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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,925
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 182
Gots: 111 | 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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Photo of scott


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%


Ruby, bright and moderately carbonated with a head that is anxious to perform. Floral aroma with a blend of citric hop and sweet malt.
Mildly bitter and so easy to drink, this should be a regular in the GLBC profile; this is too damn good to have to wait this long. This has a potent blend of delicate hop and austere malt. Clean & balanced.
Snappy, wet & refreshing. Highly recommended.

09-15-2007 01:35:18 | More by scott
Photo of giblet


4.72/5  rDev +15.4%

as near to perfection for my palate! poured nice from the bottle. some light persistant carbonation. excellent lace throughout. the aroma is very pleasing with hop and sweet malt. the flava is excellent. i am afraid i could sit and have about 5 or 6 of these in a row! that would likely knock me socks off since it is a 8%abv.

top 5 beers that i have ever had!

suckem up and movem out!


09-14-2007 13:23:44 | More by giblet
Photo of bigdeuce


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

This American strong ale is dangerously drinkable. Nice nutty flavors to it, as it pours a beautiful bloody, red colour with nice hop aroma to the white pillowy head. Don't know how Great Lakes does it, but this beer is full of hops, yet so damn balanced, it is amazing. The finish is long and deep and dominated by toasted and biscuity malt, with nice hoppy bitterness. I love this beer, wish it were more readily available.

09-13-2007 19:25:38 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of westweasel


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

This beer pours out a beautiful, bloody bright red, with a thin white head. Belgain lace was left all along the glass.

The smell has a strong orange zest scent, along with a toast-like backbone.

The taste of this beer has a strong toast flavor up front, with a nice lemon and orange zest bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel is medium.

This is an excellent beer to look at and drink. A real Halloween treat!

09-08-2007 03:28:16 | More by westweasel
Photo of Risser09


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance: Deep brown color with orange highlights and an off white head. there is plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. No apparent carboantion fromt he bottom of the glass.
Smell: Whoa hops. i let this beer warm to close to room temperature before even smelling it. Grapefruit and orange peel are dominant.
Taste: Built on hops, this beer is much like a double IPA. I hope that is what the brewer is intending. Not much of an American Strong Ale to me. Grapefruit is way out in front, followed by cherry and pine is picking up the rear. complex and strong.
Mouthfeel: Bitter with hops and grapefruit feel. Medium body and an alcohol burn in the end. Creamy and smoothe.
Drinkability: Awesome for a beer of this strength. seek it out and you won't be disappointed. cheers!

08-21-2007 18:02:25 | More by Risser09
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Thanks to trep for this brew.

Pours a dark amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which does not last long, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, vanilla, cheeries, and caramel. The taste is a big malt bomb with a nice touch of hops, the vanilla gives it a nice sweetness and the cheeries give a nice tangyness, lots of caramel. There is a nice bite/bitterness to this brew. Medium body, a well rounded, complex brew. Very drinkable, another great tasty GL brew, very drinkable.

08-01-2007 00:12:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev -2.2%

Very nice,almost blood red color. Sharp, metallic aroma-has a real bite to it and I am not trying to be funny. Smooth, very malty flavor with just enough bite in there to make you take notice. Very caramel and toffeeish. I get a minor alcohol tinge as well. Nice body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Great US example. Not the big, winey and booze filled attempts I am used to.

07-25-2007 23:50:41 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of mentor


4.05/5  rDev -1%

Obtained from Red Wagon in Rochester (Michigan) and hand-carried back to Colorado. I suspect this was 'aged' in the store for a number of months before I got my hands on it.

Gorgeous looking beer. Two finger dirty caramel head over an amber brown liquid. Stunning appearance. Smells piney, oranges, and woody hops. Smells like some age on this beer. maybe 6 months, which doesn't serve the hops in an American BWine well, IMO.

Tastes smoooth. Hops are woody, oranges, grapefruit pith, piney and grassy. Dark caramel in the malty. Oranges of the hops meld with the caramel deliciously. Would be a malty beer except for the rough co-humulone and clean alcohol presence.

Md body isn't as creamy as I'd like for this beer to really be a killer. I guess the hop oils and alcohol sting fight against it.

