RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hmmm. Perhaps it’s just that my first bottle of Celebrator was old or something, but I’m finding Salvator to be a much richer beer. It poured a deep, reddish amber with a thin, foamy head. Aroma is nice: malty with a touch of caramel and maybe dark cherries/plums. Flavor is sweet and smooth, malty with a subtle bitterness on the back end. Extremely good.
demitriustown (1187) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear brownish-red with little or no head. Sugary aroma with a malty undertone to it that is quite pleasant. Warming mellow first taste with toffee notes and subtile alcoholic taste with a sugary palate. Definately a blood warmer. A fine brew!
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe it isn’t fair to make comparisons, but life isn’t fair, or I wouldn’t have had a summer’s worth of drinking (temporarily) underpriced Ayinger Celebrators before I had my first Salvator. So, the negative: Salvator doesn’t have the richness and layers of flavor that border on Belgian-depth that Celebrator has. But Salavtor is very good, and 25% cheaper, so I’m thinking this will end up being my stock doppelbock. To the beer: Even with the sniffles tonight, I get the strong fragrance of compote and similar dark-sugary aromas. It pours a beautiful red-brown (more red than brown) with almost no head. A hit of carbonation yields to a medium-bodied, sweet sip that finishes with a pleasing soft sourness and refreshing bitterness, which cuts the sweetness. I love just swirling the glass and smelling it. Found it for $9 per six-pack at store on Addison and Leavitt.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to gputty for sharing this with me on a Friday afternoon! Coppery pour with a decent head. Nose is sweet malts, molasses, breadlike, gingerbread-ish really. Flavor is sweet, gingerbread, molasses/brown sugar. Mellows as it warms, drops back to a toffee and malt flavor. Pretty rich, sticky, but not in an unpleasant way. Good in front of a fire on a chilly night!
Tmoney99 (13994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Florida. Pored a hazy brown color with an average creamy light brown head that diminished slowly. Heavy fruity malt aroma. Medium to full body with a rich sticky texture. Full flavor with a long pleasing finish.
rederic (3307) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber-brown color, with a tan-colored head, with an extra malty nose, with caramelized malt, fruity, nutty, sweet roasted malt and toffee aromas follow through on a medium-bodied sweet palate with an expressive malty character, sweet toffeish accent, hint of butterscotch, roasted malt, caramel malt, leading towards a sweet note but showing a shy hoppy finish.
altkencru (143) - USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The problem with this stuff is it tastes too good, and at 7.5% that can be a problem.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2006 This is a mild doppel.... sweet, yet balanced. Smeels like bread dough. Fills up your mouth. Smooth like movie star skin. Re rate: After a few more ratings I must give this a higher score, It is far better than a 3.5, in my opinion.
swebri (16) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Came out of the bottle copper colored with a light tan head on her. I get a sweet bready hop aroma. With a sweet bready hop taste. Some of the hops stick around for a while but don’t over stay there welcome. I’m enjoying it but I liked Spaten’s Optimator better. It has more malt flavorings
kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a nice bold copper color, cloudy with a decent tan head. The aroma was a nice blend of malt, apple cider and apricot. The flavor was rich with apricot, caramel, yeasty bread, and malt with a bit of a bitter finish. Very complex, very nice. Nice and full bodied on the palate, well textured. Great beer for the fall, I enjoyed it.