Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GClarkage
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/31/04- DAMN!! I meant to review this one as #200 rather than the last brew I had!!! Oh well. Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 11.2 oz bottle with a cool mountain goat hanging from the bottle. A notched bottled date or expiration that I don't understand. Poured into my Chouffe tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours an almost black or at least dark brown color. Nice sticky head and nice lacing.

Smell- Sweet and sugary. Maybe a brown sugar scent. Molasses and maybe even really sweet milk chocolate.

Taste- Sweet malty goodness. Definite molasses swirling around everywhere. A high amount of hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit too carbonated IMO, but other than that it's a nice full beer that goes down well.

Drinkability- One of my first bocks that I decided to drink at the turn of the year. Thus the name Celebrator. Good choice. I'll he having this one again soon.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.3 oz bottle.
This bottle is over 1-1/2 years old. not quite sure on the age, but it was bought as a single out of a six pack, and these come in 4 packs now.
Pours out dark reddish brown with a 1", quickly disapating head. Head settles to a thin cap. alcohol visible floating on top.
Aroma is malty, fruity, rum, brown sugar, mollasses.
Flavor is fruity, raisin, prune, burnt sugar. nicely balanced bitter/sweet finish.
Damn this stuff is good

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Photo of WTexas
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was betrothed to Salvator until I was seduced by Celebrator. Salvator may be the original, but Celebrator exceeds it in most respects -- despite the cheesy bock trinket that comes with each 12oz bottle.
Poured a clear almost ruby color into the glass, and displayed a good full head that quickly dissipated. Smelled crisp and almost molasses like. First sips had a hint of biscuit. As it warmed, I detected more honey and raisins. Conspicuously absent was the strong alcohol taste of other doppelbocks. This is Celebrator's strength. Though I later felt the alcohol's effects, they were not as pronounced in the taste or mouthfeel.
Almost too easy to drink. The king is dead, long live Celebrator.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The dopple by which all others are judged! It was my favorite until I discovered Liberator (you know what I'm talkin' here). Pours a mahogany velvet with stiff, lush head, ample lace. Deep roasted malt aromas of caramel, molasses, creme brule', plums, port-the list goes on and on...Tastes even better than it smells if that is possible. Extremely smooth, thick and creamy in body with soft carbonation. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Delicious!!! Caramel smooth finish with a nice nip of hops, alky-hawl content well disguised. No problem finishing off a 4-pack in one night. More please.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee and shipped by air to Moscow. Made the trip no worse for wear. Undistinguished 33cl brown bottle with a very busy multi-colored label featuring two goats dancing around a glass of the good stuff. Other than ABV, no relevant or useful information to be found.

Pours a dark but clear burgundy under a one finger beige head that is fairly thin and short-lived, leaving no lace. Decadently strong caramel malt nose with a bit of dark fruit - plum or red grape, perhaps. The mouth is very prickly, yet heavy - great feel. The taste is malt, malt, malt - sweet and heavy. Alcohol is also present, as is a definite plum strain. Nicely blended, smooth as silk, there is just a touch of hops adding a bit of dry bite in the finish, lingering as a bitter echo among the sweet malt aftertaste. This is a very nice, drinkable brew despite the strength. Globetrotterette, who hates strong beers, liked this one. Oh yeah!

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a VERY deep red with a three-finger head that died down over time to fine lacing on the glass. Damn, I have great memories of this beer from when it was available at the place a couple of miles from the house... and it is excellent in cooking, I must add. The best dark beer I have found for recipes.

The aroma was of dark malts and figs, with a light sweetness, and a hint of alcohol ALMOST out of reach. A little fruitier than I remember.

The taste was slightly sweet, with definite fruity malt character. Figs and raisins predominated. A hint of caramel was there as well, along with a touch of alcohol warmth and a bit of roastiness on the aftertaste.

I remembered it better than this... I think it is my own tastes and discernment that have changed, and not the beer. Several hundred beer will do that, I suppose. However, it still was an excellent brew.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Only 11.2 ounces in this bottle. Initially, the beer forms a nice tan head, but it dissipates fairly quickly. The color is deep ruby red-brown.

Smell - The malt aroma is so strong that I can smell it three feet away. Unreal. When I hold the beer to my nose, the aroma is overpowering. Hop aroma absent.

Taste - The taste is very rich and malty, but very smooth. Hop flavor absent. Alcoholic warmth comes out in the aftertaste. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel - With the thick and rich taste comes a thick-feeling beer. The beer is silky smooth.

Drinkability - The relatively high percent of alcohol of this beer is not hidden, and the beer packs a bit of a wallop. I would also describe the beer as "filling." A couple of these and I would be done for the night. The style's nickname as "liquid bread" is well deserved.

