Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3168   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NightOwl (45) - Midland, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2003
Great looking head -- first impression. Hoppy, a sweet initial taste, then you get the chocolate, the coffee, and... is that burnt toast? Light for a double bock, good overall brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 Beautiful dark brown nearly black beer with a coffee colored head. Immediate nose of hops, coffee, chocolate, and malt. Taste of chocolate, coffee, malt, with a long lingering bitter finish. Mouth feel not a big as a stout like Brooklyn Black or Storm King (of course!) but taste as complex. Only drawback here, and most people may not consider it a drawback, is that the bitter hoppy finish lasts longer than other flavors. Truly a great beer, and without a doubt my favorite of the German beers. // And again, this time draft at Brasserie Jo in Chicago ... maybe less hopped, maybe more chocolate, maybe less balanced than I remember. Still wonderful, but less spectacular than I remembered.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ludwig (60) - USA - APR 10, 2003
I am a huge German Doppelbock fan, but this one has way too much of a chocolate taste. This one will not be in my frig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 8, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 Uncanny! This is the perfect beer for me to rate as my 100th rating! This is my favorite style. I could not have planned this better! This brew formed a medium light brown head of medium to small bubbles. It has a very nice malty aroma and a beautiful opaque dark chocolate brown body. It has a chocolaty flavor with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth and very much to my liking. Now this is a brew I can drink all night! But still not as good as the memory of the Andechs doppel bock dunkel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2003
Bottle.Head was thin.I found this doppelbock to be dark and creamy.Some chocolate and fruity flavor to it.Not an overpowering doppelbock.All in all I was impressed and would definitely like to drink this brew again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2003
I'm not averse to bocks, but this is one of those beers that just makes me think, is there any better style. Such a fantastically dark colour, with just a hint of red light making its way through. Chocolate, toffee aroma, with just a hint of fresh roasted nuts. Smooth and full flavour, chocolatey with a mild hop presence on the tongue. The body ensures the flavour hangs around on your tongue until it eventually fades away. Why can't I buy this one back home? Life's not fair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 4, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2006 Burned sugar and slight chocolate aroma. Black redness, creamy brown head with lace. toffee, chocolate and espresso, yet a nice prickly freshness on the tip of the tongue. Oily mouthfeel, sparkly mouthfeel - long lingering sticky sweetness like eating sirup with spoons - in a good way
Earlier Rating: 3/10/2003 Total Score: 3.8
Brown to red topped with a low but stable head. This is basically a stronger and fuller version of their dunkel. Long an dark maltflavors - like a winter night :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Tasted on 03-17-2003. I believe this is my first Doppelbock. Thick brown head reduces to a thin layer. Garnet color. Combined smell of raisins, plums and bananas. Caramel flavor with some chocolate, slight mint and alchohol taste. Much smoother than I anticipated. Silky mouthfeel. I guess I will need to try this one again, after tasting other Doppelbocks, to be able to appreciate the true beauty of this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Dark brown with a somewhat khaki head. Sweet, dark aroma comprised of roast malts, touch of chocolate, touch of coffee, load of toast, load of bread ,and just a touch of molasses. Less lager twang than most dopplebocks that I have had and very smooth. Semi sweet with a roasty finish and a touch of cotton candy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours a dark, rich brown with a foamy, creamy tan head. The slight aroma of cocoa and slight coffee with a hint of hop bitterness. Wonderful taste of instant coffee along with a milk chocolate and smokiness. Very pleasant and creamy on the palate. Finishes dry with a slight bittersweet aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

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