Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #1
Ranked #421
4.37 | pDev: 9.84%
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Notes: A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous medals.
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and poured into my Pilsner Urquell handled pot
Pours a liquorice brown body with big thick tan head
Aroma is treacle and molasses
A lot of that in the flavour

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EmperorBevis from United Kingdom (England), May 13, 2020
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In 2016, went to their restaurant in Munich twice in a week. They did not have this (couldn't believe it!). They had a liqueur made from this doppelbock, it was good. You all need to visit Munich and have the Kellerbiers, served from JUST tapped, small oak casks. It is only good old pilsner, but fresh, un-filtered and un-pasteurized, served in gray stoneware steins and really enjoyable. Time to Review. Deep blackish brown & fully opaque with a medium tan head. Molasses and hot caramel aroma. Smooth , slightly roasted & sweet character to the taste. Not syrupy like some doppelbocks. Medium bodied. One of the best doppelbocks known to myself, from Germany.

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Pivopijak from Washington, Apr 03, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

notes from 3/7/2020.
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is a deep dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. The foam recedes at a normal rate leaving a thin cap. 4.75
The aroma is medium in strength and of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate and smells slightly bitter. 4.5
The taste is medium-high in strength and of malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and has a slight taste of alcohol in the slightly bitter finish. This is world class but I prefer a sweeter malt flavor in a Doppelbock. I let it warm up to get all the nuances. 4.5
The mouth feel just crosses the line of being thick and is a tiny bit silky, a little creamy, and has a pleasant low level of astringency which is long lasting. 4.75
Overall, it's crafted with intention at every level. Even though I prefer a sweeter malt flavor in this style, I think this one will grow on me. 4.75

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Hooded from Texas, Mar 13, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is sweet. Caramel, stone fruits, raisins, chocolate, hints of roasted malts.

Deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights, 1/2 inch tan head that recedes quickly to a bubbly cap and ring.

Mouth feel has a smooth texture with a moderate to full body and leaves a smooth coating. Some carbonation feel.

Taste fairly complex with stone fruits, peach, some bitterness (which seems to be from the roasted malts, like the bitterness from coffee), caramel, earthy and roasted in the background. The taste is dry, despite the sweet aroma. The middle has a moderate bitterness. The finish is fruit and caramel, roasted malts and mostly dry. The fruit aftertaste fades fairly quickly leaving the roasted malts and only a slight alcohol heat in the throat.

Overall, an excellent beer with an excellent flavor.

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MNAle from Minnesota, Mar 09, 2020
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the finest examples of the German Doppelbock styles available. Great smell and a little deceaving at first when you first inhale, gets better as it warms. Looks beautiful, very caramel and malty to the taste buds, smooth and soothing as you swallow. Incredible Bock. World class

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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown, with a big creamy, persistent head.

Aroma: No hops, but plenty of dark malt, toffee, caramel and roasty aromas. Some dark fruit as well.

Flavor: Roasty dark malt, toffee and caramel dominate. Slightly more bitter than, say Paulaner Salvator. Medium length aftertaste with linger roasted malt flavors. Not too sweet.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied and dry.

Overall: A classic Doppelbock. You encounter dark and lighter versions of this style. Ayinger is one of the darker versions, so you get a little more roasted dark malt and bitter flavors. Fantastic Doppelbock.

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ATL6245 from Georgia, Feb 29, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, 6m to bb so not too fresh.

Dark clear mahogany with ruby highlights against light. Dark beige head that reduces quickly to a thin film.

Molasses, even a bit of metal when cold. As the beer warms up (and you need to let it), prunes, figs and a hint of roast appear. Even a bit of vanilla or light chocolate. Slight alcohol, naturally. And something doughy/yeasty/cookie type mixed in.

Taste is pleasantly dry and roasty, and mouthfeel agile, relative to aroma and style. The chocolate turns darker and there lingers some nice balancing hop bitterness.

