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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 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.


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.

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 couldn’t 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 (2312) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (533) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Reddish orange in color with a fast diminishing white head. Hops abound in the nose, along with pine needles and some hints of cherries I think. Big hops taste, but there were also some malts in there too. Also some sweetness like sugar in the beginning. Hids the alcohol well. A tasty brew. No, I won’t sink to making a Halloween joke here.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
At the GHBF: Deep amber hue with a long lasting frothy head and good lace. The aroma has a hoppy and piney note with addition caramel and bready malt characteristics. Some tangerine and spice also detected on the nose. Wow, the taste starts with a big bitter bite with a nice lush malty balance. Spicy on the finish. The feel is smooth yet has a deadly bite, one you can sink your fangs into. This is a very , very nice IIPA (IMO), a must try. Thanks Joe M for the taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Bright dark copper color with a foamy moderate dark cream colored head. Green hops and mild caramel malt aromas. Fairly zippy feel. Sweet fruity start that goes straight to hops liquid. Rather straightforward brew. Not much complexity. Linger is bitter wood with malt, again, lost in the mix.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Bright red color with a biege head. Aroma of malt and citrus hops. Rich malt flavor is well balanced with hops. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Bottle. Poured a deep amber color with notes of red. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma is big on hops, citrus predominates but a sweet malty aroma is there also. Taste is initially heavy on the malt, sweet, medium bodied. Hop bitterness kicks in with a grapefruit rind finish. Pretty well done beer, definitely would have another.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Love the label (somebody get that baby scanned!). Isn’t blood red as the description suggests, pouring with a lighter orange-red and topped by a thick light tan head. Grapefruit and other citrus notes dominate the aroma. The body is high on grapefruit and lemon, balanced by sweet, thin caramels and toast, finishing with piney bitter hops. Alcohol shows up at the end of the sip after the brown sugar flavors fade. Not thick-bodied but the flavors are dense and rich. Glad this finally arrived in Michigan.


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