Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

856 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,347
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.17%
Wants: 244
Gots: 295 | FT: 9
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 secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled is aged -- best by 11/21/13, so this one probably is a year old!

Pours a deep, deep amber -- almost opaque even. Rich head of tan foam, and nice lattice lacing.

Nose is malty and grainy, with a little diacetyl, and certainly some caramel malts. Pretty typical of the style.

Flavor is rich and malty, with plenty of toasty grains and a heavy body that typifies such a heavy beer alcohol-wise. Tangy bitter touch at the finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid beer for it's age, and quite a big brew. (507 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

will give a detailed review this coming fall when it hits shelves again. I will say this though . . . I look forward to this beer year after year more than any other beer. (171 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber. Slightly hazy with pumpkin colored highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is a orange tinted off white that leaves thick gobs of lacing on my glass. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of caramel and a hint of chocolate that comes and goes. Mild notes of range and grapefruit.

The taste begins with a strong caramel presence and moves towards a well balanced hop note. Nice notes of orange and grapefruit peaking through again. Finishes generally bitter, but does leave a lingering sweetness. Alcohol level is not noticeable. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Well balanced and enjoyable beer. (650 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

did like this, but it reminded me of tomato juice and/or blood. still it was clean, sweetly malty, had some bready/cakey notes, dark cherries, etc. just had some strange notes to it. can't award the A for my own taste, but being put together its respectable. cant say i would buy it again (288 characters)

Photo of craftbeerbyob
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful red, amber color. Beer is dark enough not to be able to see through. Nice head on pour.

Smell: I honestly could not smell much of anything that distinguishes it's characteristics. I do pick up a little fruit smell along with hops!

Taste: Great bitterness!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking for an 8% alcohol beer. (329 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and transitions to notes of orange citrus and a light amount of bitterness, both of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a rich mouthfeel and seems heavier and fuller in flavor compared to other beers in the style. (718 characters)

Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish copper with a one finger beige head that faded quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops, bready malt and some spice.

Taste of bready malts up front, sweet caramel and spice with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp , smooth with a slightly dry after taste.

Over all a very good balanced yet complex Imperial red that I would recommend you try. (450 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark read with short lived, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe cherries and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, brew. (281 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Label is in the traditional GLBC fashion with phenomenal eye-catching graphics. In my opinion, Nosferatu is probably the coolest of the GLBC beers as far as graphics are concerned. Front label gives a great back story and description of the beer, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a bit of brewery info, web info, and an Enjoy By Date(11/21/13). Neck label give a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 ¼ golden tan head that is of a medium density atop a deep amber/orange bordering on red beer that is crystal clear. Head retention was a great 6min before fading to a thick cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on the caramel malts and hops with citrus and bit of pine resin coming through as well.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of heavy caramel malts on the front end along with a nice sweet citrus hop bite. A bit of bready maltiness comes through mid point with the hops turning slightly resinous before a toasty caramel sweet maltiness hits on the back end. Finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: On of my favorite GLBC beers and for good reason because Nosferatu is just a tremendously well done beer that is perfect for the fall season. It has a great flavor profile!! Try it if you get the chance!! (1,510 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively toasted and grainy, this beer's smell is similar to undiluted malt extract. Some dark fruits--raisin and cherry--are also detectable, though they remain subordinate to the more overt malt qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark estery fruit and husky crystal malt. Acidity is restrained into the middle where notable cherry fruit and vinous tannic qualities combine to make a very rich sensory profile for a pale ale. The finish reveals some late piney hops flavors and unexpected wood smoke, while bitterness is fairly mild for the overall size of this beer. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a malt-forward red ale that appears even bigger than its 8% ABV would suggest. It retains just enough American hops influence to keep it from being mistaken for an old ale. This beer promises to pair with food in versatile fashion, all while remaining assertive in the face of other strong flavors. (1,204 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty caramel aroma with a mild hop aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a nice caramel malt flavor and slight hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Excellent brew – worthy of a try. (331 characters)

Photo of ac22rush
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber, minimal head even after a few swirls only a thin light khaki head appears.