Extremely drinkable for the style, being a bit weaker, thinner, drier and more roasted than most. A classic reference point.

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KooVee from Finland, Dec 30, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: super dark, pours with a think head

Smell: slight hint of malt, much less smell of malt than is present in the flavor

Taste: very nice malty flavor, super smooth, some almost chocolatey notes at the finish

Feel: incredibly smooth, almost oily

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Anders91 from California, Dec 26, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Almost pitch black with ruby highlights in front of the light. Three fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Doughy malt, yeast, burnt sugar, mild funk.

Taste: Sweet dough, mild yeast, slight toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth with decent carbonation.

Overall: A nice warming winter drink.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Dec 18, 2019
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4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A stearn pour generates a finger of khaki creamy foam with long retention and sliding lace.
Deep dark brown, almost black with a hint of red. Shows dark ruby red in front of flame.

A funky malt smell greets the nose. I have not encountered Greaves Lard but I have been around rendering pork and salt pork... in the ballpark. Coffee, caramel and toasted malt with a little roasted flavor and faint smoke follow to the taste.

Neutral on sweetness, low on bitterness at first. Baked stone and pitted fruits try to add sweetness. Earthy leather and a slight woodiness appear, reminds my of a Scotch Ale.
The finish is quick with a hint of alcohol. Roasted, toasted and caramel malt slowly fade away during the aftertaste as bitterness rises to average. The rendered pork fat smell is
not present during the taste.

Full bodied with plenty of reserved carbonation. Balanced and smooth, almost sessionable.
Warms very well, flavors become bolder. Reasonably priced for a beer that rates this high.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Dec 01, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK + very dark brown with a reddish hue - 1 finger head that receded quickly but lacing charged on
SMELL + some burnt sugar and toasted pumpernickel - not too prominent - not much else apparent
TASTE + huge blast of molasses and caramel - super rich and pretty sweet but rushes into tart bitterness - some smokiness left afterwards
FEEL + nice and thick - oily - a bit low on carbo
OVERALL + this is a really rich and flavorful beer - a slow sipper - enjoyable - would be good in a cake / over a cake / over ice cream / a good addition to any dark sauce

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sjdevel from Colorado, Oct 13, 2019
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4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent doppelbock procured from Liquor Mart in Boulder, CO. Very, very malt forward. Like a lager version of an Irish stout, though with a more complexity and lasting taste. As far as bocks one can purchase in the US, this is one of the best. The only less than stellar rating is due to the mouth feel not being nearly is good as a bock poured directly from a cask.

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Joelherg1111 from Colorado, Oct 08, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown. Inch of head, good lacing. First scent is a dark molasses, jammy fruits. Taste is consistent with the molasses, but definitely less sweet than it smells. Medium body. Finishes with a bready, toasted malt on the tongue.
Still enjoying the last few sips of this as I write. Really like this one. (Disclaimer: I do enjoy very dark molasses so it's making me infinitely biased towards this.)

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annp1022 from California, Oct 08, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Agree with another commenter that any markdowns are by personal taste. I prefer the stronger sweetness and savory flavors found in beers like Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but I can easily see that this beer is exactly what it's intending to be.

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Rubicj from Massachusetts, Sep 30, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours nearly black, but translucent with red highlights. A single-finger head of tan foam. It doesn't last long. The lacing is just a thin rim, but it is persistent.

Dark toasted, but not charred malts hit the nose. Pumpernickel, fruitcake, molasses, dark cherry, candy apple, fig, raisins, prunes, bready yeast, carob/cocoa and tobacco. The aroma is a harbinger of a malt explosion.

The promise of the aroma is fulfilled on the tongue. The brew hits fruity-sweet on the tip of the tongue, with dark sugars and dark fruits as well as toffee and caramel. The mid-palate is hit with the toasted malt flavors, bread dough and yeast. It is here that the faint coffee, leather, and tobacco notes manifest The finish is an interesting meeting of slight booze, faint earthy hops, and soy sauce/brine.

