jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(re-rate)Deep garnet red, nice thick tan head. Nose of dark bready malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol and others. Flavors of dark chewy malt, coffee bitterness, chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied with a bitter, drying finish. Beautifully blanced.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
For my 100th rating i wanted something to really tickle my tastebuds and i definitely was not disappointed with ayingers celebrator dopplebock. The aroma permeates the nose with raisins, vanilla, roastiness, coffee, chocolate and numerous other small things come to mind. The Celebrator pours a beautiful dark dark brown with slight hints of dark ruby seen in the light...and it head was minimal at most, though mildly creamy for the first sip or two. The carbonation is the true key here and Ayinger has captured the magic of little bubbles tickling the tongue in just the right manner. The taste is of major roastiness...coffee and mocha are apparent, but definitely something fruity and lambic like...extremely complex and thats why im digging it so much as i drink and write this. It has a nice acidic, dry ending with those subtle hops doing their part leaving a sweet malty aftertone and an extremely happy palate. I must say that im very impressed here. Well... 100 down, 2475 more til i catch Oakes...away i go! The liver must be punished :-)
RERATE 12/25/02: It was time for the true test to put my top couple of beers head to head and get a true feeling of what is the king out there. Aside from my description last time, i found the flavor in this bottle to be highly lacking the usual kick found in this dopplebock. Im knocking it down a rating or two based on the fact that i was way too drunk last time to give it a true raing.
PorterPounder (5664) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich, pipe-tobacco like aroma leaning towards over-ripe fruit - not overly pleasant - but not bad. Tight, white, thinly lacing head. Fresh brewed coffee-like color - strong - like Starbucks. Complex flavor - different every sip - hard to describe. Little bit of raisins, a lot of malt, tad bit of alcohol seeping though - but does not overpower. Not for the weak of heart - and not meant for multiple consumption. Thanks out to Aurelius for supplying me with this classic.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big cloud like fluffy tan head ontop of a deed ruddy brown/black. Creamy malts with that undeniable bock charactor. Nutty and creamy with traces of alcohol and coffee. Small amount of bittering on the sides of the tongue. Long malty finish.
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 probably the best of the widely distributed Bavarian dopplebocks, Would rate it 1st. 2nd Augustiner, 3rd Paulaner/Spaten toss up.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2002
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The nose is banana nut bread with raisins. Hops is not overpowering. This is an incredibly smooth beer. Fairly dry finish with the faintest hint of smoke. It seems simple at first sip, but as it warms it gains complexity. This is the standard setter.
bugbbq99 (19) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For some reason, I was expecting more. Great doppelbock, but seemed to be lacking something.
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2003 love the smell and taste...its a good sweet taste....I like it..
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, with decent looking white head (average size but it was thick, after all remember that this is doppelbock). Sweet, slightly roasted malt went well with subtle bitterness. Although it was very nice brew it did not shocked me with any UBER qualities. Drinkable.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m getting a little teary as I drink this because I remember the days when I could buy it for $1.85CAN, but those days are long gone. pours dark brown with a big beige head. big aroma of molasses and roasty malt. very nice smooth and syrupy mouthfeel. flavours of toffee, currant, burnt marshmallow, wood, slight smokiness. very complex. beautiful. thanks again, indra.