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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 887
Hads: 2,493
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 252
Gots: 372 | 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: 2,493
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Lakes Brewery's restaurant just off 25th Street in Cleveland on a hot and humid Friday afternoon. The brick sidewalk patio was filled with people drinking good beers in the sun under the tress. The beer was ordered on tap and served in a 10 oz. pedestal/goblet style glass.
The beer was very nice finger of white, foamy head that stuck to the glass as I drank the beer. The beer was a deep reddish amber color. The taste was of a hoppy bitterness with a sweetness balanced well with the alcohol. This is not a session beer, but still something to drink again and again when the mood strikes. I almost wish I had saved this one for September or October, but I'll have to make way with it July. Really a good beer, another solid brew from GLBC.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A highly-hopped red ale that ventures into double IPA territory. Swift tang of hops in the aroma with some mild herbal notes. Hops storm in on the first sip and take over with a slightly sweet malt barely hanging on for the ride. Finish is sharp with a heavy-handed bittering that lingers. Some citrus aromatics come to life at the end. Not quite as malty as I would have expected given the red ale chosen for the hops delivery vehicle, seemed to strain under the load. An enjoyable beer for the hops-inclined.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much changes with the bottled version of this gem. I notice that the hop profile isn't nearly as fresh and it takes on more of a hoppy barleywine characteristic here which is different than what we had from the tap. Reminds me very much of Bigfoot or Doggie Claws in terms of the hop profile, alcohol presence, and bigger body. That being said, those are some of my favorite barleywines. This is a great beer and from the tap or from the bottle, it's a winner for me!

Thanks to cmaruschak for heading up north and snagging me some bottles.

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

Pour a crystal clear reddish orange with a thin ivory head. Very lacy. Smell is rich malt and pervasive hoppiness.

Taste is also rich and malty with a generous level of bitter herbal hops. Piney. Caramel and vanilla too. Long bitterness and a light sweetness in the finish. Tasty though. A good one.

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

2005 summer edition
Hop Devil on steriods, was my first thought. Piny, IPA feel for sure; a
90 minute IPA crossed with citrus and a nice oktoberfest lager. Pretty
saturated orange red appearance. Sipper, enjoy this limited edition
while you can. Hunt this vampyre down!

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/20/04, consumed (and enjoyed!) 12/30/04. One of a four pack for about $9 bucks/4. The fourth of four consumed (for research)

Golden amber, with a puffy half-inch head, that receeded to an even, but thin, coating. Very clear.

Cruel hops, citrusy, but mostly piny. Fruity, with apples and plums.

Swirling fruits and hops, crisp and dry finish, refreshing, the cheek pucker lingers for a while after the beer is gone.

Smooth and medium bodied, this is a great sipper, pleasing and refreshing. Can't wait until next fall when it reappears.

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a small cream colored head that does lace well.

Aroma is rich caramel malt with some fruity hops oranges and grape like, mix with piney hops and some candy like sweetness. Taste like aroma its malty caramel mixed with light fruitiness underneath, nice zesty carbonation. Finishes with a combination citrus and piney hops that leave a lingering bitterness behind.

Mouthfeel is medium, the feel is enhanced by the carbonation present. Drinkability is good a decent strong ale. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy reddish copper with a frothy two finger head that coats the glass. Big floral and citric hop aroma over a subtantial malt base. A little biscuity with some marshmallow sweetness and a little alcohol kick. Taste is mostly malt dominant, caramel sweetness, with a good smattering of citric hops thrown in. Subtle fruity esters and a soft breadiness, with some alcohol in the finish. My bottle sat on the shelf awhile so the hops may have been a little subdued compared to a fresh batch. Mouthcoating full body. Hugely drinkable for such an agressive beer. I'll go out of my way to get a fresh sample.

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

Appearance – This was one of the most beautiful heads that I’ve ever seen. It was an off off-white, more like a creamy not quite yellowish-white, and seemed a mile thick. It left wonderful lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass and little quarter-sized pits of foam on top of the liquid.

The beer itself was a thick, hazy orange tinted with brown. I mean, I wanted to take a picture of this thing and frame it up on my wall.

Smell – The sharp, rank malts are like a Barley Wine. They are pungent and very exciting to whiff. The sharp sweet aroma is hard core sugar, most like table and cane. There are also some serious hops in here that I missed at the smell. It’s like BW in the day time and IPA at night.

