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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,283 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 2,283
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 220
Gots: 244 | 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:
Imperial Red Ale

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001)
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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.

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with great clarity, a medium amber color with a blood orange hue. Fat head of foam that fell to a thin cap and ring and left good lace. Nose is toasted malt and biscuit. Earthy rye with a bit of pepper, pine grapefruit and resin. Floral hops and no alcohol on the nose. The taste is amber. It's a liquid malt sweetness with a very bitter pine that literally bites you amidst all the sweetness. Grapefruit keeps it flowing and the mouthfeel is sticky and medium heavy with good carbonation. The malt is so deep and rich it's just shy of chewy. It cascades over the palate and leaves with a nice sweetly bitter aftertaste. There is no alcohol on the palate just a nice little warmth after a few sips.

Great Lakes has made a terrific beer here. I love the rich malt character of this. The hop resin coats the palate and brings out the toasty malt and the sweetness perfectly.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Nice nose of caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. An excellent ale that I wish was available all year. Very well balanced with a medium mouthfeel that is also slick. Well carbonated. This is an example of how to properly hop a beer. The hop flavor is pronounced but without a harsh bitterness against a full caramel background. The taste lingers of fresh hop resin. Increase the malt bill a bit and this becomes a Gold Medal exceptional ale. While medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, the finish is crisp from the carbonation leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste over a noble hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best before date 11/21/2013 printed on the label. Ahh yes, the almighty Nosferatu once again. I haven't drank this beer since it was released last year, but I remember loving it then, so I am excited to have it again.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a bronze / ruby tinted burnt orange color with pretty decent clarity and one finger of tan froth that settles to some fat bubbles quickly.

S - Smell is of lots of toasted biscuit malts, red / amber malt, earthiness, some peppery rye, and a resinous pine / grapefruit / blood orange hop profile.

T - Taste follows the nose. Biscuit malt, red / amber malt, bitter pine / grapefruit hop resins, rye, & white pepper. The malts and the hops are in good harmony together here. Nicely balanced.

M - Feel is sticky, bitter, piney, and resinous. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, not as impressive as I had remembered, but it is still another great beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co. Listed on BeerAdvocate as an American strong ale, I would liken this more to a red IPA or a rye IPA. High 8.00% abv is well-masked; this is quite the easy drinker. A delicious Halloween treat that I will continue to look forward to yearly.

Great Lakes Nosferatu ---4/5

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.