Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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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
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. 11.2 oz.
Pours a Coca-Cola brown with ruby highlights (ruby red when under direct light). Head is a 2" smooth mocha cap that sinks to 0.5".
Fragrant raisins and sweet grapes push through a mocha-coffee haze.
An instant favorite! Toasted bread and a huge chewy malt mashes with tart dry fruits. Light molasses and spices linger in the background. The finish is sweet and succulent.
It has a wonderfully smooth, creamy and palpable consistency. The modest carbonations breaks free towards the end of each sip to punctuate the residual brown sugar sweetness.
The second I put the cup to my mouth I knew I was going to love drinking it. It's so full of flavor -- strong and complex but accessible. The consistency is close to perfect for a double bock.
I was skeptical at first given all the hype, now I'm confident this is a world class brew. The best part? It doesn't go to high alcohol extremes to impart great flavor and bottomless complexity.
04-13-2010 20:43:41 | More by BeerNemesis
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
This bottle comes with free plastic jewelry...bonus!!
Appearance: Pours what appears to be black from across the room...fooled you! It's dark brown with garnet highlights and has decent clarity for a brew this dark. A tan head starts really big and shrinks down to a more-than-respectable size.
Smell: Nose of sweet malt, dry fruit, molasses, caramel, raisons, and hops. A touch of alcohol too. Massive aroma here...
Taste: Where do I start? There's all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a slight bready flavor. Bitter chocolate. I notice a touch of alcohol on the end, along with a small roasted note. The smallest bit of hop flavor shows up too. Very complex...
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with an oily mouthfeel. Finishes round and full, with lots of residual sugars adding body. Very nice.
Drinkability: Top of the class. This is an outstanding doppelbock that's worth every penny you pay for it. Sure it's fairly strong alcohol-wise, but walking's overrated anyway...
As stunning as it is from a bottle, it's worth mentioning that this beer is much better on tap.
12-29-2002 23:40:09 | More by MJR
4.47/5 rDev +3%
Had from the bottle at Sunset in Allston, Ma. Poured from the bottle into a mug the beer was a dark, dark brown color with a solid two-fingers of slightly off-white head. Some sticky carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass, and decent lacing throughout the sample.
The smell is of dark, semi-roasted, malt with brown sugar, candi-sugar, some mollasses, caramel, and some anise. The "smell" of sweetness pervades the nose.
The taste is an inntial hearty helping of sweet malt with a big semi-chewy mouthfeel. Sweet from beginning to end with flavors of mollasses, brown sugar, and some caramel all easily detectable. Subtle toffee in the finish and just slight dry, especially as the beer warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is big and rich. A hearty and robust coating of the palate with little carbonation and slightly chewy from the sturdy malt backbone of this beer.
It's easy to see why this beer is in the top 100 and easy to see whay it is the basic epitome of the dopplebock. Superbly rich and sweet, right in line with what I want when I think dopplebock. A great beer.
06-07-2006 16:56:27 | More by Sycodrummer
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours medium to dark brown, with lighter brown edges, where light passes through. This beer looks remarkably like a cola. The foamy head, the carbonation bubbles that accumulate on the side of the glass and the lighter brown glints around the bottom and edges of the glass are reminiscent of a glass of brown cola. The aroma is rich and quite large. Horehound candy, sorghum, prunes, and heavy brown sugar characterize the nose. The flavor is so big it's nearly vulgar. I said nearly. There was still quite a bit of a tact employed in stopping just short of over the top. It is almost like drinking liquid candy. I respect this beer for how bold it is, if for no other reason at all. I've had imperial stouts and barleywines with less personality. All of this big malty flavor at only 6.7% ABV. Probably because the beer was engineered in a fashion to retain more unfermentable sugars. I detect some chocolate liqueur, brown sugar, and prunes. There's just the faintest bitterness at the finish to help offset the sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied with very little scrubbing on the tongue. This is not necessarily a style that I'd say is in my wheelhouse, but I do appreciate this beer. I wish it wasn't $14.99 a four-pack. Otherwise, I'd keep it in my fridge all the time as an alternative to port wine for an after dinner dessert drink.
07-16-2012 01:14:15 | More by DocJitsu
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
First time I've had this is about 20 years. Truly remarkable how it is virtually identical to how I remembered it to be.
In the bottle this is a gorgeous smell of sweet brown sugar which is balanced by a savory roastiness.
There is really no head which might seem a real negative but this is helped by a beautiful dark oaky red brown colour.
In the mouth there is fullish penetrating prune, meat and a luxurious dry chewy earthy end. Bit of fizz in there too. Absolutely totally delicious. And do I detect an echo of the classic taste of Old Peculier in there as well? That's probably taking things a bit too far but without a doubt this deserves all the praise it gets. And then some.
06-15-2012 19:11:05 | More by Zimbo
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.
*Reviewed on 18.07.2005
The beer pours a dark brown base, medium caramel colored head, solid retention and nice lacing throughout most of the beer. The smell is heavy of malts, smells like coffee and chocolate - unusual for a doppel.
The taste is perfection, strong on malt taste but not overpowering, the taste is roasty, hints of coffee/chocolate, the aftertaste is the best of any beer I've tasted. The beer is never harsh on the mouth but the head retention isn't perfect to give the beer the best of all smoothness. This is such a great beer, and I would have another, a slow session of this one is best.
Final Thought: This and Aventinus are the clear champions in the bock variety, which has quickly become my favorite style in German brews. A classic beer!
07-19-2005 17:10:20 | More by mobyfann
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, butted into 06/07
Poured a clear mahogony with a medium light frown fizzy somewhat diminishing head.
Smelt of strong raisins, roasted malt, dark caramel, almost molasses, some coffee black licorice and bananas.
Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raisin, black licorice, and roasted grain followed by a strong bitter yeasty and sweet dark sherry chocolate on a long finish.
Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and moderately astringent and slightly alcoholic.
Overall, this is a soft tasty doppelbock. The flavors are layered and overwhelming, and I can see why this is the most appreciated doppelbock out there. It's hard to describe, but put simply it leaves a happy feeling in my mouth.
06-02-2007 04:32:01 | More by xav33
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a brown/garnett color with a decent cream head. Nose and taste are both layered with malt, caramel, toasty and nutty. It's a decent flavor, but I didn't find it impressive. Mouthfeel is solid - nothing wrong here at all.
All in all, this beer is good, but I just simply wasn't wow'd. To get an A out of me, I need to be wow'd. I found this merely "good." Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.
08-13-2010 01:00:24 | More by Mavajo
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured into a tulip a thick dark brown, almost black color with a stubborn finger and a half of a creamy beige head.
Nose is rich caramel malts and what seems to me like anise. More subtle notes of toffee, nuts, and brown sugar/nutmeg with a very light fruity hops presence in the background.
Spicy and sweet. The complex malt character is dominant; mostly toffee and caramel, but the hops stand out a lot more than they did in the aroma as well. Alcohol presence is also fairly strong for a 6.7% but in now way overpowering.
Thick, chewy mouthfeel Very warm and tasty, but definitely leaves the palate dry.
10-20-2006 03:46:01 | More by Phocion
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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