Taste – This is like a good BW but with a strong malt backbone. The sugar is pure cane now. Together this is raw, kind of winey malts with big, harsh sugars.

Mouthfeel – This ASA is medium-bodied with little sense of alcohol. It’s actually bitter in back of the tongue and has a nice, gliding feel on the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is dangerous it’s so good. That’s the fasted I’ve ever drank a Strong Ale.

Comments – Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending me the Nosferatu. This beer “bites”.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just when I had given up hope of finding this until the next release, I find a 4 pack on my first visit to a new store.

Decants a very nice looking deep copper color with dark red tinting. A healthy looking off-white heads rises to the occasion. Impressive head retention and good sticky lacing make for an outstanding appearance. The nose is very inviting. Citrous and piney hops complement caramel and malt. Some spiciness is also kicked up in the aroma. Taste is wonderfully rich and creamy. Lots of sweet malt form a strong backbone for this 75 IBU ale. Hops hit hard with orange peel and pine, but are very well balanced by caramel and smooth malt. A little spice and some roasty character add complexity. Malt and hops duke it out til the bitter end. The finish is a little sweet, a little hoppy, and just a touch of alcohol. A big and creamy mouthfeel will make you remember this one. Finish is remarkably subtle, leading to excellent drinkability.

Yes, this beer was worth the search. I shall stock up when this is brewed again.

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

Inviting orange copper colour. Slightly hazy, but permitting vision to pass through. Nice, dense and foamy light tan plume. Lacing in sheets, then splotches, then none. A small cap of head remains throughout most of the excursion. Modest carbonation fizzles up through the murky thickness. Looks appealing.

The smell is not as pungent as I had expected. There is a caramel sweetness exhibited which stands out the most. A bit of toastiness and brown sugar flutter in here and there. A definite hop presence is notable as well, although the aforementioned malt sweetness gets top billing. Alcohol vapors are there, but not distastefully so.

The taste is bitter right off the bat. The sweet flavors rush in to counteract the bitter for mere moments before both call a truce and fade into a bittersweet symphony. This brew is an example of flavor balance that is nearly perfected. I say nearly because at odd times throughout the glass, the alcohol steps out from behind the flavor curtain to proclaim its presence and intentions. I can handle it, but I wish the delicious malt and hop harmony were not thrown into temporary dischord by the alcohol flashes that pop up intermittently. Hey, it's an 8% concoction I know, but we have to have goals for continuous improvement. Other brews have succeeded in completely veiling their alcohol contents ( some at higher abv's ) and I just wish the same for this otherwise extraordinary brew. This is delicious and satisfying nonetheless. It remains highly consumable. Superb even. I most certainly will buy again and again. And again.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a tulip glass, Nosferatu pours a hazy orange body with a one inch beige head. Good head retention and some island chain lacing. Lots of active carbonation on view in the glass. Aroma has toffee and caramel for the malt profile, citrusy hops with a pine accent for the hops. Hops also lend a grassy and herbal note. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, nicely carbonated, with a mild bite of alcohol. Taste features a bigtime malt influence of toffee and caramel. The hops are quite assertive, as well, more pine cone than citrus, with some grassiness for good measure. Some honey drenched apple and pear flavors are noted in the middle, and the malt veers toward buttered bread with toffee toward the finish. Pine resin adds a bitterness to the finish, and the aftertaste winds up smooth and evenly balanced. Alcohol is well concealed inside the assertive hops and malts. Lots going on in this one. Some barleywine and double IPA character are present. Very nicely constructed, and one that I would have again. Thanks to brewedlyhooked for the bottle.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with an orange tint and a thin head that settles to a frothy ring. Aroma is some caramel malt with a fresh addition of fruity hops.

Taste is hoppy up front with a good malt following. Not as wildly hopped as many but strong with a faint flavor of alcohol (my bottle says 8% ABV). Resiny, piney elements but not so far as grapefruity. Start is dry but the finish is on the sweet side with more of a malty end.

Mouthfeel is clean and slightly oily, light for the style -- which I think qualifies as a barleywine. Not much to set this apart but a very good, basic balanced barleywine (which not everyone can make). This could even be an "everyday" barleywine, it is lighter and easier to drink than others in that style. Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this bottle.

