Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2003
Damn fine beer. Rich creamy tast, reminiscent of coffee. Packs a punch as well. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Maybe I was expecting more from this beer, but I was not overly impressed. There was nothing really wrong with it, the color was a nice dark amber, almost black, and the head was tannish and stayed the whole way though. Maybe something is wrong with my nose, but I could not smell much in this one. Flavor was good, but it felt kind of weak. Maybe I should try this again. hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2003
This brew poured a large tan head with very little lacing observed. There was no carbonation observed. It had an amber color body. It had a very smooth taste to it. This was a very good brew. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Nice sweet doppelbock. Big flavor of malt and candy, with a smooth, rich palate. thedm (6183) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This brew poured a large head of light brown bubbles that were of fine to medium sizes. It had a dark brown almost opaque body with no carbonation evident. With a mild aroma of malt, it has a complex flavor full of spices, malt, caramel, some chewiness and a very mild aftertaste. It goes down very smoothly and leaves a good lacing as it does.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Excellent doppelbock. Malty sweet aroma and flavor, full bodied for the style. Sweet finish. joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Very good doppelbock, sweet, but not an excesively alcaholic tasting bock. Malty, not hoppy great easy drinking strong beer. SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Fragrance hits with hints of malty maple syrup and cinnamon. Thick black murk lurks beneath a plentiful creamy head. The beer has a wonderful smooth malty body with a touch of hardly noticeable hop at the end. A very fine beer. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Well,this was sure a suprise.Saw it at a local liquor store for $7.29 a sixer. Brown/oarnge beer with a quickly vanishing,tan head. Extremely inviting aroma. Somewhat complex malty aromas.Major thick breadiness/toastiness. Mouthfeel is thick(not cloying)that sticks to the mouth.Excellent malt flavors with very little,if any,alcohol noticeable. Finish is silky-sweet,very light hop notes.Very rich,round,and satisfying. kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Boy oh boy, was this one interesting. Having only had the lighter Spaten, the Optimator hit me over the head with its higher ABV, darker body and fruitier flavor. Still, after the shock of the first taste, I was enjoying it almost as much as the other fare. On the label it says "malt liquor". Well, if that's the case, then it's the best and most worthiest malt liquor I've ever had (though I personally wouldn't slot it in that space as the "malt liquor" connotation is never a good one, and this is a great brew). Hats off to Spaten for making seriously great German beer.