Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by Premo88:
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
L: dark red-purple, clear, big tan head -- the head explodes up to 1 1/2 inches at least, and it's thick, full ... just a fantastic pour! the color reminds me of an old ale, and the clarity of the beer seems remarkable for such a dark brew. if the head stuck and the beer laced on the way down, it'd be the easiest 5 i've scored ... it does not lace much, however, and that's about the only point deduction ... a VERY minor one.
S: malt, malt and more malt -- it's a donut shop, a bakery, a yeasty sweet aroma that for my money is as good as it gets. i've only encountered this perfection once or twice outside of Celebrator, but with those other brews, it is a hit-and-miss thing ... sometimes they produce the perfect aroma, sometimes not quite. Celebrator offers this malt perfection consistently. raisins and a slight wine-like note show up at times, but never at the expense of the perfect sweet biscuits smell.
T: doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1, but obvious malt notes permeate each swallow ... lots of sweetness, some raisins, a little bread -- the taste seems a bit "darker" than the nose. it's almost like it smells more like beer and tastes a little more like red wine ... a slightly sweet but definite red wine.
F: a slight silkiness to it, not super heavy, enough carbonation to last the entire bottle, but it's not the brew's strongsuit for me.
O: without question, the brew is a great one. my scores on the lower end (taste, feel, overall) only reflect the fact that i'm not a fan of raisins, and while i try to review to style, i also score for me ... so here's the deal: if you want to try a good doppelbock, starting here is a good idea. you can *look* at Celebrator and tell it's world-class. the pour alone is dazzling, and the nose is so perfect i might keep coming back to this one simply for it.
the 6.7% ABV, btw, is every bit of that. the Germans give it to you strong here ... i don't taste even a hint of alcohol, but 2/3 into a little ol' bottle 11.2 oz. big, i can feel that 6.7%.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2013 06:54:29 | More by Premo88
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4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured chilled into small snifter glass.
Appearance: intense dark brown like molasses. A quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. No lacings around the glass.
Smell: while chilled, picked up some caramel and vanilla. As the beer warmed up, I picked up whiffs of root beer.
Taste: sweet malt with a touch of bourbon. As it warmed up, noted flavor of Cola. Whiskey flavors became a bit more prominent. Finishes slightly burnt, maybe a little bit of ash. Not a huge malt bomb, I'd say more balance with the malt sweetness and finishes burnt. It wasn't overpoweringly sweet like I expected.
Mouthfeel: highly carbonated - kind of goes hand in hand with the slight Cola taste. But carbonation seems to fade as it warms up. No booziness or heat noted.
Overall: The flavors are well balance between the sweet maltiness and the burnt finish. Not as complex as I hoped it to be but still outstanding.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2014 04:08:02 | More by Benish
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
From a bottle into a pint glass
A: Dark rich mahogany. Almost nothing in terms if light penetration. 1/4 inch of thick head no lace left on the glass.
S: toasted malts and molasses are the dominate aromas. Maybe some carmel notes but they are faint.
T: I get a lot of molasses and dried fruits. Also a big taste of toasted malts and a touch of hops
M: I wanted this to be a little heavier. It's thick and chewy but taste and flavor fade fast.
O: worth every pennie
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2014 00:27:56 | More by Gear54
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.