Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3625   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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2005
Bottle: Nearly black, dark brown edges, mediocre beige head, frothy, with sticky lacing.   Dark wheat bread, nuts, and soft dark pitted fruits on the nose.   Very bready, smooth, fig/date flavors mingling with a very malty backbone.   Also seems to be somewhat nutty.   Great body, but somewhat average mouthfeel, although it is very smooth.   Finishes clean, nutty, with hints of figs and dates.   This is a big boy Doppelbock for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Poured a deep brown with red highlights when held to light. Medium head receded quickly to form a tight ring around the edge of the glass (lasted for the entire drink). Aroma was somewhat smoky, with caramel and general roasted malts noted. Taste followed the nose, with the smoke only noted in the finish. Flavors danced well on the palate, and the mouthfeel was a little sticky. Aftertaste picked up some of the dark fruit (i.e. plums, prunes) that were not noted as well in the mouth. Excellent brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
One sentence review: Dopplebock Plus. Pours a dark, dark ruby with a big brown head. Lacy head as it goes. Smell is extremely malty and nutty. Taste is very malty and nutty. I mean, it’s everywhere on the palate. Rich. Sticky and chewy. Big bodied beer and really, really tasty. If you have ever had another dopplebock, increase all the flavors by equal amounts 25% and this is what you will come up with. Smooth but a real sipping brew for me, not for sessions. The King of Dopplebocks.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (2066) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
Black/dark brown with nice tan head. Great aroma; raisins, dark fruits, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Similar for the taste with some hops, and caramel. Full bodied, dry and complex - superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Bottle, Chester’s, Hamilton. Shared by Doug; Cheers Doug. No idea how old this bottle was but it held up very well. Very dark brown pour, with a decent sized tan head. One of the best aroma’s I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing, just a huge combo of various malts that produce a gorgeous sweet scent. The mouthfeel was actually thinner than I expected with a nice refreshing crispness to it, which balanced off the many chocolate, caramel, and roasted flavours, along with a decent amount of bitterness. I found it finished very dry. This was a wonderful experience; I wonder if you can do any better in this style. Re-rate - I’ll knock it down a few notches from its original 4.4 lofty perch, as I had a much bigger sample shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy, and a fresher bottle (courtesy of Harry) and it didn’t do as much for me. The aroma was still good but didn’t blow me away, and I enjoyed it, just didn’t find it nearly as complex as before. Still a world class beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3609) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Poured a nice tan head. Malty and sweet aroma was inviting. Creamy mouthfeel was fine, but the smoky flavor will keep me from trying it again any time soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle. Huge creamy light brown head that last the complete brew. Aroma of heavy malt, caramel and nutty. Full creamy body. Flavor was moderate sweet with a fruity long finish. Very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 I picked up this celebrated (sorry for that) beer and was ready to be satisfied. This beer left me lacking though. I don’t know if it was my bottle, but it had an unplesant aroma, almost sulphur. After getting past the aroma, I found this beer enjoyable with a definate smoky character. UPDATE Re-Rate: Wow, must have been something with that bottle. Definately more enjoyable now, the sulphur is gone!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2005
#100!! What better to celebrate #100 than a Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. The little plastic goat on the bottle makes this one unique from the moment you pick it up in the store. It pours very deep brown almost black with a nice thick frothy tan head that hangs onto the side of the glass very well. Aroma is very sweet molasses, deep dark chocolate, some coffee and a hint of licorice. It tastes just like it smells delicious. Opens with plums and rasins blending quickly to sweet smoky chocolate almost decadent in your mouth. Smooth and creamy with fruit flavors appearing from nowhere with a nice bitter finish. On the palate it is oh so smooth with a little carbonation and bitter on the back side. Very refreshing. A truly delightful brew. I find it hard to believe that another doppelbock will take this out out of tops in the style for me. The complexity is stunning and the flavor is incredible!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJJereme (386) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
I was slightly disappointed in this one, given its exceptional rating. The rating was even featured at the store where I bought it. It is very malty and smooth in texture. I expected a sweeter finish. Still a good brew, though.

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