most afficiando's it will garner respect.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 02:26:59 | More by ahalloin
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12 oz. into Duvel tulip (11/23/2008) after a long more-or-less-all-day schlep from Buffalo to Hagerstown, MD, relaxing in a hotel room watching Sunday Night Football...not sure of the BBD at the moment but it was not past, as were quite a few of the BBDs I noticed at the purchase point (Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, BY)

Pours a clean, dark bourbon brown with a chewy, chunky butter-colored head. Solid lacing and seam with a hint of carbonation.

A lot more apple than expected...carbonation makes it light and tingly. Piney hops, melon and some alcohol. You gotta lot going here.

Huh...much more earth than expected. Hops emerge in spades, but less pine and more grass. Oaky, caramel malt in the background.

With warmth this retains a nice grassy hop bite with a full malt backbone. Finish is even but maybe a little hot. A lot drier than the nose would indicate.

Interesting stuff for a nighttime sipper; promise of the noses does not entirely deliver, though. Overall a lot less sweetness on the palate than the well-balanced aroma would indicate. Maybe I'll keep 1 or 2 of these down for a bit and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 13:20:11 | More by IBUnit63
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Shumista

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Maudite snifter.

A- Nosferatu pours a dark reddish brown, with a 2 finger light tan head resulting from an aggressive pour that stuck around for close to 5 minutes. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass as this one is drank.
S- Hops dominate the aroma with some malt in the background. I could mistake this for a malty IPA if it wasn't for the label.
T- Overall, a very clean taste. Lots of fresh hops that are citrusy and bitter. The sweet caramel malts take a backseat as in the aroma but are definitely there backing up the hops. As I've been noticing with a lot of brewery's as I try more and more beers from a single one, there is something similar in the flavor of this to other Great Lakes beers I've had. I think it is most similar to their Commodore Perry IPA.
M- Medium bodied, good amount of carbonation.
D- I would probably have thought 6 or 6.5% as opposed to 8%. I get no alcohol in the taste nor do I get much alcohol warmth. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 06:46:27 | More by Shumista
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy dark amber color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes very slowly into a firm half inch cap of lacing which sticks around until the beer is gone. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malt. The taste is quite a bit hoppier than the aroma. Tons of pine, with hints of grapefruit, and nice undertones of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could easily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 00:37:10 | More by KarlHungus
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice looking tan head sitting atop of a deep blood red ale. Smells of ripe fruit and hops.

Very complex taste that you just can't quite put your finger on. It has a slight fruity taste (although it's not brewed with any that I know of), but it's balanced well with the hops and malts.

There's some nice clinging action going on as I down this tasty brew. I wish that this beer was around longer than it is (early oct-nov). It's hard to find if you're not from Cleveland, and it's only sold in 4pks.

Morey's bottom line: A very unique and tasty beer. Probably the hoppiest strong/stock ale that I've ever had. I had it on-tap once, and it was even better.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:43:09 | More by Morey
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MacDomer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear, deep ruby color with hints of brown. Minimal light tan head which quickly recedes, leaving a small band circling the glass.

S - Opens with flowery hops, some grapefruit and pineapple, a touch of caramel and sweet cherries.

T - Lots of big, falvorful hops up front, citrus mostly. Then comes some pale and caramel malts but they don't quite balance this one out. A bit of candied orange peel. Finishes dry with grapefruit hops.

M - The medium body coats the mouth. Moderate carbonation helps it flow smoothly.

D - Alcohol is very well hidden - tastes and feels like a 6% to me. I could have 3 or 4 of these in a session. Really like it!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 05:00:59 | More by MacDomer
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sgoodship

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My friend Brian gave me this. Cheers Brian! Already reviewed this on-tap when I visited Great Lakes. I wanted to review the bottle to see how they stack up against each other.

On-tap review I said:
A: Nice dark reddish bronze colored ale. Some ruby redness on the edges against the light. Poured a nice 1 finger white fluffy head that reduced to a nice small cap. Very attractive brew.

Bottle: Not as deep and not as ruby highlights as I remember from the on-tap. Hazy, mysterious and moody - fitting for the name of the drink!

On-tap review I said:
S: Holy smokes - massive hops. Mix of bitter and fruit. Really impressive smell. A more floral note arose toward the end of the drink. You can detect the strength but does not have a strong alcohol smell.

Bottle: Not the impact of on-tap. Rum-like alcohol came across immediately. Hops are there but not that impactful.

On-tap review I said:
T: As you would expect, a touch of caramel malt to keep it grounded but a wallop of hops. Some powerful bitterness with amazingly succulent grapefruit. Really chewy - plenty of interest. The alcohol is there and gives you a nice warming sensation - amazingly well masked.

