Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Celebrator opens with a rich, malty, yeasty nose, liquid breads and bread dough spilling forth in waves of marble rye, French baguette, honey wheat, and thick brown bread, all topped with a gooey thread of molasses and wildflower honey. Add to this a good measure of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and lighter touches of coffee and cream, as well as a good range of fruit esters, including raisin, fig, black cherry, orange liqueur, date, and prune. The aromas aren’t necessarily powerful—perhaps a seven in terms of sheer strength—but they are exquisitely nuanced, balanced, and developed, resulting in a nose that only lightly taps your chin, but still somehow knocks you to the floor.
On the tongue, the beer opens with a wave of bread dough and toast crust that carries mainly dark wheat and grain flavors, but these are soon joined by a rush of molasses and brown sugar, and following just behind, caramel, toffee, and creamed coffee, as well as darker fruit esters (fig, prune, date, black cherry). In subsequent sips the molasses, date, fig, prune, and black cherry notes come out more clearly, kept earthbound by marble rye bread, spent grains, and touches of pepper. Late in the mouthful a cola, or perhaps kola nut-like flavor emerges, and this carries into the aftertaste, along with a surprising amount of sugars and breads, which linger on the tongue for a very long time in syrupy goodness. Mouthfeel is a slick, syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.
Overall, this is one of the finer Doppelbocks on the market, and while it’s not one of the strongest, it is one of the more balanced, flavorful, and all-around fantastic examples available. Too many beers sacrifice the beauty of nuance and tempering for beat-you-over-the-head hoppiness/sugars/alcohol/etc., and it’s very nice to see a beer that’s obviously been made by someone who knows the supreme strengths of subtlety and crafty understatement.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2012 19:05:15 | More by jondeelee
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,929 ratings.