Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
A: Dark brown, light tan head with no retention.
S: Roasted malts along with plum, moderate alcohol smell as well.
T: molasses, roasted malt, caramel, alcohol taste remains for a bit.
M: medium-high body, smooth on the palate.
O: it's a good beer, can't drink very many with the high-ish ABV. It's nice to have and sip with dinner... Or lunch as I did.
02-11-2012 01:40:41 | More by KellyL
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
I love this brew.
Pours from the bottle into a glass with a beautiful mahogany hue, dark and mysterious.
Mouthfeel is silky and full. Very sultry and alluring.
Aroma is slight dried fruit and dark chocolate.
Taste is... Wow! Delicious and addicting. Lots of dried fruit in the hints, and reminiscent of a high quality barleywine.
Pairs well with a heavy, dark cigar. Enjoyed it with a JFR 770 LE and together, they were magic.
02-11-2012 01:34:29 | More by ronzorelli
4.2/5 rDev +8%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a brown with a big billowy off white head. The head fades to a thin film, with some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell – Bready and sweet, with a heavy roasted malt aroma mixed with quite a bit of caramel.
Taste – Bready with a roasted malt flavor initially. This is soon met with some sweet brown sugar and caramel flavors in the middle of the taste. The sweetness intensifies at the taste experience advances with it leaving a very pleasant sugar flavor on the tongue as the last drops of the beer work their way down your throat. A nice dopplebock flavor.
Mouthfeel –The body is creamy and the carbonation is quite right. The body of the beer coats the mouth without too much stickiness; making it very drinkable. The carbonation only enhances the drinkability; it complements the thicker-smooth body with a lighter carbonation which tingles the tongue in just the right way.
Overall – Very drinkable and enjoyable. A classic dopplebock in my opinion.
02-11-2012 01:24:31 | More by Darkmagus82
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
02-08-2012 01:22:37 | More by TempeBeerMan
2.9/5 rDev -25.4%
appearance - dark red/brown and semi-clear. Nice 2 finger head.
Smell - very heavy and sweet smells
Taste - Definitely not a style that I enjoy much. Taste is srong and heavy with molasses and caramel.
Mouthfeel - full bodied
Overall - I don't think this beer works for me very well. Too much molassas/caremel and boozy flavor.
02-05-2012 21:09:46 | More by bubseymour
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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