sonnycheeba (4239) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cookie, caramel, and toasted malts, fig, light dates, and faint vanilla. Flavor is bready malts, sweet dark fruit notes, light hop bitterness, and some caramel notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
snoworsummer (3237) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a bubbly off white head. Tastes like dry raisins, booze, toast, light tobacco and ash. Light/medium.body and carbonation. Light aroma of dried dark fruits, alcohol, tobacco, and earth.
jbuskirk (618) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have no idea what the hell Optimator means but it’s a badass name that fits this brew nicely. Once you get this doppelbock out of the shitty green bottle it has a seductive dark body with a generous tan head. The aroma consists of warm booze and fruity, complex malt tones. The flavor is rich and slightly roasty at the start. At the middle of the mouth, there’s a hell of a lot going on - candy-like sweetness, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate - it’s all there. Finish is a little spicy which is nice because it helps to offset the maltiness. I was very impressed by the variety of aromas and tastes that this lager had to offer. I’d love to have one more and take another crack at identifying all of the nuanced flavors. Seriously though, Spaten, this beer deserves better than a green bottle.
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: My wife’s dad
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Poured a dark mahogany, almost brown color with one finger of tan head. No lacing along the sides of the glass. No retention on the top.
Smelled that 7.60% ABV right away. Also got caramel, toffee, plum, amber malts, light raspberry, light cherry and purple grapes.
Tasted a bit darker than the nose. Still that berry - raspberry, cherry and juniper - caramel and plum.
Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish.
Really liked this one. Wouldn’t hesitate to try it again later.
ibrubeer (194) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ Gustav’s (PDX). Big malty aroma. Dark brown color, with a hint of red. Wonderful full bloodied, malty flavor. My favorite German beer!
nickfilary (1) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet malty but a little bozzy arroma, sweet malty flavors followed by a balanced light bitter finish. Very enjoyable beer, makes me want to try to brew a doppelbock !!!!!!!!
TXBadger (1917) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, caramel malt, and some dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes roasty.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The body has a deep brownish mahogany color with a dark reddish amber hue and good clarity. On top there is an average size (about 1 finger thick) light tan head. It is slow fading and leaves behind good lacing on the glass. The aroma has a sweet almost fruity nose with some dark grin notes and a slight hint of a mild sweet alcohol. The flavor has a big sweet malty character and full body with notes of caramel roasted grain and toffee. Hop bitterness is very light and really only comes out a little bit in the finish. There is also the slight presence of a mellow alcohol that adds a little more complexity to the overall character. The palate has a slick full mouth feel with soft carbonation.
HarryPlopper (45) - - JUN 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark Brown color. Very little head, no lacing. Mild scented aroma. Sweet taste with chocolate notes. Very smooth mouthfeel with no bitterness.
Sarlacc83 (1364) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A: Rich mahogany with a red outline when held to the light. Thin white head. N: Clove, caramel, toffee, biscuit, prune, raisin. Moderate earth overtones.T: Tastefully sweet, not cloying. Bitterness rounding the beer off.M: Medium body, slightly sticky. O: Meal for Lent. I think I could survive on it if I had to. Would take Celebrator or Andechser, but I wouldn?t push this one out of the cellar.