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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Aleís big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Hard to pick out specifics in the aroma. Some hops and citrus. Fairly smooth but the end is pretty bitter. some grassy notes. For the style, not a bad brew I guess...but I donít care for it all that much.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Poured copper/golden with a thick white head. Good retention. Smell like citrus, graitfruit, caramel, courant and orange. Taste was the same. A little bitter at times but on the whole quite smooth. Good bready taste as it went down. Palate was hoppy with good sweetness. Another solid offering from this good brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Clear, reddish copper appearance with a fairly large, long lasting head and good lacing. Flowery, citrusy Cascade hope aroma along with a hint of toffee from the malts. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Taste started out well hopped and was balanced by caramel malts. Lingering, fairly dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Pours clear orange with reddish hue and very thin ringing head. Pleasant aroma thatís hard to pinpoint, but can pick out some hops and sweet citrus. Flavor of light hops, orange, grapefruit, caramel. Creamy sticky palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle from Rileys in Madison. I was quite surprised as I thought this was a lower ABV as it was well masked. More of Caramel candy bar with a bitter finish. The hops didnít take on the sweetness allowing this some complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9558) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Bottle... Clear, amber ale with orange highlights. Small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Citrusy, fruity aroma with a very slight pine undertone. Moderately bitter, grapefruit flavor with a solid, caramel / malt backbone. Full-bodied and ultra creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes dry and grassy. Great brew! Thanks to scraff for the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdubilla (12) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Yum! Iíve had Nosferatu both on tap and out of bottle, and my position hasnít changed. An excellent strong ale, very hoppy and pleasant to drink. The 8% ABV certainly doesnít hurt either.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Pours copper with a thin white head. It has a hoppy floral aroma and flavors of malts, hops, caramel, and fruits. Very well balanced with a crisp finish. An excellent American Strong Ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
12 oz. bottle. sort of an orangey-red copper in color with an off-white head which fades to just a bit of lace. starts out sweet and malty and finishes with a huge hop presence. I really enjoyed this one but I think it could have been a little better with more balance on the front end. Big thanks to Lou18 for this big beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Bottle pours a copper color that is playfully close to full-on red. Nose is instantly alive and surprisingly malty sweet with caramel, nuts and overripe fruit. Flavor starts smooth and sweet like the aroma but is rounded out by a sharp, powerful hop bitterness of citrus. The balance is gorgeous and each drink is revelatory and new.


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