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RATINGS: 839   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dphoxie (115) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2012
I enjoyed this from a bottle (poured to a glass) at my favorite shop. Hadn’t heard of it, didnt know what to expect. Its a big strong ale. the color was a beautiful dark orange/copper. taste was BIG, but balanced. I dont have the most refined palate, but I just couldnt tell if it was malty or hoppy. I suppose it was both. there was a stiff bitterness, but also plenty of sweet caramel to back it up. really enjoyed this. Will go back to it next time i find it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 17, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Poured richly and ruby red with tight froth head and nice lacing. Aroma of aggressive fruit sugars and floral hops. Caramelly sweet with slight burnt toffee and spicey yet floral hop bitterness. Pricey but don’t be scared....

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Feels hoppier than it is, and the mouth feel is a little light. There’s a nice nutty flavor underpinning the bitterness. Doesn’t compare to the Lake Erie Monster, and doesn’t really offer anything radically different to justify it either. It’s pretty good for what it is.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dr_MedievAle (107) - USA - OCT 27, 2013
dark, but sparkling clear, copper color. spicy/earthy hops on the nose, taste: bitter and floral hops, saltiness, a little bit of malty sweetness. palate: thin body, average carbo, bitter and long lasting finish. is this the ’bite’?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Complex fruitty/hoppy aroma and rich fruit flavor without being a fruitty beer. Very smooth finish and easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Pours a beautiful ruby/amber color, similar to the shading of the picture on the bottle. Nice one finger head of off-white head tops it all off. Scent is of caramel, hops, hops, and more hops (mostly pine). This is how a strong ale ought to smell. Taste starts with a strong bitter flavor from the strong hops, which gives way to brown sugar and caramel, along with a slight cherry flavor and some biscuityness (should be a word). Mouthfeel is very pleasant; strong bitterness is quite enjoyable, medium body and heavy carbonation makes this great even if sweetness begins to overbear at some point.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This beer reminds me a lot like Gumballhead. It pours a nice amber/red color, with a sturdy head. he nos is filled with a hell of a lot of hops, which I like a whole hell of a lot. There’s also a slightly citrus smell, with parts of cane sugar. The smell delivers the taste, true hops, light lemon/green apple. the finish is smooth and bitter, with a touch of alcohol. All in all, this is a damn fine beer!

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2013
From bottle. This is a very well balanced beer. Hops were subtle, bitterness mild and maltiness fair. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffhobo (94) - Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Clear amber red. Like diluted blood with a thin film of head atop. Nose is sweet, fruity red wine with a ton of american hops. Lots of grapefruity citric aroma. The taste is very similar. Lots of fruits, such as grapes, cherries, rasberries, and of course the whole host of citric fruits associated with the hops. Huge spicy herbal bitterness in finish, along with a strong mineral flavor.


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