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 Pantalones
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing this one; last bottle from the 4-pack, no bottling/best-by date that I could find but I know the beer store ordered these after I mentioned that they were out when I was looking for this beer specifically, so it should be reasonably fresh.

Pours a clear cola-like brown, looking darker brown (almost black at a glance!) once it's in the glass. Big head of light tan foam at first, shrinking to about half that size within a few minutes and then into just a thin cap on the surface of the beer with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass a few minutes after that. The beer is so dark that my little LED flashlight only barely penetrates it -- it gets through as some faded points of red light -- but shining it into the beer I can see some rising bubbles.

Smell is TONS of rich malt -- basically smells like some nice dark brown bread is sitting in my glass! I also noticed a bit of a frutiy thing on the end when I first took a sniff after pouring, but I'm not really finding that now. Maybe just a hint of a brown-sugary sort of thing in there behind all the bread, too. After taking a few sips, I'm noticing there's almost a sort of butteriness to the smell, which works well with all that bread.

On the first sip, taste matches the smell for sure -- loads of bread right away, like really nice whole-grain bread. Also a good bit of dark roasty/bordering on char flavors mixed in, somehow coming across as both fresh bread and toast that's a little crispy around the edges at the same time. There is A LOT of breadiness going on in this beer. Surprisingly dry -- other doppelbocks I've had were noticeably sweeter. About halfway through I'm beginning to pick up on that brown-sugary thing I noticed in the smell -- it pops in for just a few moments at the start of every sip, before giving way to the waves of bread that dominate the flavor of this beer. i think I may have just noticed a tiny bit of that fruity-ish thing I smelled early on, just for a second at the end of a drink. Lingering flavor after swallowing tends to lean toward the dark-roasty elements, with occasional bread and slight doughiness finding their way in, too.

Mouthfeel is nice -- right on the line between "big gulps" and "little sips," so it works pretty nicely either way. There's a bit of a slickness to it, while not going so far in that direction as to be sticky from sweetness the way some other high-ABV dark beers tend to be. A little bubbly but in a pleasant way, no excessive fizz/prickliness... no negative features at all that I can point out really.

Overall, this is a great beer -- definitely glad I finally got around to trying it after all those trips to the beer store where I considered it, but then ended up trying something else instead. Plus, it comes with little plastic goat ornaments on every bottle (at least if you get to it fast enough -- I've noticed that the goats tend to go missing from 3/4 of the bottles in each pack when a 4-pack sits at the store for a while) -- how many other beers have THAT going for them??

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany color aroma was heavy with roasted malt. An excellent version of this style and would seek this beer out. Taste was loaded with malt and was sweet,thick,heavy,but not sickly sweet. Well balanced and really flavorful,a really well made beer

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Photo of twage04
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with medium carbonation. Aroma is of dark fruit, malt. Taste is much of the same, lots of dark fruit back up by toasted malts and a hint of sweetness. The beer is smooth in your mouth and very easy to drink. You might find a trace of roast in this but it's still a great "black beer" for those who would normally avoid a porter or stout.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to shaker pint glass. Mahogany liquid shot through with garnet topped by a creamy khaki head. Aroma and flavor are full of roast, toffee, caramel, dark fruit (raisin, fig, prune, dark bread, molasses and finally cocoa. Balanced like a goddam champ. Fuller in feel, rolls over the tongue and down the throat in a creamy wave. Would have again and again.

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Photo of Buck89
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsener glass. A deep ruby brown color with a modest light tan head. Aromas of raisins, cherries, brown bread, and plums. The taste was just as rich - spices, bread, dark fruit, and bready malt. Really focused on the malt without any distracting floral or citrus notes. The yeast is also in the background. A world class beer.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Best dopplebock I've tasted thus far. Among the better beers I've had. Pours deep red-brown with nic fluffy head. Smells and tastes of spice, dried prunes, raisin, an dark chocolate. Taste is rich and complex, evolving as the roasted dark malts warm in the glass. Medium bodied and rich. A beautiful beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No visible date. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a barely transparent dark mahogany brown with a thick, frothy one finger of sandy head. If there is carbonation, I can't see it.

