Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale (review)

Beer Review #147

Its only late August, but as the kiddies head back to school, so too do the autumn themed beers return to their shelves. Today I'm sinking my teeth into a bottle of Nosferatu Imperial Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company, a coven of alcohol alchemists I've been warming up to more and more in recent months.

Don’t be afraid of things that go hop in the night! Rich roasted malt flavors haunt the shadows of our Imperial Red Ale’s bitter teeth.

This 8%ABV Imperial Ale will certainly warm your blood after a few bottles, even if you find the old school vampire on the label a bit chilling.

This unclouded vaguely red ale doesn't quite scream 'blood,' though certainly leaves its viscose, coagulated legs trailing down the sides of your glass long after the subs subside.

At and advertised 70IBU's, Nosferatu actually smells and tastes a bit sweeter than the IBU count suggests. I immediately detected cinnamon and rich raw honey on the nose. The taste has a big, bready malt presence replete with raisins. Only when the beer passes over the pack of the pallet does a firm pine hop rush reveal itself.

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