Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
2,637 Ratings
Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pagriley
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weathered copper orange on color with a hazy viscous appearance. Poured with a short off-white foam that slowly reduces to a wispy cap that leaves random sticky lacings on the glass. Malty caramel aroma is prominent with sweet candied apples, citrus orange, earthy pine aromas, and a touch of booziness beneath. Thick, grainy feel that supresses the carbonation a bit. Caramel and toasted malt flavors up front with ripe apple sweetness followed by tangy citrus hop flavors through the middle that slowly evolve into a combination of resinous pine hop bitterness and boozy heat at the finish.

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Photo of bruachan
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the hudson acme

almost exactly the same color as the goose island octoberfest i just had: reddish amber. tight head, pinky width, drops to a solid film
hearty brew, with a big malty chord. i think i get some munich in there
big hop, too, with a piney finish

great balance. very complex. aroma could have been stronger
gives arrogant bastard a run for its money, and the best brew in GLBC's arsenal that i've tasted

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.78/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark amber pour with a small off-white head, rescinding quickly, and decent lacing.

S: Very malty with the hops coming through predominantly. Some caramel and spiciness in there as well.

T: Hop bitterness all over the place. Piney, but mostly malty and caramel. Hops stay on the palate for a long time after the last drink.

MF: Medium body and carbonation. Oily with a bit of a bite.

D: Not high for me. Intense hops make it tough to drink it consecutively.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a tasting glass. 2010 and 2011 tasted side by side. Review is from 2011 version. Thanks to readbaron for bringing the 2010 and bauermj for the 2011.

Appearance: Nosferatu pours a translucent copper color with a light cherry tint. A very creamy cap rests gently on top with enough stubbornness to stick around for the whole glass.

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malt in the forefront, with a light spiciness and a generous dose of hops. Grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine are noticeable.

Taste: The flavor starts with a full caramel malt sweetness that persists throughout each sip. The flavor turns to grapefruit, orange, and apricot hops, with some spicy fine bitterness to close out the sip.

Mouthfeel: As they normally do, Great Lakes produces a beer with a great mouthfeel. It never feels overly light or heavy, and the creamy carbonation matches very well with the flavor. The beginning of the sip is sweet and sticky, and the end leaves a resiny prickle on the tongue.

Overall: This is a beer that I had been anticipating for a while, and now I feel a little bit let down. Compared to the bottle from 2011, the 2010 bottle is significantly different. Nearly no hop presence, with a cloudy color and an increased sweetness. This bottle did not blow me away either, however.

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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours to an amber/red,, fluffy off white inch of head, leaves a nice lace. Some sediment suspension is notable, and that's fine with me.

S - Big citrus hops, a tad grassy, and some caramel malt peaks through. Holds the aroma well, as this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for quite some time.

T - Earthy and grassy, with a nice hop profile with citrus and notes of pine. Sugars linger in the mouth with a subtle bitterness. This one is well balanced. Alcohol is there but not really overwhelming.

M - Pretty high carbonation, medium bodied, and a fairly dry finish.

D - An easy drink. Another fine offering from Great Lakes.

Drink by date: 12/16/10

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mattcrill
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not much changes with the bottled version of this gem. I notice that the hop profile isn't nearly as fresh and it takes on more of a hoppy barleywine characteristic here which is different than what we had from the tap. Reminds me very much of Bigfoot or Doggie Claws in terms of the hop profile, alcohol presence, and bigger body. That being said, those are some of my favorite barleywines. This is a great beer and from the tap or from the bottle, it's a winner for me!

Thanks to cmaruschak for heading up north and snagging me some bottles.

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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, red-orange color, small head. Lace is spotty. Looks inviting.

S: Quite an array of aromatic goodness here. Deeply sweet, tangy, and spicy with mouth-watering citrus, caramelized apple, biscuit malt, honey, and various other fruit. Slight woody musk in the mix as well. All combined makes for delightful sniffage.

T: All of the above with increased caramelized sweetness. This beer is multifaceted. Deep and dark flavors (caramel, malts, wood, leaves, purple/dark red fruits perhaps) with an edge of brighter, brisker flavors like orange, lemon, grapefruit rind, and perhaps hot red pepper? I may be going out on a limb for that last one...

M: Dense, full feeling body with a medium body-like ease of consumption. Feels heavy, soft, and clean. Light bitter tingle via hops and carbonation through the finish. Very pleasant.

O: This is a very good beer.

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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour produces light mahogany liquid with exceptional clarity, modest off-white head that gradually fades, but not completely, and leaves lacing from the initial surge. It is gorgeous and inviting.

SMELL Rich caramel malty and fruity hops with fairly strong boozy heat. Hard for me to put a finger on some of the inputs, but it works.

TASTE Sweet caramel malty, grainy tea bag, hoppy bitterness and fruity hop flavors all balance well, with a bit of booze also in the mix.

FEEL rich, medium/full body, a touch of alc warming and a bitter finish.

OVERALL a very good beer. Really tasty sipper. Thank you BuckeyeNation for the awesome trade and for providing me the opportunity to enjoy this fine beverage.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,637 ratings
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