07-23-2007 03:13:03 | More by mentor
Photo of Phatz


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark amber brown color with some ruby hues and oranges depending on the light. The head is massive pillowy rocky light tan color and slowly fades a partial cap and thick tan ring around my snifter. the lace sticks for a bit then slides back into the beer. Very nice.

Smell: Massive aroma of caramel apples just floods my nose. Cinnamon and cherry as well. Some other fruits then a big piece of pineapple and a gently grapefruit with a touch of lime.

Taste: Just like the nose it is caramely and appley through and through. Again I get cherries and spices. Cookie dough and pies. Cinnamon nutmeg vanilla, mango pineapple and grapefruit; and as it finishes the citrus grows. The farther along I get the more I notice the gentle citrus bitterness building on my cheeks as I feel a bit of the hop sting and I like that.

Mouthfeel: The alcohol makes itself known but only lightly and mostly in the mouthfeel and the aftertaste when the hops and alcohol leave a dry sting. I thought the beer was just a little bit too still., It is velvety smooth but with very very little carbonation.

Drinkability: It is a sipper and a great night cap, especially with some of that boozy brandy similarities it works well before bed.

Hope this is helpful.

07-17-2007 07:55:49 | More by Phatz
Photo of bigman147

New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Apperance: Orangish/reddish hue. Pours a thin creamy tan head that fades quickly to a slight lacing. The reddish color plays up the vampire theme on the bottle.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts. Slightly herbal hop notes with a fresh bready/yeasty character. Dark dried fruits like figs or prune (possible apricot)

Tastes: A sharp carbonation note with a good herbal hop bitterness. Reminiscent of Honkers Ale with a mild iced type character. Full bodied with slightly sweet malty finish. A touch of alcohol burn in the throat.
M: Soft and silky smooth. Moderate carbonation. Warm and Dry.

D: Very tasty combination with lots of flavor. Probably not the best beer for drinking a lot of on a hot summer day. Definitely a success in both flavor and packaging as I feel that Nosferatu has that vampire type bite with a dark side.

07-08-2007 19:33:10 | More by bigman147
Photo of Tizzod


3.45/5  rDev -15.6%

Thanks to mcallister for the trade.

Pours a deep, dark amber into the galss, with a fairly thin head. Nice lacing though. It smells very sweet, almost like caramel, although the smell isn't terribly strong. It tastes very sweet as well. Lots of rich maltiness. Almost syrupy. It does finish with a nice bitterness though, which dries the palate a bit. Some alcohol is noticable. Moujthfeel is silky smooth, with just the right level of carbonation. Overall, a very tasty beer. It's a little too sweet (and strong) for me to want to drink often, but could really hit the spot in the right mood.

06-18-2007 03:04:19 | More by Tizzod
Photo of Budlum


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Pouring this beer produces a creamy, tan head of about one half inch. The foam recedes after approximately one minute. The body is a brilliant red and amber shade showing excellent clarity.

The nose of this beer is warm with alcohol and spices. Cinnamon and allspice precede a domineering candied sugar aroma that gives way to a more traditional malt smell. The aroma is strong but never overpowering.

A brief, malty flavor starts this beer before a massive rush of hop flavors strike the tongue. The hop tastes are bold and abrasive with strong black pepper and pine notes. The hops hold long into the finish where a faint sweetness blends with drying alcohol. The flavors of this beer were quite a surprise.

The mouthfeel has an excellent texture, moderate carbonation and a balanced spiciness from the hops.

Drinkability is a little rough with this beer. The flavor profile is powerful and huge which takes some time to savor between sips.

05-25-2007 23:06:38 | More by Budlum
Photo of Duster72


3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a very deep red-amber with little head that dissipates down into a ring around the glass. Aroma is dark fruits and some sweet breadiness. Taste is a woody maltiness with a nice smoky flavor cleared off by mild citrus and dominant pine hops. Hops overpower the malts and make it a touch too bitter for my taste. Dry finish and refreshing.

05-09-2007 01:14:30 | More by Duster72
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Deep chestnut with brick red highlights. Luscious, light sand colored head pushes up to a full two inches in height. Head is dense and creamy, settling very slowly and leaving sheets of tacky lacing behind.

