HonusWagner (1316) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown, wispy and brief but present head. Nose is sweet, loaded with molasses, dark malts, and maybe some licorice. You can smell the alcohol, which isn’t good for a beer under 8%. The taste is pretty darn sweet, notice the licorice flavor that I saw before and some alcohol astringency. Very bitter on the back of the palate, there’s something lacking the balance of the beer. If the beer tasted more like the sweet, somewhat roasty front end and less like the needlessly bitter back, it would be a very good beer.
Rated in 2010.
vulcanmeister (171) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 355ml greeen glass bottle pours a root beer colored liquid with a very small white head which quickly recedes. Aroma of malt and butterscotch. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, with a bit of caramel, dark fruit, and just the right alcohol warmth and a drawn out finish of caramel and light bitterness. Really enjoyed this one. Would drink again for sure.
Darkmagus82 (446) - - MAY 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From BA review rated on 2-11-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a brown with a big billowy off white head. The head fades to a thin film, with some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell – Bready and sweet, with a heavy roasted malt aroma mixed with quite a bit of caramel.
Taste – Bready with a roasted malt flavor initially. This is soon met with some sweet brown sugar and caramel flavors in the middle of the taste. The sweetness intensifies at the taste experience advances with it leaving a very pleasant sugar flavor on the tongue as the last drops of the beer work their way down your throat. A nice dopplebock flavor.
Mouthfeel –The body is creamy and the carbonation is quite right. The body of the beer coats the mouth without too much stickiness; making it very drinkable. The carbonation only enhances the drinkability; it complements the thicker-smooth body with a lighter carbonation which tingles the tongue in just the right way.
Overall – Very drinkable and enjoyable. A classic dopplebock in my opinion.
Svesse (6041) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Reddish brown colour with dense, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of caramel, red fruit, prunes, brown sugar, dark rye bread, liquorice and a touch of chocolate. Malty, fruity taste with red fruit, caramel, dried apricots, prunes, brown sugar, dark rye bread and a touch of coffee in the finish. Gentle bitterness. More than medium body, with balanced sweetness. Tasty and well balanced doppelbock. Nice one.
unyora (1) - - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
, bubblegum, bubblegum, basement aromas, cheese, grass, toast
HIGHB4LL (422) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Wilbur’s. Appearance: two fingers light brown head that does not stick around too long, deep brown, clear, slight lacing. Aroma: roasted malt, molasses, floral, a bit nutty. Palate: full body, average carbonation, dry finish, oily texture. Taste: sweet caramel into nice hoppy bitterness on the end. Overall, balance is nice, taste is short and everything is pretty straight forward. Like the simplicity of this beer.
RevBFG (52) - - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Trader Joe's. Clear, reddish brown pour with thick white head that disappears quickly. Almost no bubbles. Smells of bread and caramel. Taste is sweet, but with a dry finish.
wisdomsolo (390) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a decent caramelly sweet aroma. That sweetness translates through to the flavor as well. Along with some maltiness.
beerbaaron (1129) - Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Will always remind me of when I ducked into a nice German restaurant here in Milwaukee to escape rush hour traffic after my visit to the VA down the street. My first time enjoying Optimator (several) including eating an old can of sardines and then downing the juice on a dare for about $30 and then bought everyone a round... fun times. Anyway, the beer is a beautiful ruby brown with a great frothy beige head. Super enjoyable. Super drinkable. Full of brown sugar, dark fruit, bread, caramel, and a really nice smokey roastiness. Approaching full bodied. A whisper of alcohol. Overlooked. Yes ill have another..
wheresyourball (481) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap as a part of a flight. Pours clear brown-red with a small white head. Nose is caramel, fruit. Flavor is caramel, bread, hops; sweet vanilla. Good balance with creamy mouthfeel.