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RATINGS: 886   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2004
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3169) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 3, 2004
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??

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 31, 2004
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!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - 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) - Mansfield, Ohio, 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 don’t 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. I’ll take Burning River over this, but that’s not to say this isn’t very good. Don’t 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 (1111) - 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 Sam’s 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.


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