Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.74/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Nice graphics on the bottle. The label has a very antiquated look that makes me think the beer inside is something special. It even has a little plastic goat hung on the neck (cute as bock is German for goat). I served it in a tulip-shaped glass (sans goat). The beer is very, very dark mahogany with relatively low carbonation and a head that, although thin, has good retention. It took me a while to get past the nose of this beer as there's a lot there. I get figs, brownies, hazelnut, gingerbread, and leather.
The taste is practically off the charts. A huge malt bomb of flavor greets you. It's extremely well-balanced. Sweet, but not cloying. Crazy complexity. Biscuity, chocolatey, figgy flavors develop to raisins, molasses, and hints of coffee. Every sip seems to bring something different. Nice little hoppy bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Very firm, bordering on creamy.
I wanted to do something special for my 100th review. I think I made a terrific choice. What an awesome beer. Easily one of the best I've ever had. It's smooth and easy-drinking, but never boring. Definitely not a session beer. This baby is a dessert-in-a-bottle. It's meant to be savored.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2011 10:05:30 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer is the real deal German Doppelbock, "-ator" ending and all from visual appeal to taste. Packaging is beautiful with the dark brown bottle as backdrop for the light blue label punctuated by the amber-red glass of beer. The finishing touch which I love (see picture) is the small goat hung from a red thread--just a classy finishing touch to say "we’re really proud of our product." Very eye catching. Beautiful nearly black, amber color so inviting with the creamy tan head, washes smoothly, beautifully over the tongue very complex but well blended flavors with ever so slight chocolaty notes to me, some bitterness on finish but not overpowering. The only thing that detracted for me a bit, resulting in a slightly lower aroma score, was the aroma upon finishing the pour--it was slightly--no other word for it--"tin canny." Ever so slight but just noticeable. It did not in any way come through in the actual taste of the beer and was then indistinguishable by half way through the glass of beer (drunk from a stemmed, rounded belly goblet that allows aromas to experienced well). This was my first tasting so it may have been an aberration. Aside from that aspect, which I can’t call "very minor" since, for me, the pre-first drink aroma experience is part of the overall experience, the beer is superb. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. As a matter of fact I did and he fell in love with it.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 00:49:43 | More by JSigsbach
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,885 ratings.