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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,347
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 5.17%
Wants: 246
Gots: 298 | 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 karst
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear copper red with a rocky 3 fingers of light tan head slowly falling with a little lingering lace. Aroma of biscuit and marmalade with caramel.
Flavors are sweet caramel malts balanced by grapefruit hops. Bitter aftertaste to dry out the sweetness. A great choice for the hop lovers. Medium body although sweet not slick and dextrinous. A little alcohol in nose and flavor as it warms (403 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Dilly Deli in Cincinatti. Best by Sept 23 2005 ink jet labeled on the fron label. Pours a beautiful copper/amber with a sticky layer of tan bubbles. Sticky sugary hop aroma. This same come through in the taste with a strong pine, citrus and grassy hops. They are sharp, yet smooth. The syrupy sugaryness takes over and leaves it pretty heavy medium in the mouth. I think you could drink this one all night. (421 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle at room temp into a pint glass.

It pours an amber color with 1" of cream colored foamy head with nice retention; lots of cling on my glass.

Aroma is of lots of biscuits and sweet pine hops. Alcohol stings the nose just a bit, but nothing too interesting here.

Sweet hops flow over my palate initially along with some sweet citrus flavors, but a huge biscuit flavor ensues throughout the swallow. Intersting taste! And I enjoy!

Mouthfeel is nice. Good balance, some alcohol felt, but not too big. Medium bodied and nice.

Relatively drinkable. I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would have, but it was decent. I can use one word to classify this one: interesting. (708 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Nosferatu pours a crystal-clear copper body with golden highlights beneath a full head of creamy, yellowed-white foam. The head retention is quite good, and rings of thin lace are left clinging to the glass after each sip.

The nose is distinctly malty and caramelish along with some very nice yeasty and hoppy fruitiness (orange, grapefruit).

In the mouth its creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

Although it starts malty and offers a continual presence of that throughout, there are more hops in the flavor than the nose suggest; lending it a piney, citrusy, grassy and even somewhat leafy side that works really well in the dry finish. And it's bitter, but not overwhelming, as some sweetish, bready, caramel-drizzled and toasty malt lingers in the mouth. This is quite English in nature (hops, malt, yeasty fruitiness) with a hefty bitterness to back it up, and I find it quite reminiscent of some of the strong English ales that are now utilizing hops from the Pacific Northwest.

This one is very nice indeed; and I think it offers a tremendous amount of drinkability in that it can fit many different occassions, and is complex and strong but not overwhelming. Recommended! (1,244 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thx dogbrick for the 12oz 2005

pours a pinkish reddish color.. unique. no head.. thin film at best. one big bubble on the surface. cute.

aroma is fresh, aromatic hops with a hint of raspberry and some mild coriander. not what i expected but very nice nevertheless.

tastes very different, special. hops are present for sure, adding bitterness and fruitiness to the mix. something here adds a sweet bready body to it as well, approaching barleywine status but still a bit light overall. fruits are much darker... plum and overripe raspberry show up and poke out their heads. citrus is noted at first, but doesn't linger long enough to merit much attention. avoids chalkiness but lingers with bitter for quite a while, dominating the flavor.

regardless, the mouthfeel is light and drinkability is high.. as long as you can deal with the hoppiness. i am surprised this isn't stronger ABV wise, as the alcohol is warming my belly.

not sure where this brew falls categorically.. and maybe that's a good thing. malty sweetness with hop notes is reminiscent of an ESB, but the alcohol content boosts the effects of those flavors. double esb? hopwine? you decide, definitely worth your time. (1,198 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a brilliant amber color with half an inch of head. The aroma is vanilla and fruity hops. Sweet toffee flavor lasts only a second before being dominated by extremely bitter pine and spice from the hops. This beer is very malty and very hoppy, but unlike an IPA or a hoppy barleywine. The flavor is cleaner than either of those styles. Full mouthfeel. Suprisingly drinkable. This is a very good, unique beer. (437 characters)

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

12 oz bottle pours a clear deep copper amber color with a decent frothy off white head that leaves sticky sheets of lacing in my glass. Hoppy grapefruit and pine aromas. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrus and caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter. Hard to believe this is at 8%, alcohol is very well hidden. (345 characters)

Photo of murrayswine
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me a lot like Gumballhead.
It pours a nice amber/red color, with a sturdy head. he nos is filled with a hell of a lot of hops, which I like a whole hell of a lot. There's also a slightly citrus smell, with parts of cane sugar.

