Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gives those mixes of brown and red colors, nighttime and crimson, definitely the vampire look.

The smell was big alcohol notes.

Taste didn't impart the hops like the label described, kept getting lots of alcohol, sometimes it was quad like from the dark fruit notes, sometimes it was just old barleywine. There's bitterness there from both some hops, malt and yeast giving the dark fruit aspect. More of a maltier strong beer to me.

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Photo of Bt0rbeer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a four pack from local store for $15. (Bit too high). Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Rich ruby red, solid foamy head that stuck around for awhile.

Smell: Toasty, piney, maybe some cinnamon .

Taste: Initial spice and sweetness quickly replaced by medium bitter hops at the end. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, average carbonation.

Overall: First time trying a Imperial Red Ale, very impressed. Another quality selection from Great Lakes. Goes down easy and has a great taste that changes as the beer warms up a bit. Will be looking for more imperial red ales in the future.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red with some head that dissipated quickly. Smell is of malts and hops and some citrus as well. Taste is strong, with the finish showing off the alcohol and the fruit hops. Feel is very full bodied for this type beer. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of EMH73
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish amber color with minimal head and no retention. Smells of malts and floral notes. Tastes is slightly sweet, honey and or cherries, malts and finishes with a bitter hoppiness. Moderately carbonated, goes down smooth, very drinkable.

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Photo of rjd722
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Pour House in North Wales.

Look: Beautiful deep ruby red with a small tan foam head, not much retention and decent lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malts up front with slight hops and cherry (some earthy notes). As it warms I'm starting to get some honey as well.

Taste: The toasted malts come through again at first followed by a big hoppy bitterness. Cherry notes are a constant and add a nice lightness.

Feel: Great balance with the hops and malt, medium-high carbonation. Nice earthy, roasted mouthfeel. Easy drinking and masks any alcohol. Doesn't disappoint!

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8% abv

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby red with frothy two finger light tan head. Opaque.

Smell- Barley, floury dough, lightly toasted bread.

Taste- Sweet at first, ripe semi dark fruit meet the palate such as apple with a pronounced sweet malt. Sugary alchohol with a semi sharp bitter kick. Lightly toasted grain goes through to the finish. Retains the mildly bitter grapefruit hop kick to the finish, just how a red ale should.

Mouthfeel- Medium heavy in body with active carbonation.

Overall- Spot on for a heavy style of red ale. Complex sweet malt with ample hop flavors yet not overdone. Well crafted.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Enjoy by 11.29.15. Consumed 11.23.15.

A: Dark coppery exit from the bottle, is a dark ruby ice tea coloring in the vessel with a dense nature and slow isolated instances of macro-effervesce. Dark walnut toned head is creamy at .5 inches with an average rate of retention. Minimal speckled lacing.

S: Nose is lightly flowery orange and spicy citrus and grapefruit. Toasted grains with hints of fresh pine resins with a light-medium delivery and short duration. Nice combo, just wish it had more emphasis. Was near its end of enjoy by may have been a factor.

T: Malty flavor, deep toasted grain spiciness of sharp citrus and grapefruit hops zing the tongue. Flowery hops, good strength, dry pine, with a background of peppery dry apple skin. Dry lingering citrus-peppery fade, sticky malt and alcohol warmth stays with you. Alcohol and toasted frutiness (cherries, apples) becomes more dominate upon warming.

M: Crisp malt forward mouthful, medium-full body, spicy and malty feel.

O: A red with a deep lush body, toasted malt background with a good zing of spicy citric hops. Fullfilling drinkability, outstanding quality.

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

L: Nice dark red color into a 14oz Stange glass
S: Not too keen on smell, espeacially below average for GLB
T: A little bitter, a little sweet and overall amazing for an Imperial
F: Wow. This is Smoooooth
O: Would have again, 100%. Only downside is the price!

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

APP- Deep ruby with low tan head that quickly dissipates, no legs, no lace. Good clarity, but with some noticeable particulate mater in suspension.

Aroma - rich deep caramel malt, creamy, light notes of sherry and leather, moderate herbal hop, some black currant and golden raisin notes, plum flesh, faint candied orange and pinion notes, faint alcohol, very complex but uncluttered, balanced, no aroma is above moderate except caramel malt aroma. Excellent.

Flavor - rich but not overtly sweet malt base with distinct plum skin character and a touch of earthiness, golden raisin is back, rose, sandalwood, blackcurrant hop character with lightly catty bitterness lingering in a long bitter finish. Peppery alcohol is detectable, but enhances mouth feel along with creamy vanilla character. Very faint orange rind.

MF- Lush and creamy, medium carbonation, some alcohol pepper, long, drying, nearly astringent hop finish.

Overall - Rewarding for those willing to pay attention. One of those you could also just let slide down without a thought, though the bitter finish does hurt that quality a little. Very pretty and surprisingly complex strong ale.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium bodied malt flavot, mostly caramel malt, with a big dose of medicinal hops at the end, very bitter and resinous. Never felt hefty malt reds mixed well with over-the-top hops & this doesn't change that.

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Photo of Bodi
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer, pours red with nice head very refreshing, easy to drink, perhaps the best red ale I've had ever. I had out of 4 pack bottled, would love to try on tap when I go home to Cleveland.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass. The color is a rich, reddish-amber with a nice, thick, milk-covered head and some serious lacing. The smell is mostly pine and hops with a faint cherry. The first thing I taste is a touch of caramel and malt that is quickly eclipsed by a hoppy bitterness, and finishing with a sweet cherry. It's a roller coaster of a taste experience. To me, the strength of this ale is its taste and its mouthfeel. The 8% ABV is perfect: it's substantially but easy drinking and refreshing. It's a really nice ale.

