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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 191
Gots: 140 | 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

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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.

crayphish, Apr 15, 2007
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.

zdk9, Apr 11, 2007
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.

blitz134, Apr 11, 2007
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.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 27, 2007
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.

flexabull, Mar 24, 2007
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.

Alkey, Mar 22, 2007
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.

surlysober, Mar 22, 2007
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.

Tyrawlings, Mar 13, 2007
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.

kimcgolf, Mar 11, 2007
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.

mgobrew, Mar 10, 2007
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.

rocketmotor, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of rattech
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a point glass

Appearace: Dark royal brown, a very consistence 1 cm head. It really looks quite nice and appealing. On second inspection it looks quite a bit like blood…

Smell: Dried fruit and something else. I can’t quite place it, but it isn’t exactly appealing. The beer almost smells like something has been sitting a bit too long and it is starting to rot. Of course, it isn’t exactly unappealing.

Taste: Sweet and sour. Surprisingly mild based on the smell. The fact that this has 8% alcohol surprises me, as doesn’t quite taste it. I can’t exactly place this beer, but it certainly isn’t bad.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel of the beer is good. Good balance, not perfect, but good.

Drinability: The 8% alcohol is hidden quite well, there is sweetness and bitterness. Honestly, for what it is the drinkability is really quite nice.

rattech, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of gpcollen1
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a Dark Coppery ruby brown with a mild head into my Troubadour tulip. Aromas are initially atouch sweet and then moves in just a hint of alcohol and a waft of hops.

Taste hits the palate with a bit of alcohol ans sweetness combined to form quite a pleasurable experience. Taste lingers and then moves quickly to show the hops and finishes dry and then drier and then the bitter sets in - driving me to more and more.

This really is a fantastic brew. I cannot believe I let it sit around for this long (a month or so). In the realm of a DIPA I think just because of the hopiness. Thanks Vancer, you gave me very little BS.

gpcollen1, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured a ruby red amber, with a huge off white head. Had a decent retention, so a slow fade left a nice quarter inch film on the top. Some strings of small bubble chains pouring through the glass and a nice clingy lace made a good starting impression on this one. Smell started off with some bread and yeast tones, but soon warmed to reveal a nice hop presence. Grapefruit and orange. Very sweet and well balanced. The taste started off very hoppy, Grapefruit, Pineapple, fresh tasting. Fely a bit slick when sipping, not watered down at all though. A slight hint of alcohol, but not bad, just enough to let you know it was there. The sweetness and bitter/sour were very well balanced off of each other, and in the malts vs hops war, there was no definitive winner in this one. This was a great brew, very drinkable, and very nice. I would love to try this on tap!

mikesgroove, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice.

A: Dark ruby brown color with a creamy, khaki colored, 1 1/2 finger head. Very sticky lace.

S: Caramel, tart fruit, fresh cut grass, and alcohol aromas. Also noticed was a slight hint of brown sugar.

T: Caramel, and tart lemon dominate. Also, brown sugar or molassas, grassy hops, green grapes, and a mild backbone of bready malt. Very nice!

M: Bitter and dry to the tongue. As it warms the caramel malt pushes its' way to the front and polishes off the rough edges. Then it ends with a tart lemon finish.

D: Very complex and extremely balanced. A very mixture nice of sweet and tart and dry and full.

GbVDave, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev +10%

A: Poured amber color, 1 finger width head, good lacing
S: Very malty, biscut scent very present. Also grassy hop scent.
T: Very well balanced, nice maltiness up front with a fresh hoppiness in the back, slight alcohol taste as well.
M: A little too much carbonation
D: Very well balanced, very tasty. Would for sure get this one again if it were available in my area. Recieved this in a trade from nlmartin a long time ago, held up very well, thanks for the awesome brew!!

loren01, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of malty
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Best before Nov. 30 '06. Been in my fridge for the past 4 months, so it's fine. Served at 55F.

Pours a brilliantly clear russet orange with a 1/2" loose light tan colored head. Sparse visible carbonation. Perfect rings of thick lace all the way down.

Fruity notes of pears and apples with a faint cinnamon-like spiciness. The hops are cutting through the caramel malt scents with a brightness and rawness, which is making me salivate.

Ahhh, the rindy grapefruit flavors from the hops are met with a lightly toasted sweetness form the malts and dance beautifully together. The spiciness I smelled a couple minutes ago transfers well into the flavors, giving-off a very muted but still perceived taste of cayenne pepper (the flavor, not the heat). The lingering dryness of this ale is stunning. After my last swallow (3-4 minutes ago) my tongue is still tingling from the hops and the spiciness is right there with it - quite interesting and lovely.

Mouthfeel is like a goose down feather blanket, oh so soft and fluffy. Ultra fine carbonation is that of a fine Trappist - seriously. Medium bodied with a long dry and spicy finish (as stated above).

