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Press Release: Great Lakes Brewing Company Announces 2013 Seasonal Program
 
Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$10.99 4-Pack
Binny's Orland

Enjoy by 12/5/07

Nosferatu exits the bottle a highly polished crystal clear copper. A two finger soapy, dirty white head formed on the pour and fell rather quickly to a nice crown. On it's way down it left behind small patchy lacing. A good looking beer but the head seems to be somewhat slacking.

The aroma has a strong hop presence but keeping up is a generous helping of caramel and toasted grains. Over the top of the maltiness lays brown sugar coated grapefruit and a faint whiff of alcohol toward the back. Unfortunately the smell is a little faint. It picks up a little with each swirl but disappears just as fast.

Things start off with a solid caramel backbone but a buzzsaw like hoppiness cuts directly through. Bitter grapefruit and pine combine to obliterate the caramel maltiness. This beer, to me anyways, has all the qualities of a IIPA. There's a squeeze of orange on the finish just before a spicy alcohol kicks in. The alcohol is noticeable and warm but adds to the depth instead of getting in the way.

Medium body with smooth creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is sluggish and lets all that hop resin linger on the tongue longer giving it that freshly stomped on feeling.

This is an easy beer to put away but it will tear up the tastebuds. The alcohol warmth gets the cheeks warm after half a glass and will warm you up rather quickly.

Nosferatu is another good beer froom Great Lakes. I guess that goes without saying. I believe the American Strong Ale category is designed to be a catch-all of sorts but this beer is more along the lines of a IIPA. Great Lakes calls it a Stock Ale. Try one and decide for yourself.

Reviewed: 12/7/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 16 4 7 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 9-18-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to DavidEddie for this extra!

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice amount of foam which takes its time to settle down, also has some good lacing. Hop aromas of grapefruit, citrus and pine are well represented as well as some dark fruits and sweet cherries. Some caramel and toasted malts support the hoppy profile to make a nice salad of citrus, dark fruits, and biscuit and caramel malts. Taste is similar to the aroma, which is good. I get some dark and ripe fruits with some sweet and malt finish. Hop bite is more subtle than I expected from the aroma. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the thin side but the carbonation is very good and helps to hide the alcohol wickedly well.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tayner on 12/30/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 5 6 2008
pours a copper/dark honey color with a tan/off white head, nice sticky lacing

warm alcohol, caramel malt, honey/molasses/candi sugar sweetness and leafy hop residue in the nose.

sweet, sticky, sugary malty beer up front with a warming alcohol all the way through. it finishes with a bitter, grapefruity, spicy hop profile that is a bit harsh overall.

Coating and full mouthfeel

Not a bad beer, but slightly off balanced for me. a better blending of the sweet and bitter overall to get a smoother experience would help this one.

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by bakes on 11/21/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2008
Pours a dark red-orange in the glass, with a white head that lasts a long, long time. Aroma is caramelly malt with some solid leafy hop spiciness, agree with TT that there's a hint of strawberries in there.

Warming alcohol right up front, with a thick, chewy caramel malt base to it. Bitterness is slightly coarse, with a nice leafy citrusy hoppiness whose spiciness is carried to the olfactory senses of whiffs of alcohol. Finishes slightly sticky but dry, bittersweet caramel, and lingering whiffs of alcohol. Nicely chewy and supports the beer well.

I've had this beer a couple of times, and it's always struck me as being greater than the sum of its parts overall - I find myself thoroughly enjoying it more than the individual rating numbers would suggest. A nice cool fall day warmer.

p.s. tavernjef's review below is awesome prose :thumbup:

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
A - Deep garnet body that is crystal clear. Sitting atop is a dense looking half inch tan head made up of tight bubbles. Good retention.

S - Big caramel malt nose. Some light fruit, mostly strawberry. Slight notes of citrus.

T - Big and fairly boozy. Very buttery. Caramel malt dominates the flavor here. Some molasses. Citrus hop notes at the beginning that enter and exit pretty quickly. Finish has a bit of a bitter wash to it, but not particularly strong bitterness.

M - Medium full bodied and a little "slick". Carbonation is a touch fuzzy, but nothing that gets in the way of enjoyment.

D - Good brew with a nice solid malt base to it. Won't knock your socks off, but definitely worth a look.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/23/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 10 18 5 10 0
Deep dark clear coppery auburn color. Hmmm...remindes me of the color of that cleansing/prep liquid the surgeons use just before cutting you open. Coincidence? Castle-on-a-hill towering, fluffy, kinda crunchy topping of lightly parched yellow foam sits for eternity. Lots of big moth-holed sheeting lace is plastered like cob webs all over the glass. Some in the shape of bats!?

Aroma is a hop hum dandy of toasted candy caramel, toasted grains, leafy crisp hops and a delicate natured little squeeze of grapefruity pine resin. And dare I say a bit of dampness of thick forest air seems to be lurking underneath. Must be the pine?

Taste is yum, yum, suck the flavor from my tongue. Great hoppy taste with a finely bittered tone and snappy crunch to it. Bright, brittle, leafy, citrusy grapefruitified and resin loaded with light piney parchments. Wow! Quite a fun ride of goodness. The flavors really pop and are bright with a intensity of a vampires' eyes. Just a bit of the toasted stuff makes its way through the fog of hops. As the hops play their part drenchingly deep of uncontested mastery and well-balanced, high toned, flavor sucking, palate quenching goodness!

Body of the beer is crisp, lasting, and bright. Nothing a caped casket dweller would prefer, but damn suiting none-the-less as it fits the profile immaculately! Crunchy, snappy, hoppy, and superbly balanaced in the way a nice IPA would be. Surprising. Super clean finish with a dryish pine, citric, toastified fluffy bite on the palate. No turtle neck or stake needed here as its creamy, slick and oily backing is so drenchingly satisfying.

If this were the nectar I needed to survive by sucking the necks of beautiful women or big brown bottles the world round then let it be so. This stuff's better then blood any day, or night. Mmmaaaawww...HaaaaHaaa...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 8 16 5 8 0
awesome dark, clear amber color. Smell is pretty good. Pours kinda flat, but the head that is there stays a while. Taste is very good, malty and caramel are there with a little hops. Very good brew.

Served In: Pint Glass

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