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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,992
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 192
Gots: 144 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ChrisMon02, Feb 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

maznblue80, Feb 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Looty, Feb 16, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +10%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would have to say this is one of my oldest "Wants" of all time. I remember surfing this website 3-4 years ago and saw how this was one of the higher rated Strong Ales at the time and I have always loved Nosferatu by Murnau. Finally having it, no idea on freshness.

A- A murky dark amber beer pours from a bottle into my pint glass. A one finger off-white head foams up but falls pretty soon after to just a small ring and some random thin clouds atop the beer. The heads texture was bubbly and foamy and what is left of it leaves spotty but persistent lacing.

S- Some deep caramel malts like an Old Ale with the grains also contributing biscuit, toast and nutty hints. Fruit aromas come as well, with some citrus from hops and darker red fruit from the yeast. Balanced but on the maltier side at this point (age details below).

T- Definitely has that "Strong Ale" feel which to me lies somewhere between hoppy Barleywine, Old Ale and Brown Ale. Strong malts give notes of caramel, toast, biscuits, roast nuts and cracked grains. Hops less effected by age here than in the aroma, citrus peel is big as well as pine and herbal hints. Some yeast bread, spice and dark fruits to round it all off.

MF- Fairly creamy body which is not extremely thick but does carry its weight to support the big flavors. Bitterness still in tact in the finish at a moderate level. Carbonation is smooth and helps the beer drink very easily.

Judging from the Great Lakes website, it seems like this is somewhere around 5 months old and it holds up well. It says 90 day shelf life, hopefully I can get some fresh in September 2013 and re-review it but I will leave this up as I consider it a pretty positive review. This beer brings it all, a nice hop profile (even after months), big malts and a good yeast influence. Balanced and an easy drinker for 8%.

cbutova, Feb 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

thomscottson, Feb 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

vodkammunion90, Feb 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

AlMarzo, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

stone3187, Feb 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

ThaJackal, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

M1A2, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Holmes698, Jan 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

crytion, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Mike925, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

aaronblain22, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a half a finger white head that fades quickly to leave light, light wisps.

S - Not much for hops at all here. Must be pretty old as there are light pine notes but for the most part its malts.

T - Light pine and malts here with a strong bitter finish. Just rather average here.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Nicely carbonated but with a lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall not a bad beer, just perhaps not as fresh. Really kind of muddled.

rudzud, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

lKnoXl, Jan 23, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper, burnt amber color with a light tan head, small and receding leaving the smallest amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma was sweet and malty - lots of heavily toasted caramel malts, giving a nice backing sweetness and toasty feeling, along with a decent sized handful of hops, floral and lightly peppery around the edges, adding a bit to the sweetness but more to the herbal and bitter side of the aromatics. Nosferatu has a pretty powerful nose; strong and robust, but not fear-inducing or overly abrasive.

The first thing that hits the palate is the solid malt infrastructure. It rolls out on the tongue and coats the mouth to hold steady and pave the way for the upcoming flavor rush. Caramel and toffee malts line the walls, along with a grape and plum flavored sweetness that kicks into high gear almost immediately. The malt displays some other characteristics, like toasted bread, sweet and buttery, with a touch of brown sugar and/or molasses. The alcohol is there, but not too strong, and give it that "booze-soaked" dark fruit profile that is common in many strong ales and barleywines.

Don't let the malt fool you, though - the hops are no stranger to Nosferatu. On the nose, they were more detectable as peppery and herbal, but on the palate they come off as more floral and citrusy, as they bring some lighter fruits to the table; grapefruit, apricot, faint oranges. Bitterness remains on the lower side, meaning this doesn't quite resemble an IPA or a DIPA, but the hops still play a huge role in this beer's flavor. Aftertaste finishes with a floral, peppery warmth and a fading, boozy raisin flavor. Medium body, almost on the thick side, just a touch away from being sticky - slightly wet and slick with medium carbonation.

I've been wanting to try this one for a while now, and I'm glad I finally did. Wonderful flavors all around. I've heard this one compared to Arrogant Bastard often. Is it better? Tough call. I think I'll give the edge to AB, because of it's abrasive, yet controlled hop profile and pronounced bitterness while remaining so malty and drinkable. But Nosferatu is still a damn good beer that I wouldn't pass up if given the chance to have again.

tectactoe, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

ZachKelly, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

BeerLover99, Jan 17, 2013
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,992 ratings.