The smell delivers the taste, true hops, light lemon/green apple. the finish is smooth and bitter, with a touch of alcohol. All in all, this is a damn fine beer! (412 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep amber colour with a slight head. Light aroma, slightly sweet and fruity. As the name implies, this beer definitely has a bite, but the initial hop bitterness slowly mellows. It actually finishes smooth and slightly sweet with a lingering dryness. The higher alcohol provides a slight warming affect, but not too noticeable. A very delicious beer and highly recommended. (388 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear red with a thick, one-finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Strong biscuit aromas followed by sweet malt and candy.

T: Tastes just like it intially smelled, but the taste buds are quickly bombarded with a blast of hops flavor. Surprising, but nice.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Nice and sticky.

D: Solid. I'll have this one again, but I think it would be best as an occassional beer and not as one that you would drink many of in one session. (477 characters)

Photo of Applesauce1
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off - this is a great beer!

I poured into my pint glass and got about a 3/4" head. The brew had a dark copper color. It looked good.

The first taste was great. Personally, this beer tasted like a barleywine-style ale. It had a good deal of hops in it. But most notably, a little bit of a fruity taste that gave it the barleywine flavor. I typically don't like the fruity flavor mixed with my hops, but Great Lakes really makes it good in this beer. The beer had a lot of alcohol, but it was hard to taste when drinking. I will definitely drink more of these soon. A great beer! (589 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant, absolutely crystal-clear ruddy hue, with orange and nectarine colored tips where the light hits the edges. Not exactly the blood red that comes to mind when I think of vampirism, but eh, it'll do.

Smell is sweet yet muted malt, covered by a blanket of distant, clean, citrus pith-inspired hops. Very hard to wrap my nose around this one, it's a shadowy creature.

Taste reveals the monster as he steps from the shadows. Hops, hops, and more hops, as intense quinine bitterness breaks across the palate, chased by alcohol vapors and more flavoring additions. They shoot into your veins like the teeth of the vampire, sucking away all other taste sensations. The malt gets almost entirely obliterated here -- the combination of high ABV and aggressive hopping, while a unique sensation, obliterates any more sensitive notes that my palate could have picked up. Ruination doesn't have anything on this beer in terms of hop power. Wowie.

Mouthfeel is displayed in good, steady, comfortable carbonation that just keeps things at a nice simmer, without ever letting the brew drag.

Drinkability is not fantastic, but not great. I couldn't see myself ordering another pint, but I'm glad that I tried this bottle out.

All in all, this brew manages to display intense hop bittermess, but unfortunately only displays one dimension of the hop's potential (no flavor or aroma). I would imagine mainlining pure hop oil into your veins might result in a sensation similar to this. In your FACE bitterness. I would love to see the hopping schedule for this brew, just for curiosity's sake.

Thanks to blitheringidiot for cackle frackus-ing this bottle all the way back from Chicago, and for giving it to me as a gift! What a swell guy. (1,754 characters)

Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper to amber color with a thick, rich tan colored head. A nice lace was left on the side of the chalice as the head receded into the beer. Grassy and floral hop character balanced by a little grapefruit rind all found in the aroma. Taste is surprisingly light. It has the grapefruit and the hop flower, but it is much sweeter than I expected. Toffee/caramel and a bit of fig provides the sweetness. Thin mouth feel, but still very drinkable. (458 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a brownish-red clear body with a very gentle carbonation and a nice smooth tan head.

