Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by TempeBeerMan:
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint
A – Clear ruby brown with a half-finger head of small white bubbles that disappeared within seconds. Lacing? Non-existent. Not much to write home about here.
S – Powerful aroma of dextrin sugars and roasted malt. Some nuttiness also, but overall smells almost sticky sweet/syrupy.
T – Tastes like it smells with a prevalent dose of sugary caramel malts followed by a nicely burnt/charred grains. A bit of hop bitterness and spice at the end works to give a little crispness and help it from becoming too cloying. Balanced. Tastes better than it looks and smells. 7.2% abv almost undetectable.
M – Medium bodied. Low carbonation. The syrupy-ness in the nose comes into play here, but not enough to honestly be considered a flaw, and it works overall with the other characteristics.
O – A solid, if not spectacular double bock. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again, but not up there with the best I have had.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2012 01:22:37 | More by TempeBeerMan
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3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours very dark brown, very poor tan head that goes to a very thin lace in seconds.
Smell is very nutty (peanut, Brazilian nut, faint almond, cashew), with caramel, some faint sugar, roasted grains, low dark fruit and tiny bit of skunk.
Taste starts with sweet dark malts and caramel, a bit fruity with some apricots, plums, raisin, faint sweet cherry. Toffee follows, sweet dark bread, spices with clove, cinnamon, faint licorice and anise, hints of honey. Touch of roast and light coffee in the finish, lots of (somewhat minty) herbs and a mild hoppy bitterness.
Very light bodied for its style, a bit syrupy tho, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is damaged by some cloying syrupy sweetness and a bit of booze, otherwise quite fruity.
A weirder doppelbock, highs and lows, so it falls somewhere in between.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 18:29:18 | More by dcmchew
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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