It's only appropriate that a beer named after a legendary vampire would have a reddish tint to it. No, this beer isn't bloody looking or anything but it is sharp clear red in color. Once inch head that fades a bit but still sticks around pretty healthily and all kinds of thick lacing all the way through. Aroma's are subtle here. A bit of hops, a strawberry tinge and dark malts are what my this nose is noticing.
The flavors in the brew itself are much more pronounced than they are in the scent. There's a huge malt sweetness up front then a ESB like bitterness shows up soon afterwards with more that a dint of alcohol hotness in the end. Firm, creamy body but overall though not a whole lot of complexities and something seems just not there. Maybe it's the weird spicy bitters characteristics that stick around too much that are leaving me a little put off. The remaining 3 of this 4-pack will eventually be finished and though it won't prevent me from trying other Great Lakes makes (cuz I've been impressed with some of the other random samplings I've tried) but I'm just not feeling this one.