Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

BA SCORE
96
world-class
6,485 Ratings
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany
ayinger-bier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,485
Reviews:
2,430
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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552
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974
For Trade:
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Photo of jmhart
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Munich at the Ayinger brauhaus across from Hofbrau

Deep brown, almost black, in color with black cherry elements when held up to the light. Firm walnut head that fades quickly with minimal lace. The blackness of the color almost worried me. Darker than any German beer I have ever seen before.

Typical darkly roasted malt elements. Dark fruits come off most prominently. Rich prune with a strong coffee aroma and minor cocoa hints. The aroma is very rich and full bodied. The aroma alone will pull me back to this beer again and again.

The dark fruits that were present on the nose take a backseat in the taste, and the coffee and sugar/malt really come through. The taste is strong of caramel, but not sugary, and incredibly well balanced. Subtle hints of tobacco.

Velvety with a bite. Relatively minor carbonation, but present acidity. Smooth to consume with a long drawn out finish.

Overall a truly fantastic brew. The sweet, rich fruits of the smell combine with the rich roasted elements in the taste to make something very special. I will recommend this and consume it whenever I come across it.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beermongers in Portland, OR poured into a Saison Dupont 12 oz tumbler.

appearance - dark brown with a low head, moderate lacing

smell - dark fruit, raisins, dates, prunes, very complex and aromatic

taste - balanced malt with hints of dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, good body

drinkability - very smooth and enjoyable, did not fatigue the senses, complex, easy to drink

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured near black in color with just a few red highlights near the edge of the glass. A moderately-sized light brown head died down and only left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are smells of dark malts with some notes of chocolate, raisins and nuts in the aroma.
T: The taste is very malty and balanced--dark malts dominate the flavors yet there are subtle hints of caramel, chocolate and nuts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and some dryness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and both smooth and thick on the palate.
D: It was very easy to drink this and the alcohol was barely perceptible. The beer is rather filling and drinking it almost feels like you're having a meal. I would definitely have it again (especially if I was hungry), although there's no way I could have more than one in a single session.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- dark brown when held to light can seen thru, light amount of bubbles to seen with very thin head

Smell- very sweet malt nose, raisons and carmel are the thing at the forefront, very nice candied sweet smell, inviting

Taste- very sweet and malty falvor in the beginning followed by a surprisingly drying finish bringing together a certain balance, malt sweet raisons, and hoppy bitter flavor

Mouthfeel- heavy thick and bold with drying feel

Drinkability- nice flavor but a bit heavy for me to really consider sessioning, I can see why many people really like this beer but for me its just not exactly what I look for in the flavor profile of a dopplebock and overall just way more dry then I expected,

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Photo of afausser
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrown in as an extra from davolebomb on his homebrew trade--many thanks to an extremely generous trader!

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark cherry and plum toned brown (more of a toffee color when swirled around in the glass), with a thin layer of creamhy head that has the consistency of (and disappears the same way as) soda carbonation. Tiny and slow moving carbonation bubbles are barely visable here and there floating to the surface. Pretty enough, but nothing special.

Smell: Smells delicious, with lots of toffee and caramel notes, as well as some dark fruits, particulary prunes and raisins. Some bread notes are thrown in there. Smells a lot stronger as it warms, with some grape, red wine, and slightly sour and funky notes.

Taste: Somewhat similar to the smell, though not nearly as sweet. The hops come across as a sort of coffee note. Barely any caramel or candy toffee here, though there are some dark fruits. Slight alcohol is evident. Slight burnt toast are also present, and maybe a slight hint of toffee in the background. A bit of cream and chocolate tones, but these are very subtle. As it warms the burnt notes come out a bit more, as do the bitter hops. Also gets sweeter as it warms, with slight brown sugar notes (as well as sugar syrup in general) that quite soon are overwhelmed by bitter hops in the taste and aftertaste. Also an interesting wintergreen note that interacts somewhat strangely with the burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is decent. Low but voluminous carbonation really lifts the heavier flavors to the top of the palate. Not abrasive and goes down pretty smoothly for a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: Drinkability on this one is right in the middle--it's not sessionable, really, but it's not extremely hot for its style. Worth trying, but I don't know if I'd pursue this one again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a downward cascading 2.5 finger semi-fine brownish-cream head with respectable retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque purplish-brown. Lacing is stringy and sptty and never strays far from the head.

