Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Don’t be afraid of things that go hop in the night! Rich roasted malt flavors haunt the shadows of our Imperial Red Ale’s bitter teeth.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,169
Reviews:
936
Ratings:
2,700
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
292
Gots:
468
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,700 |  Reviews: 936
Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antichrist-Kommando
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a lot of different beers and this one in particular is my absolute favorite. Breaks my heart that it's seasonal. One of the two vampires I look forward to around Halloween time, the other being Count Chocula.

Taste is great, looks amazing, fantastic color, smells great, goes down easy but has a nice bite to it. Love getting it on draught when it's in season, but the bottle is fantastic, too. I mean look at that artwork!

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Photo of Tammyyogi1
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StrongBelwas
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vik777
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap and it was mellow, a bit coffee toned brew with clean finish.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to maximumu13 for sending this particular bottle. Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Hazy to murky reddish brown with a thin off-white head and a low amount of visible carbonation. The head fades to a ring of foam pretty quickly.

S: Caramel and toasted malts, resin hops and some citrus pith. A bit grassy and vegetal, and a touch of oxidation and cardboard in this bottle.

T: Toasted malts, toffee; resin, vegetal, and citrus pith hops. A bit of the metallic naked alpha bitterness as well. Just a bit of oxidation on the flavor - less so than the nose. Some resinous pine bitterness in the swallow with some residual caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body with carbonation sensation on the low side. The alcohol is obvious without being obnoxious.

O: I don't know if this particular bottle had issues, since I did feel like there was some oxidation present. It’s still not bad, but was relatively caramelly and boozy, with hops that were fairly bitter but lack much in the way of an interesting hop profile. Not outstanding but not terrible by any stretch.

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Photo of Michelleroo
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good...full...beautiful color...nice, nice red ale

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Photo of KevBot89
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into oversized wine glass

Look: clear ruby red/off-white head. Impressive head, considering my halfhearted pour.

Smell: Dark fruit, toasted brown bread, slight notes of American hops. Maybe a little hint of (medicinal) alcohol?

Taste: solid malt backbone. Toasted bread flavors and a little sweetness, but nothing overpowering. American hops in the finish balance out the malt character. There are some dark fruit flavors in there as well. No overt alcohol notes, despite its strength

Feel: I'm not the best judge of body in a beer, but this feels pretty light. It's easy to drink, not overly carbonated.

Overall: It's very easy to drink a lot of this very fast because it's balanced, doesn't have a heavy body, and doesn't taste like it's 8%abv. Proceed with caution.

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Photo of shreead
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xungmound98
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frequency33
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous red ale. Poured from bottle to nonic pint glass. Deep garnet, clear, with a finger of foam. Fruity aroma (cherries, plums), herbal and floral hop notes. Flavor is a big ol kick in the taste buds. Tasty toasted bread and toffee malt meets fruity notes with an herbal, tea like finish. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aerts2js
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite great lakes beer..... really solid; perfect for the fall.

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Photo of Flathead5173
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bierzeit
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, slightly translucent red
S: Little positive smell
T: Initially slightly sweet, perhaps cherries, followed by a strong presence of malt
F: Palpable carbonation; velvet, soft texture
O: Very good tasting beer, minus the lack of definable aromas

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Photo of tuowl74a
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MykeJ
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of wolverine0712
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KurtisCarman
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lot of red ales just have an amber hue. This one you can really see the red, even in the head. But look isn't everything. Aromas are relatively dull compared to the robust flavors. Great lakes does another red ale that is more mild but still good. Nosferatu is far from mild. It is bold and delicious.

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Photo of dsippel
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,700 ratings