Comments - I'm no beer judge, but I think this is an excellent example of the style. Beers like this are part of the reason that people rave about the greatness of German beer.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance is nice and dark ruby, smallish head with tiny bubbles.

aroma is a big piece of candy, all sugary molasses. a little whiff of alcohol, and some kind of pineapple fruity smell, but very faint.

taste is smooth, sweet, more sugar flavours and a bit of caramel. a hint of sherry. not horribly complex, but, slightly minimalistic and done very well, as everything is round and smooth.

mouthfeel is just right, bit creamy and carbonation that doesn't scream out at you, just supports the beer.

overal i do think this is one of the better dopplebocks i have had. definately try it. funky plastic ram with every bottle!

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Photo of Rio
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep crimson-brown with a nice, light brown/tan head that receeded to a thin layer across the surface. Light aroma of malts, and some slight roasted and caramel smells, perhaps.

Big roasted malt flavors, with some caramel coming through. A bit of a nice hop bite bringing up the rear, with a nice, slightly dry finish.

An excellent beer. It also makes a great marinade for a steak, by the recipe the Bros have up here.

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Photo of ejquin
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, with off white head that fades quickly

Smell: Not much of an aroma, but can detect some chocolatey and malty notes

Taste: Very malty, and mollasses taste. Just barely lingers in the aftertaste. Very clean and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Very chewy, light and clean. Not overly carbonated, and not too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkibility: Hides the alclohol very well. Almost perfectly carbonated, and not much of a lingering aftertaste.

Overall an excellent bock

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Photo of sacfly
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown/tan head. Smell is malty and sweet with just a hint of basement smell. Smooth full body. Tastes just like it smells- only stronger. Very enjoyable. Just the right amount of ABV for this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable at 6.7%. Would defiantly enjoy having more of these!

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Photo of newyawker
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the first German Double Bock I have ever tried, but it won't be my last now that I know what this nectar is like. Comes in a very nice bottle with a little plastic ram charm hanging around the neck. Pours very dark brown with a tan, foamy head. Smells a bit like a cappucino and a bit like a dank cellar. Interesting. The taste is really smooth. Kind of full flavored, almost creamy with a bit of roasted coffee on my tounge. Also some chocolate flavors, and a sweet molasses finish, but not overly sweet. Very easy to drink, and it is a little strong. Great beer.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the first time that i've had a real german double bock. it tastes better than other bock's i've had. it doesn't have much of a head and little lacing. it's pretty damn dark. good malt taste. not too sweet at all. and not too much alcohol taste. a very good beer. and very drinkable. highly recommended. plus the bottle is cool as hell.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

deep ruby brown with a thick tan head. looks very appealingvery sweet smelling with plenty of maltiness, as well as some dark fruity and molasses aromas. chocolatey and coffee malt flavors. the same dark fruitiness as in the smell. plum, black cherry, etc.some rich butterscotch as well. a bit of earthy grainyness and bread-like flavors. sweet and bitter play excellently off eachother. full bodied and creamy, i couldn't imagine a more appropriate texture for this beer. this is an excellent bock, but the mouthfeel is where it really shines. a bit rich, but very good.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep cola brown color with a nice, light brown colored head. Bready, grainy aromas, some dark caramel and molasses-type aromas with a light fruitiness, too. Mostly a malty assault on the palate, molasses and treacle comes through pretty nicely. There's some hops in there, too, just overpowered with the malt. A little bit vinous and lightly astringent, helping to balance the deep, dark malt assault. I haven't had a Celebrator in about 10 months, and, maybe it's the right time of year now that it's getting chilly, but it is just hitting the spot. It's a slow sipper that seems to develop finer characteristics as it warms. Nice velvety mouthfeel. Some might say this is too roasty for a traditional doppelbock. I think it is quite righteous for the style.

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Photo of Stingray5
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz Bottle is deceiving, looks like at LEAST a 12oz. Pours murky brown, reveals deep fire crimson when held up to the light. medium tan head reducing to nice lace. light malt in the aroma, but not much more. Perhaps I should let it warm some, but I just can't wait. Medium creamy mouthful, carbonation on the higher side. Taste is all at once sweet, chocolate, smoke, spicy. Lots going on here. Long, long lasting finish of roasted, smoked, pepper spice lip smackin' malt. Very satisfying.

Really looking forward to sipping one by the fire on a long cold winter night.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label Lore: Describing this Privat Brauerei Franz Inselkammer bottle would be like describing Santa Clause to a five year old. But let’s give it up to Merchant du Vin for importing this. 6,7 ABV.

