Great Lakes – Nosferatu

Tasting: November 15, 2011
Style: Red Ale

Nosferatu

If you like the horror genre, then you are probably familiar with “Nosferatu”. It’s a term that is loosely used as a synonym for “vampire”. Bram Stoker popularized its usage in his 1897 novel – “Dracula”, but he attributed Nosferatu to an earlier writer – Emily Gerard. Gerard incorrectly thought that the term was the Romanian translation of vampire — but it has been shown that the phrase solely remains of literary origin. Then again — don’t all vampires live in the world of fiction?

I mentioned in an earlier entry that this ale was a purchase from a recent trip to Transylvania – I mean Pennsylvania. It’s from Cleveland brewer – Great Lakes Brewing on Lake Eerie — I mean Erie. I really intended to buy their Edmund Fitzgerald porter. Why ?– because my wife casually mentioned while reading something on her phone that it was 36 years to the day that the Edmund Fitzgerald sunk on Lake Superior. Don’t ask me how my mind works — I don’t know myself — but I left with a case of Nosferatu instead. It’s only available seasonally, so I’ll pick up the Edmund Fitzgerald next November 10th.

I love the label art – has a classic movie poster feel to it and I guess it makes sense since the label describes it as a tribute to a 1920’s vampire movie called — what else? — Nosferatu. Also from the label – 8.0% ABV.

This beer pours a blood red color. Well, it isn’t really blood red — but a stunning reddish brown. Really earthy sweet nose. First sip impressions are of sweet biscuity malts and figs followed by a what is at first a subtle hop. After a few sips, that hop grows in character. It’s not a citrus hop — more like an earthy hop filled with strong black tea flavors. Mouthfeel is right on the mark and really everything about the red ale is on the mark. I’ll drive the stake in it at 90 points.

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