Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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856 Reviews
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Reviews: 856
Hads: 2,347
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 245
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Poured a see thru reddish amber color with a finger worth of head that falls fairly
quickly leaving decent lacing down the glass

S:Smells of sweet malt and carmel with a slight hint of floral hops in there as well.

T:Up front there is not much flavor going on then a little sweetness in the middle
with a slight hop kick on the backend.

M:Body is a little thinner than you would expect with not much carbonation. Palate
is left a little dry.

D:I've heard a lot of people try to compare some brews with this (ie Arrogant Bastard) but really I don't think they are even in the same ball park. With this being easy drink with some decent flavor it is really only feeling average for me with nothing to great about it. (724 characters)

Photo of beeristhefuture
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a fine example of a good red ale. It's flavorful, with lots of strong hop taste (more than cascade!), and the caramel and crystal malts buck up the typically thin mouthfeel Great Lakes beers tend to have. It's a shame this brew's only a seasonal; it'd be one I'd have readily available otherwise. It should be noted that because of the high sugar levels and thin mouthfeel I can't give it superlative ratings. It is a great beer, though. (450 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a half a finger white head that fades quickly to leave light, light wisps.

S - Not much for hops at all here. Must be pretty old as there are light pine notes but for the most part its malts.

T - Light pine and malts here with a strong bitter finish. Just rather average here.

M - Mouthfeel is solid. Nicely carbonated but with a lingering bitter finish.

O - Overall not a bad beer, just perhaps not as fresh. Really kind of muddled. (545 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Scion.

Poured into a snifter. The color is a murky amber with a short light-tan head that persists for quite some time. The nose is a bit of roasted nuttiness with some caramel and light fruits. A bit of earthy and pine hops. Faint citrus as well. The taste melds things together but is a bit plain. Some slightly-sweet cherry-tasting malt and a bit of light hops. Feel is medium and a bit sweet with a mild bitterness. Some good flavors individually, but I don't quite like how everything comes together in the end. (548 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extra from Elric73... off my wants even. Classy cat.

Nice burgandy hued beer. Head didn't hang out too long. I can't smell shit. Maybe my sniffer is broke today. Taste is stronger. And better. Very smooth.

Good beer, I guess I'm just not in the reviewing mood tonight. Definitely finish this while watching SVU with the misses.

Overall: good, but no scent (358 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nosferatu pours an inviting mahogany, topped by a scant rocky white head. The head drops almost immediately, leaving a ring of lacing behind. Aroma is pretty restrained, but I am picking up a hop presence. A bit of a light fruity sweetness as well.

Bitter hop's up front, followed by a mellow sweetness. A mustiness that is surprisingly not unpleasant. Modest fruit flavors are present, a bit of cherry here, a hint of citrus there, nothing too dominant though, and it seems to work. A very slight hint of the ABV, but by no means severe.

Mouthfeel is fine, carbonation let's the hops do their thing. Full, and a medium dry finish, combined with the hops makes me pucker a bit, in a good way.

Highly drinkable, nothing that makes me say wow, but a wonderfully balanced sipper that would warm me up on a cold night. I will buy this again. (841 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$3.00 / ea.

A: Bright brown body with strong red highlights. Big loose head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Grapefruit citrus upfront with hints of sweet caramel malt. Fairly one dimensional but the hap aroma is divine.

T: Heavy citrus hop flavors, predominately grapefruit. Noticeable malt sweetness takes over after the initial sip. Bready to the end with a moderate bitter aftertaste.

M: Light body and moderate carbonation. Strong carbonic bite and pronounced hop oil smoothness.

D: If you enjoy IPA you will have no problems drinking this one all night long. The aftertaste is pleasant and the hop character citrus, so it is pretty accessible.

O: Comes across as a double IPA. Not a bad thing, just something to consider before you make a purchase. (841 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Clear dark amber with 1 finger light tan head. Some lacing but resides almost immediately.

S- Small amount of sweetness in there, amber malts, some toast.

T- Sweet amber malts, nice balance of pine hop bitterness as well.

M- Medium body, leaves you with bit of a dry mouth aftertaste.

O- Good beer, but nothing outstanding. Wasn't sure what this was classified as before I saw it here. Sort of a barleywine lite. (448 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshness date on the side of the bottle reads
8698DL
11/29/11

A= The beer pours a nice bright red color with a decent two finger head on it that holds steady and leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is thick caramelly malt and a nice hop background. The hop character melds nicely to the malts making for a quite unique smell to the beer. A little biscuity

T= The taste is again quite hop dominated with a good malt character to it. The hops for sure play the dominate roll however leaving a nice smooth bitterness in it's wake. The malts come though with a nice biscuit flavor and a little caramellyness.