Once brought to the nose a lovely aroma of peach, currant, orange liqueur, some floral notes from the hops and toasted grain. I love the nose the first thing that comes to mind for me when I see an Imperial red is tons of hops but this has a lot of great sweet aromas.

Getting into the beer first sip is all sweetness with lots of fruit, some carmel and toasted grain then come the hops not to be left behind good amount of bitterness but not overpowering. Towards the end the hop profile comes to fruition with/grassy/ floral notes maybe a twang of ruby fruit.

Carbonation is consistent and is appealing could definitely enjoy one over the course of a meal.

Great winter beer as the 8% warms the soul. Nothing really stands out to me specifically I think overall this is a well balanced offering from Bells definitely lives up to their reputation of making really good beers. Cheers! (994 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great freaky label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high given the brewery as well as this beer's current ratings (92/91). Reviewed live. "A handcrafted stock ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. Enjoy by: 11/29/13. Reviewed as a stock ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour and nice even consistency. Okay thickness, but subpar for a stock ale. Not much creaminess or frothiness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich clear translucent amber-red. Has an attractive understated glow. Refined. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance and I'm eager to try it, but it's not unique or special. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Faint caramel and toffee. Bready/crusty malts. Amber malts. Any hop character is barely coming through here. Clean, refined, and inviting, but not alive. Fruity.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: Caramel, toffee, amber malts, bready malts, bread crust. Hop character is quite faint and shallow: floral notes and generic fruity tones are all I find. It's a shockingly reticent flavour profile all around. Just not that accessible.

Balanced, sure, but there's surprisingly little going on here. It's painfully simple for a stock ale. Cohesive and enjoyable, but not gestalt, complex, subtle, or intricate. I will say it has nuance.

There's some faint alcohol presence. Clean, without any real yeast character.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour.

What I like about it is it doesn't feel like a half-assed English barleywine. But it just lacks the mastery of the best beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, nicely thick, and full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile well. Nice unobtrusive presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable, but honestly I expected better. It isn't much of a stock ale. I'm really disappointed giving this is coming from Great Lakes. I wouldn't buy it again, and I can't see it cellaring well. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy finishing it. I wouldn't want more than one in a night.

I'm not sure what I'm missing that other reviewers are finding, but I found this lacking.

Low C+ (2,676 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade from MWolverines66

Poured into a DFH tulip , Best by date 11-30-13

A - Ruby red in color with a frothy lacing sticking to the side of the glass. Starts with a 1/2" head, but recedes to a white ring. Great clarity with light carbonation is visible throughout the glass.

S - Hints of caramel, touches of booze, hops, some medicinal notes, grass, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T - Taste of wet hops (think Celebration), bread on the back end, hints of toffee, a good complexity.

M - Clean with a lingering finish of bread and caramel. Lightly carbonated on the palate. Light notes of spice and fruit.

O - This is one of the best red ales I've ever had! For me, it's more complex and balanced that G'Knight and would pick this every time. I'm glad I have another! (790 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish copper with a finger of fluffy head. Most of the head dissipated quickly, but some nice lacing was left behind on the glass. The nose was definitively hoppy. The malt profile could stand to be more pronounced, but the hop finish is outstanding.

The alcohol is hidden well in this one. That combined with the relatively light body makes for one dangerous and easy drinking imperial red. (408 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - bright ruby red/crimson color with beige head

Smell - toffee, grapefruit, orange peel

Taste - caramel, toffee, butterscotch, orange peel, grapefruit, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet upfront, hop bitterness in the back , slightly sticky, hearty beverage

Overall - very nice imperial amber ale. This beer screams "autumn" (362 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbwimer. Dated 12/1/13, poured 11/20/13. Pours a deep red to amber color with a small cream colored ring of head. Aroma of sweet fruits, dirt, grass, caramel malts. Flavor follows with a grassy fruit flavor, massive malt bill, just a tinge of earthy hops, with a lingering bready malt on the palate. Slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Very crisp pleasant finish, very easy drinking. Cannot believe this is 8%. Nothing especially complex in the flavors here, just a nicely crafted brew. Yum. (504 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head. Nice amount of thin lacing.