Drinkability is through the roof. No wonder I travel annually to get this stuff fresh from the tap.

Overall a spectacular ale. The spicy grittiness reminds me of awesome Rye IPAs (RIPA) I've tried. Take everything I stated above as gospel for this great beer. Truly unique, bold and friendly for having such a creepy lore and label. Hats-off again to GLBC!

malty, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
4.13/5  rDev +1%

Bottled on 01/06, courtesy of jhammerly.

Pours a really cool looking deep garnet, with a one finger, lightly tan head. The foam fades very slowly to a thick cap, leaving behind a solid sheeting of lace.

Smell; lots of caramel malts, with a little bit of chocolate sprinkled in. There's a little bit of a citric hop presence even after being in the bottle for a year, with a little bit of some spices. Cherries and figs make a nice presence.

Taste; the caramel and chocolaty malts are very evident, but the hops are not as strong as they were in the aroma. I shouldn't be to surprised by that since this is a year old. There's a nice fruit presence with the cherries and a bit of orange peel, with a little brown sugar in the finish, with no alcohol peeking through at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very good drinkability.

RedHaze, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

I stumbled upon this bottle at Capone's in Norristown. The beer poured a clear amber color with a slight tan head. The nose was malty and sweet, refreshing. The taste was a malty, hoppy mix that was balanced well and a pleasure on my tongue although there was a bit of bitterness at the end that lasts in your mouth. I will definitely look for this one again.

ggaughan, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

12oz bottle -> imperial pint
For freshest taste enjoy by: DEC 07/06

Pours dark rusted ruby orange with a big fluffy orange head that leaves oily spiderweb lacing. Carbonation appears medium and slow moving.

Nose: Starts up very hoppy with citrus scents, mostly pineapple. As the beer warms the malt profile takes over leaving the hops in the background. Mild alcohol also appears.

Taste: Well balanced, with a sweet malt start, and a piney hop finish. Bitterness is high for the stlye, and a pleasant surprise. Alcohol is barely detectable.

Mouth: Full crisp clean mouth.

This is another dangerously drinkable brew from GLB. At 8% it sure will sneak up on you if you're not careful, kinda like a blood sucking vampire would sneak up on you!

beerphan, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a light copper color with a little golden hue around the edges. Not to much of a head but high alcohol will do that. Smells hoppy, grapefruit and grass clippings on the nose. Tastes the same, a bit like a less sharp Arrogant Bastard. Definite grapefruit and fresh hops from the Pacific Northwest. A very good ASA. Enjoyed!

bluegrassbrew, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of ByTor2112
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.
Poured a beautiful light copper color going almost red.
Aroma-malt and hops fused together with a little piney hops but the sweet malt aromas are really coming a bit stronger.
Very thin film of head that is rather dark trying to be the same as the beer. Hops are first on the palate, tastes like a Pale Ale, but then a bold malt flavor matches up evenly with the hops. This one is hearty. The finish is balanced with a sharp bitterness from the hops kicking back at the last second. A good froth reveals the alcohol but the flavor stays consistent. This is a great strong ale, bold malt and hops are strong without being too aggressive. This is my first GLBC brew and I dig!

ByTor2112, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of MDekker
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

I realized found this bottle in the fridge almost a month past the "best by" date. Overall, I wasn't thrilled, and I hoping it wasn't for that reason. Here goes...

It poured about a ruby brown, with a thin off-white head that held up OK. Overall, looked nice. Not much to the aroma - it was gentle, a little bit malty. The taste didn't meet my hopes for it - a little banana, maybe, but mostly bitter hops that lingered. Not much in the sweet and malty department. It was nicely carbonated and felt OK in the mouth, but overall something had me weirded out to the point that I was disappointed and didn't really see myself going back to it, unless it was to make sure that being past the freshness date didn't ruin it. Oh well.

MDekker, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

bottle picked up at Capone's in PA. Haven't had this in a while since Great Lakes stopped distribution into Indiana. Pours beautifully crimson and clear with a white head and super sticky lacing. Sweet robitussin, hop and caramel/sugar odor. Taste is very bitter and hoppy. Some sweet demerera and alcohol. Tastes, IMO, very much like Arrogant Bastard. Hoppiness lingers. Extremely syrupy and full bodied. A nice big bold hopped up ale. Get it if you see it.

aforbes10, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Dubbercody
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Dark Amber beer with soft fluffy off white head. Nose of hops that is pretty intense upon the first whiffs.

Pleasantly hoppy with a malt back bone. Interesting Strong Ale. I was surprised how the malty complexity was nicely balanced and often overpowered by the hops.

A great beer to drink while watching and Evening with Kevin Smith.

Dubbercody, Jan 02, 2007
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