Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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3.58/5 rDev -17.5%
355mL. Pours a deep deep ruby with lower carbonation and a small, dark tan, lingering head. Aroma is black cherries, coffee, minerals, coffee. Taste is less fruity, almost like a smoked beer with tobacco, chocolate, savory meat, cinnamon. Nice mix of roasted coffee and mild, sweet barbeque. Raisins, brown sugar, black cherry soda and caramel come through. Overall very drinkable, lighter palate, neutral aftertaste. Fairly decent, but again this is one of the few decent doppelbocks to be distributed stateside. Like almost all German beers, they don't hold up well in the bottle. Need to find this on tap or stick with local dunkels in Germany. Or better yet, pilsners/lagers.
11-13-2012 21:48:15 | More by tarheels86
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
Big foamy head when poured, but no lacing. Very dark with maybe a hint of red if you hold it up to the light. A little flat so the mouthfeel is not as good. But it has a great flavor. For some reason it has always reminded me of those root beer candies that are shaped like a mini keg. This is a good beer. But when you break it down into these categories it seems like the ranking is lower than it should be. Maybe its a case of the whole is better than the sum of its parts.
02-16-2004 03:07:46 | More by Hex92
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nearly black ruby. 1.5 cm tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of malt and hint of coffee. Sweet initial taste, coffee finish and aftertaste. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, shows up a little on the back end. Very drinkable and well worth the money spent.
10-16-2007 01:26:19 | More by joekfsu
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
So dark you almost can't see through it when held up to the light. A good, creamy light brown head develops and slowly recedes, but always keeps a nice layer. Strong grainy aroma with molasses, dates, dried fig, tobacco, and some toasty malts.
Strong carmelized sugars and malt dominate the tastebuds. Some aftertaste of coffee. Hops are more of a presence in this doppelbock than others, which makes it a bit more balanced and easy to drink.
09-12-2011 04:33:05 | More by musicman575
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Appearance: Dark mahogany, ruby red with light through and 2-inch thick tan head which eventually fades to thin lacing.
Smell: Robust caramel (Toffee-like), burnt bread and sweet raisin with relatively clean spicy alcohol.
Taste: Burnt malt, dark residual sugars, fading grains, strong coffee and spicy alcoholic finish with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Some dried fruits are present, but they are not as sweet as the aroma suggests.
Mouthfeel: Low to moderate carbonation that struggles to break free after few swirls. Bold and full-bodied, with sticky but creamy mouthfeel. Lingering burnt bitterness.
Drinkability & Overall: Complex and mellow. A true liquid bread, but it needs more carbonation to balance the flavors and create a fuller feel.
12-05-2011 01:33:31 | More by LoveBeerNo7
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Appearance - Only 11.2 ounces in this bottle. Initially, the beer forms a nice tan head, but it dissipates fairly quickly. The color is deep ruby red-brown.
Smell - The malt aroma is so strong that I can smell it three feet away. Unreal. When I hold the beer to my nose, the aroma is overpowering. Hop aroma absent.
Taste - The taste is very rich and malty, but very smooth. Hop flavor absent. Alcoholic warmth comes out in the aftertaste. Outstanding.
Mouthfeel - With the thick and rich taste comes a thick-feeling beer. The beer is silky smooth.
Drinkability - The relatively high percent of alcohol of this beer is not hidden, and the beer packs a bit of a wallop. I would also describe the beer as "filling." A couple of these and I would be done for the night. The style's nickname as "liquid bread" is well deserved.
Comments - I'm no beer judge, but I think this is an excellent example of the style. Beers like this are part of the reason that people rave about the greatness of German beer.
11-19-2004 04:25:11 | More by mgdeth
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a decent reddish black color and has a thin tan head. My thoughts on the first sip are that it is a decent Doppelbock, but not nearly as good as it is commonly bragged up to be... It has a decent sweet malty aroma and a very sweet taste, burnt caramel and a roasted malt bite. Paulaner owns me in this category.
06-09-2005 09:04:11 | More by RushLimbmalt
4.47/5 rDev +3%
Appearance This beer is an extremely deep mahogany with very little light brown head which goes away fast. A ring of head is left which leaves lacing on my glass.
Smell I like what I smell here. First off it starts with a molasses aroma which converts quickly to heavy caramel. There are chocolate smells as well with a touch of sourness which I like. I get brown sugar out of it as well as a grape like scent that almost reminds me of ice wine.
Taste This one is malty very malty. There is some heavy caramel and toffee in there with the brown sugar sweetness added on. I do taste some roasted chocolate, but not much. Alcohol makes a bit of a presence as well. There is then a nice finish of slight hop bitterness and a fruitiness reminding me of dark grapes and plums.
Mouthfeel Very nice here. Carbonation feels good and the beer is relatively thick. It almost feels chewy but not quite.
Drinkability So easy for me. I had no issues downing this bottle and loving every drop.
This one is right up my alley. I had high expectations and they were met. I encourage all beer lovers to indulge in this one.
05-19-2006 05:39:33 | More by Orrshow
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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