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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: 167
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

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Photo of enfield249


3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, slim off white foam head, about 1 1/2 fingers.

S - Lots of floral hops in the aroma. Little bit of sweetness in the back ground.

T - Hoppy, but not like an IPA. There is way more aroma the bittering hops it tastes like. In the back ground is some nice malty sweetness.

M - Medium, with some decent sparkle from the carbonation.

D - A really nice beer, but I would almost class it as an IPA or PA, and less of a stock ale. Didn't have any of the alcohol burn I would expect with a stock ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 20:13:58 | More by enfield249
Photo of Pauly2X


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Clear rich red amber beneath a two finger head,

S- A strong yet smooth blast of noble hops.

T- Much like the label says, this ones got a nice bite. Otherwise a good solid american ale.

M- Rich and smooth, nice.

D- The four pack its sold in is enough.

A great beer to scrath a hop itch if you've grown tired of the IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:33:55 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Slynger


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautifully clear ruby copper color with a creamy whitish head that holds a tinge of orange. Sticky lace clings to the glass.
Smells of piney and citrus hops, sweet caramel malts and a slight earthiness.
Mmm, creamy and smooth. Slightly sweet and sharp orange and pine. Light caramel malts with roasted nutty / spicy overtones and a bitter hops finish with slightly warming alcohol. I can't even think of any words for the mouthfeel, just incredible.
Great lakes brews awesome beer and this is right up with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 23:23:14 | More by Slynger
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful and notable clear red amber color with half inch head of finely bubble foam, plenty of lacing. Gentle aroma of hops and malt with a surprising mouthful of flavor. Tastes sweet at first but the sweetness is backed of by a pile of hoppy bitterness. To my tastes this is very nicely balanced. A full mouthfeel with fine prickly carbonation that leaves you wanting more of this fine ale. If I was drinking this blind I would call it an IPA the next thing I would call for would be another one.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 21:23:52 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish beer with slight orange hues. Off white head that appears to be dense and sticky.

Caramel malts add a sweetness to this old ale and citrus hops hit the nose as well. Also note the bits of fruit that are present.

Bits of pine and sharp citrus fruits in this hop filled ale. I wasn’t expecting this from Great Lakes's take on an old ale. Seems to touch close to an IPA but maybe a bit sweeter and fuller in body. I taste sweet bits of pear from the caramel malts. It blends well with the sweet malts and the hops add a crispness that just brings it all together. Columbus and chinnook hops in this one I am guessing.

Very nicely done and I like this better in the bottle as opposed to the previous drafts I have had. Seems to be hoppier and not as much residual sweetness.

Drinkability is high and this is quite tasty. Once again, nicely done by Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:01:07 | More by stewart124
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North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Features an amber color with a great head that sheets the pint glass with lace

Smell: Caramel aromatics with plenty of grapefruity citrus

Taste: The caramel base that is present up front is quickly subsumed by a building grapefruit flavor; after the swallow, there is a burst of grapefruit that ultimately blends with the caramel to provide a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A really fine ale that balances nicely between the malt and the hops

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2007 03:24:18 | More by brentk56
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Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mcallister for this one. Silly me, forgot all about this beer, says to enjoy by about a year ago. Nice, sticky, fine and intricate lacings.

Looks good, a slightly bloodied amber colour. Decent slightly ruddy pale tan head.

Big toffee and toast nose, with some cherry. Mild hop aromas with some woodiness, and a touch of citrus and grass.

Toast and rich toffee. Probably should have enjoyed this earlier, has a mildly annoying cherry, vinous quality that i suspect has to do with oxidizing malts. The hop bitterness is surprisingly pronounced considering how the malts dominated the nose. A clean, slightly woody hop bitterness gives way to more flavourful accents of citrus and pine.

Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and nicely balanced. A touch of astringency that plays nicely with residual malt sweetness and slight yeasty mustiness. Ill have to enjoy this fresh some day.

Pretty drinkable for an ale with 8% abv. Hints of alcohol warmth. The only thing limiting the drinkability is the fact that i probably should have enjoyed this brew a year ago. An interesting strong ale, one that i will have to revisit.

This was tough to rate. Didnt look at other reviews to see if what i feel are off flavours are present in fresher tasting or not. I went nice on this brew as i suspect the off flavours present were my fault for sitting on this too long.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 22:09:41 | More by demcorhip
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland

Enjoy by 12/5/07

Nosferatu exits the bottle a highly polished crystal clear copper. A two finger soapy, dirty white head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a nice crown. On it's way down it left behind small patchy lacing. A good looking beer but the head seems to be somewhat slacking.

The aroma has a strong hop presence but keeping up is a generous helping of caramel and toasted grains. Over the top of the maltiness lays brown sugar coated grapefruit and a faint whiff of alcohol toward the back. Unfortunately the smell is a little faint. It picks up a little with each swirl but disappears just as fast.

Things start off with a solid caramel backbone but a buzzsaw like hoppiness cuts directly through. Bitter grapefruit and pine combine to obliterate the caramel maltiness. This beer, to me anyways, has all the qualities of a IIPA. There's a squeeze of orange on the finish just before a spicy alcohol kicks in. The alcohol is noticeable and warm but adds to the depth instead of getting in the way.

