npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I might just not be a bock man. This did have a pleasant aroma of caramel, and a pleasant smoky flavor to it. But I found their was just too much sweetness backing that up, distracting from the other interesting tastes therein.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great dark color, and nice head. Smokey tasting, almost burnt, with undertones of bried fruit. Very prevalent alcohol taste, becomes overwhelming as it warms. I must say that it is a nice doppelbock, but its no Celebrator.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 17, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Again, I was overwhelmed by the similar taste and smell of purple grape juice. There was a definite prune taste present, and the lack of raisin surprised me. Nice, frothy off-white head dissipated quickly, but didn’t die completely. I would describe the flavor as ’smokey-grape,’ accompanied by a dry, slight prune aftertaste. The only negative points were for the pervasive alcohol taste and smell, which were overwhelming as it warmed. A noticeable step down from Celebrator, but a fine beer on its own.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2001
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If anything comes close to Celebrator, then Spaten Optimator is it. Wonderful flavor with almost no alcohol taste. Even when this beer gets warm, its still good.
ljagged99 (1) - USA - JUL 3, 2001 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m fortunate that my university has this beer on draft down at the student union. I’ve had the pleasure of introducing this beer to several friends while sitting on the union terrace, enjoying the summer sun and watching the boats sail around the lake.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
PRETTY STRONG. LOTS OF ALCOHOL. THIS IS A WICKED BREW. GREAT FLAVOR
k2 (146) - USA - JUN 22, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Grat example of a dark larger. Not to be taken lightly, it packs quite a punch.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 A nice complex doppelbock with a moderate richness to it.
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 An enjoyable, rich and filling beer. Heavily dependent on the roasted chocolate malt flavor, could be a bit more complex as the finish thins out a bit, but the abv is covered well and this serves as a perfect winter warmer.
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 14, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich and malty with a nice maple taste. A little thick and sticky. Settle quite nicely. Warms as it goes down.