S: Caramel, coffee, toasted toffee, signature European malt mintiness, slight sourness and cream. Overall aroma is very cakey and doughy. Pungent, yet subdued and subtle at the same time.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. Sweet coffee and cream linger in the background. Spicy at points that constantly tickles the back of the throat. Very chewy in the middle and even a little bit fruity. Burnt plums? Coffee comes back around for another go at the end. Slightly roasty characteristic this time though with the same accompanying sweetness. Finish is messy with a lingering roasted malt sourness that gets sweeter just as it disappears from the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and smooth as all hell. At 6.7% this is by no means a strong beer but it might as well be 3%. Alcohol is non-existent. Carbonation is there but at just the right amount it excites the palate while not interrupting the silky feel. Finish is messy but leaves such a delectable taste on the palate, I don't mind.

D: I thought I knew what a doppelback tasted... and then I had this. An astounding beer by every measure, this is probably one of the most sessionable beers for every season. Warming when its cold and quenching when its hot, there's no time when this wouldn't be enjoyable. A fantastic brew!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because it's spring and I haven't had one of these in a while. Didn't know what to expect but after having to hold myself back from drinking this too fast, I can say that this is one better beers I've had in quite some time. Based on the other reviews that I've seen on here, I think that most people would agree with me!

This poured a nice, dark brown with ruby edges to the hue as I held my glass up to the light. This had a nice head as well and a bit of lacing but then comes the mouthfeel...very nicely balanced and almost no sign of any alcohol in the taste. Lots of molasses, dark fruit (I'm feeling fig for some reason), licorice, coffee, and caramel. It blends together wonderfully with just a hint of roasted stickiness in the aftertaste. Certainly not a hopheads delight but it's not so full that the malt dominates with a biscuit-like overtone. One of the better balances in a beer that I've enjoyed lately!

I could see myself having a few of these with the alcohol sneaking up on me. Although I prefer regular Bocks because they're lighter, this is a great choice for spring and for those unaccustomed to the style (such as yours truly). A great choice and based on the number of reviews I've seen on here, a "textbook" example of this style of beer!

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. 11.2 oz.

Appearance:
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".

Aroma:
Fragrant raisins and sweet grapes push through a mocha-coffee haze.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Notes:
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.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic.

Looked decent, nice and dark brown with a thin head that stayed around. Smell was rather complex, with a fortitude of malts and fruitiness and spiciness coming to the front. The taste kind of surprised me as well. Very mellow and earthy, hints of leafy and dark malts. Quite bitter on the end, pronounced hop detail that can only lead to another drink. The only thing not 'good' about this beer was the odd bitterness, for some reason it did not sit well with me, but the drinkability remained good. Maybe it was the serving temperature or a carbonation thing, but I'm not convinced this is the be-all end-all of doppelbocks.

I'd like to sample a bottle under a bit more controlled conditions..

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown with fiery hue. Dark biege head recedes to a ring and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, cheesy, wet chocolaty malt. Different and intense, but typical of darker offerings from this outstanding brewery.

Taste: As in the aroma: smokiness, cheese, wet chocolate malts, but also with a good vinous character and a christmasy spiced flavour, cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg or allspice, with a delicate treacle and honey sweetness. All of this balanced with just a touch of hop, enough to round it out but to keep this essentially a malt bomb. Absolutely delightful. 6.7% abv is not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious and moreish. One of the world's best beers from one of the world's best breweries.

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

Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass. Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that dissipated fairly quickly and left just a little lace on the glass.

Aroma was great with molasses, bread crusts, and some sweet caramel. No hop character discernible.

Flavor was great with even more bready melanoidens that were there in the aroma. No real bitterness in the taste, but also, no real alcohol character either. Plenty of residual sweetness, though.

