Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

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 tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark, ruby amber with a huge cap of off white head that has good retention

S - caramel, bready, piney, herbal, spicy; very hoppy

T - toasted malt, roasted malt, caramel, piney, bitter

M - medium bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

The appearance, nose and mouthfeel are almost spot on. The flavor is complex but confusing. It's very malty but overly toasty and roasty. It's hopyy but the hops can't contend with the malts. I probably won't pick this up again.

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3 is charm

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Grabbed a bottle at the brewery while I was visiting my parents- pours a dark amber color with about a finger of light beige head, decent retention and good lacing.

Smells of malted barley and caramel with some light floral notes from the hops.

Tastes very good- rich but crisp. Definitely a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness: definitely floral and kinda earthy. Pronounced caramel at the end and a nice malt flavor to round the whole thing out.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium full bodied, well carbonated. I like this beer but like many from Great Lakes it's not a knockout. Worth getting for sure though.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in duvel tulip
enjoy by 11/16/08

A: Crystal clear, with a dark red color when held up to light. Thin off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves a medium amount of lace. Very good looking beer.
S: Bready grains with a sharp american hops background (smells like cascades, maybe centennials).
T: Hoppier than I remember, definitely american hops (lots of citrus and some pine). There is a nice malt backbone (bready/grainy) but more skewed to the hops. The citrus becomes much more apparent as it warms up.
M: More attenuated than a barley wine but the level of malt and hops are probably similar. More carbonation than a barely wine as well. Seems to coat the tongue with a hop "residue".
D: I like this beer a lot but, it is difficult to place, not a barley wine, not an old ale, it is like a cross between an IPA and a barley wine. If you like DIPAs, you will like this beer. I will definitely buy again. Highly recommended, especially for any hop fans.

edit: I was still tasting grapefruit an hour later.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red with an off white two finger head of foam.

Caramel and toasted malt sweetness, light citrusy notes, earthy hops.

Light fruity stone fruit notes, caramel, toffee, and toasted malt sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly fruity, dry bitter finish.

Overall, for a subtle style this was very well done.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via A friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice red ale pours a bright and clear reddish mahogany with a moderate
head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features light
lacing. Nose of toasted malts, honey, and floral notes with a touch of pine.
Flavors follow the nose with nice toasted biscuit and honey awash in light
pine notes with a touch of citrus in there as well with a sweet moderately
piney aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, smooth, lightly crisp, and lightly dry on the
finish. A solid imperial red.


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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,662 ratings