What? Well, at least the last part is true. I first saw Great Lakes Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale at a Wegman's weeks ago, and I knew I wanted to try it, so the weekend before Halloween seemed to be the perfect time.
I have to admit that for some time I have not been all too pleased with red ales. I think it may have something to do with the bad taste of Killian's Irish Red, but needless to say I was pleasantly surprised by this ale, but in retrospect, I suppose I shouldn't have been. If you have read any of our other Great Lakes reviews on The Ferment Nation, you know that they get rave reviews here. This imperial red ale has a nice floral hoppy nose, and it has some kick to it at 8.0% abv. It was crisp and tasty, and I would like to see it in a six pack. I wanted to try this beer so bad, that I don't even remember how much the four pack cost me, but I liked it a lot.
And this imperial red ale goes nicely with food, too. It was a dark and stormy Saturday, but good beer and food brightens up any day. Citizen Elizabeth* and I enjoyed some Szechuan style Terrifying Tofu and Hellfire Hot and Sour soup, and Nosferatu, the beer with bite, held up to the spicy and tasty food quite nicely with a solid hoppy flavor with some body to it. Citizen Elizabeth liked its "nice warmth, and its not overly but tasty hoppiness, and that great red color. What a great beer to review on Halloween!" I think what I like best is that for a lesser brewing company, producing a "Nosferatu" red ale would be a gimmick to drum up sales, but this, like every other Great Lakes beer I have had, is a really solid, tasty beer.
If you have had this beer, tell us what you think -- leave a comment or e-mail me directly at email@example.com. In the meantime, check out our other Great Lakes reviews.
Have fun, be safe, and I will leave you with a gem of modern animated non sequitur humor from Spongebob Squarepants. Enjoy.
*Be on the look-out for a full brewpub review by Citizen Elizabeth to be posted soon.