S - Fresh, chilly hoppiness dripping with sticky sweet candied citrus fruits. Mellow, but pervasive maltiness forms a sturdy foundation upon which the honeyed flower aroma grows.

T - For as sweet as this ale smells, it is not plagued by sugar overkill. *whew*! Starts with a subdued caramel and fruity candy sugar maltiness which rounds out in the middle of the tongue to become just sweet enough to battle the forthcoming hoppiness. Also noticed are some over-ripened fruity musty notes that add an air of "oldness". The hops are very well integrated into the mix and present a great balance in the end. The finish is moderately dry, and the aftertaste is pleasantly bitter.

M - Carbination is just a smidge above optimal (for my tastes). Swells up to a creamy froth in the mouth after just a moment, and slides effortlessly down the gullet. Afterglow is warm and comfy.

D - Sure Arrogant Bastard may be considered the King of this style, but if that's the case, Nosferatu is the Prince. This beer is only slightly aggressive, and completely balanced with almost no trace of alcohol to throw anything off. Highly recommended!

05-05-2007 00:31:29 | More by EPseja
Photo of crayphish


3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a vibrant deep red. Decent carbonation rises to a thin head which leaves a thick lace. Smell is bitter fruit, sweet malt too. Taste is initially hoppy and bitter, mellows a bit in the back of my mouth, from more sweet fruity malts. Aftertaste hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp from the bitterness. For such a flavorful beer it almost seems to clean the palate. Another Great Lakes gem, a very drinkable strong ale.

04-15-2007 03:54:36 | More by crayphish
Photo of zdk9


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Pours out a dark ruby, almost a mahogany. I was probably a bit agressive on the pour as it came out with 3 fingers worth of foam, tinted a pea-green. Lacing was abundant, though weak.

I found this beer to be a little over-hopped, with a rather weak malt profile. In both the nose, and taste I could only find carmal notes. Hops were good- grapefruit certainly, along with some piney oil notes- but overpowering. I could handle the bitterness if there was some more malt to back it up.

Went down clean, and alcohol was unnoticable, so good points there, but just not interesting enough to delight the tongue for very long.

04-11-2007 19:30:51 | More by zdk9
Photo of blitz134


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark red, caramel. Small khaki head on the pour that reduced to the thinnest of layers and a ring around the glass.

Aroma is loaded with sweet malts, caramel and some sweet bread, raw sugar with a bit of bubblegum. Floral and some citrus hops blend in nicely. A dash of alcohol with a hint of fusalness compliments well. A bit of peppery spice as well.

Flavor is quite a bit hoppier and finishes with a touch of bitterness. Balance is superb though. Hops have a citrus and piney edge. Flavor is again caramel and some raw sugar. A touch of alcohol as well, but still quite hidden.

This is super easy to drink. A bit like a large IPA with its balance, not an overhopped DIPA. Good medium to full bodied mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to add a touch of crispness.

04-11-2007 03:09:49 | More by blitz134
Photo of PBRstreetgang


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Cellared for 6 months. Pours a pale orange-maroon with bronze highlights and terrific clarity. Three finger beige head holds very well leaving thick blotches of lacing. Deeply malty nose; crystal malt, dextrin, dark fruit notes and a background Chinnok and Cascade aroma. Heavy caramel and dextrin taste upfront, followed by a hint of peat and strong ripe fruit flavor like plum or dates. The aftertaste balances out this robust malt with an equally boisterous hop bitterness, but the hop flavor/aroma seems to have faded and retains only a shadow of citrus/grapefruit finesse. While this beer continues to evolve and hold up well-past it's expiration date, in my opinion this is best consumed fresh. The body is med-full and the carbonation is moderate, but somehow the mouthfeel remains very fluid and not at all viscous. Finishes with ample residual toasted malt/fruit complexity and an even level of bitterness - but lack-luster hop aroma/flavor. I will probably review this fresh in the future.

03-27-2007 07:28:54 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of flexabull


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%

I have recently received a handful of these thanks to various BIFs, thanks everyone!

Beer pours a nice bright copper color, with a nice big off white head.

Aromas are subtle, a bit of grain and a cereal like smell.

