sladek (2) - USA - FEB 8, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
excellent beer, great malt flavor and aroma, intense malt sweetness and mouthfeel, my favorite doppelbock to date
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lucky me, I’m the 100th person to rate Optimator. This beer looks about as appetizing to me as is possible for a lager. Fine beads of bubbles contribute to a small, lingering head, which leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of sweet, woody malt. Mouthfeel is sticky with a slight tinge of carbonation. The flavor is dominated by sweet/slightly sour malt, which could be a bit cloying, but is balanced well by a touch of hops in the finish. The alcohol content is virtually absent on the palate, but makes its presence known if you have more than one or two. Very good stuff, I’d like to have this one around all the time.
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, almost no head. Taste is sweet and syrupy. Bittersweet finish.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JAN 27, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. Highly recommended
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 I've been having a hard time trying to decipher this one. Every time I drink a bottle I think I'm tasting teriyaki flavors. I just can't think of anything inspiring to say about this one, but I don't think that its bad at all, just not something I really care for.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - JAN 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Doppelbocks are my favorite and this presents a good taste (most of the time) but doesn’t match up to the two I consider the best among those I’ve had, the Weltenburg Asam-Bock and the Ayinger Celebrator. Plus, I am peeved by the green bottles. On more than one occasion I’ve had a bottle skunked up on me. Not something I’m desperate to go out and buy again.
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good dopplebock, and at a decent price. This is not the best dopplebock out there, IMHO, but there is nothing about this beer I do not like. It’s a big mouthfull of malty goodness with just enough hop to balance it out. The color and aroma is fantastic.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
’hey, lets get some of that Optomitrist’ Radical Rob. Dark maroon in color with an orange hue. aroma is not as strong as i would have expected. big and creamy with loads of malt. much bigger hop pressence then salvator, some what sticky and acidic. still a wolrd class beer.
Aurelius (4115) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best deals on a quality beer ($6.99/6 High ABV). A good dark German beer -- good palate without being too heavy, high ABV, roast/bitter flavor. I prefer English/Scotch/Irish brews, but this is one of my more common purchases.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2003 lishen, yull relly -hic -love thish beer. i dig the copper label. pun (the two spades) actually not intended but i'll let it stand). optimator is a perennial favorite, good with guitars, snowstorms and ol' friends. serious malti-booziness that i associate with such brain-benders as carlsberg elephant (tho i haven't had them side by side). it's serious stuff, it should come with a child-proof safety lid. it's not my everyday beer, but i reccommend keeping it on hand for those times when you accidently purchase some weak-weenie beer and need to fortify it. a dash of optimator works wonders on a timid beer.
re-rate: the full earthy maltiness is lush with dark fruits--this one tends to grow on me as i get older.