Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3428   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Tap. Definately good. Deep black opaque. Malty aroma with roasted grain and coffee notes. Taste is malty, roasted grains and a suprisingly hoppy finish. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
80skid (65) - New York, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Not a huge doppelbock fan but this is definitely the best. Has a very sweet yet strong aroma. Pours very dark with a good sized, brown head that lasts a while. Taste is very smooth with hints of chocolate and almost a bark taste. Finish is smooth with some alcohol present but leaves a light, malty aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Finally, I have been lookin for a while but just couldnt find it for some reason. Bad timing I guess. Well, it is well worth the wait. Oh so smooth and delicious. Deep dark brown. Buttery malty aroma and taste. I love this beer. Such a great creamy mouthfeel. Definitly gotta get more of this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Deep red with little carbonation. The head was brown and diminished quickly, but the lace was resilient and long lasting. The smell was of malt and raisins. The taste was well balanced and complex: sweet like caramel and cherries, yet with a dry finish. The mouth feel was exceptional: a long lasting effervescence that rolls off the back of the tongue, and is smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Pours black with heavy tan head. Smells sweet like carmel candy, with a hint of roasted maltiness. Sweet and carmely at first, then a malty, smoky flavor, and faint fruity, somewhat dry finish. This is a good complex brew. My favorite German beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Damn, That’s Good Beer! I loved it from the first moment it touched my lips. Has a sweet roasted malt aroma and a sweet roasted, chocolatey malt taste that leaves hints of coffee and rich dark chocolate on your palate. Not much for lacing because I cannot put it down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Bottled brought back from France never seen by me in UK. A fascinating aroma of fruit cake, petrol and alcohol. A very dark almost black beer with a fast diappearing tan coloured head. Wonderful taste with the oily alcohol and Christmas cake type spiciness coming through all in equal measures. Smells and tastes much stronger than it actually is. A very well brewed tasty beer.Score 4.5
Subsequent ratings scored 4.1, 4.1 and 4.2. Average becomes 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark ruby appearance, small creamy off white head. Aroma is lots o malt, overripe/dry fruit. Taste of sweet malt and alcohol. Slight alcohol burn in the finish with roasted malt. Not bad, not a top 50 pick in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1664) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th review…thanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beer’s reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany red highlighted lager with a 2 finger mocha colored meringue cap that reduces in it’s own sweet time to a lasting sticky lace…soft natural carbonation. Aroma: Wow what a bouquet of malt complexity…. We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines, roasted hazel nuts and a lovely musty, earthy over tone from the noble hops….all aromas in proportion and discernible without being over powering. Flavor: The start is all big roasted toasty malts with a dozen different malt/hop/yeast amalgams which form an elemental complexity that is a pleasant departure aided by the silken mouth feel and rounded ripened character …a veritable orgasm for the taste buds. This bock has a rich bearing without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance and attenuation for a doppelbock….finish is slightly dry with the roasty-bready-cocoa tastes receding and the hops creating a lasting impression of bitter licorice…then a nice warming….infinitely the best “drinkable” doppel bock in the world…Like a glass of liquid date-nut-chocolate Bundt cake without the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Very strong aroma, you can smell it miles away. Heavy in roasted malt with a dash of smoke. Pours nearly opaque, with a lasting slightly tan head. Flavor is a very nice blend of chocolaty malt, dried fruits, spice, and a bitter hop aftertaste. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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