S: this is straight out of the fridge, but even at that temp it is emanating fruity and malty aromas. My first thought is a cherry tootsie pop after you have lost patience and bitten it open. Red cherries, chocolate, toasted barley sugar (like cheerios), molasses.

T: lightly sweet arrival, turns toastier, then the molasses roast and sourness come through. Much less sweet on the palate than the nose, but still a sweet beer. Lingering clean lager yeast and malty chocolate.

M: this is where this thing really shines. Medium to full bodied, but somehow magically retains this crispness that makes it feel light on the tongue. Slick finish.

O: I have wanted to try this forever, and it was totally worth the wait. A rich and malty sipper that doesn't get cloying. THE definitive example of the style. Salvator has nothing on this.

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Photo of handmuffin
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from 330 mL bottle into glass at home. Pours deep brown with a reddish hue, practically opaque with small tan head. Some legs are noticeable on the glass after movement. Strong malty aroma with dark fruit and hints of chocolate and coffee. No detectable hop aroma. More malt and dark fruit flavor and even stronger chocolate, creating a kind of chocolate covered raisin flavor. The dark fruit is definitely not overpowering, in fact the flavor is almost ephemeral: disappearing from the pallet quickly after finishing. No hop flavor is detectable. The finish itself is somewhat sweet but not cloying, with very low bitterness and a small amount of alcohol flavor. Medium full body with low carbonation. Overall this beer is full of rich dark flavor with the smooth crisp clean lager quality expected from a century old German brewer. This beer is very enjoyable, easily drinkable despite the strong flavor and a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of schavuytje
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

full malts with a brand and a bitter edge to the soft acid released CO2 and full esters taste gekaremeliseerde sugars full of flavor and yet not violently hit

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Photo of JBDE16
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Its darker and sweeter than I expected!
It poured nearly black into a tulip, dried fruit on the nose dipped in molasses, lots of malt.

Molasses and malt dominate the flavor profile.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a stemmed glass.

Very deep brown color with deep amber tinge when hits the light, it tops up with one finger of frothy tan head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving some lacing patch and spot. The everlasting effervescence head keeps building upon each swirl.

In a nose, here comes the burst of malty goodness ranging from molasses, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, dark bread, roasted, dark chocolate, coffee, to toasted biscuit, as well as hint of dry fruit with suggestion of cherry, prune and raisin, yet spicy herbal hop.

It is still loads of malt here and there though the palate sensation with wide varieties of character of molasses, sweet caramel, charred nut, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, roasted, coffee, and dark bread. Also with suggestion of prune, raisin, and cherry while hop bitterness is there at the end with some bite.

The body is full but not sticky with smooth mouthfeel from its moderately crisp carbonation through the palate. Finish is very dry. Such a great Doppelbock, it is crafted with full malty affair.

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Photo of bbtkd
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV, 24 IBU. Pours dark brown with no head on a careful taproom pour. Nose is malty sweetness, taste follows, with very little bitterness. A little overcarbonated, but decent mouthfeel. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown with not much carbonation, but I am not sure how old the bottle I bought is. Despite its dark color it is clear. There is not much of a head but the thin layer stays most of the drink. I get a nice sweetness of malts and caramel and dark cherries. It follows the nose but not as sweet. The berry or cherry tartness stands out a lot more and a slight bitterness. The beer does have a nice carbonation feel to its medium body.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours dark burgundy red with a creamy tan foam head. Smells like big fresh grapes, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown bread, raisins, dried fig, pear, apple, with some earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes very malty and dark with rich caramel, toffee and molasses notes, slight chocolate, coffee, toasty brown bread, raisins, dried fig, pear, apple, grapes, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice doppelbock.

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Photo of bonns42
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with the goat "necklace" poured into a pint glass.

Presents as a dark brown, nearly black, translucent liquid that appears to be roughly the consistency of milk. Puffy, off-white head fizzles away rapidly, leaving just a light lacing on the glass.

