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RATINGS: 929   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle: Pours a dark red/ brick red type color with a small, light red tan. I am having a hard time placing what I am smelling, maybe some hint of grapefuit and pine. It does smell good though. Has a nice sweet aroma to it. The taste is also hard for me to place. I can taste a nice amount of hop bitterness, but it does not overshadow the sweetness of the malt. I also sense a little bit of grapefruit that I had smelled, there on my palate. This is a very good beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Odyn (266) - New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 Full of flavor with complex body. Definitely a beer to sip, not an all day drinker. Not one for the faint hearted!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2008
dark amber pour when she comes to the bubbles shes in ttrouble sweet and sticky wet scotch and honey aromas of loving in the middle of the experience I came.. to the conclusion that she was good

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Clear deep red pour with a lasting foamy tan colored head. A great looking beer! Aroma is a small amount of resiny hops underneath a malty backbone. Good smooth mouthfeel, very mildly carbonated. Slightly fruity taste with a nice hop bitterness in the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
Poured a nice dark cherry color with a medium sized tan colored head. Left great lacing all the way down. Citrus aroma that seemed a blend of fruits that I could almost but not quite pick out, nice hops in the nose as well. Spicey malt flavor covering a subdued citrus flavor. Ended with a bitter piney finish that did not linger to long.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mambossa (256) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Clear royal-red pour with two finger off-white head (fairly vigorous pour). Malt-loaded toastiness, autumnal foliage and sweetness, inklings of cascade-like hops on nose. As always with Great Lakes, supremely balanced. Sweet, richly gliding toasted malts escorting a tapered yet satisfying grapefruit flowery hoppiness. Artfully crafted. Not sure about such negative reviews, but Great Lakes tends to brew very traditionally and with great balance and integrity. Of course it wonít be a complex hop bomb, itís a red ale. Either way, very proud to be a stones throw from these guys.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Seeing as how this beer is called Nosferatu, I expected it to be one of two colors. Dark as night, or blood red. It was neither, rather it was amber. Despite the color being not what I expected, this beer certainly has "bite". They call it an Imperial Red Ale, but it tastes and feels much more like an IPA to me. It has all the familiar characteristics like the dry finish, the huge hoppy, almost piney flavor. Itís quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankman (255) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Finally tried it and I was happy. Not quite as bitter as an IPA, it has a nice blast of malt to calm it down. It also has a light fruity falvor but seems to be a bit heavy compared to similarly styled beers, but that being said it is a pretty good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
This is a good beer and itís too bad itís not brewed all year round. I love the hop flavor!!! Good and bitter and very smooth. Red as the label.

3.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Great beer; although I can't say it's one of my favorites from Great Lakes(they have too many other greats). There is a strong hop presence but it is expertly balanced so the hop "bite" is mellowed out in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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