Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale brewed by Great Lakes Brewing in
Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale is named for the silver screen’s earliest
portrayal of Dracula. But beware: one touch of Nosferatu’s crisp hop bite to the
tongue could turn you into an eternally hop-thirsty monster, and it’s pretty
hard to come back from that.
Nosferatu is an American red ale and has its origin in the earliest days of the
American craft beer revolution. Faced with a dearth of traditional English
ingredients, brewers had to turn to available American hops and malt. Imperial
or double red ales grew out of this traditionally medium-bodied style and
emerged with intense hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma.
Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Appearance This was one of the most beautiful heads that Ive ever seen. It was
an off off-white, more like a creamy not quite yellowish-white, and seemed a
mile thick. It left wonderful lacing on the inside of my Chimay glass and little
quarter-sized pits of foam on top of the liquid.
The beer itself was a thick, hazy orange tinted with brown. I mean, I wanted to
take a picture of this thing and frame it up on my wall.
Smell The sharp, rank malts are like a Barley Wine. They are pungent and very
exciting to whiff. The sharp sweet aroma is hard core sugar, most like table and
cane. There are also some serious hops in here that I missed at the smell. Its
like BW in the day time and IPA at night.
Taste This is like a good BW but with a strong malt backbone. The sugar is pure
cane now. Together this is raw, kind of winey malts with big, harsh sugars.
Mouthfeel This ASA is medium-bodied with little sense of alcohol. Its actually
bitter in back of the tongue and has a nice, gliding feel on the cheeks.
Drinkability This is dangerous its so good. Thats the fasted I have ever drank a
Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale Ingredients:
Harrington 2-Row Base Malt: Allows color and flavor from other specialty malts
to come through; makes for very clean beer
Crystal 77: Contributes to reddish color and adds slight aroma and flavor;
contributes great deal to body of beer
Special Roast: Contributes subtle hints of toasty and biscuit flavors.
Simcoe: Unique, non-traditional bittering hop; provides high levels of
bitterness with smoothness
Cascade: Popular in American pale ales; provides citrusy/grapefruit aroma and
flavor; complements heavy malts
Great Lakes' Mission
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a principle-centered, environmentally respectful
and socially conscious company committed to crafting fresh, flavorful,
high-quality beer and food for the enjoyment of our customers. We aspire to
maintain our status as the premier craft brewery in the Great Lakes region and
are dedicated to uncompromising service, continuous improvement and innovative
The Owners of Great Lakes Brewing
Patrick Conway's love affair with beer began while he was bartending to get
through graduate school at the University of Chicago and continued when he left
for Europe and enjoyed his own informal tour of the small breweries throughout
Europe. Returning to the United States to teach in Chicago, he became convinced
that Americans were gravitating toward the European style beers that he so
A native Clevelander with a passion for the city that equals his passion for
beer, he came back to his hometown to pursue his dream of opening the first
craft brewery in Ohio. He, with the help of his brother Daniel, chose Ohio City,
the urban neighborhood that is also home to the historic West Side Market.
In 1985, Daniel Conway was busy pursuing a career in commercial banking. For
years he had the entrepreneurial appetite yet knew he needed to learn more
before taking the plunge. Just prior to starting at Huntington National Bank, he
sought to open his own "incubator cell" with an accompanying venture capital
fund, but at 23 years old, had neither the experience or credibility to pull off
such a plan.
During those years, he often spoke at length with his brother Patrick about
their shared appreciation for beer and the European breweries each had admired
while studying in Europe. Armed with new knowledge of business operations from
his banking experience, he thought the microbrewery idea was "the one" and a
"can do" attitude soon became Great Lakes Brewing Company.