Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
On tap at the Drafting Room...
Appears a mahogany color with a lush, light tan head. The head refuses to fall and it leaves lots of streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of a malt lover's paradise. Fruity cake, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coffee, and anise.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas that come through along with some mild smokiness and nice German hop additions.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and rich with a perfect amount of carbonation.
01-15-2006 02:06:02 | More by weeare138
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Like a substantial winter warmer and very drinkable; lovely beer.
11.2 oz bottle; blood brown - almost ruby; 2-3 finger creamy brown head. Aroma of spice, molasses, caramel, burnt sugar, malt notes, licorice, coffee liqueur. Flavors of licorice, alcohol, spices, coffee, caramel, root, earth, toffee, malt. Yummy. Oat & wheat flavor on the backside. Silky carbonation coats the palate, very pleasant throughout.
Line a few up and I will enjoy every drop.
01-14-2006 03:57:29 | More by nathanho
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
It pours lookin' niiice and dark. The smell is roasty-toasty with one heck of an alcohol-laden cherry on top. Mmmmm.
The taste itself is something of a letdown after the smell. The mouthfeel is very thin and the flavour is dominated by the roast character, without too much sweet malt to back it up. That isn't to say that it tastes bad, and it is worth noting that there are many other flavours dancing happily in the background . . . but they all play second fiddle to roast.
It reminds me a lot of Salvator. That isn't a bad thing at all . . . but given the extremely high quality of Ayinger's other brews I expected to be blown away, rather than just be served another pretty damn good brew.
01-12-2006 03:30:10 | More by shbobdb
3.75/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured a deep brown/red color with a very quickly dissipating tan head. No lacing whatsoever.
Aroma is slightly melanoidin/caramel, with some nice roasty maltiness. Maybe a very slight hop spiciness.
Flavor is sweet malt with a touch of roastiness. There is an astringency on the finish which detracts from the overall enjoyment a bit.
Mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with a pretty big prickly carbonation bite.
Overall, not a bad beer. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.
01-09-2006 03:24:06 | More by stodbrew
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
What a great beer!
Truly the class of the doppelbocks. Poured a dark, garnet color into a pint glass with a half inch, white head that dissipated quickly.
Aromas of molasses and caramel. Smelled really good!
The taste was exceptional. Sweet, malty, very molassasy with hints of caramel.
Nice, clean finish.
Very drinkable. Highly recommended!
(And I liked the little goats that came with the bottles!)
01-03-2006 18:57:39 | More by doppelmeup
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours out to a dark brown color with a wonderfully lively head of tan foam. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted malts are prevailant, with hints of caramel and some toffee. Nice. Flavor is robust and packed with different nuances, but suprisingly easy on the palate. Complex flavors of malts, smoke, earth, grains, bread and some light coffee. Wow. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied, with a smooth texture and a touch of creaminess. Good drinkability. The standard by which many other doppelbocks are judged. Recommended drinking.
THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: If there were more than 12 oz in the bottle, maybe the dogs would've got to taste it...
01-02-2006 04:19:04 | More by Frozensoul327
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
Thanks to BigLove for this addition on our first trade....
Pours a dark brown color with a full finger and a half of light tan head...disappears quite rapidly and produces very little lace.
Nice aromas...rum raisins, a hint of smoke, and roasted malt.
A very pleasant taste and perfectly balanced for the style...an earthy flavor and not overdone in any one category. All of the things detected in the nose make their way into the taste and the mouthfeel, while thin, is very smooth. Carbonation is perfect and this one goes down oh so easily.
Alcohol is nowhere to be found...
I can see why this one gets so much praise...one of the best I've had and one I will go to on any given occasion.
12-31-2005 23:28:07 | More by warriorsoul
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Dark color, almost black, with mahogany reflexes. Brown beige foam, average.
The smell is dry fruit (hazelnuts over all), earthy and dusty, and a liquer-like finish.
Dust, earth, cocoa, hazelnut and hint of coffe in the taste, in a roasted malt background.
The aftertaste is of malt, dry fruit, raisins, and then cocoa and chocolate, and a point of astrngency. All in following waves, pleasant.
Absolutely to try!
12-26-2005 13:26:35 | More by stcules
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours an inpenetrable noir with a tan head that comes down quick. Smell is just heavenly: dark chocolate, molasses, dates, spice, coffee and alcohol. What a smooth, smooth beer - like drinking fresh roasted dark coffee with an alcohol buzz. What's really unique about this brew is its low 6.7 ABV, making it gleefully drinkable.
