Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours out a light tan head that doesn't retain very well, thinning to a crown quickly. Color is a soupy deep-brown/almost-black thing that glows with a ruby tinge when held up to light.
Aroma is beyond malty...a lively, nutty, sweet aroma reminding of pumpernickel, toffee, chocolate syrup. Hell, it's almost futile comparing this to anything. If you've had a few of these, you come to learn this is simply "Celebrator".
Same goes for the flavor. If you know this one already, you'll never mistake it. Everything in the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor, bringing along frothed milk, burnt raisin, a very slight hint of smoke, soil, more nuts, more chocolate. And more frothed milk. All bolstered by a substantial, slick, thick mouthfeel that is simply superb.
A German classic. And of the best bottles ever, considering the plastic goat on the bottle neck (the grown-up equivalent of the free toys you used to get in cereal boxes?) and the old-time/timeless label drawing. I need to buy a case of this stuff and have it always on hand. Or better yet, a jeroboam. Lovely, lovely stuff.
12-04-2007 23:39:08 | More by Metalmonk
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
330ml bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Celebrator is a pitch dark garnet with a small tan head. I've had this many times in Ayinger's designated flute, and it looks better that way, but for some reason I don't have one!
The smell is rich and sweet, yet soft, dark fruits and toffee
Taste is big and thick, super malty but not to sweet nor rich, a fantastic balance. Caramel and roasty, Ayinger's is the benchmark dopplebock, period. A truly great beer.
Mouthfeel is very creamy, the body on the heavier side.
Drinkablity is almost to high. Man have I had more of these then prudent on more then one occasion. Really missing these on draught from the Sharp Edge right now!
12-02-2007 10:23:33 | More by ccrida
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
Quite an incredible beer and very close to becoming my favorite. Immediately you are greeted with coffee notes. The color is nearly black but when held against a bright light you can see some reddish amber tones. The head pours thick and creamy but dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing. The taste is bold, complex and interesting. A very comfortable drink with a profound statement, one of the best Dopplebocks around.
12-02-2007 02:28:13 | More by mashedpotatoes
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
Small capped bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.
Very dark brew, impenetrable, little to no highlights, and capped by a dense brown head that stays around for a long time, leaves a nice thick collar and lacing.
Aroma is delicious, although slightly more delicate than I expected. Caramel, toffee, some unexpected (to me) smokiness, alcohol, all blending quite nicely.
Minimal carbonation in this medium bodied (I expected a bit more body) brew lends it a very smooth, velvety palate
Flavor is just what you want from a doppelbock; sweetish malts, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, the same smokiness although a bit more pronounced. Some mild bitterness and alcoholic warmth and dryness is there to prevent it from being cloying, and it all blends perfectly.
I don't think doppelbocks get any better than this!
11-28-2007 00:08:44 | More by brdc
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
Ive been saving this one for a while. The first thin I have to say is the apperance of this beer is beautiful, amazing dark color. rich, creamy head. Smell is overwheming, toffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Great dark bread and malt flavors. The drinkablility is easy because its simply delicious. A very enjoyable brew, well worth the money.
11-27-2007 23:25:57 | More by czfreeman
4.97/5 rDev +14.5%
A- Nearly black, slight amber tinge when held to a light. One finger head faded slowly to a wisp.
S- Sweet maltly aroma with a faint earthy hop pressence.
T- Fantastic! Wonderfully complex malt profile but not so complex as to force you to "think" about this beer if you'd rather just sit back and enjoy. Great sweetness held in check perfectly by just the right amount of spicy hops.
M- Smooth as silk, very full boddied.
D- The $12 a 4 pack is the only obstacle here, If only I had a better paying job...
For me, personally, It just doesn't get any better... for now.
11-27-2007 17:57:56 | More by Pauly2X
5/5 rDev +15.2%
To this point in my life, I've never had a finer beer than the one that I experienced while drinking this wonderful doppelbock. I'm not sure that I can come up with enough wonderful things to say about it. From the wonderful dark brown appearance to the smooth, chocolatey, malty taste, this beer never fails to amaze me. The first one that I ever drank totally changed the way that I look at beer. I made the mistake of drinking it freezing cold and it was still delicious. I now let this beer warm to almost room temperature before even picking it up and it gets better everytime I experience it. Best beer that I've ever had and I can't really think of a close second right now. One of the only beers that I actually hide from my wife so she won't find my stash of it!! She loves it too!
