Last night was poker night. I came out even on the night (minus $5 for pizza), so all was good. Besides hanging with the guys and shooting the shit, one thing I love about poker night at my house is the leftover beer. I made out like a bandit last night, filling the crisper with adult beverages.
One of the beers left behind was Spaten Optimator. I have never had the beer, so I thought it was perfect review fodder for this evening.
The brew is a doppelbock, which frankly I had to look up a definition for. The answer: malty, dark, and relatively high ABV. Based on that definition, the Optimator is spot-on. First off, it’s 7.2% ABV. Most importantly, it’s uber malty. I actually can’t pick out the exact flavors I’m picking up, but they are 100% sweet. At first I thought honey, but I’m backing off that and just settling with “malty”.
It’s a funky little brew. I’m on the fence as to whether or not I like it.