Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,611
Reviews:
917
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
434
For Trade:
7
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Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a nice semi-dark red to slightly hazy looking brown color with a decent half fingered white foamy head that died super quickly. There wasn’t much lacing. The smell was super malty and yet somewhat roasty with some light nuttiness about it. The taste was malty sweet and had some of that roasty nuttiness coming back in there. There was a quick roasty nutty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium and showed a decent sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation seemed really subdued, but still okay to me as it wasn’t anything bad. Overall, pretty good American Strong ale worthy of more pours.

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Photo of PGH_BeerSnob
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wiescins
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice RED ale from GLBC here in Cleveland. Nice reddish hue and a good aroma. Not too strong with a nice flavor and good finish. Would like to have one on tap.

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Photo of themegamancave
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of soundaurora
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep amber red with an off white head.

The beer is a little past prime so the caramel malt is coming through strong.

Taste is a nice balance of roasted malt and sweet malt.

Delicious for a beer thats probably two months too old.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, some hops. Taste is balanced malts and hops, caramel, light pine, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting a little more.

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Photo of Gravewalker
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Babalu614
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle to pint glass. Poured a dark red/copper color. A sweet aroma of carmel and hops. Tastes of carmel and piney hops, alcohol was hidden very well for 8%. Very smooth feel with little to no carbonation. A very good beer from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

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

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

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong caramel malt, slight hops, hint of pale malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, hops, hint of biscuit, hint of pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good blend, body, appearance, and complexity.

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

Photo of puck1225
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite styles, and this is a good representative. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Deep red brown color with a beige head and nice lacing. Caramel smell and taste, nice and malty. Smooth feel. Very nice beer that I have been looking forward to try for some time.

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass tulip. Best by 111516 on side of label.

A: Burnished dark red/amber with healthy 1-2 finger beige frothy head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Malty with caramel and toffee with piney and resiny hop character

T: Very caramel malt forward up front with burnt caramel, raisin, and a bit of cereal grain but finished deftly with pine, light red grapefruit, and floral hopping. No yeast or alcohol elements. Just excellent flavor composition. Medium bitterness.

M: Creamy and smooth with medium body at most and low-medium carbonation.

O: Exceptional imperial red ale with superb balance and drinkability. Will be seeking this one out yearly from now on.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- reddish amber in color that is cloudy. A minimal head but decent wavy lacing on the pint.

S- caramel malts with bready and lots of earthiness

F- piney hops with earthy and caramel malts

M- dry bitter hops that fits the red ale style.

O- im not a red ale fan and this is hard to drink...so therefore its a great red ale style!

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

Photo of jmaskell33
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Quesophresco
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Barnoloid
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strikingly red! A beautiful looking beer, truly outstanding in terms of how this looks, with a nice caramel and bready aroma amongst the blood claret visage. In terms of the mouthfeel, this is a chewy, full one. Fairly smooth. Malt profile overwhelms somewhat. Would have liked more balance but I think for an imperial red ale this lives up to it's promise.

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