11-23-2007 17:40:55 | More by Tilley4
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
Dark brown like oil without a lot of head. Aroma of dark roast malt with fruity overtones. Smells rich and sweet like prunes. The taste is clean and dry with a nice balance between hops and malt. Finishes somewhat dry . Feels substantial in the mouth without being heavy. A good amount of carbonation. I could drink this beer all night. Goes down easy and fast. Great drinkability
11-22-2007 17:51:18 | More by CDBeerDisappear
4.93/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured into a small little flute glass with two fingers of head which is pretty impressive for such a small glass. Nice brown color. I can barely see my fingers through the glass. Nice retention. I poured into another glass for the rest of the bottle. The appearance becomes insane.
Smell is of apple phenol with THICK ass caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the back with some raisin and grape.
Taste is rich and robust. Caramel malts are aggressive with a nice touch of chocolate malts. Raisin and fruity undertones come out as well. Some grape notes come out as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is mild and just there to cut the sweetness alittle bit. Holy shit. This is the best double bock that I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is smooth as hell with a delicate creaminess. WOW!
Drinkability: A beer worthy of the Gods.
11-20-2007 07:59:42 | More by jasonjlewis
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
11.2oz bottle. Purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ
Appearance: Very dark brown with reddish tinge showing around the edges of the glass where a little light does get through. Small, light tan head dissipated after a minute or two.
Smell: Sweet maltines,. Slightly fruity.
Taste: Sweet and malty with a hint of hops and bitter chocloate.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and smoothe. Nice medium body.
Drinakbility: Rich but not overly filling. A good sipping beer for a night at home with my feet up.
11-20-2007 04:48:55 | More by Jerzdevil1116
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
I had my first taste of this at The German Beer Fest and was floored. I don't know why it took so long to pick some up.
A: ruby-shaded brown, dark, with nice 1+ finger foamy off white head
S: sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, chocolate
T: caramel malt, apricots, plums, raisins
M: full bodied, creamy, and chewy
D: wonderful beer to sip. not one you'd overindulge in but awesomely drinkable
11-13-2007 22:07:28 | More by Rainintheface
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
I bought a case of this wonderful beer. I especially like the label adn the goat icon hanging around the neck of each bottle. Poured a very dark ruby brown, with a medium tan foamy head. Looked rather watery.
The smell was outstanding; Rich spice and toasted bread, chocolate, caramel malts, dark fruits, vanilla and definitely some honey. Very complex and impressive.
The taste was heavy on the caramel malt and spice, dark fruits and honey. Raisin for sure.
This was fmedium to full-bodied, exceptionally smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation and a great long aftertaste.
Overall, this definiteyl lives up to the hype and is an excellent beer.
11-12-2007 19:10:45 | More by sinistrsam
4.08/5 rDev -6%
A- Dark brown with a red glow to it. Sudsy bubbly head.
S- bittersweet chocolate. Certainly not overpowering but strong enough to precede what you are about to taste.
T- weak chocolate malt is all I can really get from it. It definitely has a certain lager quality to it, but the taste is very one dimensional in semi-sweet chocolaty malt. Not too complex, but good.
M/D- The mouthfeel might make this beer very drinkable. So smooth. No prickly or burning carbonation, but overall the beer just kind of lulls me to sleep.
11-12-2007 01:07:16 | More by MiScusi
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Although served from the bottle, this beer has it all! A wonderful malt fragrance carries the dark mahogany colored liquid as it pours into the glass. The mouthfull combines chocolate and caramel malt with a minimal hop presence. Smooth as silk, this dopplebock has an exceptional drinkability. The finish is moderately sweet with hints of vanilla. This beer is for one who truly wants complex levels of flavor! Let it warm to room temperature (recommended), and you open yet more complex flavors. I am not sure I've even experienced the full palate of flavors in this exceptional brew!
11-11-2007 16:52:50 | More by Dopplebock
4.6/5 rDev +6%
Appearance: Beautiful black with a dense, tan head.
Smell: Caramel, coffee and rich malt with an undercurrent of hops.
Taste: Sweet malt and coffee. Scorched caramel and toffee. A faint hint of hops finishes the flavor off.
Mouthfeel: Dense liquid with a waxy quality that allows flavor to linger. A real stick to your ribs brew.
Drinkability: This beer is a treat. I am glad I finally found it. I have hunted for this beer for years. I am glad I finally made the kill.
11-11-2007 07:03:02 | More by SargeC
3.98/5 rDev -8.3%
I just finished this good dopplebock, the first time I tried it, and was not disappointed. It pours a nice head, but one that is short in duration. The color is practically black. The flavors are nice--a bit of chocolate and coffee--but the aromas are not as prominent as I would have liked. The smooth texture atones for the modest aromas, and I would certainly request a second. Celebrator is solid overall, not outstanding but quite good and worth trying.
