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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,321 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,321
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 234
Gots: 281 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 2,321 | Reviews: 858
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.00 / ea.

A: Bright brown body with strong red highlights. Big loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus upfront with hints of sweet caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional but the hap aroma is divine.

T: Heavy citrus hop flavors, predominately grapefruit. Noticeable malt sweetness takes over after the initial sip. Bready to the end with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and pronounced hop oil smoothness.

D: If you enjoy IPA you will have no problems drinking this one all night long. The aftertaste is pleasant and the hop character citrus, so it is pretty accessible.

O: Comes across as a double IPA. Not a bad thing, just something to consider before you make a purchase.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Reddish-brown with an off white heading. Settles for a nice covering. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is all caramel malt. Decent hop aroma in the background. Simple.

Taste is amazing. Loaded with an amazing caramel kick. Solid hoppy background almost to the point you thought you were drinking a IIPA. A slight hot alcohol jumps out in the middle alomost liquor like and does settle with a spicey kick ending.

Mouth full bodied. Excellent alive feeling on the palate as the tiny bubbles just dance on the palate.

Wow I am really not a big fan of the the style but this was great.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from a local six pack distributor

A - Pours a dark amber color with an inch of head and lace. Looks nice

S - caramel malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts

T - Wow starts off mildly hoppy and leans in with a caramel base and finishes dry. Very unexpected.

M - Medium bodied and hoppy.

D - Overall didn't expect this old ale to be so hoppy! Liked it and will have it again! Awesome!

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/22/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC last night.

a - Pours a nice amber color with two inches of creamy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smells of caramel malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes mostly of citrus hops and caramel malts again. Also a decent amount of alcohol in the taste and hints of fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent enough red/strong ale, but nothing really stood out about it. I enjoyed the caramel malts and citrus hops, but would have liked more out of it. Would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out annd it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this in the Sunday Night Football Squares Week 6 winnings.

Best by date 11/30/10

Poured into a dogfish head glass a transparent dark amber with a very thick off white head. It's allergy season, so my nose is worthless. But I am getting a good hint of hops in the scent. The taste is almost like a IIPA and a Barleywine mix. There is carmel malts and sugars with a good hop representation that leaves a dry bitterness. Medium body in the mouthfeel with no apparent alcohol burn. Nosferatu is one of the many reasons why I wish GLB distributed to Texas.

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

Stock ale, imperial red... Great brew no matter how one looks at it. Nice all around with a solid hoppy character over a nice malt profile.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brown bottle. Black design with white lettering and an image Murnau´s Nosferatu.. Side narrative notes main characteristics, inspiration, main ingredients, and adherence to the Bavarian Purity Law. Neck label notes naming reference and related joke. Notes freshness date (12/08/10), and Alc. by Vol. (8.0%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber-red pour with 1" frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Hoppy range woven with a nice caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus, a tad grassy.

T - Nice sync with the nose delivering a rich hoppy sense, citrus, grapefruit, touch of peach, over a rich caramel malt backbone. Tasty.

M - Medium body and medium-low carbonation with a nice bite that is not overwhelming and an oily hint.

D - Really nice flow, they have crafted an awesomely balanced brew here with a sturdy backbone.

Notes: Now, this is Great Lakes quality to remember. Despite a couple of not so good tries of late this is putting me back on their path.

Photo of nhindian
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

A - Pours a dark amber, deep red color and builds a 1.5-finger, creamy white head. Doesn't stick around for the party though, and the lacing is minimal. Poured into a Perfect Pint and can see a constant trickle of carbonation rising from the nucleation point. Very clear.

S - Predominant nose for the Nosferatu is hops and malts. Perhaps a tinge of caramel, sticky molasses. Very earthy. Bouquet is heavy and reminds me of a double IPA. Quite enjoyable.

T - Taste is hop-forward with the earthy undertones swarming in afterward. Malty, bready, thick. Complex in that it's hard to distinguish individual flavors but with a tone that comes together nicely that prevents it from coming off as too muddled. Very slight alcohol vampire bite at the end that entices the drinker to indulge again.

M - A medium-bodied ale that has nice carbonation as noted above. A bit sticky.

D - A very drinkable beer. I'm nearly done tasting my first bottle of this and I'm surprised it went as quick as it did. Not heavy, but I can myself wanting to move on to something else after a few of these due to the high hop character. Extremely happy I went with my urge to pick this one up.

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

I have waited for this since May to try this beer and it's such a relief that it's finally here.
I pour most of the beers I rate into a deep tulip which I feel offers great improvements to the overall drinking experience, however that is just my opinion. That being said, Nosferatu does not fail to impress from packaging and aesthetics to first taste.

Deep rich amber which lends itself to the lighter tones of autumn once in the spotlight. I like to think of it as the blood from slain victims, but you are entitled to your own opinions. Nosferatu is rich and inviting, no haze nor head, but gives a decent lace when tilted. A good swirl will reproduce a tan head of a centimeter's width.

The first thing I smell is citrusy/piney hops. I first think IPA, but strong ale will also fit the bill. Not much more other than bitter oils come through, but it's what I have come to expect from a good ale which boasts being "highly hopped."