Medium body with smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is sluggish and lets all that hop resin linger on the tongue longer giving it that freshly stomped on feeling.

This is an easy beer to put away but it will tear up the tastebuds. The alcohol warmth gets the cheeks warm after half a glass and will warm you up rather quickly.

Nosferatu is another good beer froom Great Lakes. I guess that goes without saying. I believe the American Strong Ale category is designed to be a catch-all of sorts but this beer is more along the lines of a IIPA. Great Lakes calls it a Stock Ale. Try one and decide for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 00:36:53 | More by joe1510
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 11-25-07
Best before 12-5-07

Pours a clear, blood red, with a nice sized and and big lacing.

Smell is all big malt, with a big fruitiness and tangy hops.

Taste is very sweet and bitter, with a good citrus flavor in the finish. Reminds me of an Arrogant Bastard, but much smoother.

Mouthfeel is very good, very thick and creamy to go with the resiny hops.

Drinkability is good, but there are huge flavors and a sizable ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 02:01:23 | More by BMoney575
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fall of 2007 vintage. No bottling date.
A deep reddish amber in appearance. An off white head disappears to some nice sticky lacing. Smells of malt, pine and grapefruit. Tastes of ruby red grapefruit, pine needles, green leaf, and some malt. Mouth feel is creamy at first then becomes slightly oily. Drinkability is fantastic if you love hops. Alcohol is well hidden. This is a nice sipper to enjoy around the holiday. Another outstanding brew from GLBC. Do they brew anything bad?

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 03:22:15 | More by DavidEddie
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Poura a very clear copper color. It has a nice sized off-white head with lacing. A very lively beer with lots of ascending bubbles.

s: A robust hop upfront. A touch of brown sugar from the malts and some alcohol.

t: Very balanced in that both the hops and malts are almost overpowering. The hops are piney and resiny, while the malts are sweet in a way that grabs the throat. A very nice strong ale.

m: Carbonation is nicely done. The flavors linger nicely especialy at the back of the throat.

d: I wish this was available in my area. Thanks to brandoman63 for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 20:34:34 | More by DIM
Photo of ZAP


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Impressive burnt orange...good clarity

S-Malty...caramel...dark fruits....dark cherries....plums....berries...rum...a real inviting aroma....

T-Begins with a strong caramel flavor then the dark fruits kick in...a mild rummy boozy impression as well.

M-Medium to full bodied...creamy but finishes with a spicy kick.

D-Damn fine strong ale...great sipping beer with character, flavor and drinkibility.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 06:27:44 | More by ZAP
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Clear, rich, copper color. Smallish, ivory head. Not much lacing, pretty good legs.

Aromas included toffee and melon. Very sweet overall. Molasses, tea, pine & herbs.

Strong malt backbone, but not what aroma leads you to expect. Something like Arrogant Bastard. Bitter more than sweet, but sweet taste starts to come up as the temperature increases. Fruits - figs, raisins, and cherries. Biscuity center. Tea flavors and some very mild roast notes. Bitterness (pine and grass) lingers nicely in finish and aftertaste.

Medium to full in body. Coating. Medium + in carbonation, much more than expected -- not too much though. Dry.

Yeah, I'll have another! Not really sure why it's taken me this long to have a first one....Really well balanced, very enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 19:31:31 | More by
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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with best by date of 12/05/07.
Poured with less head then others have eluded to but the head did not completely dissipate- a copper, red color. smell is rather pleasant and there is a strong fruity scent- somewhere between grapfruit and grape as pointed out by others. taste was not as pleasant as expected. strong hops flavor but much less of the fruit suggested by the scent- the alcohol content is not well hidden- i've had worse but i've had much better,even at 9-10%. mouthfeel is average and the beer is easiy drinkable but i'd stop after a couple. wondering what it tastes like on tap . . .

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 17:59:26 | More by atuite
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3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle poured into a snifter, starts well, copper colored with a nice amber highlight, but the yellowish head is short lasting and leaves very little lacing.
Aroma is surprisingly malty in the beginning, mostly caramel, but it is quickly balanced by a grassy hoppiness. Not overly complex nose, but pleasant and well balanced.
Interestingly, it is only medium bodied, and the balance suggested by the aroma is just not here. There are some caramelized malts, but the grassy and grapefruit-like hoppiness dominates and eventually hides all maltiness.
Perhaps it is just me, but there is some balance lacking here. Still pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 23:21:53 | More by brdc
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish amber color, fluffy white lace which sticks around for quite a while.

Smell: Hoppy, slightly alcohol.

Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor, lemon/citrus character to the hops. Warming as it goes down - good for a cold day. All around a very hoppy brew, not quite as harsh as their IPA, but close. Finish is not too bitter and is rather balanced.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too notable, fairly smooth for this much hop, not too harsh.

