Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Draught @ Papago
What can I say about this beer other than I “Love It”, have for many years and last night for the first time in years I was able to get it on tap.
The beer pours an unblemished deep mahogany color with a massive head that is frothy and a light tan color, the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, plum like and also a hint of toasted grain, front is ambrosial, top is middling in feel. The beer finishes with a spirited hop spicy bite, light to moderate in carbonation and a somewhat tart and very dry aftertaste, a real treat I must say.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Thick and almost syrupy. Malty.
PorterPounder (5371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wished I would have saved this for winter. Good, full bodied flavor - just the right amount on caramelly sweetness. Nice deep dark amber color. Good strong malty aroma.
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep red color -- strong alcohol overtone with sweet caramel. Good beer for a cold winter night next to the fireplace ... not a summer day in Vegas.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has nice deep redish color and doesn’t look like a beer to me, but what do I know... A very good strong taste that has just the right amount of bitterness.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, nicely flavored, easy to find and good value.
albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great doublebock, deep rich taste with a roasty bite that trails off.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good Doppelbock. Better than Paulaner but not quite as good as Ayinger. Last reviewer made a good point, $16.99 for Celebrator as opposed to $9.99 for Optimator here in Maryland at my favorite watering hole.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
That it costs half what Celebrator does must be worth something.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The OPTIMATOR. The optimum beer name that is fun to say and more fun to drink. A very good beer to drink while eating spatzel and bratwurst. I like the deep dark color and flavor of a nice drinkable Geramn Octoberfest brew.