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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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887 Reviews

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Reviews: 887
Hads: 2,492
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 252
Gots: 371 | 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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Reviews: 887 | Hads: 2,492
Photo of OldSock
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle from Sam’s in Chicago. Poured into my pint glass it is a deep, clear gold/orange with a 2 finger creamy white head. In addition the retention is good and lacing is coating.

Smell – Pungent catty hops with some toasted malt and pistachio.

Taste – Spicy hops and alcohol upfront with a great sweet toasted malt backbone. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue for a few seconds after each sip. Well balanced, with bitter and sweet intermingling, not canceling one another out. Hints of chocolate appear every once in awhile.

Mouthfeel – A slightly slick medium-full body with prickly carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Great strong ale, full and complex with loads of hop and malt flavor. I like a beer in this strength area, powerful enough to have a lot of flavor and complexity, but not so much as to become cumbersome to drink.

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Photo of AltBock
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that I found for only $1.50 a piece. Good Deal! The bottle has a cool picture of the vampire (Nosferatu) that appeared in F.W. Murnau's 1922 film "Nosferatu."

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish amber color with an small off- white head of foam that dissipated fast but left some rings around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was that of strong hops, some malt, and plenty of citrus fruits (mostly grapefruit) in the background.

Taste: Had a nice complex taste of: sweet malts, wheat, citrus fruits, that all ended with a very pleasant dry hoppy bitterness. Not too bitter that would ruin it, but very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and medium bodied. Although it says 8% ABV, I surly didn't fell it. Is Great Lakes sure that this is 8%? :)

Drinkability: This is another must try from Great Lakes. It's too bad that this fine beer is seasonal. It's a good thing I got another one left. If you like Strong Ales, this one will not disappoint your palate. Keep up the good work Great Lakes!

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Photo of pentathlete
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bigern for including this in the "monster" package for GPBS '05. Here is one that I would love to cellar.

Pours a gorgeous red amber with a small stubborn head. Lacing, rings, islands and tiny-bubbled carbonation round out a handsome look. Smell is bread, alcohol, cherries, and zest. The taste starts with a high octane hit of malts then changes character completely to finish with a bitter hop bite. If these flavors were blended a bit more it would improve things, as I am sure will happen with age. The mouthfeel is medium with the carbonic bite preventing it from feeling full. This brew clocks in at 8% ABV which prevents it from being a simple quaff. The alcohol hit will mellow with age. This is a keeper.

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Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the hudson acme

almost exactly the same color as the goose island octoberfest i just had: reddish amber. tight head, pinky width, drops to a solid film
hearty brew, with a big malty chord. i think i get some munich in there
big hop, too, with a piney finish

great balance. very complex. aroma could have been stronger
gives arrogant bastard a run for its money, and the best brew in GLBC's arsenal that i've tasted

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Photo of FirstMan
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks yet again to Knuckes for having this on hand for me when I was visiting seattle the other day. Brought it back to the east coast with me and now I'm trying it for the first time while watching game 5 of the ALCS.

Pours a beautiful deep dark amber. I'd mistake it for a good maertzen if I hadn't seen the bottle. Very nice head of small white bubbles eases down fluffily into a splotchy misty layer across the top. Lots of grip in the lacing leaves a perfect white coating where the head used to be.

Nose is big and complex. Nice balance of malty sweetness and hops. Spicy with some slight ripe fruit notes. I'm getting all squirmy over here - time to drink!

Malty bigness is slowly and subtly evened out by a dark hop bite after a couple seconds. It moves slowly through a range of flavors. Some spice is there, some sweetness, a deep slow bitterness. I know this is going to sound totally stupid, but this beer is really mysterious and dark. Very aptly named. I love it. Somebody turn The Cure on, please. I've all of a sudden got a craving to hear Disintegration.

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. Feels bigger than a regular ale, and so it is.

A really remarkable beer. Complex and subtle. Just a delight to drink.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Stone beer glass. Clear orange color with beautiful white pillowy head (about 1/2 inch thick and lasting).

Smells very strongly of hops. But a little more animal aroma (horse?) mixed in rather than the straight hoppy smell of an IPA.

Taste is also intensely hoppy. Kind of like a (more) hopped up Arrogant Bastard in my opinion.

Very nice stuff, it makes me happy at Halloween-time.

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Photo of karst
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of murrayswine
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Photo of Xadoor
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of klewis
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of carln26
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.