This one smells of dark berries again, much fruitier than the Troegenator. The aromas are noticeable from over a foot away from the glass. As it warms a bit, a sweet milk chocolate aroma starts to push through.

This is definitely more bitter than the Troegenator. Quick attack of fruit esters (blackberries maybe?), followed by dark chocolate bitterness and some roasted coffee notes that linger through the finish. As I drink some more, the bitterness fades a bit and is replaced by another flavor, like a mild sourdough bread, and some fresh green grapes, that cleans up the lingering coffee.

Feel is medium to thick, a little thicker than milk, with medium-to-light carbonation that gives just a bit of fizz in the back of the mouth. The feel lingers on the tongue for a while, along with some of that sourdough.

Overall, this is super tasty and way more complex than I was prepared for. I was put off by the coffee flavors at first, and I was glad when they faded into the dark fruit sweetness. I really enjoyed this, although it's definitely not for regular consumption.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For a beer that has not had anything extra special added it is a great tasting beer. Bark appearance, fruity smell and every mild and pleasant taste.

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Photo of Ri0
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into tulip. Deep dark brown with a 2.5 finger effervescent light brown head. Slowly fades into a cap and deposits fine lacing on my glass. Copious amounts of fresh baked molasses bread, caramel and dark fruit fill the air. Flavor is heavy malts with bread, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit galore. Feel is so smooth and creamy, liquid velvet carbonation. Outstanding Dopplebock, not sure why it took so long for me to write a review.

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Photo of TH28
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is clear, deep brown with ruby highlights. Holds a nice thick tan foam cap. Aroma is all malt. Caramel, licorice, cherries, and plums. Taste is caramel forward with less emphasis on the dark fruit and licorice. Distinct toasted character. Mouthfeel is medium with a slight creaminess and low carbonation. Finishes with a toasted malt flavor and leaves some lingering caramel flavor on the tongue. Hop character is minimal

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a dark brown almost black with a creamy tan head.

S: Dark fruits, black licorice, toasted nuts, caramel

T: Follows nose. sweet. But not too much.

F: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Creamy.

O: I've had some doppelbocks before and I'm not sure why I haven't had more. This will change. I will pick this up regularly.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark brown with thicjk beige head, good retention.
Smell - caramel, toasted, nutty, roasted.
Taste - caramel, wood, chocolate, toasted malts.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown in color, extremely deep ruby in the light. Ample light brown head, very fine, silky, creamy appearance. Retention is good. Excellent aroma, rich maltiness, toasty. Phenomenal flavor. Big, rich malt presence. Again toasty, with mild notes of dark fruit. Perfectly rich and subtly complex. Medium-full body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy and smooth. A superb doppelbock.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 9/2/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle in the glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

Big kaki head; decent lace.

Brown sugar, cinnamon & mild black coffee nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Root beer, cinnamon & black licorice flavor; mint smacks the lips as this warms. Drinkable & unique but a bit odd.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. Very thin head ring, sparse lace. Dark cola color.

Nose is malty, creamy, a little dark fruit.

Taste: Light malt roast, sweetbread, caramel, fruit, light clovey notes at the tail.

Full body with carbonated finish.

Yep, tastes like good doppelbock. Has interesting overlap with cream stouts.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,creamy,khaki colored head that dissolves quickly.Black / brown with ruby / red hues,limited light showing through the glass.Moderate carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly dark roasted malts,and some fruits.Also getting some dark sweet breads.

The palate follows the nose with dark roasted malts,and dark sweet breads in the lead,accentuated by some fruity flavors.

The body is full,and on the border of wet and dry.

Out of all the imported beers I have rated,this one is probably my favorite.

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Photo of lastmango
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a birch beer brown with a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated to none. Light lacing at first followed by no lacing. I am not getting the aroma like others have reported . . . just faint toasted malt. The taste is surprisingly non-complex for such a highly rated beer. The taste was more one dimensional and only of malt with a slight bitterness on the tail end. Medium-heavy body with a lighter fizzy carbonation. Not sure what is going on. I was expecting a much more complex brew and am considering this tasting as a potential fluke. I will try again . . . :(

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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