Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3/5 rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle inte pint glass
A. semi transparent amber red
S. Malty and bready, not picking up much hops
T. a lot like it smells, very malty, wish there were more hops present as advertised, very disappointed about that.
M. Crisp, but syrupy
O. Too malty, needs more hops, more like a light barleywine then a hoppy red ale.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2011 08:03:06 | More by Centennial
3.04/5 rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great freaky label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high given the brewery as well as this beer's current ratings (92/91). Reviewed live. "A handcrafted stock ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. Enjoy by: 11/29/13. Reviewed as a stock ale.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour and nice even consistency. Okay thickness, but subpar for a stock ale. Not much creaminess or frothiness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.
Body colour is a rich clear translucent amber-red. Has an attractive understated glow. Refined. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it's an appealing appearance and I'm eager to try it, but it's not unique or special. No egregious flaws.
Sm: Faint caramel and toffee. Bready/crusty malts. Amber malts. Any hop character is barely coming through here. Clean, refined, and inviting, but not alive. Fruity.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength.
T: Caramel, toffee, amber malts, bready malts, bread crust. Hop character is quite faint and shallow: floral notes and generic fruity tones are all I find. It's a shockingly reticent flavour profile all around. Just not that accessible.
Balanced, sure, but there's surprisingly little going on here. It's painfully simple for a stock ale. Cohesive and enjoyable, but not gestalt, complex, subtle, or intricate. I will say it has nuance.
There's some faint alcohol presence. Clean, without any real yeast character.
Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour.
What I like about it is it doesn't feel like a half-assed English barleywine. But it just lacks the mastery of the best beers in the style.
Mf: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, nicely thick, and full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile well. Nice unobtrusive presence on the palate.
Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.
Dr: Drinkable, but honestly I expected better. It isn't much of a stock ale. I'm really disappointed giving this is coming from Great Lakes. I wouldn't buy it again, and I can't see it cellaring well. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy finishing it. I wouldn't want more than one in a night.
I'm not sure what I'm missing that other reviewers are finding, but I found this lacking.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 06:18:13 | More by kojevergas
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Not the greatest beer, especially coming from Great Lakes, a good Midwest brewery.
The look is good for the beer, a mix of brown, red etc. . . definitely looks like whatever a "vampire" beer would look like I guess. It looks goth.
Smellwise, I just really caught the whiff of alcohol. Taste was just kind of blase, nothing stood out. Not well hopped despite what some suggest. Its very bitter, but the hop taste profile gets lost. Seemed more of a maltbomb IMHO.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2009 00:27:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.