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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,298 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 227
Gots: 267 | 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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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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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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

THIS BEER IS AMAZING. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS. TRY IT IF YOU CAN.

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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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,298 ratings.