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Photo of NoFishsticks
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully with a full head that lasts and lasts. Poured into a 16oz Pilsner glass (unsure if that makes a difference or not) but the 2" foam head and color of this Imperial Red Ale was gorgeous. Not very hoppy but a great, easy drinking flavor that - even with 8% ABV - makes you want another! I don't like that it is sold in four packs - that would be the main downside - but this baby is a real treat and makes me want to explore additional Imperial Reds... You will not be sorry!!

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Photo of fscottkey
2.63/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [4.25] Beer is a deep ruby red. It pours out with a thin head that looks off white. The head is pretty underwhelming. The bottle lists the IBU (70) ABV (8.0%) and the best by (11/19/15).

S: [1.75] initially I got some caramel but then it was all beets. That is my best descriptor - cooked beets.

T: [2.75] Does not follow the nose exactly (The beets are still int he background). In the front I am getting bitter, metallic.

M: [3.00] The mouthfeel is acceptable along with the carbonation. There is a slight lingering bitter on this one.

O: [2.75] I am rarely this black and white but - I do not like this beer. The nose is actually offensive to me. The taste is slightly better. I really like Great Lakes - but this is just a huge miss. I would not drink this for free if I was thirsty.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had at Bocktown in Robinson with Leah. Beautiful amber color. Nicely balanced between barley and hops! A very drinkable selection. Always enjoy the brews from Great Lashes Brewery!

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Photo of beergoot
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle info: BEST BY 11/29/15

Reddish-orange body; thick, dense, creamy head; sticky lacing all down the glass. Malty, slightly spicy aroma; cherries and cinnamon. Gently toasted grain flavor with a mild, almost fruity edge; mellow hop bitterness. Heavy yet smooth and gentle mouthfeel; warm; good balance of sweetness and dryness throughout.

A very pleasurable, well-balanced beer combining a rich malty depth and a soft, nicely counterbalancing hop bitterness. It hides its relatively high ABV quite well and lets the sweetness of the grain bill really shine. A big beer that delivers excellent flavors and mouthfeel while remaining very approachable.

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

From the Squealer, it pours areddish amber with a moderate head. Very mild scent. Taste is very mild and pleasant. Extremely drinkable and dangerous as the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Beware!

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

Good tasting imperial red ale. Mildly bitter but easily tolerable. Very drinkable but most certainly best as a cool fall day brew. Alcohol packs a decent punch but isn't noticeable in the taste.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Dark, somewhat hazy amber with generous off-white head that leaves lacing and bubbles on the surface
Smell: Piney citrusy hops
Taste: Caramelly bready malts deftly balanced by citrusy, piney hops. Long, moderately bitter finish. Alcohol was not easily perceived.
Feel: full bodied, somewhat viscous mouthfeel and average carbonation

Overall: A nice balance between characterful malt and hops flavors. Also, I like the strength - 8% is a personal sweet spot for these kinds of brews. Not sure I would get this one again given the price, but definitely worth a try.

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

i would drink this with max schreck and buck dharma.

that's red. like really red. almost blood-like.

smells floral and piney, with some earthiness. flowers on a pine box being lowered into a hole 6 feet deep. i get it.

sweet, too. almost cherry-like, with a bitterness to it. i can't really get the whole dracula thing to work with the taste.

mouthfeel is slightly viscous and coats my mouth. definitely thicker than water.

that's a damned good beer for october.

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Photo of hman43
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours dark amber with a white head. It has aromas of floral hops, roasted malts, some pine, and citrus fruits. It has a pleasant mixture of floral hops and smoky malt elements with a moderate bitter kick on the palate.

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Photo of musicsherlock
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice creamy, thick tan head a top a red-brown elixir. A good mix of bready malts and earthy hops in the nose. Similar taste with sweet bread up front and bitterness in back. Good amount of carbonation, good for me as I like the lager mouthful but possibly not creamy enough for an ale. Overall very good, will revisit.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours a red/brown with a solid white head. it is neither red nor brown, a nice mixture of both.

smells like earthy pine some sweetness to it.

tastes like a standard double but has a nice alcohol warmth to it. very full tasting beer. it is definitely a red ale, that is for sure. has a nice full taste, good hop notes as well.

goes down smooth, a very good beer. this beer is not perfect but it is damn solid. a nice seasonal offering for sure. glad i picked up 2 4-packs. Very creamy for a red ale, it's a nice addition to this kind of beer.

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Photo of slusk
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear red with little head

S: Balance of piney hop with a bit of brown sugar and cherry.

T: Bitter bite up front balanced with sweet, bready malt. A bit of oak and dark cherry with some earthy pine. A bit boozy. Finishes semi dry.

F: Medium body, low carbonation somewhat chewy.

O: A very nice warmer. The bitterness balances the big malt profile creating a nice warmer. Well done brew.

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

The beer pours a nice fluffy lightly reddish head that takes awhile to dissipate. The beer itself is a very attractive clear blood red. There really is no other way to describe and it's good to see that Great Lakes decided to go all the way with the vampire theme.

The smell and taste are good even if they are a little subdued (Although, the taste has much more stronger notes than the smell). The hop notes seem to be of a few varieties: earthy, a tiny bit of pine and some grass. However, the hops are buried heavily beneath a very sweet malt note. The malt note has notes of caramel and a tiny bit of toffee. The taste in particular also happens to have a creamy vanilla note to it.

The feel is a bit heavy bodied and is very smooth. It definitely felt nice and different from any other Imperial Red Ale.

Overall, a pretty good and very different amber ale.

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