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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,990 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 192
Gots: 143 | 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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4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on: 09-15-2006

Notes: Medium off-white head. Deep reddish brown in color. Strong hop and grapefruit notes. The tasting notes are intensified grapefruit and hops with figs and a bit of malt present in a pleasing, bitter aftertaste here. I am going to guess they poured a bunch of Chinook hops into this beer. I may be wrong but it is fun to guess. Nosferatu boasts a medium body that becomes quite creamy when you allow it to warm up a bit.

Last night a friend and I did a taste test between this ale and the Stone "Arrogant Bastard" ale. We were sure that we would like the Stone ale better. But we found to our surprise that AB was quite muted in flavor and body when compared to Great Lakes Nosferatu. Great Lakes Brewing company has something special with this beer.

One of my favorite seasonal beers.

Amish_Ambush, Jan 06, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 11/12/12. 12 oz bottle - best by date 11/25/12 - poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Deep clear red with a thick fluffy off-white head. Good head retention, leaves a nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Deep, rich toffee, lightly toasted grains, figs, plum, raisins. Really not much hop aroma to this one, which is unusual when compared to a lot of the newer imperial reds out there, but very nice.

Taste: The toffee and raisins are back in the forefront with biscuity malt and a big dose of bittering hops on the finish. The hops are very present, but in bittering only - not much hop flavor. This is a welcome change from many imperial reds out there. I can't speak enough about how perfect the balance of this beer is - lots of layers of toffee/caramel flavor from the malt but it's held in check wonderfully by the bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and silky. Pretty light-bodied as far as imperial reds go, which works very well with the flavor profile. Perfect carbonation level. Nearly flawless.

Overall: To me this beer embodies fall. Nothing beats it on a cool autumn day. It doesn't punch you in the face with hops like some of the newer imperial reds coming out (Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn and Bells This One Goes to 11 come to mind), but I prefer this beer to those due to its malt profile and impeccable balance.

emyers, Dec 27, 2012
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This abides by German purity law, yet somehow has a slightly sprucy flavor to it (chinook hops?). Great taste and mouthfeel make it a worthwhile pour. Tends to linger pleasantly on the palate, so savoring it makes the experience better. Gotta love the label artwork.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.