Bottle: Bigger malt and less hop than the on-tap. Has a cloying sour aftertaste.

On-tap review I said:
M: Medium carbonation gave this quite a bit of life. Was fairly smooth but the finish delivers a bit of an acidic bite.

Bottle: Pretty much the same. Aftertaste is more aggressive and acidic.

On-tap review I said:
D: It's a masterful brew. Really powerful. It would be so easy for it to go off the deep end but it all holds together in a fantastically well coordinated way. The high drinkability and high ABV make this a dangerous brew. It packs a punch.

Bottle: I gave on-tap an A. The bottle falls short. A part of the impact of the on-tap was how big malt and hops were and how well balanced it all was. The lack of hops in the bottle throws off the balance and allows the alcohol to have too much focus. Still a really enjoyable and interesting beer. Like always, once you try on-tap, it's tough to go back to the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 04:31:30 | More by sgoodship
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color. Poured a 2 finger white head with fair retention. Light lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Big floral hop aroma and citrus aromas.

T: Sweet, flavorful lightly roasted malts. Significan hop flavor throughout and in finish.

M: Full side of medium body. Ample carbonation. Warming alcohol.

D: Very drinkable in moderation; combination of ABV, big body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 18:03:42 | More by Haybeerman
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

I received a couple of bottles of the 2008 release from SQNfan and moose3285 (I think). Also received a 2007 bottle from MiScusi and that one resides in the cellar for now. Into my 22oz snifter

A: Pours a crystal clear deep crimson with a beige head that recedes rather quickly to a ring. Some carbonation is visible. The color and clarity alone make for an appealing beer.

S: Citrus hops jump out front with orange, grapefruit and sharp pine notes. Despite sitting on this for a few months, the hops are remarkably pronounced and have a very fresh aroma, not unlike cut grass. There is some mild malt sweetness in the back as well as a hint of alcohol. Pretty solid

T: Aggressive hops open up this beer with citrus and pine bitterness. The citrus notes are reminiscent of bitter orange rind. In fact, hops are about all I can taste in this beer - bitter, bitter Cascade hops. There's a hint of malt sweetness in the back with dark fruit and honey before a rather huge cascade hop bitterness takes over on the finish, drying out the palate

M: Surprisingly over the top in hop character, there's adequate carbonation and a nice dryness on the finish

D: Pretty solid, the bitterness does take away a bit from the drinkability, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:54:02 | More by DefenCorps
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

This pours a clear deep red/amber with a small and quickly disappearing head of foam.

The smell has some nice bready notes along with some grassy hops. Also after a few more whiffs, I get some fruity tones. Nice nose.

The taste is grassy hops up front with some sweetish malty notes moving in, some graininess, and a fruity character. It's a little on the tart side with the fruit so I'm guessing black cherries. There's also almost a cinnamon type twang here that works well with all of the other flavours. Some alcohol noticeable here as I get a nice warming after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is medium as is the carbonation, and it finishes grassy hop style. Good taster and I don't think I've had brews that come close to reminding me of this. I like this one a lot!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:25:25 | More by Bitterbill
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber color with a big off-white head that last till your done drinking with good lacing.

You can smell lots of caramel malts with a subtle hop spice aroma.

You can taste the caramel malts as you drink and it finishes with a spicy bitterness too it.

A medium bodied beer with a average carbonation!

A delicious beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:04:18 | More by LordofTime25
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Dalem

Michigan

2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No, this beer isn't bloody looking or anything but it is sharp clear red in color. Once inch head that fades a bit but still sticks around pretty healthily and all kinds of thick lacing all the way through. Aroma's are subtle here. A bit of hops, a strawberry tinge and dark malts are what my this nose is noticing.
The flavors in the brew itself are much more pronounced than they are in the scent. There's a huge malt sweetness up front then a ESB like bitterness shows up soon afterwards with more that a dint of alcohol hotness in the end. Firm, creamy body but overall though not a whole lot of complexities and something seems just not there. Maybe it's the weird spicy bitters characteristics that stick around too much that are leaving me a little put off.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 20:30:00 | More by Dalem
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cooncat

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from an in date bottle, decanted into a 20 oz. stein (to allow for head space).

On the pour you get a beautiful and huge light mocha colored head, of prodigious size (2 fingers at least), sitting atop a blood red brew. Very becoming of its name and heritage. Copious amounts of lacing a spashed all over the sides of the glass, and the head *is* long lasting. Wonderful!

The nose is nice a malty to me, biscuits and perhaps fresh bread mixed in. Just a light hop presence in the nose.

