Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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2,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 219
Gots: 248 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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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

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


serving type: bottle

appearance: red, dense, beautiful

smell: complex, getting sweetness, maltiness, light hopiness, smells amazing

taste: mild sweetness from "red malts" up front followed by a prominent bitterness that lingers. highly complex and perfect.

mouthfeel: moderate to high carbonation. perfect consistency in my opinion.

overall: ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. this is the best GLBC beer i have had so far, in front of the lake erie monster and the EF Porter (i have not been lucky enough to try Alchemy hour yet). To me this could be classified as a Red IPA. The hopiness is very prominent. The flavor as very complex. This has been compared to Stone's Arrogant bastard. To me it is a more refined version, but to the keen taster i believe you will find more complexity and flavors in this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle (best by 11.21.13) into tulip glass with a nice 3 in whitish tan head that took it's time to settle down and left some good lacing on the glass.

Color - dark reddish brown

Aroma - resinous hops, bready for sure

Taste - slightly citrus, pine, a bit of malty sweetness, bread, bitter finish

Moutfeel - good body and medium carb, easy drinking

Overall - Nothing too special but nice and enjoyable to have with a meal

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Beer rarely looks THIS good. Deep amber/red color, perfect clarity, with a huge two fingers of off-white/tan head. Amazing, sticky lacing.

S- An very complex nose. Toasted bready malts, a touch of caramel and toffee are there. Earthy, floral hops with a touch of orange rind.

T- A brief, moderate bitterness starts it, the toasted, bready malts are there quickly, a balancing sweetness comes in, some orange rind as well to round it out.

M- Slicker and creamier than an IPA, but need to expect that with the increase on the malt bill. A bit dry on the finish, maybe a touch over the top.

O- A must try for the fan of hoppy red's. Well done, per usual for GLBC.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with a best by date of 11/29/2013. Pulled out of the beer fridge at 55F and poured into a Founders' snifter today, 10/5/2013. I will note that I've had this several times previously, as I've been offered bottles when visiting friends and co-workers, but this is the first time I have a bottle to sit down and to review.

Review #220.

Absolutely stunning beer. Pours a clear but rather dark amber colour. It's rather reddish, but also has some orange hues. It really brings out that Founders' logo on the glass so well. It comes with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that drops into a thick collar that leaves lacing all over the glass. I can't recall any red ale that looks as good as this one.

Lots of clean malts in the nose. Toffee, some caramel, a lot of bread. And finishes with a nice clean floral hop scent.. I suppose I could call it earthy, but I'm going to go more with floral and a bit of oranges. Not an overpowering nose by any means, but a very pleasing one.

I really like how clean the flavour components are. In the beginning, there is a nice citrus presence which is more oranges and tangerines rather than grapefruit or passion fruit like Citra hops would have. It's a more subdued citrus flavour, but no less hoppy. Then there's that nice clean bready malt flavour and that ubiquitous GLBC yeast spice in the middle of the palate.. not for long though. End-palate comes with a nice, semi-earthy but very floral hoppiness that switches to a nice earthy bitter finish. It's a clean tasting beer that doesn't make me work too hard to suss out what's what, and that helps me enjoy this beer a lot while reviewing it.

The feel on this is medium bodied, not full nor thin for the style. Its got the right amount of carbonation and certainly feels refreshing on the palate, not drying at all. That earthy bitter aftertaste lingers quite a while, which somehow doesn't stop me from quaffing more of this brew. Its funny how quickly this one disappears after being poured into my glass.

Clean tasting, semi-complex and refreshing brew. You know what, screw pumpkin beers.. This is probably going to be one of the beers I look forward to every fall. It's very enjoyable in that its not difficult to appreciate the nuances of this beer. Trade-off of course is that its not über complex, but you know what, fuck it. I want to enjoy my damn beer, and this one makes it very easy to enjoy.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,285 ratings.