S - Sweet - toffee and caramel - with some pine and grapefruit hops.

T - Just like the nose with big sweet toffee and caramel. Good amount of pine and citrus creates a nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very fun and complex beer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden. (410 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; enjoy by 12/10/13
A - nice red ale, frothy beige head holds excellent retention, lacing coats the glass well
S - malty aroma with toasted grain, caramel, and sweet fruity hops
T - superb balance of malt and hops with notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, bread, fruity, juicy hops provide bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and some tropical overtones
M - creamy medium body, semi-dry with a fairly bitter finish
O - definitely a fall must-have. This beer is phenomenal and a favorite of mine. (513 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a lovely brick red. Scent is unremarkable but the taste is a wonderful balance of hops and malt. The hops provide the backbone here to the malt that is a bit of caramel and a touch of cinnamon. A beautiful, well-balanced, highly quaffable beverage. Perhaps the perfect fall beer. (287 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep red amber body, orange highlights, topped by an oatmeal colored two finger head.

Deep malty aroma. Big bakery. Hint of candy. Tropical fruits.

Deep, deep semi-sweet malt. Massive foundation. Juicy tropical fruit. Big bitter bite. Bigness all around.

Full mouthfeel with hoppy bumpiness.

A big, big imperial red. Heartily recommended. Bloody good. (356 characters)

Photo of TheStig
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish amber with a fast-dissolving head. Ok, it's not BLOOD RED, but it's close enough!

Smells of yeast, toasted bread, a few bitter herbal notes floating around.

Tastes most prominent: juniper, oak, bitters and a healthy base of a dark fruit sweetness. Cherry perhaps.

Gentle carbonation, smooth finish. Crisp.

This should be the level to which other Halloween-themed beers aspire to-- there's no hokey pumpkin fetishism to be found, the flavors come from the beer and not from syrup or flavorants added later and it's as near to blood red as one can get. (574 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish-red with brown running throughout. Solid 1"+ high light tan head. Retention is decent and even, settling at a chunky, thick film. Good lace.
Smell is malt, hops, wood/straw, a hint of caramel. Balance is good.
Taste is better than the nose with notes of malt, floral hops, caramel, some pine as well. Balance is very good, complexity much better than others of the style.
Warming from the first swallow, drying starts before that. Hops are noticeable but not overpowering. Others can reach IPA levels, fortunately this one doesn't. (556 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Re-review on tap 9/22/2014:
This beer looks very good, dark ruby and fairly clear with good head, retention, lacing.

On re-review, I didn't notice much in the nose. What I did get seemed Marie malty in nature than fruity, but my original review had: The smell is mild and a little fruitier than expected. Grainy notes also detected.

Taste is sweet grain up front, brown sugar and light candy/bubblegum notes. This is followed and combined with a mint/pine taste that doesn't quite work for me. This turns into grapefruit rind as the beer finishes. The lingering feel is a bit oily to me.
Original review points:
Taste is also grain-forward, a little more fruit than expected, grapefruit/pomegranate in nature. The bad side of it, for me, was an acidic bite that crept in later, and lingered as a coating on the tongue.

Rated down a bit from original review, but generally agree with point: I think I'd rate it decently higher without that last taste. It had a little more bitterness than an amber, which I liked and enjoyed until the end. (1,049 characters)

Photo of BEEER
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark translucent amber color with medium, light cream colored head that diminishes after a few minutes into just a ring and messy lacing. Aroma is faint, but has nice amber malts and light fruity hop. Tons of flavor, but not too strong or overkill on anything. It's so balanced, the hops and malts work perfectly together. There's no alcohol flavor, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For an amber, it's got to be one of the best. (437 characters)

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.