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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 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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MercyDevice (331) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Itís called Nosferatu for a reason - the deep red color! Also has a frothy head and a hoppy aroma. Very spicy flavor that is unique and memorable. The Great Lakes Brewery never lets me down.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrpositron (14) - - OCT 31, 2012
caramel, toast, red, brown, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pottygok (413) - Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Aroma: Floral and citrus hops overwhelming. Appearance: Clear dark red with a thick tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Taste: Medium sweetness balanced by a light bitterness that balances nicely, but doesnít overwhelm. Palate: Medium-full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long soft finish. Overall: This one caught me off guard because it sets up to be a strong, bitter beer but itís really well balanced and even handed. The hops and flavors are there, but theyíre not overwhelming, and the malty sweetness is there, but itís not so saccharine as to be offensive. This is a really well designed beer that I would seek out again next year!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evolutionary (252) - Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Wow. Bottle from giant eagle. Red brown and citrus nose. Sweet notes in there with citrus hop blast. Very sweet but not overly so. Reminds me of a red hopslam. ---Rated via my mouth

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mmmkay (47) - - OCT 6, 2012
One of the best imperial red ales I've tasted. Nice earthy after taste but preceding that is citrusy and piney hops. You can really taste the alcohol in this one too. Leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling which is perfect for fall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marv3mania (160) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bottle poured into a snifter. Beautiful reddish copper with moderate white head, dissipates fairly quickly with light lacing. Aroma is strong caramel malts with pine and bits of hops and floral scents. The taste is a fantastic balance of hops and malt with a distinct pine taste and very bitter aftertaste at the back of the throat. Smooth and crisp feel with a good amount of carbonation. I love this beer, one of the best Iíve tried.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zsb19 (152) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours dark red with medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt and juicy hops. Taste is sweet caramel style malt upfront that fades into nice citrusy hops on the follow through. Aftertaste is lingering floral and citrus hops with a touch of malt sweetness. Palate is medium and somewhat sticky. Overall excellent balance with sweet malt and bitter juicy hops playing back and forth nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Star80 (32) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Best by 11/14/2013. Pours our a blood red color with tan head. Smells like tangerines (blood oranges?), grapefruit and pine with some sweet malts. Tastes like more of the same, sweet up front with citrus and some slight tropical fruits. Some alcohol warming, perfect for cooler days of fall. Wish I could still find it for a cold Halloween eve. Mouthfeel is rich and full. Overall a wonderful hoppy stock ale that I look forward to every early fall. ---Rated via my tastebuds and my brain.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (135) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Pours a dark ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Nice nose of caramel malt with a touch of noble hops. An excellent ale that I wish was available all year. Very well balanced with a medium mouthfeel that is also slick. Well carbonated. This is an example of how to properly hop a beer. The hop flavor is pronounced but without a harsh bitterness against a full caramel background. The taste lingers of fresh hop resin. Increase the malt bill a bit and this becomes a Gold Medal exceptional ale. While medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, the finish is crisp from the carbonation leaving you with a slightly sweet aftertaste over a noble hop bitterness with a touch of smoke.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ebone1988 (183) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2013
Aroma is hoppy, sweet fruits, grass, malty. Appearance is amber orange, light orange head. Taste is complex, initially a sweet toffee, malt, and finishing hoppy. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation for a hoppy beer, not too astringent. Overall, this reminds me of a mix between a doppelbock and IPA. Different, in a good way.


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