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Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany

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RATINGS: 3405   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s 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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (812) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 slightly roasty aroma, sweet mocha flavor with hints of molases and caramel, no alcohol in the flavor, over all delicious, seemingly perfect carbonation, what’s the deal with almost every dopplebock having some sort of hooved mammal on the bottle? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (5223) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottled. Medium tan head, turning into a ring, leaving behind gerous sheets of lace to start and nothing later on, sitting on top of a deep ruby body, crystal clear. Dry aroma of toasty fruit, promises a balanced brew; prune, caramel, toffee, toasted caramel, clean...banana upon warming! Fullish body, lots of silky-foamy carbonation, so dry and clean. Flavor is dominated by fruit, berries, apples, prunes with caramel, toasted malts, lightly bitter finish to balance out this lightly sweet brew. Crisp, clean, magnificently well balanced, shamefully drinkable, alcohol is totally concealed in the flavor until it warms and then it peaks out, sneakily, warmly and in a very friendly manner in the finish. As this stuff warms, I keep tasting new things...banana in the finish, wood(oak casks), ever so slightly smoky. The aftertaste is even dynamic. Overall: a clean, complex, "WOW" kind of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2960) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Bottle Pours a very dark mahogany with a thick dense light tan head and rather course lacing. Aroma is a very nice oak, grape jelly, smokey sensation. Flavor is less sweet, more woody and smokey. Yes, the hops are subtle and the dark malty campfire taste is the leading role. Feel is a bit thin though and leaves you rather quickly. Lingering dry dark roated flavors w/o any real bitterness are all thats left. Nice.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vern0159 (6) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
Finally, the great beers are available in Georgia. This beer is what I always figured a Doppelbock would taste like. The flavor blew me away. The color is as expected, but wow - what an awesome kick. Excellent. Available at Harry’s Farmer’s Market in Alpharetta.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Pours a deep brown. There is an average size head, brown, decently long lasting and leaves a lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity. The initial taste is extraordinarily complex and fills the entire mouth. Caramel and a distinct fruitiness, almost like raisins, stand out most. It has a decent body and a good amount of carbonation. Finish is very smooth and well balanced, with nearly no lingering unpleasantness. My one real complaint with this beer is its heaviness; I had it after dinner, and it filled my stomach as if I had eaten a rich dessert.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 16, 2004
This is a dark brown beer that pours with a short but attractive light brown head. There is a very rich chocolatey flavor, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. This outstanding example of the doppelbock style makes an appropriate reward for any occasion calling for a celebration.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2004
Truly one of the top of the line doppelbocks. The aroma was average, offering your normal "dark malt" smells but the taste really blows you away. Mixture of caramel, chocolate, dark roasted coffee, "dark fruits" (perhaps some plum and black cherry) and a nice nuttiness make this a very enjoyable brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
Had this in the bottle at Kellys in Dunedin, FL. Pours very dark brown with ample, tan head. I smell loads of sweet malt with maybe some raisins or figs in the far background. First sip..this is much smoother than I had expected. Malty, rich with a great mouthfeel and a slightly bitter and wonderful dry finish. Pretty darn good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 January 6th 2005 Re-rate. <P> Aroma is very fruitcakish with lots of sweet malt and spice. Dark brown with a creamy two finger thick tan head. Flavor is deep and rich with more of the fruitcake notes and touches of almost burnt bread. Some mashed dark fruit and a flavor apporximating a puree of raisins, figs and brown sugar. <P> The Great King of Dopplebocks. This beer alone makes up for most of the skunky green beers that come from Germany.


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