M= The mouth is a bit high on the carbonation. Finishes nice and dry with the hops lingering

O= I've been wanting to try this beer for some time now and I haven't worked up the balls to buy it. This bottle was given to me and I've happy I didn't buy it. It's not that it's a waste of money. It's a good beer but there are much better beers for less price. Worth trying but not my favorite. (1,031 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy copper body. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, resins but overall mild. Flavors are pretty tough to handle at first. Very boozy and tart/sharp. Mosty mollases caramel, red apple, fig and tart grapefruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one may have been infected. A little too funky. Also the booze were hard to get used to verging into barleywine realm. (434 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Been storing this bottle sideways for months, so not sure exactly how this will affect thing. Also, drank this while watching the movie, Nosferatu (tip: it's not a great movie)

Appearance - 3.75/5
Deep red orange brown. Fairly hazy, fair amount of particles in the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Pine-citrus hops, some malt smell as well

Taste - 3.5/5
Quite sweet, fairly hoppy, but not too much so. Good balance between sweet malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Crisp, medium bodied, moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly bitter, but still easily drinkable.

Overall - 3.5/5
This is an okay brew, nothing special, nothing fantastic. (628 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Poured a reddish color wuth a foamy head that disolved later on.

smell - Malt, pine, hops.

taste - Has a malt and a pine taste with some hops are present at then end.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer from this company. (259 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Bartender said this was a worthwhile brew to try. Appears amberish in color with nice lacing clinging to the pint glass in ring set sequences. Smells mostly hoppy with pine, citrus, and peppery notes. Tastes mostly hoppy with a subdued malt backbone that's hidden behind this abundance of hops. Should this be an IPA? The strong ale label complexes me. Either way, it's a slow drinking hoppy beer with bitter mouthfeel and dry then sweet mouthfeel. Sees like a sipper to me. (497 characters)

Photo of atuite
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with best by date of 12/05/07.
Poured with less head then others have eluded to but the head did not completely dissipate- a copper, red color. smell is rather pleasant and there is a strong fruity scent- somewhere between grapfruit and grape as pointed out by others. taste was not as pleasant as expected. strong hops flavor but much less of the fruit suggested by the scent- the alcohol content is not well hidden- i've had worse but i've had much better,even at 9-10%. mouthfeel is average and the beer is easiy drinkable but i'd stop after a couple. wondering what it tastes like on tap . . . (610 characters)

Photo of coldmeat23
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks to normyk for this one

Pours a medium shade of copper with mild red tinting. A thin beige head sits on top. The lacing is very abundant and quite sticky.

This nose is full of rich notes of butterey caramels and brown sugars. Very malty, just like I like it. Very light traces of honey, figs and raisins. A nice earthy hop presence and a good bread-like quality.

Taste follows the nose, with a bigger presence of toasted maltiness and the hops come forward quite a bit more. The finish has the most prevelant hop notes, with some resinous, sap-like, betterness which lingers for quite a while.
Personally, I don't expect an Old Ale to have this much hop presence. This is veering perilously close to American Barleywine territory.

The body is medium with a mild level of carbonation, which leaves this one too thin for it's style. No real creaminess to the smoothness here.

I'll put this on my list of beers to come back to and try again, at a later date. Right now, it's not impressing me, at all. This saddens me, because I've heard such good things about it and I love Old Ales, as a style.
I'll update this review if my next experience goes better. (1,213 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose has a good mix of pine hops and some sweet, caramel malt as an undercurrent.

Pours a deep red in the glass; decent head.

Taste is of pretty strong pine cone hops, resonating in an oily way along with some grapefruit. Then near the finish a somewhat sweet and caramelly malt presence comes in with a little hint of sweet biscuit, but make no mistake that the hops rule this one. They linger a while after the swallow.

Reminds me of another famous beer of this style (AB), but hoppier. (491 characters)

Photo of Tallboy
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours: A realy deep chestnut color, with a ton of carbonation and everlasting head that kept me in awe.

Scent: This was verry hoppy, with maybee some fresh brown sugar and possible pine.

Taste: Nice and malty with caramel goodness,followed by a complex mix of hops,herbs,pine and with just a hint of citrus for some semblence of balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but still smooth going down.

