Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was initially funky, but as I am somewhat familiar with the beer, atypical. Luckily, no skunking (damn green bottle)...whew. Flavor is typical doppelbock: raisins, caramel, sweet malts, and warming alcohol. The almost garnet-colored body is rather thin compared to other greats of this style, but this does not cloud the tasty treat that is Optimator.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown body with a tan frothy head. A rich malt aroma with hints of nut, chocolate and caramel. The flavor is rich with malt, strong alcohol and chocolate. A very warming beer.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and wheatey, but slightly sweet, faintly reminiscent of a Marzen. Good clean finish.
hayden1215 (319) - Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown in color with a small off white head. Malt nose with some caramel. Sweet and malty flavor. Clean finsh with the maltiness staying around for a while.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown with a small fizzy head. Medium to full bodied. Soy sauce all around.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep dark roasted chestnut brown with a decent tan head.Very malty nose reminiscent of dark bread(squaw maybe). Full bodied with a creamy palate. Very malty sweet flavor with very little bitterness evening things out. Good but not an Andechs or Celebrator.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, malty aroma. Fairly dark in color, fair amount of carbonation. Carmel in the taste in addition to malts. A tasty treat.
jonas (7109) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh malty nose.
Dark brown with a rocky head.
Malt based finished of with hops.
Somewhat ighter than others of the same style. Thinish mouthfeel an a rather quick fading taste experience.
beastiefan2k (3718) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Very small and fast to go head but a great dark, almost black, color. A slight bitterness in the aftertaste but overall a great taste left in your mouth. The only downside is the thin body.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful brown color with a medium sized and somewhat rocky tan head. Aroma of dark bread, citrus and ripe blackberries. Wonderful roasted malt flavors, some fruitiness and lightly hopped. Full bodied mouthfeel with very little carbonation. Lingering malt finish of bran muffin and honey. I look forward to trying this one fresh when I go to Germany later this month!