The taste is so creamy smooth and full. Yes, the malts are there, but also some dark fruit and a bit of citrus hops .. very well balanced, but leaning to the malt side. Mouthfeel is incredibly full .. almost chewy. The 8% abv is well hidden in this beer .. very well hidden. It is exceptionally drinkable, but before you know it, if you persist in quaffing several (which is quite easy), you will feel as light headed as the victim of a vampire.

This is a beer I relish each year it comes out. It is such an awesome brew, as are most Great Lakes offerings. The taste and mouthfeel will keep you calling out for more, MORE! By all means, seek this one out when it is in seaon (comes out Sept/Oct). This one will NOT disappoint! Well done Great Lakes!

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 19:12:54 | More by cooncat
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a deep amber color with a half inch of foam that quickly dissapears

S - It had a strong malty aroma and a sense of alcohol

T - citrus hops and it had a very boozy taste to it

M/D - Although this one was very good, i would not be able to drink many. The booze was very strong to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:15:58 | More by mikereaser
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wspscott

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in duvel tulip
enjoy by 11/16/08

A: Crystal clear, with a dark red color when held up to light. Thin off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves a medium amount of lace. Very good looking beer.
S: Bready grains with a sharp american hops background (smells like cascades, maybe centennials).
T: Hoppier than I remember, definitely american hops (lots of citrus and some pine). There is a nice malt backbone (bready/grainy) but more skewed to the hops. The citrus becomes much more apparent as it warms up.
M: More attenuated than a barley wine but the level of malt and hops are probably similar. More carbonation than a barely wine as well. Seems to coat the tongue with a hop "residue".
D: I like this beer a lot but, it is difficult to place, not a barley wine, not an old ale, it is like a cross between an IPA and a barley wine. If you like DIPAs, you will like this beer. I will definitely buy again. Highly recommended, especially for any hop fans.

edit: I was still tasting grapefruit an hour later.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:29:07 | More by wspscott
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on-tap tonight at Bocktown

A- A nice reddish-amber body that pours with a 1 finger foamy white head. Head slowly fades to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is somewhat subtle but consists primarily of grassy/herbal hops, and hints of hop bitterness and alcohol.

T- Herbal and grassy hop flavors upfront with a subtle barley backbone. A big dose of hop bitterness comes in for the finish as well as some piny hop flavor. A medium residual bitterness lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth somewhat oily body.

D- This is a very hoppy, borderline DIPA strong ale. I tried it last year and could not tolerate it at all but find it pretty good and refreshing this year. Decent beer overall...if you like unearthly or that grassy/herbal hop presence over citrus then this beer is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2008 02:00:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says enjoy 07/05!!!

A: snifter. pours a completely opaque tawny color with a really light tan head on top. good retention level and an amazing amount of lacing.

S: outstanding nose. big rich malts with some cherries, big alcohol esters, some light vanilla and a hint of wood.

T: good age to it. rich malts, some fell out a little, some cherries, some big wood notes, hint of smoke, tobacco, and some molasses.

M: mild carbonation level, mostly due to age. very rich and creamy.

D: very nice brew, but I am sure it is really "hot" rather fresh. the age did a great job with this one. very nice and drinkable, the abv mellowed really nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 05:45:12 | More by paulthebeerguru
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 11/1/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear ruby-kissed copper body with moderate carbonation and one-finger burnt beige head that receded into a patchy film of retention and left no lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy on burnt sticky caramel malt with citrus hops and some floral notes. Hints of sweet fruit and mild alcohol are also apparent.

T - Lots of citrus fruit up front with an emphasis on grapefruit. Some floral hops also emerge, but are less prevalent. Malt possesses a burnt caramel character with a bit of sweetness. A mild alcohol presence also emerges as the liquid warmed up a bit.

M - Medium body with a nice moderately carbonated mouthfeel that provides a warm, tingly sensation on the tongue. Finishes with a crisp, lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Tsaty hoppy red ale with quite a bit of citrus character, giving it more of an IPA character overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 20:10:28 | More by ffejherb
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Adamharbaugh thanks for the opportunity!

Appearance: Clarity of this amber body is amazing. Nice finger of white foam that dissipates leaving a thin layer of lace around the glass.

Smell: Hops, Hops, Hops in the nose of this old ale. Mostly grapefruit and lemon zest but some ripe strawberry undertones as well that add sweetness to the citric notes. Very enticing indeed!

Taste: Citric hops up front, then a wave of ripened fruit and malt, followed by a slightly bitter finish. Not as impressive as the nose but still quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: I wouldn't call the beer thick but I wouldn't call it medium bodied either. A fair amount of carbonation helps to counterbalance this though. Fairly creamy for an old ale.

