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RATINGS: 843   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
Light red color with no head. Kind of a vegetal aroma. The taste was simlar to a basic malty beer. Perhaps a little oily and spicy. Nothing fantastic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 31, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2006 Not sure why they compare this to the burning river in any way (burning river is far better); however, I do enjoy this. Pours with a moderate to small head and has a quite complicated aroma. Sweat malt, ceader, and a nice mix of pine/citrus hops. The overall taste is fairly well balanced. Imediate maltiness moving into heavy pine and resin hop flavors. This is a good beer, and a great selection for the October holidays (particularly with the lable).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Red Brown Coloring With White Ring. Dry and Hoppy... Some Spices Here and Noticable Alcohol....Got the Oomph..but I donít Know if I Like it...On The List to Try Again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CBCPaleAle (73) - Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Orange/red color. A little sweet as you might expect, but not overtly so. Nice bite from the hops. I also noted a hint of clove as did another reviewer. Iíll take Burning River over this, but thatís not to say this isnít very good. Donít drink too many of these in one sitting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
i figured it would be a barleywine, but american strong ale makes just as much sense. very malty aroma, with some cherrylike estery goodness. some hops hidden deep in the aroma. orange-ruby color. tons of hops and caramel malts in the body, sort of hidden by the nose. surprisingly big-bodied, and a very dry bitter finish. very good beer--great lakes brewing keeps impressing me!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
light toffee and hop aroma, reddish orange with a tightly packed lively head, resiny hops, hint of clove, sticky and warming, lots of caramel flavors and subtle hints of ripe fruit as it warms all leading up to a sharp dry finish

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
I can only hope this beer has been abused by Samís Wine of Chicago as I found every bottle of the 4-Pack to be not very good. Too compare this to Burning River is either a slap or a confirmation. I find Burning River to be one of the best beers out there, I find Nosferatu to be everything but. I could find no hops in this beer, only an English musty feel to it, which made it it seem years old as opposed to weeks, which it had to of been. I can only hope this was just an abuse problem by a distributer because I think Great Lakes is one of the best brewers out there.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Dark amber in color with a small but steady off-white head. I couldnít detect much in terms of smell - a slight sweetness - but taste was a different story. This had a huge hop bite to it, with rich, smoky flavors. Very good, score was hurt by disappointing first impressions.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2004
amber pumpkin red...foamy off white head; nothing special with the scent...very flowery; grapefruit flavoring, nice and hoppy; a surprisingly refreshing beer with great flavor

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcanj (23) - Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
Nice color with a decent head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. There is good hops but it is well balanced. I really enjoyed this beer.


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