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Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored with a fat foamy head of off-white meringue. Aroma is a combination of sweet biscuity malt and citrusy hops, neither flavor overpowering the other. Also some sweet fruits and candy, and I do believe some alcohol rising up to the nose as well. Flavor is also well-balanced - many flavors, all a bit understated but definitely making their presence known, and all playing off and with each other very well to create a well-rounded and interesting beer. There's malt, citrusy hops with some piney accents, sweet pear, ripe apple, butterscotch, and caramel. Every sip is a great mix of all of these flavors dancing around the mouth. This one's got some power, but it's highly drinkable because of the interesting flavors.

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Photo of bnuttz
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a copper color with a dense creamy layer of foam that slowly subsides. Smell is a balance of malty sweet caramel and citrusy hops. One of the most appealing smells ever. Taste is initally bitter, yet a massive sweetness backs it up. This stuff tastes like a pale ale on steroids with sugar dumped into it. Delicious. The hops taste slightly piney and citrusy. I wish I could try this stuff fresh as this bottle is past its prime date, I am sure the flavor and aroma are that much better out of a fresh keg. Drink this stuff on the warmer side, the flavors come out much more, especially the caramel. I am really jealous of you people who live near this brewery, it is without a doubt one of the best in the country.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cherrywood appearance. It glows. The haze is slight. The head is eggshell colored. And creamy. The lace is adequate. The aroma is sweet and malty and fruity. Hell, the taste is sweet and malty and fruity. Great fruit tones. Passion fruits. Some bready malt tones that ooze caramel from their pores. Alcohol is hidden very nicely beneath all the complexities here. The mouthfeel is like a dimestore hooker...smooth, curvy and easy. And the drinkability?? Out of this world.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Great Lakes makes the most drinkable and tasty beverages across the board out of any brewery I know. Whether they be low alcohol session brews or high alcohol sippers like this, they are the one brewery that impesses me the most in all facets of the game.

Thank you cokes for the scary looking bottle (and the contents inside).

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Photo of frank4sail
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich deeper red look in the goblet with a nice off beige head on the pour. Head settles quite quickly to a persistant thickish sticky sheen. Hoppy caramel nose with strong notes. Big malt backbone with nice pine hoppy tastes upfront. This is a beer with a backbone. The brew rounded more and became sweeter (Caramel). A nice sippin' beer.

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Photo of isubsmith
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Incredible bronze reddish orange color.Hazy/cloudy body. 1/2" head from initial pour, most of which dissipated quickly, but a small 1/8" or so of head remained.

Nose: Similar to an IPA. Very hoppy, subtle fruit tones.

Taste: Malty start quickly overtaken by the citrusy hops and ending with bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Big, yet still smooth. No hint that this is a 7+% ABV beer.

Pretty good. Very similar to an IPA in taste, but many subtle nuances. I'm not a big IPA person, but this was still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hemorrhagic orange-bronze beneath a dense cap of pale orangish caramel; a wonderfully complimentary color scheme. The richly creamy cap oozes quality and should hang around for quite a while. I'm a little disappointed at the relative lack of lace, but given the ABV, I guess it isn't fair to expect a dazzling display. In the end, there are small, thick sheets sporting intermittent puncture marks.

The nose is deep and powerful with a bewitching mixture of heavily caramelized malt and citric hops. It smells like fermented orchard fruit drizzled with caramel sauce and flecked with shredded hop cones. Amazingly, there's no hint of alcohol.

Nosferatu tastes quite a bit like a DIPA (in the same vein at least). The rock solid malt backbone is colossally caramel-like, but not to the extent that it overwhelms the hops. I'd like to see at least a 50% increase in hops, but that's just me. The flavor profile, in addition to caramel, consists of apricots macerated in brandy, candied grapefruit flesh and Curacao. Although alcohol isn't quite as well-masked on the palate, it gives the beer a power and a presence that it wouldn't otherwise possess.

The finish is a long, lingering affair that showcases citric hops; wonderfully hoppy burps are an added bonus. I'm overjoyed to see that the body/mouthfeel is typical Great Lakes; that is, full, chewy and velvety smooth. Stealth carbonation lightens what could have been a syrupy feel and turns each mouthful into pure drinking pleasure.

