iowaherkeye (2700) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz, Please enjoy by Nov 23/06. Pours a not quite blood red, though it is copper red with a one finger beige head. Aroma of pine resin grapefruit, and pineapple almost to the point of astringency, some caramel and lightly toasted malts, brown sugar. There is some candy sugary sweetness, but There’s a buttload of hops off balancing this brew as best they can. More grapefruity, spicy, and resiny hops in the taste. The alcohol isn’t really hiding at all, though isn’t terribly strong either for 8%. The beer has a lingering chalky bitter finish. Not as full bodied as I’d imagined (medium) and soft moderate carbonation. Quite nice.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cause for celebration when this is released, one of my favorites. Pours a beautiful dark amber / bronze with a good sized tan head that does a very nice job of lacing the glass. The aroma has dark fruit and lots of floral hops and citrus hops that blend grapefruit and pineapples. There is a cane sugar like sweetness. Medium to full bodied with a slick resiny feel and a good deal of moderate intensity carbonation. Taste has lots of tropical-esque citrus, dark roasted mlat and some piney woody hops. Very full flavored beer. The finish has lots of grapefruit hops and and plenty of the initial flavor. An incredibly balanced hearty beer that I hope to experience many times this fall.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark red/ brick red type color with a small, light red tan. I am having a hard time placing what I am smelling, maybe some hint of grapefuit and pine. It does smell good though. Has a nice sweet aroma to it. The taste is also hard for me to place. I can taste a nice amount of hop bitterness, but it does not overshadow the sweetness of the malt. I also sense a little bit of grapefruit that I had smelled, there on my palate. This is a very good beer.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewhouse. Aroma: Caramel, sweet malt, and alot of hops. Lots of grapefruit and resin, with some pine and floral, as well. A subtle earthiness underlies the whole thing. Appearance: Deep copper with strong red tint. Light biege head was small and rocky. fair lacing. Flavor: Sweet malt, light caramel and brown sugar, a touch of dried cherry. Hops come in with some grapefruit, resin, and floral notes and a strong bitterness. Palate: Medium-full bodied with a slight stickiness. Medium carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet with a strong hop bitterness. Overall: One of my favorite things about fall is the release of Nosferatu. A great brew. This years seems a little more bitter than last years, but still great nonetheless.
Lowe1983 (1393) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish copper color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and pine hops, caramel, and molasses. Flavor starts off with fruit and sweet malts, then finishes with the caramel, citrus, and pine hops. Decently bitter finish. Been waiting to try this beer for awhile and I was pleased with it.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased at Party Time. Thanks to Ross for recommending this one. Aroma of spicy hops, toasted sweet bread, malt, but not very assertive in my sample. Pours a translucent reddish brown and with diminishing off white head. Very nice mouthfeel. Initial flavor of toasted malt that transistions into a maple like sweetness. Earthy tea flavors in the finish alongside some nice herbal hop bitterness. Nice bold beer without the huge body.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ah fall is coming, college football on TV and Nosferatu in my fridge. Clear deep red pour, with a medium white head that dissapated quickly. Aroma, piney hop notes, some sugary malts, bready, mollasses. Flavor, resinous hops, some carmelly sweetness, a nice earthy bitterness on the finish. Delicious brew, next to the Blackouts, my favorite of the great lakes line.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dated best before 10-07-05. dark copper with 1 finger off white head. Aroma has a huge bready malt character, mostly toffee and mollasses, hops have faded to only a background note, mostly pine resin with faint citrus. Flavor again is huge malt sweetness, starting to develop a little cardboard character, with more citrus hop bitters coming through in the finish. Nice creamy smooth body and mouthfeel. Wish I would have tried this fresh, before the hop charcater died down. Another future re-rate.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this.
Freshness date of 9/23/05 but aged and enjoyed on 6/6/06...
Appears a copper toned amber with a frothy off white head that slowly dies down into a mild cap and collar. Tons of chunky streaks of lacing are all over the glass. Mild streams of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of biscuits and caramel up front with a sugar cookie yeastiness followed by pine and sugar filled grapefruit hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a nice sugary malt & piney blend the comes together nicely.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, very chewy, with palate bouncing, lip smacking sugary hops that lead to a bitter but sugary, semi-dry finish.
Reminds me a little bit of Legacy’s Hedonism for some reason but more balanced and a bit more drinkable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A more impressive offering from Great Lakes. Hazy amber body under a fleeting beige head. Hops assault the nose with touches of caramel, herbal tea, and a splash of vanilla. Medium body with a smooth full mouthfeel. The flavor started with sweet caramel honts but came on strong with the hops bitterness. Quite nice.