Saturday, November 11, 2017

Spaten Optimator (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


BBD: 5/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 9A Doppelbock (dark)

AROMA: Strong maltiness with an authentic bready scent. Rich, but no impression of sweetness. Faint toast and chocolate notes. A trace amount of earthy hops. Alcohol imparts a minor caramel scent. Clean lager fermentation. Slightly skunky from the green bottle. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear chestnut/mahogany hue (22-27 SRM). Large tan froth retains and laces fairy well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly intense bready/malty flavor throughout. Significant Maillard components of toasty bread and subtle dark chocolate as it finishes. Low earthy hop flavor with moderate, dry bitterness at the apex. Palette is sweet, but well-attenuated so as not to be cloying. Alcohol is present and accentuates the natural sweetness. Clean lager fermentation. Light strike is noticeable in first sip but easily overlooked. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation. Texture is soft and smooth with relatively dry aftertaste. Highly drinkable for 7.6% ABV. Only a gentle warmth from the alcohol. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Definitely a very good example of the style, but not World Class due to the color and age of the bottle. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/09/spaten-optimator.html