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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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2,321 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,321
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 235
Gots: 280 | FT: 12
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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Ratings: 2,321 | Reviews: 858
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Look carefully at the color. It's amber meets blood red. 1 inch off white head, fades, laces. But for my bottle, the head completely disappears and there's not much carbonation if you sip this.

S - Needs to warm a bit, the smell is laid back compared to the taste. Caramel, biscuity first, followed by bitter sweet grasses, flowers, pepper, citrus. Good spice notes

T - All of the smell x 10. Beautiful back and forth balance of sweet and spice. A see saw between caramel coated malty cookies vs pepper, spice, nasturtium.
Grassy, flowery (in a peppery way), complex, many faceted. Totally a meditation beer. The taste is awesome. Church-like, old wooden seriousness.

F - medium weight with oil and blood. Low carbonation.

O - Compares well with G-Knight from Oskar or the best from Stone (oaked arrogant bastard). A must try .

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium bodied thickness. A thin head on the pour and was not really present while drinking. An average amount of active carbonation while drinking. Dark red/brown color to this brew.

Smell: Bright front of molasses, caramel, cloves, and some hop bitterness. Leafy greens and sugary tones continue to ride throughout the aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, the sweetness hits you right away from the caramel and leafy greens. The body opens up the hop profile and has some very bitter hops. The front of this beer is really heavy on the palate and lightens up slightly but no doubt take you for a ride. The finish is lingering earthy hops with molasses sweetness hanging around.

Mouthfeel: Heavy sugary tones and very bitter hops. Pretty smooth feeling on the carbonation from though.

Overall: A really good strong ale. The sweetness brings you in and the hop knock you out. Great Lakes always bring great beer and this one is no exception.

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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.

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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%

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.