Nosferatu isn't much of a vampire since it definitely doesn't bite; nor does it suck. It is bloody good beer though. Okay I'm done. It has been my fervent hope that Great Lakes would eventually bless the faithful (of which I am unabashedly, unashamedly, one) with a highly hopped IPA or DIPA. This isn't quite what I had in mind, but it is a worthy substitute until they brew the real thing. Year-round please.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the slightly murky amber brew. Head fights the good fight, and lasts for a long time, esp for the style, and lacing is good. Aroma is of malty husks, slight dark fruits, and tinges of alcohol. Taste is follows the nose, except alcohol notes at the swallow seem more pronounced, and warming is obvious. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both great for the style. This is one vampire I'll try to revisit...

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Photo of cokes
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blurry rubied brass. The head is quick and beige.
Nose full of spruce and other things green...grass, stems..whatever. Backed with a floured dinner roll maltiness.
First off, the malt spine is interesting. It's big enough to carry this beer, and probably to parade it as something much smaller than it actually is. Very full in its yeasty, bready, sourdough leanings. All full of flour and fresh seeming (despite being well past its ridiculous "best by" dating). Tiny squeals of dry toffee provide the only form of sweetness. This is about as unsweet as a big of this girth gets.
Hops are huge as well, bringing all sorts of conifer, resin, and, pollen. Nods of honey arise now. It lingers with bitter herb and fleeting gin and tonic suggestions.
Balanced in a bit of a different manner than most American Strong Ales. This boasts a breadiness most akin to a standard Pale Ale, but amplified to handle the hop load. It's bold without being forced. If there was ever a "double pale ale", this is it. But these fuckers can be put back like they were meant as a session brew.
Full bodied, but tight with its bubbles, and drinkable far beyond its packaged 4 bottles.
Looking out for my sobriety, Great Lakes? Thanks, but lets see this in 6ers next time.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear brown/dark amber body, topped with a creamy white head. Nice lace trails. Scentwise, big malty with a slight metallic tone. Thick caramel malt front, bitter hop in the back; well blended and big. Spice from the alcohol, which warms your heart. Slight citrus tones. Full bodied. Yum.

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Photo of trumick
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear amber color with about a finger head that slowly dissapated and some lacing left on glass.

Scent is of sweet malts, citrus zest, dark fruits, sugary candy sweetness.

Taste is of dark fruits, sweet baked biscuity goodness, citrus hop flavor ever so slight, then it hits you in the finish harder, but it doesn't end there, the sweet malts are the final product of this taste explosion.

Mouthfeel is almost sticky, medium to full bodied but oddly refreshing. The carbination is perfect for this beer.

Drinkability is good for this beer. I'd like to think I could put a bunch of theseaway at once, but the ABV just wouldn't allow it.

A very nice beer from Great Lakes. I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've gotten so bored with the Satan-themed beers, that it's a warm welcome to find a good, old-fashioned vampire-inspired ale! Here's to more in the future...Bela Lugosi's Red, anyone? But, on with the brew...
A hue as hot as Hades, full and fierce crimson, shadily hazy, with numerous floatillas, under a respectable raft of creamy beige-toned foam.
Yeast starts the nose, malt is next, and we feel like we're basking in new-baked cookies, at first, then...then a soft, citrus scent comes in, light spice, banana cream pie whispers in, zesty, alert, and lively...just-so delicious!
Jet-fueled entry on the palate, a blazingly friendly touchdown on the tongue, hoppy, and happy, bursting with an urgent appeal of flavor, bold, bright, and potent. Dark fruits are first in the taste, bread, biscuits, light citric zest, and a blast of spice on the side...this is all perceived in the flavor, but I don't mean to imply it is contained in the recipe. Yum, I keep on thinking, as the mouthfeel gets thicker, the finish near impenetrable, and my admiration grows. This is an upstanding nightcap here, a cool, mellow, but undeniably big ol' beast in the mouth...the kind of ale that clubs as it caresses...a cool thing to do. I'd be happy with a case of this, to tide the winter-time away!
Until that happens, so much thanks to cokes for the bottle!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber red with a nice sticky fluffy one inch head on top. Toffee caramel with piney citrus aromas. Nice.

First sip is caramel apple toffee mixed with a lovely citric pine hop flavor. Nicely balanced and bursting with flavor. A bit of fresh baked bread in there as well...nice biterness on the back of the palate. Damn good.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great chewy body...leaves some nice lacing down my glass as well. A tasty, easy to drink brew that works well on a cold night...I like it! Thanks to kmpitz2 for hooking me up with the bottle.

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