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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s 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.


3.5
   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 didn’t 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 (9953) - 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! I’ve had Nosferatu both on tap and out of bottle, and my position hasn’t changed. An excellent strong ale, very hoppy and pleasant to drink. The 8% ABV certainly doesn’t 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12oz bottle acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before Nov. 20, 04. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. The color had a reddish hue to it as well. Aromas of hops (still there after a year past its BB date), oranges, citrus, and a light smokiness in the background. Tastes of orange peel, citrus and caramel. Nicely balanced. Sticky body. I wonder what the hops would be like in a fresh bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
geno5 (21) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Blood red with a nice head, faint smell of cherries. Taste was hoopy fruits. Refreshing. Thanx Lou18 for the Halloween treat!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4603) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Thanks to Hopdog. Pours an orange amber with an average tan lacing head. Aroma of sweet tea, maybe some tobacco and slight hops. Flavor I was picking up more of the hops and some of the same things that I picked up in the aroma. Maybe some pine hops as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3415) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Pour is a amber with a white head. Aroma is a nice deep hop smell with lots of fruit showing up. Flavor is hoppy and dark malts. Lots of dark fruit and caramel are in this one. Very tasty and one of the better brews from great lakes.


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