Notes: Like everything Great Lakes brews, this is a quality beer. Although I really like this beer, I'd like it if it was a bit more distinguished from the Commodore Perry IPA, maybe a little more emphasis on the malts. I don't know what it's lacking, it's just not as clearly defined stylistically as other seasonals are, or for it's $9 a 4-pack price.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 18:26:19 | More by 77suburban
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Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Poured a reddish color wuth a foamy head that disolved later on.

smell - Malt, pine, hops.

taste - Has a malt and a pine taste with some hops are present at then end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer from this company.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 03:16:00 | More by auxiliary
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rusty copper with a frothy, light beige head that holds well and leaves some good lace.

Malty and bright on the nose with some decent citrus and nice hops. Mild apricot a faint yeasty quality.

The flavor is sharp and indeed 'bitey'. Some nice maltiness accompanied by a clean moderately hoppy flavor and some fruit: orange and apple sweetness in the finish. A slightly harsh and yeasty characteristic similar to an olde ale. Rustic and bold. Very flavorful for sure.

Bright and clean but still moderately heavy on the tongue. Low to moderate carbonation that increases to clean up a pronounced warmth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 20:27:45 | More by letsgopens
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The label says this one is fresh before 12/27/07.
A: Amber-orange in color, with some light brownish tinges. Pours with a very full 2+ inches of thick, creamy head that settles very slowly, and actually hardly leaves. It leaves quite sticky rings of lacing at first, but as the beer warms, these rings slowly slide down.
S: An enticing mix of piney/floral hops that find their way through a warming blanket of caramel malts that still aren't too sweet and cloying. Deep whiffs reveal some more earthy scents and more hops.
T: Calm and creamy at first taste, but the hops jump in pretty quickly, creating a piney/oily taste. The middle brings out some more malty tastes, partly caramels and partly nutty/roasted malts. The finish lets the hop tastes back in, and they linger with a kind of bitter but smooth taste.
M: Overall, not bad, certainly satisfying and creamy, but strangely drying/bitter in the finish, with a lingering alcohol tingle.
D: Overall, pretty good. I can somewhat feel and taste the 8% ABV, but the taste is intriguing enough to make me want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 02:51:19 | More by LeftyBWS
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in celebration of Halloween 2007.

A deep and rich ruby coloured beer. A polished body and gleaming clarity. Copper-white head to which swirling only produces more. An absolute pleasure to observe.

The aroma has a metallic-toned bouquet of hops. If it is rich in one thing it certainly hops. Amber malts are also prevalent. The aroma is understated despite the big hops. I might ask a little more of it to really be impressed, in all honesty. Although I'd be lying if I said it didn't please me as it is...

The mouthfeel is perfectly balanced. With no alcohol detected, each sip begins with a crisp bitterness, delving then into a rich and silky texture only before finishing a sweet and lasting note of caramel. Only a wild note of alcohol is ever sensed. It has weight, it has texture, it has some understated strength. This makes for a wonderfully drinking ale, rather delicious. A now must have for my yearly Halloween treats!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 05:50:15 | More by biegaman
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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another beer from great lakes that i look forward to every year

pours a ruby color with a small head that recedes into lace rather quickly. smell is flowery hops.

taste is all hops upfront with some roasted malts toward the finish. no hint of the 8% that this baby packs.

Nosferatu is slowly overtaking Christmas Ale as my favorite Great Lakes brew. If only everything to come out of Cleveland was this good. Like the name implies this beer has bite.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:45:12 | More by perfectkaos
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hoppy flavor, like an IPA but it is actually a red beer. Loved it. Nosferatu has great color. I poured it into a Sam Adams beer glass (the one with the wide mouth) and it was very impressive in flavor. If you like red beers and also like IPA's then you will definitely like the Nosferatu by Great Lakes. I am a big fan of all of the Great Lakes beers I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 21:39:58 | More by fiveo2270
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger chunky white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet caramel malt and a resiny hop aroma.

The taste was rather well balanced and consisted of a robust grainy malt with hints of caramel and dark fruits. A peppery hop dried the beer out and contributed a welcomed spiciness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty and potent strong ale. Remarable drinkable considering the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 02:32:54 | More by plaid75
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Monsone for this in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-Pours a medium clear chestnut with a slow but steady stream of bubbles. the head is one finger at first, cream coloured and dissipates fairly quickly. Sheets of lace adhere at first but retreat quickly.

S-Sweet carmelized brown sugar and hints of pine and grapefruit hops.

T-Hoppier than expected. You get a good blast of caramel at first. This is followe dup by a nice dose of piney hops. There are hints of pepper and cola in the follow through. Very nice and somewhat unexpected. It becomes sweeter as it warms which adds to the overall balance. Hints of plums come through as well.

M-Medium bodied with a slightly above avg carbonation. Pushes around the flavours nicely.

D-This is a nicely balanced strong ale. It drinks easily without being insufficient. A good flavour without being heavy or syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 03:21:01 | More by sleazo
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber, 1 cm tan head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is hop dominated, citrus and a little spice. Initial taste is balanced between bitter hops and some indistinguishable malt flavors. Closing taste and aftertaste are both bitter with the amount of hops involved. Medium bodied, almost no carbonation. Hidden alcohol and drinkable. Might be the best offering from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 02:59:11 | More by joekfsu
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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