Frank (4080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2003 Unlike the picture here, my Optimator came in a green bottle. It also came with a touch of green-bottle skunkiness. Once poured, a very nice translucent brown. Good head with minimal lacing. Strong yeast and malt in the aroma along with the before mentioned skunk. Very malty but somehow almost pilsner-like flavor. Medium body with a bit of roastiness becoming apparent as it warms. I agree with many other raters in that this is not nearly as good as Celebrator.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Warm, sweet, and so, so tasty. Just awesome! I also had a green bottle with a touch of skunk to it. But I don’t mind that.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Chocolate brown with rapidly receding medium head. Grapey, fruity aroma (apples) with tinges of dark chocolate and dark sourness. Clear, focused malt profile surrounded by shadows of chocolate and another light hint of apple. Finishes with mild bitterness and a very subdued roastiness. Very drinkable.
Sixpack595 (13) - USA - DEC 8, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great looking beer. Strong, sweet flavor. No complaints here, was a quick favorite.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Nice thick white head. A sharp contrast to the deep dark copper hued body. Loaded with malty sweetness and floral hop overtones. Noticeable alcohol at first sip. Roasted barley prevails in the mouth, great complexity behind it though. Surprisingly sweet floral finish.
hieronim (14) - Schenectady, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too strong. Very sweet and malty. For me this beer was too much to handle at once. Not my style, but I can see (taste?) why this would be a favourite for some.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its sweet so I love it? Well sort of. I like the weighty malt flavor and will definitely get again.
Scooby (50) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It had a great brown color to it and followed with a great sweet taste.
Crit (3915) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep brown with rich lasting tan head. Small bead.Well carbonated.Tantalizing malt nose.Sweet strong malt taste.Thick bodied
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong aroma for the style. Syrupy brown sugar, some EtOH. The flavour holds up too.