12-26-2005 03:09:52 | More by troutmask96
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
330ml. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temperature.
Poured a very dark brown with a medium light brown head. Head quickly dissipated. Decent lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, toasted malts and molasses. Quite earthy. Taste was creamy, sweet, soy sauce, caramel and malts. Very, very nice.
A nice level of carbonation gave this a decent mouthfeel. Quite a balanced beer. Overall, very easy to drink. Mild bite of alcohol. This is an exceptional beer that should be a standard in anyone's cellar. Served with cheese it is amazing!
12-25-2005 19:11:46 | More by atigerlife
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
The guy at my liquor store told me that I NEED to try this beer, and now I understand why. The first sip actually made me grin with joy at finding such a beer. I am sitting here drinking it now straight from the 330ml bottle.
The taste is strongest just after swallowing and is good malt with a taste of hops if you try to taste it. It's not nearly as strong as other doppelbocks I have enjoyed, but is by no means weak. The slightly hoppy aftertaste does dissipate very quickly though, but that's OK with me seeing how I prefer a malty taste.
Very clean and refreshing while it is in your mouth, and very thirst quenching. I almost think it might be a little too thin for a dark beer, but it doesn't seem to detract from the taste, so I guess that just means that one can drink more without getting full
A top of the line beer from a top of the line brewery.
12-25-2005 01:15:22 | More by TheLocust830
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
330 ml brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass
* Christmas Eve 2005 *
Pours a chestnut brown color with a thick tan colored head on top. Trails of lace are rather minimal. Ruby highlights on the bottom of the pint glass.
Whiffs of malts, figs and prunes.
This is an exceptional tasting doppelbock. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a sweet caramel twist. The malt presence here is off the charts. Hints of melted caramel and juicy prunes. So smooth and drinkable, it's scary. This beer is pure quality and so enjoyable.
12-24-2005 22:08:57 | More by Hibernator
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
A thanksgiving gift from my father, due to be opened for a little holiday cheer.
A - That deep dark glassy color in a great dopplebock with the red hue against the light. No head, and a dash of lace.
S - Nice and sweet with a malty body to it. Perhaps a little bit of licorice also.
T - Rich and malty up front with a bit lighter of finish. I am used to seeing (tasting rather) more body in the closing, but not so much. Not to say it's watery, but needed just a little more "oomph" at the end.
M - A beer with a body without being pushy. It gives you a mouthful with a sip, but still slides right down, exceptional mouthfeel.
D - Drinkability is great, not decimating for a dopplebock and keeps you wanting the next sip after the one before.
12-23-2005 05:02:53 | More by Bumpon10s
3.95/5 rDev -9%
The color is very dark but you can detect a bit of amber color. Decent head retention. Smells of fruit and vegetables. I detected sweet corn, maybe of hint of raspberry, very interesting. Tastes sugary sweet and more sweet corn flavor. Medium bodied, not too thick. Very unique, I would drink it again if paired with the right cuisine.
12-21-2005 20:44:27 | More by bennetj17
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours very dark, has a tan creamy head, with lacing clinging to the glass for dear life. Smell is very malty with dark fruits in there as well. Taste is malty as one would espect, but never too sweet to deter you from the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and pleasant, almost chewy. Very drinkable, as I found myself reaching for another, great to have with a nice steak.
12-19-2005 00:27:50 | More by badbeer
4.47/5 rDev +3%
Poured a tint which is on the border of black but is actually a super dark reddish-brown mahogany. Head stands strong lasting forever and leaving its remnants crusted onto the side of the glass. Nose was damp and heavy with malty notes including coffee, burnt toast, chocolate, and some alcohol. Taste is very big and roasty, somewhat like a light porter in a way but with a clean bright texture which sets it waaay apart from an average beer. Complex flavors unfold as the beer warms and come to include suggestions of mocha, chewy toffee, and a healthy dose of alcohol which isn't completely hidden and warms you quickly as this one goes down. Obviously a world-class brew which is certainly worth the price, simply exudes luxury.
12-17-2005 23:54:42 | More by masikon
4.8/5 rDev +10.6%
I've been wanting to try it for a while to see if it's as good as everyone says it is. I'm usually skeptical of dopples as I've only had a few I really like - the cloying sweetness in some of them gets to me. Anyway... 330 mL slender bottle - it pours a brown/deep plum color with a fair amount of carbonation streams and a 1 finger, light brown head that is dense and sooo creamy, leaving sheets of bubbles all the way down the glass, eventually turning into lace. Beautiful to say the least. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, green hops, a grainy character, and a sweetness that comes close to candy, but nowhere near cloying. Tastes toasty with caramel, molasses, raisins, chocolate?, burnt malts?, vinous malts?, green/spicy hops, and a medium bitterness. I can't think of how a dopple could taste better than this. The body starts medium and smooth, becoming thicker and softer as I go. This beer is amazing (it just dethroned Ruination as my top-rated). Believe the hype - I'm getting at least a four pack next time.