Mouthfeel was thick & rich. This is an easy to drink doppelbock. I love the dark style here.

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

I've had this beer numerous times on tap and from bottles-- today I finally decided to review a bottle
poured into standard pint glass.

Deep barely translucent red. Looks brownish black until held up to light. Tan head rose two fingers before
settling into a ring and some wispy bubbles. Lacing is fine and light, and clustered together-- doesn't make rings around the glass.

Roasted malts. Smells sweet, like brown sugar and some kind if hard candy I can't quite place... Almost like those old root beer barrels!

Taste has a coffee like bitterness on the back end after starting out sweet and slightly fruity?. Not quite as toasty as I expected from the smell-- but certainly tasting those malts. A little dry too. Can certainly notice that yeast as well!

Very nice body-- on the fuller side of medium, but not chewy. Plenty of carbonation helps this be smooth, until the very last moment, it then feels just slightly syrupy.

This is one of the easiest drinking 7%ers out there!! Even my wife wanted another sip! Very tasty and drinkable brew here that I would not mind having again. I could
actually see this pairing with lots of things, but in my head right now, I mostly picture some coffee cake.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into wine glass.
Looks very dark brown sitting on the bar, with tints of red and copper when held to the light. Small head with mild lacing. Smell is very enticing. Lots of raisin and licorice notes with hints of rye bread. Taste is a melody of flavors. Roasted grains, licorice, molasses, and a heavy bread backbone. Not real bitter or hoppy. Chewy mouthfeel with mild carbonation. While this beer didn't exceed my lofty expectations, it didn't disappoint either. Very worthy of the hype.

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

Poured into a tulip.

This brew is dark, has carbonation up the sides. A tan fluffy head produces some lacing as it goes down.

Smells like sweet red fruit with a big malty backbone. Almost smells a little like strawberry fruit snacks, not overpowering.

Very smooth and drinkable. Great mouthfeel. Lighter on the roasted malts than I thought it would be but its nice. Tastes great with an amazing creaminess, slightly bitter finish.

A benchmark brew.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 3/27/10

A - deep ruby, short lived light tan head, decent retention. Light lacing, very clear. 4.0

S - Lots of caramel, very sweet, toffee and light carob. 4.5

T - Very much like the aroma but more toffee and brown sugar sweetness. Very slight bitterness in the finish. This is the doppelbock to end all doppelbocks. 5.0

M - Rich, well carbonated, immensely smooth. 4.5

D - Way too drinkable man. 4.5

Notes - Goes well with German tilsit cheese.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass it pours a deep dark cherry color when held to the light. it is fairly dark and lots of fine bubbles can be seen traveling the glass. Nice foamy head that reduces to a thin layer of suds.

In the nose I get sweet malts and confections, and I can detect the alcohol. Has a very robust smell.

Taste is a sort of burnt bitter, or roasted malt with an almost medicinal taste. it seems to have some sourness to it as well. A bit one-dimensional, in my opinion.

in the mouth it feels somewhat thin and sticky, though it is medium bodied with high carbonation.

It's fairly drinkable but 1 or 2 would probably be enough for me, but it's obviously not a session brew. It would probably be a long while before I would decide to get this again. Not really worth the $3 price tag on the 11.2 oz bottle. But the ram is cool.

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

Single bottle (no date on bottle anywhere) poured into a Tumbler/Shaker Pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a 1/2" thick light brown foam that died down to a thin layer across the top of the beer. Plenty of lacing as I drank it down. The color on the table is a deep mahogany brown, but held up to the light is a deep garnet red. Plenty of carbonation coming up through the dark liquid as you hold it up to the light.

Smell: Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Reminds me of the smell upon opening up a box of dark chocolate covered raisins. The raisin is the main smell, but there are chocolate and bready notes in there too. Very nice.

Taste: Caramel malt, the raisin fruitiness, bittersweet chocolate all rolled into one. A nice balanced bitter finish and some lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and a little chewy, with just enough carbonation on the tongue to be noticeable. Again, very nice adds to the overall richness (but never excessive) of this beer.

