Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes NosferatuGreat Lakes Nosferatu
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,611
Reviews:
917
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
282
Gots:
434
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,611 |  Reviews: 917
Photo of mpolewan
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and deep, ruby brown with a tan, quarter-finger width head that dies off quickly, revealing a mostly barren surface. Not much for lacing outside a rare spot or two.

Smell - Lots of caramel on the nose with lesser hints of floral and citrus hop.

Taste - Hops come out to play on the tongue, though flavor is slightly skewed toward malt dominance. Caramel and a touch of toasty bread upfront. Hops come through shortly after with a bit of floral character, spice and a touch of citrus. Earthiness emerges near the finish. Aftertaste rings with a touch of grain, honey and some citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A good, solid imperial amber, but nothing particularly amazing. For the price, probably not worth another purchase.

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Photo of jayhunter357
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gray88
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

From a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via A friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice red ale pours a bright and clear reddish mahogany with a moderate
head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin layer, and features light
lacing. Nose of toasted malts, honey, and floral notes with a touch of pine.
Flavors follow the nose with nice toasted biscuit and honey awash in light
pine notes with a touch of citrus in there as well with a sweet moderately
piney aftertaste. Very nice mouth feel, smooth, lightly crisp, and lightly dry on the
finish. A solid imperial red.

Cheers

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lagerheads in California PA poured into a pint glass:

Look: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with about an inch of head and some lacing present.

Smell: Huge notes of malt with a slight sense of some hops.

Taste: Taste follows the nose with tons of malt present that provides a great amount of sweetness. Very small amount of hops and pine coming thru as well.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Decent red ale that I wish had more of a hop bite. I guess I am a bigger fan of the India red ales than this style. This is still a solid offering from Great Lakes that I might revisit next fall to give it another shot. I think the price point of this one is also a tad high.

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Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Newport_beerguy
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Furley80
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of golf4collet
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dsa7783
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange. Pours a ruddy, amber hue with ample frothing. Caramel and malt sweetness on the nose with a very similar flavor profile well balanced by no shortage of hops.

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

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark amber that turns to a beautiful ruby when held up to light. Plenty of creamy head.
S: Nice fragrance of roasted malt.
T: Goosebump-inducing. Lovely, creamy flavor of roasted malt. Sharp but not harsh in the least. As dangerous and seductive as Bela Lugosi's Dracula!
F: Despite the temptation to drink this fast (it is that creamy and smooth despite its sharpness), this is truly a beer to be savored. The perfect companion beer to a chilly autumn evening, and perhaps an old horror movie as well.
O: This was even better than I remembered it being! I always look forward to its seasonal release. This may well be my favorite beer by Great Lakes.

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Photo of Shane-L-Waddell
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bartleby91
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is a nice dark amber with a pretty white head.
The aroma is a big caramel malt sweetness, citrus, and pine.
The taste is similar with a big malt sweetness at first with the hoppy pine and citrus bite coming through.
Has a nice medium plus palate with a good lingering sweetness.
Overall this is a really good imperial red that I would love to pick up a 4 pack of.

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Photo of travelguy
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MMOSNN
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shoney_35
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nater919
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,611 ratings.
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