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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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Okay. Me and this brew have had our differences in the past. I've left it in the back of my fridge for months now, the famous Nosferatu giving me the evil eye every time I select another brew instead of him. This will be my third year trying a single of this beer. The last two times have not gone well. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Appearance - A thick, creamy head that laces excellently to the glass. About a half-finger of head coats the surface of the beer. The ale itself is a deep, blood-amber with a roasted maroon/burgundy quality. Carbonation creeps up the glass. A really bewitching appearance.

Smell - Nothing outlandish. Alcohol and dark cherries with a hidden roasted malt trait in the hindsight. Not terrible; not impressive. Here goes nothing . . .

Taste - A relief. This proves that my tastes have indeed changed over the last year and a half. The entire beer has a strong roasted alcoholic feel to it. The taste of strong beets and dark cherries reign supreme. As the bottle describes, a strong ale with a powerful bite attached to it. Sweet malt with red wine-like qualities.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - While this brew and I get along much better than we did in the past few years, it is still far from my favorite strong ale. Still, it is chock-full of roasty fruits and does a bit of damage to the palate. Medium to heavy-bodied. I will try another one of these fresh when the new season rolls around.

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Pours a dark amber color, with a small off white head. Smell of big caramel malt, juicy citrus hops, and hints of sweet Ripe fruits. The flavor is fairly sweet as well, caramel malt, and wood notes, as well as some piney hops in the finish. The hop bitterness really shows up in the aftertaste, and stays awhile in the mouth. Good beer that I don't buy often enough.

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