Dark mahogany yet clear pour with a few errant bubbles escape with an impressive huge rock solid cake like khaki head that just won’t quit.

Walnut malt scents dominate the nose with plenty of mixed spices that confound. Nutmeg, carrot cake. Becomes a bit estery when warmed up towards the end.

First Swigs: Vinous port wine hints and honey malts. Maple syrup and sweet sugary flavors swirl around. This one makes me ruminate. A bit of porter toffee and deep rich refined caramel malts. Lingering chocolate and coffee ice cream aftertaste.

Like drinking Birch Beer at a Summer picnic.

Last Swigs: Liquid chocolate and maple syrup. You could pour this on ice cream. This is the sole offering by this brewery. An example of do one thing, and do it well. Reminds me of Sam Adams Chocolate Bock except for $3 a 11.2 oz 330 mL instead of $18 for a SA bomber. Review # 397. Don't wait til Spring to enjoy this Bock.

Beer is good. Happy bock beering.

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Photo of walleye
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this for about a year now nice chocolate color tan long lasting head nice lacing excellentlacing nice smooth palate coffee and molesses with a slight bitter after taste this brings back fond memories when I was in the Army in Germany in a little town of Illishiem in 1970 sitting in a guest house having a few this is one of the best beers I have had in 30 some years. This is the beer I have been looking for. If there is one better would some one let me know.this is the only beer from my (ratebeer.com) that at this time I have around 278 beers rated that I have reated all 5's

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty as can be. Great head, great blackness with ruby shining through. Absolutely killer bottle.

Smells spicey and sweetly of malt along with a hint of a alcohol. Molasses and bread. Complex and brilliant.

Very strong malt flavor. Bittersweet: roasted grain and almonds. More malt in the back with just a bit of alcohol in the follow through. A sweet aftertaste, very nutty. Molasses all around.

Sensational body. Goes down alright, but these taste awful rich and it would be hard to drink more than a couple in a sitting--no matter how much you might want to.

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Photo of Biffster
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a tawny head. It is deep mahogony brown with copper and ruby highlights.

The aroma is intensely malty, with strong bready aromas. Raisin and caramel aromas follow, with a hint of cocoa behind. No hops, esters, or other off aromas present themselves, but there is the barest hint of diacetyl.

There is plenty of malty sweetness at the sip, a bit of hop flavor and a complex warming finish. As the sample warms, a complex, vinous and somewhat spicy flavor emerges, with strong hints of dark ripe fruit. Plenty of raisin and plum flavors emerge. There is caramel and chocolate in the smooth warming finish.

The mouthfeel is big. There is a medium/full body with medium carbonation and a pleasant warming with no astringency.

Overall, this is one of the most pleasant and balanced versions of a big and challenging style that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of hero27
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red color. The head is moderate and thick at first, but dies down quickly to a thin layer.

Smell: Smells very rich, fruity, chocolately and malty.

Taste: Delicious & complex. Strong fruits, roasted malts, toffee, chocolate..you name it, you can probably taste it. Carbonation is perfect..not too much, not too little. Toasted malts and creamy flavor, with a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth & creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol kicks in right at the end and the sweet aftertaste ends perfectly.

Drinkability: Overall, a great Doppelbock. Very flavorful and relatively easy to drink. The nearly 7% ABV is also a nice touch.

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Photo of Amdahl
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is in a simple yet elegant bottle. Label has 2 rams on it for a classic touch. The beer pours to almost black with just a touch of red in it. There are nearly 3 fingers of head that slowly goes back to a thin layer. There is no lace left on the side of the glass. The aroma is very complex with the malt hitting the nose the hardest with a emphasis on a sweetness. This beer is one of the best tasting doppelbocks that I have ever tried. The taste is very malty and sweet, with the fruits coming though in abundance. This is a full bodied beer. This is one of the best doppelbocks that I have ever had.

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Photo of etaggie09
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention.

Aroma: vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma

Taste: Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: nice, clean, and very drinkable.

Notes: A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

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Photo of trumick
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with little head and no lacing.

Scent is of sweet dark roasted malts and spices with some dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose sweet dark malts with dried fruits nutty overtones and just enough bitterness to override the sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbination.

The drinkability is great I could sit with a bunch of these. What a nice beer. I am totally impressed with this one.

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Photo of TongoRad
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Translucent saturated brown color with a thick tan head.

Aroma is rich, malty and complex with some spicyness and some dried fruit qualities but still solidly in lager territory. The effect almost comes across like a cross between dark bread and a holiday cake.

Flavor is amazing- it follows through on the nose and adds new layers of complexity- some molasses and just the right amount of bitterness to prevent cloying.

As close to perfection as you'll find.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,420 ratings.
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