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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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2,300 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,300
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 226
Gots: 270 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, deep maroon-red, with a very-slight orange hue, lightly carbonated, with antique white, finger-thick, bubbly foam that leaves a beady-bubbly lacing.

S: delightful yet balanced, essences of tangy-sweet hops, light yeast, and subdued malt notes masked by the strength of the alcohol.

T: begins notably clean, changing rather quickly as tangy-pine hops envelop the palate; robust and bold, the medium-body of the malts is overtoned by the strong alcohol and lighter yeast attributes; the effects of the pine-tanginess and alcohol linger for a strong yet pleasant finish.

O: the attributes of an imperial red are there and remarkable; malts could come off to others as more to be desired, but overall--strong, balanced, and very drinkable.

Photo of gr0g
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish-brown with high clarity. A two finger head shows nice retention and lace formation. Aroma shows the dichotomy of a hoppy red. Citrusy notes of grapefruit and a touch of pineapple. Sweet toffee malt backbone is present as well.

Nice hop bite up front. Bitterness mellows out a bit after that, but it remains a hoppy, American ale through and through. As such, Nosferatu doesn't have any features that make it a stand-out, but it's a very good take on the style. A touch of alcohol on the finish to show its strength. Good balance, with the scales tipped a bit toward the hoppy side.

A solid, hoppy red ale. Definitely worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Trent
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A beautiful deep red/amber. Pours with a nice rich head and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Interesting. Not what I was expecting, but this is probably the cleanest, most direct smell of chocolate I have ever gotten. It smells like those dark chocolate bars with cocoa nibs or coffee nuts in it. I think I might have lost the scent. My friend said she didn't smell chocolate. Caramel and black coffee/espresso.

T: It's good, but it just seems like a standard imperial red ale. Not sure I would call this a strong ale. Different, but not my cup of ale. Straight malts with just a hint of a strong ale in there. Not very interesting but well constructed.

M: Nice and smooth. No coarseness, but it feels bumpy in a good way.

O: This is a beautiful looking beer and it has some interesting scents.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mj81
4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dogma33
4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MacQ32
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a lighter mahogany for with 3 fingers of caramel head. Good retention, great lacing.

S - lots of sweet caramel, some toffee and earthy hops. Minimal citrus notes.

T - great combination of bitter hops and slightly rosary toffee and caramel malts. Quite toasty. Finish is earthy hops and rich toffee. Aftertaste add minimal amounts of citrus.

M - medium bodied, good carb. Decently drinkable.

O - Good, simple flavor. Decent hop bitterness with a good sweet caramel and toasted toffee flavor. Hints of lemon come through at the end. Flavor is a little disproportionate in my opinion, aging for another month or two may improve the balance

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of CreekyJarls
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a mini snifter.

A: Deep mahogany blood red with a bone white head. Lacing is super, super sticky.

S: Caramel, sugary malts, molasses, burnt pine needles.

T: Caramel malts, burnt oranges, light pine, with an herbal bitterness.

M: A little below medium carbonation with a pleasantly long herbal bitter aftertaste that lingers for minutes. Seriously killer mouthfeel.

O: This is a seriously tasty beer. I can see why it's perfect for the fall months; it fits my seasonal taste buds flawlessly. I personally greatly dislike red ales, but I somehow find myself trying a new one every now and then. This one puts all the others to shame. Definitely a great October beer.

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.