Drinkability: Fairly good thanks to the carbonation and lack of any overbearing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 16:05:36 | More by koopa
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, 368 reviews as of this writing. I thought I'd try this after I had put up some halloween decorations. Yeah, may be lame but you gotta decide on a beer somehow. blended citric maltyness that lingers with a definite abv punch to round out this bottle. an interesting brew worth trying regardless of all hallow's eve status.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 19:12:51 | More by barleywinebrewer
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JohnTravolta 21 - thanks!! Great extra. Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber. Great, gorgeous clarity on this one, with some faint trails of bubbles streaming upwards towards the initially-two-finger off-white head. Head has slightly above-average retention, eventually settling down into an even slick of foam. Lacing is gorgeous - huge, sticky, bubbly, like swiss cheese all over the glass. Very good start.

Aroma: Hops ahoy!! If only all old ales should be this well hopped. Tons of great citrus notes - orange zest, grapefruit, tropical fruits, strawberries - and a lot of sweet, fruity, lightly spicy notes that meld well with a pleasant alcohol presence. There's some malt here, sure, lots of roasted, sugary notes - sweet brown sugar, blackstrap molasses - as there should be in any stock ale, but at least while fresh, the nose on this puppy is dominated by hops!

Taste: Interesting and pleasant, if not as unique and enjoyable as the nose. First, there's still tons of hop notes - citrus, but also a healthy dose of leafy cone notes, lighter floral notes, and a surprisingly large amount of bitterness. It's a smooth bitterness, though, and doesn't leave much of an afterburn. The malt profile is similarly dense, though dominated by a strong caramelly, bready note, with flourishes of both less roasted, sweeter notes and more highly roasted, almost faintly coffee-esque notes that meld well with the citric and grassy hop notes and bitterness. Very DIPA-like.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and chewy - I started to actually chomp on it at points - with a medium-sized, even, and creamy bubble-profile and a syrupy afterfeel, though the body itself isn't so thick as to be syrupy - the prickly carbonation does a good job of keeping the cloyingness to a minimum, while simultaneously enhancing the bitterness. Good show.

Drinkability: What an outstanding beer, and a definite winner from Great Lakes. Almost a DIPA in many ways, the alcohol is not only average for the style but expertly hidden, it's balanced, tasty, interesting, and complex - mark this one as highly recommended. Shame it's a seasonal, too - stock up while you can. I'm sure this one would turn into a whole different beer with a little bit of age on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 01:21:52 | More by CrellMoset
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm pulling out all the stops for Game 5 of the World Series tonight. I figure if Nosferatu, the crazy German vampire, out of a Mets glass doesn't put a hex on the Phillies, nothing will. Here's hoping.

Pours a deep, scarlet red with a creamy finger and a half of beige head. Head settles to a thin but full lace and leaves a little spiderweb lacing on the sides.

Smell has an amazingly juicy citrus hop aroma, just bursting out of the glass. It's bold and resiny and also has some caramel malt and pine.

Taste is also bursting with citrus hop flavor and has a substantial bitterness to go along with it. Nice toasty and caramel malt base to play with, and the hops just jump all over the palate. There's some pine going on, too, even though citrus is the dominant flavor. Long lasting hop bitterness stays on the tongue into the finish.

Moutheel is medium bodied, very smooth with a nice creaminess. No sense whatsoever of the 8% in this one.

This is a fantastic beer. Incredibly drinkable, and achieves a balance that many DIPAs fail to. Tons of hops, but very smooth. Mmmm, this hits the spot.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 00:21:51 | More by number1bum
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. OK this is a pretty beer. Beautiful amber color, crystal clear, thick tan head with big sticky lacing everywhere. Wow.

A little sniff reveals pine and citrus hoppy goodness. A deeper inhalation into the olfactory glands uncovers a strong backbone of sweet malt and caramel delight.

Taste, a swirl of malty sweetness, some very mild roastiness, big pine-forest hoppiness. All those -esses that I enjoy so much. This beer is bold and in your face. The bitter finish is not for the faint-of-heart. Believe me when I tell you it is aggressive.

Big body, smooth and still thick and noticeable in the mouth. A highly drinkable beer, this is actually my second today, with a homebrewed IPA sandwiched in between.

Yum. I recommend this beer to any BA out there, hophead or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 19:42:09 | More by ZimZamZoom
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TMinton22

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Dark, reddish tint, brown body with tanish head that reduced to a thin cap left a decent lacing.

Aroma was intriguing being I've never smelled any beer like it. Reminded me of fresh cut hay from my hay bailing days.

Taste I thought was good except for the strong bite at the end. I couldn't get past it and it's safe to say one was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 12:14:08 | More by TMinton22
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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