Outstanding taste. It is completely clean with a generous amount of hops. I have such a special spot for ales that go the distance to bring a crystal clean, refreshingly bitter brew to my Tuesday nights. The richness of the beer makes it worth allowing it to warm (more towards the 50oC recommendation). However, not much more is offered except more of the malty-caramel coming through the hops.

Well carbonated, tickles the tongue and hits the bitter-buds hard. Nosferatu is clean and refreshing, as stated earlier, and doesn't variate far from classic strong ale guidelines. I was not sure what to expect the first time trying this beer, but I soon realized that Nosferatu had much to offer. Light yet smooth.

Surprisingly drinkable for having such a high ABV. I let the beer warm over the hour that I drank, trying it very cold as well as approaching room temp. If you're trying to mask the strong hops and EtOH I would recommend the colder temperatures, but you will gain more from the malt if you let it warm a bit. Give this beer a try, you wont regret it.


Photo of mdaschaf
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to korguy123 for this one! Poured into the DFH snifter glass.

A: Pours a very deep ruby color with a one finger tan head. Nice lace sheeting down the side of the glass.

S: A really interesting mix, I get a strong strawberry aroma mixed with a heavy caramel smell. There is also a nice hop/citrus aroma in the middle, some tangerine maybe.

T: The caramel is much heavier on the taste than the smell. There is a nice hop kick in the middle that lingers into the finish. Also get hints of brown sugar.

M/D: Full bodied and no hint of the 8% whatsoever. Overall a really nice beer, very drinkable.

Photo of therobot
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber in color, light head

S: Relatively mild smell, earthy and hoppy

T: Hoppiness throughout the taste, somewhat citrus, hoppiness lingers

M: Fairly carbonated, nice hearty substance to the beer

D:Highly drinkable, can almost finish the bottle while finishing this review.

Highly enjoyable.

Photo of brewnic
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark gold color and head retention. Aroma has a lot of hops and almost get that fresh hop smell with some malts . Really like this beer good amount of hops as well as malt so no matter what you are looking for this seems to hit the spot. Again like the other ales from GLB it has a lot of body with it. This one I'm sad that it would be hard to find at home.

Photo of lookitsfelias
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

havent done a review in a while so as i have a 4-pack of these in the fridge thought why not

A - wow this stuff pours a nice rasberry red, with lots of head and lacing

S - smell reminded me of a stout almost, chocolate, figs ..

T - tastes great, strong malty complexity with an alcoholic bite at the end

M - mouthfeel is smooth and buttery, good carbonation

D - although an excellent beer, i couldnt see myself drinking more than 1 or 2 of these, can definitely sit on one for a while

Photo of Duff27
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful clear red color. Wonderful and huge off-white head that lasts, my god. Lacing is out of this world. 30 SRM.

S- Sweet/molasses.

T- Up front malty sweetness turning to bitterness. Alcohol taste is present but not overdone. Complex with some molasses and dried-fruit. Delicious.

M- Medium body, low carbonation.

D/O- Drinkability suffers some due to the high ABV but who would want more than one of these bad boys anyways? This is a special beer and having more than one would devalue that. Cheers to GLBC for an all around winner. Aging a couple of these for a rainy day down the road.

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

Love this beer. Had it for the first time recently and would definitely drink this every week. Could be my favorite beer.

A: Dark Reddish brown color, that has a on finger head. Sticks around for a little bit..

T: Bold but not too bold, has an amazing flavor.

D: I could drink this beer all day every day

Photo of mwagner1018
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice copper reddish color, with a frothy creamy off white head, solid lingering lacing down the glass.

S- Caramel, toffee, hints of vanilla and mint.

T- Toffee, caramel, toasted brown sugar, light alcohol and a drying resinous juniper note on the spicy citrusy hoppy finish. Very nice.

M- Medium/High body, smooth, light but balanced carbonation, creamy texture that delivers nicely. Definitely a warming tingling ethyl finish.

D- At 8% masked pretty well, nicely balanced, great beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.84/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- This is a really nice looking glass of beer. Its clear ruby red capped off with a tall, eggshell colored head. Precise rings of lace mark the glass all the way down.

S- Sadly the nose is pretty weak. Its malty with a touch of chocolate, spicey hops and toffee.

T- Malty and hoppy with a bit of alcohol. The chocolate and toffee come out in the finish.

M- Highly carbonated, dry and medium bodied.

Photo of kbutler1
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a really nice red clear color with a nice off white head that shows some good lace as it settles. The aroma is a nice blend of both hops and malt. Medium mouthfeel. This beer really does remind me of a ncie fall day. The taste is slightly sweet up front with a some what biscuity flavor that transitions to a decently hoppy bite that lingers. This beer is like a toned down DIPA but in a good way. Really enjoyable beer.

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

pours a mostly clear red amber color with a 1 finger head that recedes to a fresh beige collar... smell is malts and toffee some roasted malts citrus and spice smells..taste is wow!..its citrus hops with roasted malts bready tastes all put together in a tasty strong ale..mouth feel is medium++ with citrus hops and roasted malts/toffee its somewhat bitter but its scary drinkable no detection of abv 8%..solid sstrong ale ..buy this one quick it is great

Photo of Hibernator
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Nosferatu
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date clearly labeled for 12/16/10
Served in a wonderful Smuttynose 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a deep chestnut brown with khaki colored highlights.

