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 (8481) - 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.
jsquire (3680) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red orange color out of the bottle with creamy tan head that left a pretty fringe all the way to the end of the beer. Burnt caramel nose. Very sweet malty flavor with lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. There is a darker roasty finish. Very nice beer.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much better than Ayinger, in my opinion. Nice dense head. Good dark color. Aroma of musk, soy and alcohol. Tastes very malty and smooth. Great finished with a nice malt in the back of the throat aftertaste.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice Doppelbock. Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet/roasty. Starts sweet and slightly roasty. Finish is clean. This beer does not have much bitterness, just smooth malty goodness.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ring of head, dark brown in color. Nice cookie dough, caramel and some roasted malts in the sweet aroma. Quite sweet in flavor with very little bitterness and a toothpaste like aftertaste.
MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20