Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Whoa what a beer nice head,malty aroma,dark reddish amber in color,flavor was malty with hints of raisin,very nice finish.A bit pricey but well worth it. bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
A nice strong, sweet bock. Something to take your time with and enjoy. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Deep brown/tawny color with a nicely layered off-white head. Fizzy at first but disipates into something more creamy and respectable; light lacing. The aroma is very malty for a doppelbock, almost like a Marzen or an Oktoberfest. The flavor is lightly sweet with some plum, raisin and toasted malts showing through. Medium bodied on the palate and very drinkable. I'll agree with the description, this is a classic german beer. brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2002
So thick I’d swear they stirred straight flour into the thing - actually reminds me of eating the dough from baking Christmas cookies - strong molassesy malt, anyway. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2002
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
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
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
Great looking beer. Strong, sweet flavor. No complaints here, was a quick favorite. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
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
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.