Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoying the art on the bottle and pouring with forceful care, I'm left with a beer of incredibly dark brown body that when held to a light source reveals a dark ruby body with orange-red highlights. The head is a few centimeters in height, deep brown in color, and recedes slowly to a thing ring of dark bubbles around the glass with a few spotty islands of lacing. Swirling the glass and taking a sip leaves a few streaks of sticky lacing that eventually return to the pool of beer, reducing to small clusters of bubbles along the sides of the glass.
Deep, rich malt scents: caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt aspects alongside more subdued aromas of figs, prunes, and alcohol. Quite the complex profile here, deeply enjoyable and always revealing more rewards to those willing to sit back and slowly enjoy it. The taste is fully developed and rich, almost nostalgic or memory-inducing in its goodness. A general smokiness pervades all the elements of the taste, like a fine mist on an early spring day. Rich roasted malt and chocolate malt flavors paired alongside sweetness derived from prunes and figs. The maltiness descends in the closing moments into a coffee bitterness that's quite well-received and rounds out the experience well.
Mouthfeel is heavy to medium-heavy with a carbonation level that's very light compared to the body's heaviness, yet I wouldn't change a thing. It moves the beer and flavors enough around on the palate to be noticeable, but lets the beer be quite alone when it needs to be and allow its full complexity to develop on the tastebuds. Drinkability is fantastic: as this is a thick, rich beer one usually only takes slow sips of it. The 6.7% alcohol levels nearly guarantees that there's no effect from one of these. Having one or more is thus quite possible on a cold fall/winter/springs's day.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2006 03:52:57 | More by falloutsnow
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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