S-This beer has a nice fragrant lightly toasted malt nose with some green hop spiciness. A light note of biscuit malt is also in the nose.

T- The taste is very complex with some toasted malt and biscuit malt blended with an alcohol warmth and some hop spiciness.

M-This beer has a full creamy mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth that finishes nicely.

D- This is a very interesting beer. It has a good complex flavor with spicy hops, toasted malts and a nice alcohol warmth to pull it all together. (654 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy amber with a small white head and light carbonation. Scattered spots of lacing. Very clear, with little haze or particulate matter.

Smell: Toasty and biscuity. Warm bread crusts. Nice malty backdrop, with a caramelized sugar tone. Hops seemed sharp initially, but lose force quickly.

Taste: Smooth in the mouth. Nicely hopped, with a nice mix of citrus and herbal flavors. Sweet and sticky malts fight the hops for attention in the middle, but are cast away once again in the end by a peppery alcohol kick and lemon zest and pith. Dry and citrusy in the finish, and quite drinkable.

Very interesting, and extremely enjoyable. I really enjoyed this one, and it's all thanks to cmaruschak! (714 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the evil bottle with a vindictive clear amber brown hue topped with a despotic beige wafer thin head cap.

Dark fruit grimmace scents o cherry and malty spicy iced tea.

First swigs: Vermouth malts meet orange. Quite the tricky sipper here. Raw grain unbridled oatmeal wheatena malts front the flavor barage, backed with citrus hops. A gitty dirty little mess that is fun to sip.

Medium bodied brew complimented by a lingering non-stop aftertaste of spice wafer.

Last swigs: Seven grain waffle malt meets cherry coke. What an azz kicker. Lingering buiscuit that just won't die. Not a great beer, but a fun beer to try if the chance arises.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (694 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz best before Oct 7 05 poured into a pint.

Bright copper with an off white head that is 2 fingers plus, has good retention and leaves lots of wispy lace.

Piney hops balanced with sweet almost sugary, malt make up the nose. Alcohol barely registers. Smells a lot like an American BW.

Very citric hops upfront and throughout the ride. Orange peel with a little pine sap. Starts off piney and then changes to citrus before it turns into a dry finish. Just enough malty body to give it balance. Moderate to full mouthfeel is slightly oily. I could drink a lot of these over the course of one evening. Too bad it only comes in four packs. (645 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64oz. growler courtesy of AKSmokedPorter and his recent trip to Cleveland.

For the first time in a L-O-N-G time, a different serving type has just blown me away compared to a bottle. Fresh Nos on tap is such a beer. The previous times I'd had it in bottles (thanks to Blatzman, TwelveVoltMan, and PhantomVoDoo!) it was good. This....is damn near perfect.

Same clear blood-tinged ruby darkness. Hefty layer of off-white lace. All sorts of lovely rings of lace paste the sides of the glass. Aromas are swirling with hoppy fruit and citrus notes battle with a swarm of malt sweetness. Reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Worthy praise, indeed. Flavor is off the charts. Whatever brashness I experienced with the bottle is smoothed out in the tapped form. But make no mistake, there is a TON of flavor in this beer. Up front assault of citrus and fruity hops, followed by a crescendo of sweetness of caramel, maybe a twinge of honey, and some choco-toffee notes. Ends with a smile- and burp-inducing bitterness on the palate that is not quite piercing, but certainly monstrous in size and long-lasting. Definitely smoother than the bottled version. Stupidly/laughable/amazingly/insanely/superbly/etc. drinkable. 64oz. is not enough for me. This is a "call AKSmokedPorter and drive up to Cleveland with him to get more of this" beer.

Flash...I owe you big time for this. Simply wonderful. GLBC shows yet again why they are my favorite brewery. (1,451 characters)

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

With a huge burst of hop flavor and bitterness, this Imperial Red-type of ale deviates from the malt focus to allow for a heightened celebration of the bitter cones- pushing it into an American strong ale where larger than life malts are met with equally stated hops.

