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Great Lakes 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear copper with moderate white head.
S: It smelled like wild honey and copper hops, with some raisin and dried apricot.
T: It tasted like copper and waxy hops and wild honey, with some sugary apricot and raisin. It had a clean and bittersweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Slick body.
D: This was reminiscent of Flying Mouflan, with similar scent and taste, which is a good thing. The body was decent, but the finish was a bit rough. Age may help mellow. Fresh was solid, but not quite mind blowing.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I would have to say this is one of my oldest "Wants" of all time. I remember surfing this website 3-4 years ago and saw how this was one of the higher rated Strong Ales at the time and I have always loved Nosferatu by Murnau. Finally having it, no idea on freshness.

A- A murky dark amber beer pours from a bottle into my pint glass. A one finger off-white head foams up but falls pretty soon after to just a small ring and some random thin clouds atop the beer. The heads texture was bubbly and foamy and what is left of it leaves spotty but persistent lacing.

S- Some deep caramel malts like an Old Ale with the grains also contributing biscuit, toast and nutty hints. Fruit aromas come as well, with some citrus from hops and darker red fruit from the yeast. Balanced but on the maltier side at this point (age details below).

T- Definitely has that "Strong Ale" feel which to me lies somewhere between hoppy Barleywine, Old Ale and Brown Ale. Strong malts give notes of caramel, toast, biscuits, roast nuts and cracked grains. Hops less effected by age here than in the aroma, citrus peel is big as well as pine and herbal hints. Some yeast bread, spice and dark fruits to round it all off.

MF- Fairly creamy body which is not extremely thick but does carry its weight to support the big flavors. Bitterness still in tact in the finish at a moderate level. Carbonation is smooth and helps the beer drink very easily.

Judging from the Great Lakes website, it seems like this is somewhere around 5 months old and it holds up well. It says 90 day shelf life, hopefully I can get some fresh in September 2013 and re-review it but I will leave this up as I consider it a pretty positive review. This beer brings it all, a nice hop profile (even after months), big malts and a good yeast influence. Balanced and an easy drinker for 8%.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,648 ratings
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