Flavors are subtle just like the aromas. There is a sweet malty and creaminess throughout the beer. Tastes a little grainy, and it ends a bit crisp and with a touch of bitterness. It's a very subtle, but tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent, very full bodied, and well rounded.

This is a very drinkable Strong Ale. I found it to be surprisingly subtle and mild. I could see this one sneaking up on me. It's that good, and easy to drink. I wish it was a bit more bold, and interesting. But it is what it is, and that's a nice fairly easy drinking Strong Ale.

03-24-2007 04:43:56 | More by flexabull
Photo of Alkey


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

12oz. bottle poured a deep reddish color with small slightly tan head that doesn't leave any lace. Smell is slightly sweet with some toasted malt and citrusy hops. Taste is very bitter at first with a sour bitter like grapefruit flavor and just a little bit of a sweet malt with some dryness in the finish. The feel is light/medium and nicely carbonated. This is very easy to drink brew after the initial shock of the bitterness and I could see myself easily downing a few of these.

03-22-2007 23:04:17 | More by Alkey
Photo of surlysober


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

FOURTH TRIAL: I've had this beer a few times before at (what tastes like) varying degrees of freshness. The first few times I've had it, it had a great hop presence, a nice malty backbone, and a bit of rye flavore. However, this time, it was much less hoppy and the malt and alcohol seemed to have taken a more dominant position. It was still good, but not as good as the first few trials. When both are fresh, I slightly prefer Founder's Red's Rye (which tastes quite similar to me), but to me, this beer seems to age a bit better (still rather have it fresh though). Overall, a great beer: great looking, great lacing, great smelling, and great tasting.

03-22-2007 00:30:43 | More by surlysober
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep ruby red in color. Soft micro bubbles of off white head pour one finger thick and breaks down immediately into a tight ring aroound the edges of the glass. Thin lacing.

S: Caramel malts. Strong eathy hops. Apple. Fresh bread.

T: Heavy roasted caramel malts with a strong bitter cascade hop bite to start this brew off. Apple, pear and an ever so slight taste of grapefruit rind. The taste of wet earth is followed by a pleasant dry and warm alcohol finish.

M: Soft and silky smooth. Moderate carbonation. Warm and Dry.

D: Dangerously drinkable for the high ABV content. This one will sneak up on you. I had two bottles on Halloween evening and I was feeling no pain. Recommend.

03-13-2007 01:39:15 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of kimcgolf


3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Can’t pronounce the name, but a darn good beer. Poured from the bottle to a bright copper color with medium off-white head that lingered for most of the glass and left good lavcing. Aroma was a very pleasant blend of malty dark fruit and floral, grassy hops. Flavor was more on the bitter hoopy side, and aa the beer warmed, the 8% alcohol made itself more known. Palate was slightly bitter, and the finish was smooth and slightly warming.

03-11-2007 12:24:36 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of mgobrew


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

P: 12 Oz Brown Bottle

A: Dark red "sanguine", thick manila head clings to the glass as it dissipates.

S: Initially strong hop aroma with noticeable citrus and grassy hints. The sun must be setting because this beer is starting to bare its fangs....

T: Bitterness overpowers at first with caramel entering but not enough to balance the bite of the hop bitterness. Bitter finish with a warming alcohol accompaniment.

M: Nice and full bodied but not too thick more on the smooth side.

D: Apply named after the vampire as it combines the blood red color and hop bite with the warm sting of the alcohol. At 8% it is hypnotically drinkable so have your cross at the ready to avoid falling under its spell.

03-10-2007 02:57:56 | More by mgobrew
Photo of rocketmotor


3.28/5  rDev -19.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle, presumed date code of August 06, about 6 months old. Leaves nice lacing and good appearance, dark red color and clear. Circles of hop oils on top.

Smell is ok, mostly sweet, dark malt and little bit of alcohol, can't really smell any hops. Has a good taste of clean red malts and mild hops in the finish. The alcohol can be tasted, a bit too much IMO. Could use more hops for my preference.

Good mouthfeel, nice coating of the mouth with some solidity.

Drinkability - not so great, a bit too much alcohol is tasted, don't think I would buy it again.

03-07-2007 05:28:45 | More by rocketmotor
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