Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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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 5,032 ratings.