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

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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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. Best by 11/13/12. Thanks to mrfong07 for sending this one.

A - Pours a dark amber color with a thin layer of off-white carbonation. The dense, but thin, head makes for the perfect laser etching effect. I can make out the entire Dogfish logo on the surface. Great lacing.

S - Sweet orange marmalade, pine hops, and a nice mellowing roasty character. Maybe a bit nutty. Complex and different form the norm.

T - Very similar to the nose. Caramel malts and a nutty/roasty character that keeps it form being very sweet. Some dry, bitter pine on the finish.

M - Medium bodied and smooth.

O - I understand why this is classified int he somewhat ambiguous style of american strong ale. The flavors are very unique with a combination of roasty, hoppy, and nutty. This is a perfect fall brew in my opinion. I highly recommend it.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber/red hue with very light brown head.

Aroma: Nice barley character with some sweet hop presence.

Taste: Like this one immediately. Great barley flavor in there, the whole malt bill shines. Caramel and amber malt flavors as well. Nice earthy and hop presence with a little grapefruit. Very good balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. Moderate bitterness in this one, probably around 60 to 70 IBUs. A bit of a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A tad over medium bodied with average carbonation. Easy drinking.

Final Thoughts: I heard some good things about this beer so I went ahead and bought a bottle. Wish I would have sooner. A well-rounded full-flavored brew with a lot of things to like about it. Would I drink it again? Yep.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark amber-brown with a two finger light tan head and awesome lacing stuck to the glass.

S- biscuity nose with piney hops and sweet malt

T- piney-citrus hops kick up front, balanced with a sweet caramel maltiness. Notes of toasted grain offer a solid backbone. The alcohol produces dark fruit flavors and is warming but not overpowering.

M- medium body, medium carbonation, not too syrupy for the ABV, finishes slightly foamy.

O- this one packs a lunch but is well balanced, the malts are sweet, but the hops provide just enough to balance it our. This is definitely a sipping beer and a good selection for a cold night.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice clear red color with nice small bubbles streaming up from the bottom. The head was a nice frothy off white.

Smell was hop forward with notes of fruit and citrus with a hint of spice. This smell was backed up by a definite caramel maltiness. No hint of alcohol.

Initial taste was slightly earth hop forward that moved into the sweet malt. Caramel filled the palate followed by a sharp hop bitterness the dissipated to a nice alcohol warming in the belly. As the beer warmed it seemed to thin a bit in the mouthfeel, however the alcohol did not become more apparent.

I liked this beer a lot, my only complaint is also my greatest compliment. This beer is very simple. Hop bitterness and sweet malt. It is deliciously simple and that is probably its only fault!

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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

A: Clear, amber, lightly carbonated, nice tan head.
S: Some decent hop presence on this, crisp grapefruit, there's some underlying sweetness, not a ton of aroma because of the low carbonation.
T: First, hop presence, then bitterness, then yields to malt sweetness. The flavor is more grapefruit and orange citrus, the malt is toasted bread, biscuity, some caramel. The two play well together and make this a very interesting and flavorful beer. I like that the hops aren't overwhelming here, I find this happens too many times with ambers, which turns them into IPAs..
M: Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, good for style.
O: Not an overwhelmingly amazing beer, but solid on all fronts, and featuring the signature Great Lakes maltiness, which is one of my favorite tastes in any beer. Worth picking up.

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

Pours a very nice transparent ruby colored body with copper hues beneath the half inch tan head that slowly dissolves to leave a scattered lacing around the glass.

Sweet fruity and caramel malt notes rise from the glass as well as earthy hops, a touch of peppery spice, and yeast.

The flavor offers more sweet malt, nutty and caramel, with a woody hop bite, and just a hint of dark fruit like cherries.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a biting hop finish.

As advertised, this beer has tons of character and is great for a cool autumn night.

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,606 ratings.
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