12-17-2005 21:28:06 | More by mmmbeer
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
This was my first dopplebock and all I can say is give me more. This was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour leaves a brownish beer which lightens as your near the bottle, the head is a foamy white. Taste is malty but not overdown or buttery. The flavor really exploded on this one as the temp increased with no hints of the alcohol just the incredible malts. I bought this in a four pack which was four months out of suggested serving time and still loved this. I also had this on tap at redbones a few weeks back and it was wonderful as well, I didn't review it at that time as I was eating the kick ass buffalo shrimp and wasn't in the note taking mood.
12-14-2005 00:09:45 | More by WeymouthMike
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a good head and is dark and inviting. Smells good, like a malty sweet beer . It has a strong coffee flavor that's combined with a nice hoppy after taste. It's a smooth beer and is drinkable. It's flavor is strong, but that doesn't deter you from drinking it down. It holds a good lacing till the end and warms you nicely.
12-13-2005 14:36:44 | More by Erdinger2003
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Oh man, what malty goodness this be. Dark and brooding, this beer has a nicely formed head.
Smells so sweet and powerful. Like bread with jam. Tons of berry scents in there, with bready malt notes. GOD IT SMELLS GOOD.
Tastes pretty damn good. Very malty, super sweet and thick. Literally like a meal in itself.
Damn, what a good beer.
12-08-2005 04:49:30 | More by Litterbean
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
My first impression was a sharp similarity to Spaten Optimator... this lasted about .2 seconds until the richness and sweet complexity fully sank in. Quite a superior brew indeed - it is unquestionable after the creamy mouthfeel and nice aftertaste fade away.
Looks-wise it get's an 'A' in my book; nice and dark with a decent, tan/white head that slinks to the sides of the glass after a moment. Very dark, just a slight hint of dark mahogany apparent when holding up to a strong light source.
The taste reflects the look of it, what one would be hoping for in their heart-of-hearts after the languid pour... chewy and huge mouthfeel with a barley-malt and roasted taste. A little caramelly for a moment before the malts and light hoppy bitterness wash it away.
Delicious to the last drop. One of those session-but-shouldn't-be beers. Two thumbs up.
12-06-2005 07:23:18 | More by LuckySkuff
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy and fluffy ecru head that slowly diminishes to a ringed cap. Decent lacing. Aromas of toffee malts, dried figs, dates, prunes. Tastes like rum-soaked dates rolling around in molasses. Not much hop presence; just a bit of stinging florals around the tongue at the beginning. Smoked turkey aftertaste. Boozier than I expected for only 6.7%. Bit of alcohol warming in the throat and stomach. Mouthfeel is huge, creamy, and chewy. For such a big and bold beer, this is quite drinkable. My first doppelbock, and I'll definitely be seeking some more.
12-05-2005 21:12:37 | More by orfeu
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a dark black with bright burgundy highlights with a creamy head that left nice lace. Smells a smokey sweet molasses and prunes. Tastes of mandarin sourness, molasses and a burnt smokey sweet finish. Mouth feel is smooth and thin. As assertive and potent as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.
12-04-2005 23:08:51 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Dark rich brown,with a hint of a redish hue. Nice tan head and lace. Smell was carmel and malt. Light,but carboniated. Taste was rich, and full. Sweet,but well bittered at the finish. If you like the Spaten Optimator, try this, you will like it even more. Excellent!!
11-26-2005 01:58:58 | More by riversider76
3.43/5 rDev -21%
I can sum my thought of this beer pretty quick: "Double Oktoberfest"
Now normally I don't like Munich, Vienna, or German Pale malts as are used a lot in Oktoberfest biers, but the flavors in this brew are rich and welcoming.
Looks like brown sugar and molasses showing ruby light under a tan finger of head. Smells strongly of German malts and a slight coffee bitterness.
Strong caramel and german malt with stinging carbonation adding to a bit of "twang". Hints of chocolate and molasses sneak through with a note of coffee roast bitternes.
Very drinkable for as much German Malt as there is.
11-24-2005 14:00:42 | More by sopor
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,053 ratings.