Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
This is a great dark brew. Looks like a gourmet coffee in a beer. Pours a shiny black with tan head. It smells toasty and chocolatey with a mild fruit aroma. The taste follows suit. Toasted, chocolate, malt, mild fruit esters, and coffee as well. Carbonation is good. Just right I think. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot.
09-01-2003 07:25:07 | More by Brian700
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran.
05-11-2004 17:00:22 | More by chugamugofsud
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.
03-31-2010 03:48:09 | More by ThaBobfather
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
A: Really dark,opaque brown though it looks relatively thin with a thin layer of dark tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving a random smattering of patches on the surface and almost no lacing.
S: Dark roasted malts, caramel and a slightly woody smell. Smells sweet with molasses and burnt sugars.
T: Taste is phenomenal. Roasted malts compound with toasty flavors, caramel, molasses, some spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Additionally hints of vanilla.
M: This is one of those rare cases where the flavor and the mouthfeel don't just coexist, but play beautifully off of each other. The mouthfeel is light but creamy and slightly sticky, letting the flavor linger in the back of the throat.
O: Really a great beer. The aroma and flavor are complex, compact and absolutely delicious. Worth a look, worth seeking out. This is a beer that could (should) be a staple in any beer drinker's life.
09-14-2011 02:08:07 | More by DaveBlack
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
The most striking feature of this beer is its color. Ruby red, but at the same time corduroy brown. Poured evenly, with large bubbles that quickly dissipated. As I am drinking the head remains small and consistent.
This beer comes across as tart, burnt malt, with hints of raisins and the sweetness of grapes.
This beer is a bit of an extension for me. I am wary of beers with shelf-lives of...who knows. This is definitely a sipping beer. I can imagine this going well with a medium rare pork tenderloin. I will try again, but I am not going out of my way for it.
04-14-2005 22:44:15 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black color with a thick and creamy 2-3 finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a great amount of beautiful lacing.
Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with some butterscotch in the background. Mildly sweet and extremely inviting.
Taste reveals notes of chocolate, raisins, butterscotch, coffee and some figs. Very rich and really quite amazing.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. It's just a work of art the way this one works its way around the palate.
Alcohol is fairly low in comparison to some other doppelbocks so this is actually really easy to drink. Usually I wouldn't want to have more than one of this style in one setting, but I think this may be the exception. The king of doppelbocks and always worth having one on hand.
01-31-2009 03:03:59 | More by Vengeance526
4.97/5 rDev +14.5%
11.2 oz bottle purchased from LiquorMax in L-Town. I love this beer, but this gonna be my official review. I'll try to be impartial. Served in a tumbler.
Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black with just a bit of light coming through. No head to speak of, lots of bubbles coming up. The goat fell in! The lack of head is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect 5.
Smells a rich velvety malt, wow! What a smell! Herbs come through, spices, smells like black bread, maybe pumpernickel. Smokey and wonderful. My mouth is already watering...
Taste is out of this world! This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had. Starts off like it's gonna be a bitter beast, but quickly mellows out to smooth grains. Lots of burnt earth tastes, almost unnoticeable hops, very doppelbock-y. This is what I think of when I think dark German beers; this guy doesn't mess around, but it's kind and gentle. Absolutely fantastic, a delicious beer!
The body is medium with perfect carbonation.
Drinkability is perfect, too. A dark beer with plenty of complex flavors, but without the overpowering qualities that prevent many a dark and tasty beer from being consumed with the gusto it deserves. Ayinger has solved that conumdrum with Celebrator; I could drink this at a BBQ, a funeral or when I'm simply thirsty.
I love this beer, one of my all time favorites. It's especially good when we have our Swedish Thanksgivings; compliments the food without filling you up and becoming heavy. Highly recommended.
09-25-2009 21:25:56 | More by SamN
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.
The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.
04-01-2010 04:00:11 | More by abrand
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
Deep brown color with a big off-white head. Some lacings.
The aroma is nice and malty with big notes of bread, fudge, cola and earth. Some leafy hops and sweet fruity notes as well.
The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Full-bodied and smooth with a decently dry finish. Notes of caramel, raisins, sweet cherries, fudge, cola. Ends somewhat bitter with notes of rye bread, leafy and spicy hops and well-integrated alcohol.
Nice one, complex for the style and very "German" in character. Can someone please pass me the sauerkraut?
02-23-2010 12:57:21 | More by ricke
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a deep chestnut-ruby colour with amber highlights around the edges when held up to light and a small tan coloured head that gets retained as a thin, but frothy collar without leaving much lacing.
Rich, complex malty aroma. Strong oak tone. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Alcohol pokes through about halfway through the glass
Taste follows suit and is equally rich and complex. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, sweet malts, roasted grains and oak. Nice bitter finish.
Creamy and hearty mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation. Yeasty sensation on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry with oak and fruit tones. Very drinkable, little trace of alcohol aside from the pleasant warming effect.
It's not my favourite doppelbock (Doppel-Hirsch is), but this is a truly excellent beer that is a must-try for fans of the style in my opinion. Glad I got a few.
10-19-2011 21:11:04 | More by bryehn
3.63/5 rDev -16.4%
Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.
Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.
A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.
Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).
Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.
12-30-2006 02:59:38 | More by mpyle
4.47/5 rDev +3%
11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.
S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.
T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.
M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.
D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.
Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.
08-21-2009 01:17:51 | More by dpodratsky3
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Tried this at Stuff Yer face in New Brunswick NJ.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.
Appearance: Drank, reddish amber hues came though, tight thin head with minimal lacing.
Smell: dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. obvious malts and spices came through as well.
taste: one of the best doppelbocks I have had, ever. It's unbelievably better than the paulaner and on par with optimator for hte german strong dark beers. Nice malty and spicy and fruity flavors came through.
Mouthfeel: suprizingly thin for a dopplebock, yet coated palate perfectly. lasting flavors and perfect carbonation for the style.
drinkability: I would have this again for sure. its the easiest drinking dopplebock i have had, and its got depth in flavors that make it drinkable in multiples.. good session dopplebock
01-27-2009 02:04:36 | More by Augustiner719
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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