whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 A nice rich, dark beer. Malty taste and alcohol is noticeable but not detracting. The Germans are the masters of this style and this is a fine example. A nice warmer during a skiing break.
egajdzis (5871) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Wheaty, strawey, almost skunky aroma. Sweet taste upfront with a sweet and roasty taste.
sudsmeister (71) - Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great product from Germany. Thank goodness for the "Reinheitsgebot"! This brew is dark, rich, malty and strong. Weak head, but that only keeps the mustache cleaner. Among the best of commercial German Doppelbocks.
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice. Cool name. what else can you say...Very malty and sweet flavor.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good aroma. Nice malt backbone throughout, with a nice roasted flavor. Finishes slightly sweet. Alcohol comes through more as it warms.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Alcohol flavor stands out, otherwise a solid beer. When I think of a dark German beer, this is what comes to mind. Lots of malt flavor and very smooth drinking. These will put you under the table as well with the 7.2% ABV.
ClarkVV (5138) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 An interesting reddish orange hue that looks like a doppelbock, has some straw tones in it. Smells liqueurish and a little malty with some straw aroma.
Initial taste is strong like a grainy/liquor flavor with some malt coming in quickly. Body is sweet and medium full. Thins quickly towards the finish, which is roasty and medium dry. I keep thinking about straw and that dry liquory taste, but that is from the high alcohol content no doubt. A good beer, and drinkable at all temperatures, to my surprise. Could use some more hop character, as it is very astringent and needs the alcohol masked better. Im sure Id rate it higher if I was drinking this on tap in Germany.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was initially funky, but as I am somewhat familiar with the beer, atypical. Luckily, no skunking (damn green bottle)...whew. Flavor is typical doppelbock: raisins, caramel, sweet malts, and warming alcohol. The almost garnet-colored body is rather thin compared to other greats of this style, but this does not cloud the tasty treat that is Optimator.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown body with a tan frothy head. A rich malt aroma with hints of nut, chocolate and caramel. The flavor is rich with malt, strong alcohol and chocolate. A very warming beer.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and wheatey, but slightly sweet, faintly reminiscent of a Marzen. Good clean finish.