Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Ratings: 5,063 | Reviews: 2,203 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +15.2%
A: Dark dark brown with an off-white head. The head faded in about 5 minutes. It looks like a perfect glass of onyx.
S: Sweet and dark with caramel and slight musk of coffee
T: Savory and dark, aftertaste is middle-of-palette and crisp. Notes of cinnamon, caramel, honey. Strong grain presence
M: Smooth, good carbonation level without being excessive. Not as thick as stout, but good consistency so it doesn't go down like water.
This beer was a profound experience. I was at a Brazilian steakhouse on somebody else's check. I ordered a Doppelbock of some other brand I didn't recall. They told me they had run out of that and that this was the only other doppelbock they had. I said thanks and they poured. I have never been a benefactor of such beautiful and just coincidence in my life. It's like meeting your future wife in a car accident. It's like finding a gold deposit in your basement after a meteor caves in your house. This beer changed the way I thought about life. I'm not exaggerating. I do not know how else to put it.
11-18-2012 02:57:25 | More by nofalltoofar
United Kingdom (England)
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
21st Oct 2012: Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg is now in ABT Allientie van Bier Tapperijen, the Dutch bar group of friends who promote good beer. Every month they have an on-tap beer (in each of the bars) never before seen on tap in The Netherlands. My luck was in because this lovely beer was the chosen one for Oct 2012.
I had quite afew during my three night stay in town: There are enough reviews of this on here already, but it is a cracking brew and I thought even better on-tap than the bottled version. Having it poured into the correct stemmed vase-like glass adds to the enjoyment as well.
Just a joy to find it on-tap!
11-17-2012 08:57:24 | More by BlackHaddock
3.85/5 rDev -11.3%
330ml bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a half finger tan head that fades rather quickly leaving just a tiny bit of foam on top. No lacing.
Aroma is full of malt. Lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar along with an almost soy sauce like character but it is not off-putting. A touch of chocolate as well.
The flavor is very heavy on the burnt sugar/caramel but it doesn't become astringent. This leads to some milk chocolate and a touch of coffee and toast. A little hop bitterness towards the finish but it is far in the background. Malt dominates. Mouthfeel is full and sticky/sweet but stays just below being cloying.
Overall, one of the best Doppelbocks out there. This is probably one of my least favorite styles but I can appreciate it for what it is; a nice, malty, cold weather beer and this one really packs in tons of flavor.
11-15-2012 02:00:55 | More by rangerred
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
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
First time I'm rereviewing a beer, with a bit more experience and I think a better or fresher bottle of it.
It pours a dark ruby-root beer colored body with a finger and a half of persistent off-white head. The smell, while pleasant, is faint and is the beer's major weakness. The mouthfeel was chewy and perfectly carbonated at first. As the beer warmed, the caramel scent grew stronger, improving the aroma, but the mouthfeel weakened, becoming more watery and one-dimensional. If there's some perfect temperature sweet-spot where the two trends lined up it would be marvelous.
The taste is certainly the selling point. Leads off with a burst of caramel that drops off slowly leading up to an aftertaste of chocolate and toffee. These guys know their malts.
11-13-2012 16:00:37 | More by RichardMNixon
4.08/5 rDev -6%
Pours deep brown with a nice thick, frothy khaki head. Smell and taste is pretty much straight up raisin bread, minus the cinnamon but add some molasses. Flavor includes a nice creamy finish with a splash of some cocoa. A medium bodied to fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, very nice. Glad I finally got to try this one and I will definitely try it again.
11-11-2012 02:24:01 | More by denver10
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,063 ratings.