This deep amber ale meets the fall season with bright clarity and garnet low lights. A formitable creamy deep ivory head caps the beer but then sucumbs to the malty and alcoholic weight while reducing to a thin sheet that skirts the surface, leaving broken rings of lace behind. A great looking beer, but wishing the head character shows more persistence.

Rich malt aromas of sun kissed barley malt, toffee, and peanut brittle are met with a balance of grasses, pine, and citrus for an overal balanced scent that's richer IPAs and American Reds but have characteristics of both.

Devilishly delicious with a very rich malt base of toffee, slightly burnt caramel, bready sweetness, and the nutty flavor of light scorched barley malt all shape the fortified malt flavors. A counterpart of hop resins follow with the growing intensity of white grapefruit, orange pith, pine and spruce, with a grassy, leafy flavor that morphs into a biting bitterness that's needed to balance the bold malts.

Medium-full in body, the malt flavors give the impression of robust nature that's probably over stating the early creaminess. When the hop flavor and bitterness take over, the beer turns toward dryness to culminate in a malty-dry finish with pronounced alcohol warmth and a linger of both hops and malt. (1,563 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery's restaurant just off 25th Street in Cleveland on a hot and humid Friday afternoon. The brick sidewalk patio was filled with people drinking good beers in the sun under the tress. The beer was ordered on tap and served in a 10 oz. pedestal/goblet style glass.
The beer was very nice finger of white, foamy head that stuck to the glass as I drank the beer. The beer was a deep reddish amber color. The taste was of a hoppy bitterness with a sweetness balanced well with the alcohol. This is not a session beer, but still something to drink again and again when the mood strikes. I almost wish I had saved this one for September or October, but I'll have to make way with it July. Really a good beer, another solid brew from GLBC. (763 characters)

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

A highly-hopped red ale that ventures into double IPA territory. Swift tang of hops in the aroma with some mild herbal notes. Hops storm in on the first sip and take over with a slightly sweet malt barely hanging on for the ride. Finish is sharp with a heavy-handed bittering that lingers. Some citrus aromatics come to life at the end. Not quite as malty as I would have expected given the red ale chosen for the hops delivery vehicle, seemed to strain under the load. An enjoyable beer for the hops-inclined. (510 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much changes with the bottled version of this gem. I notice that the hop profile isn't nearly as fresh and it takes on more of a hoppy barleywine characteristic here which is different than what we had from the tap. Reminds me very much of Bigfoot or Doggie Claws in terms of the hop profile, alcohol presence, and bigger body. That being said, those are some of my favorite barleywines. This is a great beer and from the tap or from the bottle, it's a winner for me!

Thanks to cmaruschak for heading up north and snagging me some bottles. (546 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a crystal clear reddish orange with a thin ivory head. Very lacy. Smell is rich malt and pervasive hoppiness.

Taste is also rich and malty with a generous level of bitter herbal hops. Piney. Caramel and vanilla too. Long bitterness and a light sweetness in the finish. Tasty though. A good one. (302 characters)

Photo of Manos
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 summer edition
Hop Devil on steriods, was my first thought. Piny, IPA feel for sure; a
90 minute IPA crossed with citrus and a nice oktoberfest lager. Pretty
saturated orange red appearance. Sipper, enjoy this limited edition
while you can. Hunt this vampyre down! (273 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/20/04, consumed (and enjoyed!) 12/30/04. One of a four pack for about $9 bucks/4. The fourth of four consumed (for research)

Golden amber, with a puffy half-inch head, that receeded to an even, but thin, coating. Very clear.

Cruel hops, citrusy, but mostly piny. Fruity, with apples and plums.

Swirling fruits and hops, crisp and dry finish, refreshing, the cheek pucker lingers for a while after the beer is gone.

Smooth and medium bodied, this is a great sipper, pleasing and refreshing. Can't wait until next fall when it reappears. (558 characters)

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