The brew is medium full to full. Creamy, not sticky, with a touch of slickness. Limited carbonation but, for whatever reason, it isn't missed here.

An exemplary version, if not the paragon, of the style. Any markdowns are from a personal taste perspective, not "faults."

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Jul 21, 2019
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4.84/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Malty, spiced bread in a bottle. A better representation of a classic German Doppelbock cannot be matched. This brewery is amazing is so many ways. Google Aying.

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4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkest shade of red. Big, well layered, malt bomb. Molasses, toffee, fresh baked dark bread, heavy husky grain, dough, chocolate, nuts, and some dried dark fruit. Beautiful barley flex, downright delicious. Best doppelback ive ever tasted, very decadent, one of my favorites.

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MaltyMagic from California, May 10, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Very dark brown, with flashes of ruby red if held to a light. Clear. Pours with 5mm ultra-fine bubble deep tan head. Holds well.
S- Puddingy... as in a dark fruit crumble, or British Xmas pudding. Rich dark stewed fruits and malting.
T- Toasty, rich, perhaps slightly smokey, off into deep toasty malts. This is peak quality 'winter warmer' territory.
F- Pungent depth, feels indulgent. The 6.7% fully comes through, no problem knowing this has that oomph. I don't notice anything out of place here. Becomes richer/a touch sweeter as it warms. One for me to slowly sip away on and savour.
O- A superb beer, one I will buy again. I could enjoy this year-round, but it's big style might be optimally suited to colder months.
330ml bottle. BB: 01/20 Bought in the UK from BeersOfEurope

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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep clear brown, hinting black, creamy tan head. Aroma sweet caramel malt, raisin, plum, hints of chocolate. Taste follows the aroma with caramel malt dominating, notes of dark fruit, chocolate and mild spicy hops. Creamy lively carbonation on a medium full mouthfeel - smooth and rich - deliciousness.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Apr 07, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - very dark brown with a foamy mocha head that dissipated quickly
S - sweet toasted malt
T - toasted malt and bitter chocolate
F - full and creamy with light carbonation
O - very good beer. A little more bitter on the front end than I expected.

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Junior from Michigan, Mar 08, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into perfect pint
No date code
Pours a deep ruby red, that appears brown in the glass,  with a tremendous dark tan head,  and great retention
Smells like freaky baked bread, dark fruit, cocoa
Taste follows with a rich toffee malt backbone, followed by prunes,  and a huge chocolatey finish
Feel is medium-bodied, creamy  below average carbonation
Overall this is a heck of a beer,  drinkable, full flavored, it hits all the notes

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Samlover55 from New York, Feb 22, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark Amber color with short quickly disappearing head.

Raisins and cookie maltiness. Smells delectable.

Roasty malt, raisin, cookie with a touch of chocolate fades into a warming alcohol and touch of balancing hop bitterness. It's complex, it's smooth, and it's cohesive.

Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. On point for the style.

This is the bar for Dopplebock as far as I know it. Excellent beer.

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Beautiful dark brown with a good beige head and lacing. Chocolate and toffee smell and taste. Toasted malt. Always liked this beer, surprised I hadn’t reviewed it before.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark dark brown with a ruby red highlight. Tan, creamy, foamy head that mostly dissipates, but lingers around the edges of the glass.

In the nose I get notes of chocolate, malt, and brown sugar / cookie dough.

The taste is amazing. Very full chocolate malty flavor that finishes with toffee. Slight bitterness and alcohol heat.

Great creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation.

This is my first time having this beer and I'm blown away. Definitely will be getting more.

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BenTardiff from Tennessee, Jan 14, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dark ruby brown liquid with minimal head which sticks around. The scent is toffee, chocolate, and coffee all at the same time and layered one on top of the other. Taste follows the nose but it begins and ends with the toffee. Flavor is huge and I love it. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Overall this is a fantastic beer and I’m greateful to have tried it.

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