Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
330 ml into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint"
Pours clear and dark brown with a light brown colored bubbly head, that recedes to a thin, but persistent and creamy one, with good lacing.
A very rich aroma, full of dark fruit (raisins and figs), like a fresh, warm dessert. Caramel. There is a strong malt presence that goes well beyond mere sweetness. This is one of the best smelling malt forward beers that I have had a chance to try.
Taste is similar to aroma, but has a stronger candied, almost burnt, sugar character, that could be identified as molasses, but nowhere as viscous. Sweet all the way without being cloying, because of the excellent flavor. There is a slight bitterness that doesn't seem "hop-like". This bitterness balances the malts quite well, so that the overall impression is like caramel: nice! The finish is moderately dry: attenuated, given the sweetness. Although a residual sweetness is still notable over the course of the beer, it is adequately complemented by a darker taste. What's missing? Strength.
For a beer of this taste, I would prefer a stronger body. Also, the carbonation is higher. Wait after drinking some of it, and it does feel like you've had bread: very fitting! But my only complaint is a thin body.
I can drink a few of these. But if you're having more than one, it needs to be accompanied by some food, to avoid cloying aftertaste. I wrote that the taste is not cloying but a malty beer will get to you, given enough sips. Period. Usually this won't affect drinkability score for me, but this beer has a thin body. Had it been stronger in body, I'd give it a 5/5 on drinkability but in the long run, for this ABV & body, drinkability is not the best.
Overall, this seems like a milder doppelbock. An enjoyable drink indeed, but going by the style guidelines, it needs to be more aggressive in taste and body.
Serving type: bottle
09-04-2010 08:56:02 | More by tewaris
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