Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3612   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a yearís aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Very dark reddish brown in color. There is not much of a head and what little there is disappears quickly. This beer is extremely complex, every mouthful offers different nuances. Roasted nuts, chocolate, maple, caramel, coffee and so on! The mouth feel is full, rich and creamy. This is a super delicious beer and it get better as it warms up, just when you finish it. It makes me feel like starting all over again and sometimes I do! I love this beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Beautiful color dark and rich. Small tan head, Powerful taste as strong as its color, but not overpowering. Smooth from begining to end a wonderful fruit and roasted taste. Love this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2384) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Fresh. Bottle, 9/6/05. Superb! Pours a beautiful dark red-brown with a small of elegant tan head. The aroma is molassas and chocolate; the taste is burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate, and dried fruit. Not at all overpowering; the hops are soft and understated; the mouthfeel is lovely, and the beer gets better and better by the sip. 8/5/9/4/17=4.3

Bottle 11/9/2013. Dark pour, red highlights, appropriately sized head. Agar and copper on the aroma, chocolate and raisin and just a little smokiness in the flavor. Hops make themselves known late. Very different from dark belgian ales, obviously, and not quite as interesting. I like this, but I canít see going much about 4.0. Iíll adjust part way. 8/4/9/4/16=4.1

Bottle, tasted blind 12/6/14. #2 in a doppelbock blind tasting. Much drier than the Primator doppelbock that preceded it, this one brings a lot of roasted coffee to make for quite a tasty, drinkable beer. Blind I gave it a much harsher 7/3/7/4/15=3.6. Iíll knock this down to 4.0 and consider myself generous.

One year old bottle 1/7/07. I sampled a 2005 bottle tonight - itís smooth and glorious with a year-plus on it. What a beer!

Four year old bottle 4/2/11. I remember a definite agar element to this one, but damn itís uncanny how much it smells just like Luria broth. Still pretty darn good at 5 years: very smooth, smoke coming forward, fruit and maybe the chocolate receding though itís been so long since Iíve had a fresh bottle that I canít swear to it. Some thinning an oxidation - not a beer for protracted aging particularly, but still it holds up decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Celebrating the primary fermentation of my Pumpkin Abbey Ale! Chewy dried fruit/raisins and bready caramel with some chocolate in the aroma. Makes me want to keep smelling. Deep, dark brown with some light shining and a tall kahki head. Chewy, vinous dried fruit and great sweet toasted caramel warming sensation. Finish is flavorful, full of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Yummy! Medium full body, creamy texture and the finish lasts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Salvator is more famous and a great beer, but Celebrator is a vastly superior dopplebock, easily the best bock beer in the world. Its velvety, chewy texture is unique from any of the hundreds of beers I have sampled - triple decoction mashing, no doubt. Where lesser examples are thinner and sweeter, Celebrator is neither thin nor sweet, only sublimely malty, rich and drinkable. I am an ale drinker and I consider this one of the 5 best beers in the world. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle. Fantastic beer. Dark pour. A nice sweet malty taste. Light body with a great clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 I think the commercial description says it all. It is truly a great dopplebock. I also find hints of chocolate and caramel in it. It is very dark in color, very black with just a faint ruby color, allowing very little light to pass through and a ruby tan thin head that stays. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone with a taste for fine beer. I cant wait to get some more, the best dopplebock by far, very silky smooth from start to finish. very light bodied. Found it at the Cork Ní Bottle in covington, KY.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
etaggie09 (21) - College Station, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2005
Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention. vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma. Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation. nice, clean, and very drinkable. A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2005
Dark brown with a half inch of dark tan head. Aromas are spice (cinnamon) and toast, with a banana fruit background. Toasty tastes with some coffee. The hops provide complexity and add floral, organic flavors. Palate is even and balanced, with a dry finish and rather light mouthfeel. A bit cloying, from the toffee charcter at the front end, however. Still, from sweet to dry, this is an excellent and versatile dopplebock. Glad I had it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2005
OK. I know Iíve had this, and I remember it being outstanding, but I didnít make notes. So, I guess Iíll just have to go get another one so I can rate it for real.

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