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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3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by: 11/25/12
Poured into tulip

Appearance: A hazy gannet red looking beer with a two fingers worth of off white head. Head settles to a film on top of the beer and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Dank hops is what comes to mind first mixed with a sweet dark fruit character. I pick up on a sweetness from brown sugar?

Taste: Sweet up front with qualities of caramel and bread and quite malty. Hops come in slightly mid to late palate but ever so slightly in the form of an earthy dank character. I have to note as the beer warmed up I'm getting a nutty note in the aftertaste especially.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth and where's "the bite" described on the beers label?

Overall: Pretty good offering. Not a standout but enjoyable at the same time.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 12oz bottle into teku. Best by 11/21/13.

A - It is a very deep ruby and translucent color with a 2 finger eggshell white head. Fades to a collar and leaves some lacing behind. The red color is memorizing when held to the light, just gorgeous.

S - This is so different from any Amber or Red that you will ever have. There are big fruit notes, more dark type fruits, but the hops add in some bright citrus like notes. There is a nice presence of sweet malt the lends to the balance.

T - The taste is otherworldly. The hops are very fruity and bitter, different that I'm used to, but so good. There are other sweet dark fruit flavors and a sweet maltiness. Some sort of caramel like sweetness. I want to say like a bock, but it is not quite that. I just want to keep drinking this beer. I don't notice the alcohol.

M - It is smooth, slick, and silky. It is more of a medium body with excellent carbonation.

O - I've had this beer very fresh, and 2 moths past the best buy date. The hops completely fade making this an entirely different style of beer from an Imperial Ale. Fresh it is very hoppy, but aged it is a strong/old ale type beer. I adore this beer when it is fresh and look forward to drinking it every fall. It is so delicious.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Clear red-brown with a two-finger, off-white, creamy and foamy head that lasted several minutes and left a nice film. Nice lacing.

S: Citrus hops and subtle delicious smelling malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Dark caramel malt and bitter hops. No taste of alcohol. Slightly nutty finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth and slightly warm.

O: A solid strong ale. I would have preferred a bit more dark fruit and malt and slightly less hops, but still really good.

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

strong ale? much more of an amber i would think. stunning ruby red appearance, held up to the sunlight this saturday am and watch the little bubbles rise to the top and light up like twinkling Christmas lights, very pretty indeed.

lucious red ripe strawberry malty aroma. taste follows, mix of red ripe strawberry and raspberry, cherry. very interesting and delicious. hops to balance. light body, thin mouthfeel.

i can see the appeal to this beer, but slightly mettalic aftertaste detracts for me. im not the biggest great lakes fan, the few ive tried are underwhelming. some beers and breweries are overrated and im glad i got the single, not the 4 pak.

but this was a visual treat. fix the finish and i would have rated this higher.

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