Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
From an 11.2 oz bottle into a globe-type glass.
A-An agressive pour produced one finger of dark, tan head. The foam dropped pretty quickly into a thing ring. The beer is nearly opaque and black in color with only a glimmer of light getting through.
S-The smell is a complex mix of lightly sweet and boozy dark fruit (raisins, plums, and dates). The alcohol is a touch medicinal, and it integrates well with the fruity, lightly grainy smelling malts.
T-The taste is not quite a fruity as the smell. I get molasses, rum, tobacco, the aforementioned dark fruits, and just a touch of medicinal alcohol. The flavors are complex and long-lasting. There is just a touch of bitterness at the end.
M-The feel is medium bodied and surprisingly crisp for the style. This isn't to say there is a bunch of carbonation, because there isn't, but the beer is not heavy or syrupy, and the feel is perfectly matched for the flavors.
O-This is easily my favorite doppelbock. There is a great balance of fruit, booze, and earthy flavors here. All the flavors integrate well with each other and the beer is complex without ever getting gimmicky or unbalanced. The nearly perfect mouthfeel caps it all off.
12-14-2012 17:07:22 | More by spoony
4.73/5 rDev +9%
Had only had this once, out of the bottle, years ago. Why haven't I had this again? Wow!
Among the darkest (if not THE darkest) and thickest-looking doppelbocks I can recall. The foam is a bit lighter than I would have expected (no roasted barley, just decocted?). Despite its appearance, it doesn't look like a (dry) stout. Looks heartier, that's for sure.
First impression of the smell is the unmistakably molasses, almost ginger snap aroma. Comes across like a dark, dense, molasses-y German bread with a bit of underlying dark fruit (black grape, cherry), and a kiss of alcohol.
While the taste, like the smell, screams "dark-toasty, lightly-spiced, dense, dark bread", I can't help but get a little peppermint(?!), as in, candy cane. Super rich-malty. The overall taste, maybe more than any other (German) beer, is that of "liquid bread". The body, for me, exhibits a filling-smooth, almost doughy quality. Perhaps it could be a little cleaner - but that's only what I'd expect from a lager. Can't argue with what this offers though. Such a rich malt character! - Dark-toasted bread - dark, but not roasty or bitter - bold molasses and background cherry. The depth of the malt flavor is excellent - sticks around on the palate for what seems endlessly.
This beer has some complexity but also very (unique) bold/loud flavors - more character and depth, but less clean than most. Whatever - I'm rambling here - it's a fantastic drink!
12-04-2012 18:07:14 | More by Bouleboubier
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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