This beer is a pure delight. Major malt flavors with brown sugar, apple cider, caramel and malty goodness.

Flavorful with a hoppy punch on the finish. Strikes a successful balance of malty and hoppy.

A wonderful, highly hopped malt special. Tasty and complex with a super malty/hoppy combo.

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

Had this on-tap at TJ's. Poured a reddish-amber with a one-finger, off-white head which dissaptes to a coating. Lacing is ample and lasting. Nose is caramel, grapefruit. Taste is sweet caramel and bready malts, tempered by the bitter grapefuit. Mouthfeel is light to medium with moderate carbonation. Brew is mildly sticky and oily. It is a little sticky but not unpleasantly so. There is no hint of the higher ABV in the taste but it is the only thing preventing me from having another.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful red, almost has a bloody quality to it. I know that doesn't sound appetizing, but hey, it's named after a vampire. Good off-white foam and lacing as well. The only issue is the lack of carbonation, but this shortcoming adds to the creepy blood look.

Smell: Strong pine hops. Really strong in fact. I smell some strong fruit as well, maybe some spiced apples and even a hint of citrus.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent combination of flavors and feels here. More extremely strong pine hops and definitely some orange peel as well. A bit of sugar or molasses appears also. Good mouthfeel that tingles a bit in your mouth. Might get a bit to thick and heavy with the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Sip this slowly and enjoy the flavors.

Overall: A very good beer. I've never tasted this type of flavor combination. It's a bit like a combination of different IPAs.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Missed out on this last year, so it's nice that we happened upon it at the Firk tonight. It pours a russet Halloween brown topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises rye bread, spicy caramel (...that's what I wrote...I hope it makes sense to someone else...), light booze, and red grapes. The taste goes in a slightly different direction, with notes of grapefruit, light caramel, heavy pine sap, and cedar. The body is a solid medium, with a rather light moderate carbonation and a thickly watery (or watery thick) feel. Overall, I gotta say I wasn't enthralled with this brew, but it's not all that horrible either. I like the disjointedness, but I can't see myself seeking it out very often in the future.

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint: from notes.
A: The body is a reddish brown, with a thick tan head that holds in a nice fluff.
S: The aroma is of sweet and strong malts. A medium to high intensity is shown from the aroma.
T/M: The first impression of the taste is one that holds sweet before the strong. The hoppy bitterness does not taste strong at all and then the mouthfeel releases a punch of rich, roasted malts and finishes with a strong and heavy finish.
D: This is a really nice Strong Red ale or stock ale. The flavors do develop with the warming of the brew. Nicely done and tastes really good outdoors on an autumn night while the sun is sinking low.

Photo of korguy123
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Lost Abbey Tulip "For Saints and Sinners Alike"
Broke out the good glass for this one!

The Mrs and I planned a trip to Cleveland last year to do the touristy stuff. Heard about Great Lakes through some digging around (before any real interest in craft brews) Planned to go to the Great Lakes Brewery for some beers. Showed up and the place was closed. Not only was it they're one day to close but it was also Memorial Day weekend... Now I have to schedule another trip. Poor me.

Wasn't aware of this beer until a couple months ago through random searching and was glad to see such high regard for it at the same time as the release which was also the same time I had family heading into the states for a couple days. Everything is just looking peachy now!

A- Deep ruby/amber clear pour. Two fingers cream/off white head. Carbonation is fumfering around, taking its time getting to the top of the glass. Lacing is just sheeting the sides of the glass.

S- Bright citrusy hops. Sweet strawberries, faint caramel tones. Grapefruit, mandarin and lemon zest. Back to candied sugar and honey. Fresh and vibrant. Almost like a hop flavored jolly rancher.

T- Candied sugar right off the bat. Strawberries and citrus fruits follow with floral hops right on it's heels. Back to sweet again with caramel and vanilla. The most flavors I've had going at my palate at one time. Absolutely magnificent. Faint bitter aftertaste.

M- Sweet on the lips. Juicy with a quick dry finish.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.19/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin in Libertyville, IL

The appearance is of a nice brownish red with a decent finger of foam on the surface. The smell is mostly of sour and char. There are some citrusy hop aromas most similar to orange zest, but that's not nearly as strong as the burnt notes. The flavor is strongly of burnt biscuit. A slight malty flavor comes in on the back end to try and rectify the damage done, but it is too late. The burnt biscuit flavor is really off putting to the point where I truly don't like this beer. The mixing of the hop flavor with it makes it seem like someone lit hops on fire before putting them in this brew. The good thing is the bitterness doesn't translate too badly on the mouthfeel, but it is still there to a point I don't care for, despite the smooth nature of the drink. This beer is all sorts of intense, that I really don't care to go into. It's harsh in a number of ways and honestly some might enjoy drinking it, but I could go either way. Not something I'd really recommend or seek out again.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.