Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep rusted garnet. Tannish beige head. Dark fruit nose. Rich and chewy malts, raisons, plum, medium bodied, and flavors pleasantly arise when warming. Finishes with delicately placed hops, a wonderfuilly balanced beer. Very drinkable, alcohol is hidden, I love this brew, stands up to most doppelbocks.
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Similar to Salavator Double Bock but with a lesser alcohol taste. Excellent overall.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, sweet, fruity aroma. Malty flavor, bready, and a little caramel. It finishes nice and dry with a warmth of alcohol. Beautiful dark brown/red color. Small head with moderate lace.
snowman (9) - Powhatan, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2002 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It’s 15f outside and you are next to the fireplace, drinking this magnificent brew. Is there really anything better? This is my favorite beer. I hear there may be a doppelbock that is better, Celebrator, but as of yet I haven’t found it in the greater Richmond area.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark red brown color. Malty aroma. Sweet caramel taste. Full bodied and filling.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 1, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A distinct nuttiness, but it is has a very pungent bite to its flavor, and it is very sour. The taste of alcohol is too high for its content.
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best beer in the green bottle? Hmm maybe? The bottle is still looking at me like it would like to say to me "why did you bought only one bottle?" .It was very pleasant to drink especially here weather is not the nicest. I believe that Optimator does have all it needs to be top doppelbock!
notalush (4910) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, reddish-brown color. Decent aroma. Medium-bodied. Fairly full and smooth flavor with a slight alcohol kick to it. Not the greatest, but still very good, and the price tag will probably put it in my regular beer rotation.
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
WOW! There is a lot of body and taste to this one. Beautiful dark color, slight hoppiness. Subtle alchohol bite.
trent99 (8) - San Jose, California, USA - OCT 27, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great German Beer! Another victory for Spaten-Franzi!!!