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:
Imperial Red Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,935
Reviews:
932
Ratings:
2,684
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
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292
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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

Photo of jbu0126
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Unclevince
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dlijoi
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of O-Meg
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 11/5/18 poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass at fridge temp 8% ABV 70 IBU. The beer pours bright, dark copper in color with red tinted tan colored head. The head recedes to a film and slight ring around the glass. Lacing is present, but sparse. The aroma is toasted bread and some earthy hops. The taste is layered sweet and toasted bread building toward a nearly chocolate flavored, semi bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is how hoppy beers tasted when I started drinking craft and it's lovely in it's simplicity. Layers of toasted malts with a firm bitterness and clean finish.

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Photo of jenrhart
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you put this beer in a glass, it doesn't even taste like the same beer. It needs to breathe. In the glass, I think it should be rated closer to a 4.15-4.2..

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Photo of jimler84
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rapayn01
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a tasty bottle consumed last fall (just catching up on some reviews). The high abv is dangerously hidden in this flavorful beer. It is fairly balanced between malt and hop, which is what I prefer in a red ale -- though I'm also ok if it tilts towards the hop. It is not overly malty.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisited 9/9/18
A-Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice head and lacing.
A-Aroma had pleasant malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant malty flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer.
O-A well done Imperial Red Ale

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Photo of joshhug141
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nbrown2844
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tastes exactly how you you expect a midwestern styled amber to. Hints of german influence in the malting, but overall a very authentic beer to the style. Nice biscuit and toffee to go with moderate hops. Very solid beer all around

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
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 2,684 ratings