5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a red caramel color, small off-white fizzly head, so-so lacing, with virtually no carbonation.   Barleywine like aroma, butterscotch/caramel with a nice sweet hoppy aroma.   Seems similar to Bigfoot.   Quite light on the tongue, minor hops and light candy sweetness.   Smells delicious, but doesn’t pack the flavor punch I would have thought.   Fairly good body, medium mouthfeel.   Finihes with more of an IPA flair.   Malty and biscuity in the aftertaste.   Clean, great smelling, light strong ale.   Pretty much sessionable as far as I am concerned.   Thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade!
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper brew with a cream colored head. Big fruity nose. Starts off strong but gets a little muddied in the finish imo. The front is all nice hoppiness near the middle the malts come in and kind of detract from the overall by adding a biscuity/doughiness to it.
brewrater (92) - akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Next to Burning River, GLBC’s best product. I met and talked to their brewmaster at dinner last month and he made the comparison to Burning River just as does the "Commercial Description." I would say Nosferatu is definately stronger in that the taste of alcohol comes thru a little more than their other products. To be expected from most Strong Ales.
jonas (5258) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herbal aromatic hops.
Amber, creamy head,
Nice flowery and citric hops in good balance to the body.
JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Probably the best beer that Great Lakes Brewing Co. has to offer. I retried this in a small 4 pack I got @ Giant Eagle recently. Doesn’t taste nearly as good as it does at the brewpub. Poured an almost blood red color with rather large head that stayed until the end of the glass. Lots of lacing here. Tastes very fruity - hard to describe exactly what it is, but seems closer to pumpkin than anything, kind of like an overly spiced pumpkin pie. Slightly bitter, but not overly so. You really can’t tell that it is that high in alcohol content. Knowing the ABV, you would expect some warming as it goes down, but you really don’t get that. Definitely worth trying if you are ever @ GLBC.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 -- rerate 01Feb2008
Thanks to SirPsycho for the bottle.
Great looking pour: clear mahogany color with a one finger tan head. The flavor is very tasty and malty. The aroma is pretty darn good too
-- original rating 11Nov2004: 3.8
thx to jsquire for this one.
Nice looking reddish amber color, nice white head and slightly hazy
the aroma is slightly citric.
The flavor is bitter, but uniquely, in my experience, dry. Very tasty
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good amber/brown color.no head really to speak of,Nice malty fruity aroma with a slight alcoholic side coming through,with a little bit of some caramel and a slight hop presence.very nice malty side up front along with a nice sweet side,then it changes to a medium amount of hop flavor but not the overly done amount i was thinking it might be.Mild caramel side as well with a slight alcohol burn at the very end,although still fairly mild.This is a very good brew and would definately rank up there as one of my favorites from this brewer.Thanks go to Robertsreality for sending this rare brew my way.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Maproom, Chicago: Clear, bronzed rose. Wonderful creamy, retentive light tan head. Fluffy aromatics: sweet pine and sour hops…smooth palate: crisp & refreshing – not bitter initially…more sweet and candish – tons of caramel & cotton candy. Only in the finish do you get the true colours and depth of this brew: strongly bitter & full of piney hops…very nice indeed.
SpringsLicker (2932) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich shining clear copper color with a dense, coating, off white head.
Caramel malt in the aroma that repeats in the flavor. Starts sweet then becomes bitter on the tongue. Very nice.
Highly carbonated, acidic start that quickly becomes malty caramel then turning bitter, finishing dry. Where’s the 8% abv??
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle couresy jsquire. Warm red amber colour with a mostly lasting fizzy and frothy off-white head. Wonderful toffee, dark bread, fruity, and pungent aroma. Toffee, dark bread, and fruity malts, with a lingering pungent, floral, and fruity bitter finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth, and surprisingly refreshing for its strength. Great beer!