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:
2,606
Reviews:
916
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
10.57%
 
 
Wants:
279
Gots:
433
For Trade:
7
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,606 |  Reviews: 916
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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.09/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gives those mixes of brown and red colors, nighttime and crimson, definitely the vampire look.

The smell was big alcohol notes.

Taste didn't impart the hops like the label described, kept getting lots of alcohol, sometimes it was quad like from the dark fruit notes, sometimes it was just old barleywine. There's bitterness there from both some hops, malt and yeast giving the dark fruit aspect. More of a maltier strong beer to me.

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Photo of Bt0rbeer
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a four pack from local store for $15. (Bit too high). Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Rich ruby red, solid foamy head that stuck around for awhile.

Smell: Toasty, piney, maybe some cinnamon .

Taste: Initial spice and sweetness quickly replaced by medium bitter hops at the end. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, average carbonation.

Overall: First time trying a Imperial Red Ale, very impressed. Another quality selection from Great Lakes. Goes down easy and has a great taste that changes as the beer warms up a bit. Will be looking for more imperial red ales in the future.

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Photo of NMA
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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