11-09-2007 23:57:10 | More by Gehrig
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Pours out a dark, raisin-like color with a thinnish khaki head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, brown sugar, bread, and a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and just about mirrors the aromas, aside from an absence of alcohol in the taste. Brown sugar and raisins are big in the forefront with some roasty malts in the background. Mouthfeel isn't too heavy, but has a stickiness to it. Carbonation is mild and gentle. Really good drinker and one of the better doppelbocks I've had.
11-08-2007 05:18:08 | More by goochpunch
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
Finally after about three years I can pair a Celebrator with my Celebrator glass.
It's dark, thats fur sure. Damn near opaque. It was a very healthy head, it dissipated within a short period.
The nose consists of dark chocolate, toffee and cherry hints, whats not to like?
Same stuff on the tongue, chocolate, cherry, toffee, some bitterness and alcohol. The bitterness is strong but very balanced.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel. I definitely dig it. I am satisfied. I'd order another.
11-08-2007 03:40:22 | More by joeskirkie
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured a dark redish brown with ruby highlights when light passed threw. Two finger head that lingered. Smell of coffea and chocolate. Taste was initialy sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Smooth with alchohol lingering but not for to long. A slow sipper. I could enjoy more than one of these at a time and would definitly drink this again. I'm a big fan of a dopplebock and I can see these becoming one of the top ones for me.
11-06-2007 18:02:12 | More by sketchcornwell
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Pint bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown that only a trace of light will shine thru. Head was tan and faded to about 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, anise and burnt toast. Flavor mirrored the aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light by effective carbonation. Hops were well integrated and hardly noticeable. Finish is long and smooth with some additional burnt cedar wood. Overall this is one great beer, my only complaint is that the bottle is too small, this should be served in a bomber.
11-06-2007 05:04:53 | More by likestoswallow
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Out of the bottle, it is dark brown/blackish. Good head, dissipates somewhat quickly, good lace. Thick coffee chocolate smell, very heavy.
Thick and smooth in taste. Leaves a chocolately trace in the mouth. So smooth, it goes down great.
Off topic somewhat, it comes with a little ornament...classy. Really a high quality brew. Heavy dark brew, that leaves you completely satisfied.
11-06-2007 02:28:22 | More by Amalak
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
This beer poured a very dark brown with red highlights and a two-finger tan head. The smell is rich with a large amount of toasty-smelling malts and a slight hint of freshly baked dark bread. There is also a slight sweet smell that is slightly reminiscent of raisins. The taste is starts off a little sweet with a little bit of caramel and molasses taste with a malty undertone followed by a slight hint of hops that reminds me of unsweeted cocoa or bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol taste is present but not overpowering. The mouthfeel is slightly-chewy and perhaps a bit oily in a way that isn't at all unpleasant. This is definitely a beer worth savoring.
11-04-2007 18:08:12 | More by TheTrevor
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
11.2oz brown bottle
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock was a deep mahogany color with a tan head. The head had good retention and left some spotty lacing. The aroma was toasty with toffee and caramel. The taste was very malty with molasses, dried fruit, and chocolate. It was sweet upfront with a semi-dry finish. It was medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. This beer is definitely worth trying.
10-30-2007 01:23:15 | More by afinepilsner
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
What a great pour! Really dark bock; a mix of black and brown colors thickly settling in the glass. The smell was wicked good: a dense hint of cocoa perhaps. The drink was smooth and light. It had a well-developed taste, so it was not something you could just drink without savoring. It was deliciously strong; a well-worth it drink for those who want to drink something with soul.
10-23-2007 14:27:28 | More by fitzy84
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured into a Duvel Tulip glass
A- Pours a dark brown to black hue with garnet highlights, head is tan and frothy that is mostly diminishing, minimal lacing
S- Very rich and complex aroma captures tones of dark fruit, roasty and caramel malts, some breads and hints of alcohol
T- Initial taste is bread and caramel malts mixed with dark fruits, coffee and syrupy molasses, light smoke and pepper and a hint of bitter hops in the background, slight alcohol presence in the finish, wonderfully balanced with different levels of flavor as the drink progresses
M- Medium-bodied beer, good carbonation, oily texture coats the mouth and tongue
D- Smooth and rich doppelbock that is easy to drink at almost 7%abv, this is a well-known offering with a great reputation that is well-deserved, I would definitely pick this up again in the future
10-23-2007 06:17:19 | More by Stoneman78
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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