DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I found this Spaten to be pleasantly strange to put it mildly. The aroma begins with kicks of heavy malt and dark fruits..fairly simple but quaint. The pour appears brown with heavy heavy carbonation but is a nice fiery red when put up to a light source. Good sized head complete with a beige head leaving a slight bit of lacing on my glass.. a nice looking dark. The flavor however was a bit funky to say the least. At first the dark fruits and malt blended into a somewhat nutty taste..very strange. It then matured into the beer i was expecting which was a heavy dose of malt supported by a cast of plum, and grapefruit flavors..very nice indeed. It is a dopplebock, but geez the malt was a bit in excess here..i didnt care to much for the ending where the fruityness subsided. An average doppelbock, but a pleasant drink nonetheless once i got involved with it.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper colored beer w/ light beige head, nice lace on glass; Munich malt, caramel/melanoidin, clean aroma with some alcohol. No dark fruit like some examples; Malty flavor w/ some caramel, very well balanced, finishes a little dry, clean and slightly astringent. Slight hop flavor in the finish. Carbonation level is good for a dopplebock with a slight warming alcohol mouthfeel. Much better on tap as opposed to a bottle.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aroma is a malt lovers paradise, lots of maltyness, a slight roassted aroma and just a hint of fruityness. the dark brown and very clear body hold the tan head for longer than expected at this alcohol level. the flavor is a combination of malt and alcohol with just enough hops to rein it in and keep it from going crazy sweet. there are some dark fruit flavors and a touch of hop flavor and bitterness that fit the style perfectly. this thick, full-bodied beer has low carbonatino and coats the tongue with it goodness. it is a slightly warming beer with lots of flavors to enjoy and plenty of alcohol to make everything else enjoyable too.
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not as goof as the "ayinger celebrator" but still very good. Complex malts with nice sweetness not too overpowering.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Complex malt flavors mildly sweet. Aroma is so so, filling. I miss a hop flavor I just may not be a Bock man
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RE-RATE: Tried this on tap, and I swear I must have had an OLD bottle this first time I drank Optimator. Very dark amber pour, a small amount of light is visible through the glass. Smells of fruit, coffee, amaretto and cream. Flavors are tangy at first, sweet and hearty on my tongue. Enjoys a smooth finish of caramel and amaretto. Wonderful.
RDeschain (10) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first beer I""ve tasted ’by the book.’ Even took notes! I love doppelbocks, but this is not my favorite. The aroma is inviting, malty, and sweet with a hint of molasses. The color is dark, gorgeous and welcoming, teasing you with just the most obscure view of what""s on the other side of the glass. There was little head to speak of, and it disappeared rather quickly. The brew was very active and bubbled like champagne through to the last swallow. I expected a thicker, more maliable palate, but was very disappointed. It was thin and seemed to want to leave the mouth before it""s time. The flavor was rich and sharp, with initial chocolaty roasted malts coming through but quickly being overtaken by hoppiness and alcohol. The aftertaste was alcoholic and a little medicinal for my taste. Overall, a good beer, but somewhat disappointing compared to many of it""s doppelbock cousins.
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
good malt nose, head dissapates a bit fast but nice big, not too sweet malt taste with just the right amount of warm alchohol finish.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks good and tastes good. Malty/spice nose with caromel and dark fruit flavors.