Drinkability: My only problem with this beer is that the 12oz bottle is too damn small, I really want more to enjoy. An outstanding beer but strangely I am noticing the alcohol (maybe because I'm drinking it faster due to the wonderful flavor) so I have to learn how to pace myself on something this good.

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Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark tawny brown with some ruby highlights at the edges. A massive beige head billows out. Great retention; left lost of sticky lace in its wake. Scents of plums, currants, wood, booze, and some roasted malts. Nice.

The body on this is much thinner than I'd like. Carbonation level is low. This feels flat and unimpressive. The flavors are malty in character. Some roasted malts at the onset, but then this gives way to a dark fruity flavor, and finishes with some alcohol heat. All in all, I did not care for this beer. I know it's one of the top 100 beers, but I have had better of the style for sure. Won't have this again most likely.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Local 44

Look: Dark mahogany color, creamy beige head, light lacing

Smell: Malty, chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel

Taste: Up Front: Malt, dark fruit, burnt toast, toffee, vanilla. Finish: Chocolate with a slight fruity finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Keep em' coming!

Overall Impression: Had this one on tap and it was De-LISH! This beer has great depth to it, but it's not overpowering, so you can have more than one. Herr Rick took a sip of my beer and he liked it too!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator into Stone IRS tulip

Pours with a nice one finger tan head on a deep brown/mahogany body. Head dissipates quickly, and leaves no lace in its wake. A quick swirl leaves some nice webbing.

Aroma is a meaty dark malt, stewed prune, powdered cocoa (Nestle), light roast coffee, dark caramels. This is the imperial stout of lagers.

Too cold and this beer is very muted. In typical Bavarian style, this needs to be consumed closer to room temperature. At proper temps the flavors shine through; dark malt chewiness, breakfast blend coffee, molasses, a light touch of dark fruits.

Chewy with lots of residuals left, definitely not a dry doppelbock. Carbonation is restrained, but provides enough gusto to move the beer across the entire expanse of the palette before the moderately long finish.

Easy drinking, not too high of an ABV, but the price point is a bit stiff. That said, a price tag this high is warranted in a beer of this quality. Probably the best lager in the world, at least that I have had the pleasure to try.

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

Served from an 11.2 oz brown bottle emblazoned with a logo that features two goats holding up a glass of dark beer. Plastic goat tchotchke tied around neck of bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Thick, creamy tan head that subsides to a good lace and sticks pretty well. Dark, almost black body that tints red through the light.

Smell: Dark sugar smell upfront, similar to molasses. Some sweet, fruity bread aroma as well. Hint of some hops hiding amongst that bready smell.

Taste: A little sweet at the start, with some bread and molasses qualities. Some kind of mild fruity taste that accompanies the sweetness as well, raisins maybe, or perhaps figs. Becoming astringent from roasted malts and hops and finishing with a little hop bitterness that complements and reinforces the mild bitterness from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, but pretty thick. This is definitely no light beer.

Notes: Great brew, a little complex but also accessible and really likable. Tasty.

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

Dark nut brown color, able to see through when held up to light. Thin frothy mocha head.
Nice toasted nut aroma. Rasin, fig, and heavy toasted malts. Some canndied fruit. Complex nose but not confussing. Great ballance.
Rasin, figs, and canndied fruit all blend up front. Toasted grains show up midway with a mild nut flavor. Finishes with mild coffee and chocolate flavor. Big variety of flavors, all represented evenly. Very mild bitter finish.
Great meduim to an aggitated heavy mouthfeel. Mostly clean finish.
Great complexity in this offering. All flavors seem to be distinct and not mudded together. Well deserving of a top 100 brew.

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.

The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.

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

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark mahogany with decent head retention.

Smells mainly of caramel and sweet malts. A little lacking, but still quite nice.

The taste on this one is much more rich than the smell. Grains, malts, and some more caramel are hanging around. Even though I know this one has been hanging around the store for a while it still tastes like fresh grains.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very nice.

Pretty drinkable. This would pair nicely with some German food.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,485 ratings.
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