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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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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

Thanks to JDiddy for this extra, you da man.

A 1 finger white head with a tiny hint of red in it and the body is light red with an orange tint. head retention isnt too much and leaves behind lighter lacing.

S Big sweet malts like caramel and and some spice. Very sweet with a slight hop bite.

T Nice caramel malt bomb thats sweet but not overpowering. Theres some hop taste toward the finish that leaves a bitter bite.

M medium feel with similar carbonation. leaves my mouth feeling sticky.

O not bad stuff here. This one had some age on it so I'd love to try it fresh and taste some big hops. pretty good stuff.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-reddish amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing

S-malt and yeasty aroma with hints of sweetness

T-roasted malt and sweet fruitiness with a nice bitter hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation and slight bite to it

O-a nice red ale with a nice biting bitter finish

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. apparently i was a little late on drinking this as the best before date is 11/22/11. long stemmed tulip.

A: a slightly hazed red body has a big reddish white head with O.K. retention. great lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: super chewy. enough malt on this that it smells like an american barleywine. very citrus, especially grapefruit balances the sweet malts nicely.

T: similar to the nose, meaty malty body. caramel, toffee. finish has a meaty amount of bitterness but still has a touch of sweetness as well.

M: moderate, spicy fizz on a full body.

D: definitely a good tasting brew. not quite an american strong, but definitely more what the label says. an imperial red. good balance makes this a tasty drinkable brew for sure.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an imperial red ale, pours more copper in color with a nice thick head. smells a little sweet like a red, with a round hop profile as well. a little funky in the sense that the alcohol in cohorts with the malts is off a little to me. new maybe, not gross. taste quite large, malt driven for sure, but more balanced than the smell. dont think i could drink more than one pint of this as it was filling and strong. heavy mouthfeel and intoxicating. my first big beer from great lakes, not wowed

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA shufon for including this as an extra in a recent trade.

Label indicates "best by 12/16/10," and website says "shelf life: 90 days." Whoops! Reviewing it anyway because as is it's an above average American barleywine.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a two and a half inch, fluffy, bonewhite head that dissipates loudly, rockily, and slowly, leaving tiny spots of lacing everywhere. Pours a very hazy deep red, and leaves thick lacing islands.

Smell: Big American barleywine aromas, with a little more biscuity aroma than usual. Sticky and sugary dark fruit smells along with caramel. Slight musty aroma and a bit of oxidation. Reminds me of the sensations I got when I first smelled Olde Gnarlywine.

Taste: Follows the nose exactly. Figgy caramel, slight oxidation that doesn't clash, biscuity aftertaste. High bitterness and surprising alcohol heat keep the malt in balance. No trace of Simcoe or Cascade hop flavor left; no pine, no citrus, no weed, etc.

If this were marketed as an American barleywine and people said it should taste this way, there wouldn't be much disagreement. Lots of flavor development with the fruity/sugary malt up front, and very satisfying breadiness and alcohol heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Sweet without being sugary. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: I'd like to try this beer fresh, but it's definitely a worthy beer as is. If you're a fan, consider putting some away and having it some cold Winter's night. 4pk of these at 1~2 years old is like having a 4pk of decently aged Old Ruffian or Olde Gnarlywine.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one more than your average BA.

A: From a hard pour came a 2+ fingered tan colored, frothy head that exhibited good retention. The beer itself is a deep rust color, making me wonder if blood was mixed in.

S: Lots of caramel and toffee malts, nuts, hints of chocolate that are almost tootsie roll like. Finally, subtle notes of cherry poke through becoming more prominent as the beer warms.

T: Caramel, milk chocoalate, cherry, but what I was surprised by was the sudden fairly strong hop profile. Came out of nowhere on me! Flavors all mix very, I am impressed.

M: Fairly heavy, well carbonated, creamy with a slight burn from the booze.

O: Another great offering from GL.

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Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,661 ratings