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 | website

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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Photo of majorbase2
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber with a small light brown head, dissipates quickly. A little bit of light lacing around the edges. A little bit murky. Aroma is citrusy with sweet caramel malts, and a tiny bit of pine. Reminds me of a very subtle barleywine, minus the booziness. Not quite what you'd expect from a Red. Taste is a little subdued....very lightly toasted malts, with some sweet caramel. A bit of pine. As it warms, the sweet caramel comes through a bit more, and bitterness starts to linger on the tongue. This one is thin, but starts to get a sticky resinous as it warms. Pretty easy to put down for a 8%er. Overall one of the more tasty red ales you'll find.

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Photo of TooGood
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with minimal head, lacing is nice but short lived. Smell is muted, not picking up much of anything, some hops and sweet malt. Taste is almost an equal sweet/bitter combo but no flavor jumps out. Feel is fabulous, it coats your mouth and tongue and is velvety smooth.

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Photo of Samp01
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber with a medium beige head with light lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast and fruity notes. Taste is a strong caramel malt and toffee flavor, yeast with a good dose of earthy hops for balance on the end. A medium body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. The finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity, some toffee notes and earthy hops bitterness. This brew goes down smooth considering the bitterness and alcohol. Overall a very good tasty brew.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I really like the malt in Red IPAs. It's like a tart caramel, almost cherryish. Then toss in the West Coast
citrus hops up front, and you have a winner. This style needs its own category, and Nosferatu
is a leader in it's class...

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Photo of Bone53
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance (4.5): A beautiful amber color with a two finger tan head

Smell (4.25): Caramel malts and pine hops

Taste (4): Toasted caramel malts upfront that fades into earthy and citrus hop notes

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body and a bit lighter than the abv suggests; Bitterness is spot on.

Overall (4): Although good, there are a few other red ales i prefer. Its a little rough around the edges and could be cleaner overall. Its definitely a superb fall seasonal that beats the hell out of all the pumpkin beers

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Photo of Mikus
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my tulip. Wicked, deep red hue... very little head, small bubbles around glass... tempting, very tempting. Upfront bitterness on the nose, some crisp, malty notes, but rather light aroma overall. This might be the weakest area of this excellent brew. The flavor made up for the weak nose... delicious malt presence with a bit of a bite (I would swear there was bit of rye in this), and a nice, balanced bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, with a nice, clean finish. Crisp and refreshing overall. My new favorite fall beer, different. Get some, get some now, and get some fresh.

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Photo of Rfrick11
4/5  rDev -1.7%

This is an excellent brew. Initial toast and strong caramel malt balanced beautifully with a nice floral hop character. Begins to open up upon warming and takes on increased roastiness, almost nutty. Fall in a glass to me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Bottle BB 11/09/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt and piney hops
Head average (4 cm), light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing poor – rare small island of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor begins with malt sweetness and ends with a hoppy bitter after taste; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.6875. Final weighted score: 3.7.
The lack of lacing is disappointing, but the balance between malt and hops makes this a bearable red ale – it starts off with malt flavor and ends with hop bitterness.

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Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark reddish amber with a slight khaki head. Aroma is a thick caramel and toast with some earthiness and orange zest mixed in. Flavor follows suit with the flavor but hits heavier in both the malts and hops. Moderate bitterness to this thing but the sweetness from the malts keep the hops in check. A fuller mouthfeel. Overall, a very solid beer from GL here. Glad I went with the 4 pack over just a single, though not sure I can drink more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of addiwilliams
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tastes great in the mouth. Caramel malt, a little roastiness, and citrus and floral hops. Has a lingering pithy bitterness that isn't pleasing to my palate. Definitely better as it warms. Overall an outstanding beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

A: Pours a crystal clear very dark reddish amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some heavy crimson highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a few small to medium sized patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts with a moderate to strong aroma of citrus/orange zest and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with just a hint of toasted malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange zest, citrus/orange, and pine hops. There is a slightly stronger than moderate amount of bitterness which lingers for a short while.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly slick/oily in the finish.

O: I found this one to be really enjoyable - a very nice hoppy red/amber. Alcohol is relatively well hidden and it drinks much easier than the 8% ABV that it is.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Grabbed a bottle at the brewery while I was visiting my parents- pours a dark amber color with about a finger of light beige head, decent retention and good lacing.

Smells of malted barley and caramel with some light floral notes from the hops.

Tastes very good- rich but crisp. Definitely a good amount of hop flavor and bitterness: definitely floral and kinda earthy. Pronounced caramel at the end and a nice malt flavor to round the whole thing out.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium full bodied, well carbonated. I like this beer but like many from Great Lakes it's not a knockout. Worth getting for sure though.