Drinkability: This is a good all around beer with complexity but yet can still be handled by the most common of swill guzzling folk and still be enjoyed. I am realy starting to like the Great lakes Brewing Co. (611 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice brandy color with some orange-golden highlights. Smallish sandy head that fades quickly. Getting some chocolate, a bit of caramel, and some vegetal aroma that I'm not sure I like. Taste kicks you a bit, big malt flavors bookended with some herbal and floral hops. Hops linger with some herbal and piney notes. MF is a nice medium body, a bit of a dry finish, decent carbonation. Good drinkability, though I'm not sure that the taste is really what I'm looking for. Definitely more in the vein of a strong ale than an old ale. There are some really great parts of this beer, but then also some parts that I don't like so much. (632 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/22/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC last night.

a - Pours a nice amber color with two inches of creamy white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of smells of caramel malts, citrus hops, fruity malts, and bready malts.

t - Tastes mostly of citrus hops and caramel malts again. Also a decent amount of alcohol in the taste and hints of fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent enough red/strong ale, but nothing really stood out about it. I enjoyed the caramel malts and citrus hops, but would have liked more out of it. Would drink it again but wouldn't seek it out annd it wouldn't be my first choice. (656 characters)

Photo of Holland
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear reddish copper color with one finger of just off white head. Lacing and decent layer of foam stay for the duration.

S: smells deeply of grapefruit, pineapple, pine, and bitter hops. Some malty smell. These are great smells, but there was a tiny something that was a little bit off.

T: tastes first of the citrus and pineapple, then some malt followed by pine and bitterness at the finish.

M: bitterness is brought out by the carbonation, but it has a medium body to balance it.

O: Solid beer, don't know what I paid for it but it was good. Not really my favorite ever, but decent. (605 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this on-tap tonight at Bocktown

A- A nice reddish-amber body that pours with a 1 finger foamy white head. Head slowly fades to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Nose is somewhat subtle but consists primarily of grassy/herbal hops, and hints of hop bitterness and alcohol.

T- Herbal and grassy hop flavors upfront with a subtle barley backbone. A big dose of hop bitterness comes in for the finish as well as some piny hop flavor. A medium residual bitterness lingers on the palate.

M- Medium carbonation and smooth somewhat oily body.

D- This is a very hoppy, borderline DIPA strong ale. I tried it last year and could not tolerate it at all but find it pretty good and refreshing this year. Decent beer overall...if you like unearthly or that grassy/herbal hop presence over citrus then this beer is for you. (860 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Red pour. About a finger of tan foam doesn't retain very well. Nice lacing on the glass, though.

Sweet malt and bitter hops in the aroma. Good bit of citrus and pine, to go with loads of caramel.

Flavor follows. Sweet caramel up front, followed by loads of hoppy bitterness. Lasting resinous bitterness.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Slick, smooth feel. Fairly easy drinker, though the finish is a bit harsh. (454 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel amber with a nice thick head and good lacing. Looks astonishingly similar to the homebrewed Cal Common I just had in this glass. Aroma is.. wtf.. hops.. malt.. and brett? You get a faint trace of fruity hops and some crystal malt but along with an almost overwhelming funkyness. Not really sure what to think. A little raisiny but it also smells like a sewer. Maybe the taste will clear this up. Strong on the alcohol at first with a good raisin character. Finishes very dry with a slight lingering hop bitterness and acidity from the alcohol. Maybe some honey or candy sugar in the front too. Has some Belgian qualities to it.. but to me that just mean it tastes a little like windex. Exceptionally smooth. By now the head has given way to the alcohol. I'd say this beer turned me off at first but I grew to like it quickly. An interesting and daring take on an American Strong Ale. They don't go overboard in any one direction but definition create something very definitive and unique. (1,009 characters)

Photo of steve8robin
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent BIF. 12oz bottle best before 12/09/10...

A: A deep copper / red hue which is perfectly clear. A small tan head that fades to a murky lace atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some floral earthy hops with a nice sweet malt blended in. Some nice caramel hidden in the middle. Some breadiness on the backend. Good.

T: Super bitter dry hop blended with a breadiness quickly followed. Some sweet malt in the middle with a strange metallic tinge blended in. Some faint port notes hidden in the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. Kind of a metallic finish. Ok.

D: Once you get past the metallic taste, this is Decent.

All in all, this is an ok beer. Not perfect, but decent. I wouldn't bother trying unless you have access of want to try the GL lineup. Otherwise, many better beers in the style. (828 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One finger of light tan foam from a rather hard pour. Great head retention. Rusty brown body. Great lacing.

Smell: Decently hoppy with some toffee.

Taste: Not alot of hop flavor but the bitterness is definitely present and dominates much of the flavor. Toffee and caramel as well.

Mouthfeel: Substantial feel to this one. Thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Thick mouthfeel and sweetness would stop me from consuming to many in an evening. But it's still real tasty.

American strong ale is kind of a catch all category. If I had to get more descriptive with the style I would call it an imperial amber ale. (668 characters)

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.