Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a deep nut brown brew, which lightens up to a clean chocolate coloring around the edges. A one finger medium brown head sits on top, showing okay retention. There is no lacing to be found until little rings appear as the beer disappears. There is, however, a nice bubbly sheet with a flick of the wrist. There is mild haze, no sediment, and carbonation appears standard. The aroma is rich with caramel, toffee, and bittering molasses. Warm cashew nuttiness mixes, with chocolate malts, a hefty roastiness. Chalk, chocolate syrup, and salt round up the end. Our first impression is that there is fantastic depth to the malts. As we sip, buttery roast, bread, coffee, and tinny metallics open the floor. Brown sugar sweetness and a nice banana sweetness help to cut any initial bitterness. The middle peaks with caramel, white sugar, tin, and buttercream. These pull us to the end, where milky cream and butter enhance and mix with a final drop of char before a tidal wave of caramel malts to wash. The aftertaste breathes with brown sugar, grassy bitter hop balance, caramel malts, sweet toffee, and alcohol. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is light to medium. There is beautiful slurp, cream, and froth with each sip, and there is a robust stickiness left around the mouth. The palate is cooled and coating, with a final lick of astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is excellent.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. It was savory, sweet, and salty, exhibiting the perfect malts bill for a doppelbock. There was a great level to the sweetness, but an evenly mixing bitterness for the balance. This beer is highly satisfying, and an instant classic amongst any of the German originals.
Serving type: bottle
08-06-2012 22:05:45 | More by TheBrewo
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- Dark, thick, cola-colored body with a huge, frothy light tan head.
S- Raisins, cherry licorice, rich bready malt. Big aroma filled with rich malts.
T- Very similar to the aroma, big rich malts, raisins, a nice toasted flavor to it with lots of sweetness to balance it out. Some of the aroma and flavor reminds me of the cherry licorice pipes my dad used to buy me.
M- Not quite as thick and chewy as I am used to with doppelbocks, but still very nice and good for the style.
O- A nice example of the style and one of the originals. Not quite as big as a would have imagined, but a solid beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 02:10:49 | More by stephenjmoore
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.
A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.
S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.
T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.
M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.
O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 23:16:27 | More by jsausley
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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