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Photo of malprep
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Big fan of Great Lakes and they have produced another good one here. Red Ale that pours and settles well.
Head is foamy and about 1/2 inch. Red Ales can go light on flavor but this one does not. Feel is hoppy and tasty.
Cooler summer day in the Mid-Atlantic and this is a good beer to enjoy today.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled is aged -- best by 11/21/13, so this one probably is a year old!

Pours a deep, deep amber -- almost opaque even. Rich head of tan foam, and nice lattice lacing.

Nose is malty and grainy, with a little diacetyl, and certainly some caramel malts. Pretty typical of the style.

Flavor is rich and malty, with plenty of toasty grains and a heavy body that typifies such a heavy beer alcohol-wise. Tangy bitter touch at the finish. Overall, a surprisingly solid beer for it's age, and quite a big brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red with an off white two finger head of foam.

Caramel and toasted malt sweetness, light citrusy notes, earthy hops.

Light fruity stone fruit notes, caramel, toffee, and toasted malt sweetness.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, slightly fruity, dry bitter finish.

Overall, for a subtle style this was very well done.

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

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a nearly clear, deep burgandy color with an off-white , 2 finger frothy head with nice lacing throughout.

Smells of slightly citrus but mostly piney hops.

Taste quite the same it smells with a strong kick. A great beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the best of the best for an Imperial Red come fall time. I will admit that this years batch 2015 is a little off due to quality issues at the moment. However, Nosferatu is still drinking great and is the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber. Slightly hazy with pumpkin colored highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is a orange tinted off white that leaves thick gobs of lacing on my glass. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of caramel and a hint of chocolate that comes and goes. Mild notes of range and grapefruit.

The taste begins with a strong caramel presence and moves towards a well balanced hop note. Nice notes of orange and grapefruit peaking through again. Finishes generally bitter, but does leave a lingering sweetness. Alcohol level is not noticeable. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Well balanced and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dank203
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

did like this, but it reminded me of tomato juice and/or blood. still it was clean, sweetly malty, had some bready/cakey notes, dark cherries, etc. just had some strange notes to it. can't award the A for my own taste, but being put together its respectable. cant say i would buy it again

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

Appearance: Beautiful red, amber color. Beer is dark enough not to be able to see through. Nice head on pour.

Smell: I honestly could not smell much of anything that distinguishes it's characteristics. I do pick up a little fruit smell along with hops!

Taste: Great bitterness!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking for an 8% alcohol beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and transitions to notes of orange citrus and a light amount of bitterness, both of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a rich mouthfeel and seems heavier and fuller in flavor compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of dtivp
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish copper with a one finger beige head that faded quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops, bready malt and some spice.

Taste of bready malts up front, sweet caramel and spice with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp , smooth with a slightly dry after taste.

Over all a very good balanced yet complex Imperial red that I would recommend you try.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark read with short lived, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe cherries and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, brew.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Label is in the traditional GLBC fashion with phenomenal eye-catching graphics. In my opinion, Nosferatu is probably the coolest of the GLBC beers as far as graphics are concerned. Front label gives a great back story and description of the beer, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a bit of brewery info, web info, and an Enjoy By Date(11/21/13). Neck label give a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 ¼ golden tan head that is of a medium density atop a deep amber/orange bordering on red beer that is crystal clear. Head retention was a great 6min before fading to a thick cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on the caramel malts and hops with citrus and bit of pine resin coming through as well.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of heavy caramel malts on the front end along with a nice sweet citrus hop bite. A bit of bready maltiness comes through mid point with the hops turning slightly resinous before a toasty caramel sweet maltiness hits on the back end. Finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: On of my favorite GLBC beers and for good reason because Nosferatu is just a tremendously well done beer that is perfect for the fall season. It has a great flavor profile!! Try it if you get the chance!!

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Photo of beagle75
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively toasted and grainy, this beer's smell is similar to undiluted malt extract. Some dark fruits--raisin and cherry--are also detectable, though they remain subordinate to the more overt malt qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark estery fruit and husky crystal malt. Acidity is restrained into the middle where notable cherry fruit and vinous tannic qualities combine to make a very rich sensory profile for a pale ale. The finish reveals some late piney hops flavors and unexpected wood smoke, while bitterness is fairly mild for the overall size of this beer. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a malt-forward red ale that appears even bigger than its 8% ABV would suggest. It retains just enough American hops influence to keep it from being mistaken for an old ale. This beer promises to pair with food in versatile fashion, all while remaining assertive in the face of other strong flavors.

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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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