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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 231
Gots: 276 | 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 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.

Photo of stimulus
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (4 pack) into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a bright clear ruby red with a one finger white head.
S: Caramel, grapefruit, and hops detected.
T: Piney, hoppy, and malty. This is balanced like a good amber ale, but more pronounced.
M: Medium bodied and well carbonated.
D: Not too bad, alcohol is not that present for 8% abv.

Photo of garuda
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear, deep amber in color, and a white head that has great retention and good lacing.

S - Citrusy, grapefruit hops, with some pine and caramel malt sweetness as it warms.

T - Wonderfully balanced citrusy hops up front, solid caramel/toffee malt sweetness in the middle with some resinous pine and grapefruit hops through the finish.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, slick going down, mostly dry in the finish with a little bit of hop oil left in the mouth.

D - I was impressed how easily, quickly I drank this. Great strong ale/imperial red. I will most definitely get this again.

Photo of biggerboat88
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Held up to light Nosferatu has a great ruby red color with some off-white head that at first produces some elaborate lacing which eventually slides down the glass. Head retention itself was great, the lacing however did not maintain itself, but that doesn't really matter to me. Really strong citrus hops aromas with a rich malty background. I got some grapefruit coming through but balanced out with the malts, smelled fantastic. After a couple sips I couldn't help but think about just how balanced this beer is. While you get plenty of hops at first, they are never overbearing or offensive. The wet and sticky hop goodness is quickly followed by a slight sweetness and malt flavors. Very well carbonated but it still coats the tongue with it's flavors and character, after a while you get a little bit of alcohol warmth going down. Deceptively drinkable and delicious! I had only had this once before but will hopefully grab it a few more times before the season is over.

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

Served in a nonic pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a deep dark ruby red, almost mahogany color with a ¼" off-white head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and lots of foam on the surface. Sipping leaves lots of irregular lacing, and even to end of beer there is a ring of foam on the beer and there is lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a nicely balanced mix of malt and citric hops, mostly grapefruit, that fills the nose and builds anticipation.

Taste: The flavors are very well balanced in this beer. While the beer shows a lot of hops, there is also a nice malt backbone (and subtle sweetness) that keeps its presence known throughout and mingles with the hop bitterness and several hop flavors. The hops are mostly citric and fruity with some definite grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a soft smoothness. There is persistent carbonation throughout the beer. The finish is medium to long and begins in the malt-hop balance before gradually turning lightly bitter and reasonably dry.

Drinkability: Enjoyed this one a lot. Each sip followed naturally and easily and I'm sure I'll be seeking out this beer again in the future. It has found a place on my shopping list.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of "Imperial Red Ales," so I was pretty excited about this one.

A: Deep red, almost "blood" red. Beautifully translucent. Very nice, off-white, brown tinged head on top. The head seems to last for quite a while at about a 1/2 inch. Moderately carbonated. The color is fantastic and blends well with the fall season.

S: Strong citrus notes at first. These quickly change to deep, dark fruit tones. I get a little plum, a little black cherry, and even a hint of raisin. A faint fruitiness from the yeast remains with a backdrop of citrus notes. Nice flavors, but a bit muted.

T: Only great flavors here. A lovely blend of orange/grapefruit citrus and plum fruitiness. A little black cherry as well. The bitterness is piney with some grapefruit notes and perfectly balanced. The hops really provide a middle groud citrus feel with more orange than grapefruit. The yeast is fairly clean, but provides some fruitiness that enhances the dark fruit flavors. I get a slight touch of raisin in the end of the drink. It is very slight. There must be some munich malt in here as this has a nice maltiness in the background. Very nice flavors, very well balanced.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly clean, but was slightly sticky in the back of my throat. Carbonation is middle of the road, which fits the style. Finishes fairly crisp.

D: This was an exceptional ale. Think of a West Coast hoppy red and kick it up a few notches. I really enjoyed the flavors that the malts brought to this beer. This is definitely and autumn seasonal I'll be going after again and again.

Photo of lovindahops
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, now this looks like a brew to get you ready for Halloween!

A- pours a reddish amber body with a fair head of foam. The color completely contributes to the american strong ale appearance

S- off the charts! An unprecedented balance of malt and grapefruit hops. There is no question that the brew is completely uplifting in the hops and malt department. Again, fantastic balance

T- Nosferatu is a repeat offender! The taste is a PERFECT mingle of hops and malt. I don't this I have even tasted this balance before in a beer. It's almost like it's its own unique style because of the balance. So dang tasty

M- great big beer carbonated flavor. Slightly syrupy at the end. Very impressive

D- Great Lakes continues to impress me with their brews. Nosferatu has completely drinkable and delicious properties. This will be a beer that I will forever keep going back to. I will grab a case of this for a Halloween get together no doubt!

Photo of mfunk9786
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to try this one, and a rare instance when label art makes me particularly excited to try a beer.

A: Ron Burgundy, what color is this beer? Rich. Mahogany. Off-white head that sticks to the side of the glass like there's Gorilla Glue in the recipe.

S: Smells delicious. Fresh hops and a sweet caramel malt aroma. An exciting take on the idea of an American Strong Ale, in that it certainly isn't a DIPA, but it certainly isn't a Black IPA or anything like that either. It's just a mega-malted hop bomb that defies definition, and the aroma gives it all away (as a great beer's aroma should!)

T: Tastes very juicy, this is the kind of hop taste that can be equated to fresh grapefruit (my second favorite hop flavor, if you're keeping score: the kind of lemony pine-sol hop flavor that can be found by the bowlful in Stone's Ruination IPA is my favorite). There's a ton of malt in this beer too, giving the whole experience a sweet dry finish not unlike a particularly fruity wine. Delicious.

M: Dry. Starts out a bit juicy but finishes with a tart character from the hops and a dry sweetness that leaves you wanting to drink more immediately. It must be noted that this is one of the most successfully carbonated big-alcohol beers I've ever had that isn't loaded with super-live yeast, too - Lost Abbey should pour a few of these and do a bit of research into why it's so damn bubbly and refreshing.

D: The dry finish and pleasant character of this beer leaves you wanting more. If it weren't so darn expensive for a 4-pack, it'd be a session beer. But if you make six or seven figures a year - hell, enjoy!

Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured a see thru reddish amber color with a finger worth of head that falls fairly
quickly leaving decent lacing down the glass

S:Smells of sweet malt and carmel with a slight hint of floral hops in there as well.

T:Up front there is not much flavor going on then a little sweetness in the middle
with a slight hop kick on the backend.

M:Body is a little thinner than you would expect with not much carbonation. Palate
is left a little dry.

D:I've heard a lot of people try to compare some brews with this (ie Arrogant Bastard) but really I don't think they are even in the same ball park. With this being easy drink with some decent flavor it is really only feeling average for me with nothing to great about it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby red and clear with a thin off white head of tiny bubbles that breaks and leaves lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is malty and nice, overall its a little light.

Beer is very caramelly. Beer has a medium body and finishes cleanly. Overall its a little light on flavor. I guess strong ale I want it to be maltier or heavier. Drinkability is good but its too light.

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.