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 yearís 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elteefor99 (10) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2002
Great complex flavor. Hints of molasses, fruit and chocolate are all there with an aroma to match. It is a bit on the pricy side, but hey- you get an ornament with each bottle. Then again, it would be worth it anyway.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 - dark, brown color (ebony) with light hints of red, aroma is definitely malt based with whiffs of coffee and a nutty sweetness; very smooth, malty-nutty flavor, a touch of caramel sweetness that is perfect, a light touch of burnt malt as well Ė lightly dry like a stout, very rich and fulfilling

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 The color is among the darkest Doppelbocks I have seen: deep ruby with dense, beige foam. Very soft and elegant mouthfeel. Aroma is plums, candied yams, rum, and fruit cake. So richly malty itís beyond my grasp. Exquisite flavors of plums, creamed coffee, and an addictive burnt bitterness. The finish is long and complex. Not as good as I once thought, but a solid, readily available fallback.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Very good beer, dark, thick beige head to start that had great retention. The aroma was rather complicated, I couldnt put my finger on it, but it had a fruity smell...the usual raisin and plum accompanied by hints of caramel and alcohol. It went down nicely with a bit of an alcohol bite with more fruitiness. This beer is very distinctive and it stands in a class of its own. This beer should be the benchmark for doppelbocks. I like the little neck ornament too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2002
this was a very complicated tating beer. The head was a beautiful thick creamy head with the body being almost opaque. The aroma was like molasses slightly burnt. All good so far right? The intial taste was weird. I was impressed beyond repreive by the several blending flavors of molasses, caramel and maybe even some kind of smokeyness. However it was extremely potent and the almost over powering flavors got to me; as ashamed i am to say it made me cringe. So a week later i tried another, no cringe this time and it got better taste wise for me. This is not somehting i could drink on a regular basis, just not my type of beer. I admire it for its unbeleivable craftmanship and complexity and smoothe swallow and finnish. But taste as far as my taste buds enjoying it, im somewhat indifferent. If its possible to have such contradictions in one beer. Worth trying. I feel bad for giving such a distinguished beer a low rating.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ROBERT99 (5) - PLANO, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2002 does not count
Great Doppelbock, one of the best I have ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 15, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 Everything that could be said already has. Iíll just second it. Very Good Beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2002
Very impressive from the start. Iíve read about this being so good, and finally found a bottle with the cool little plastic goat. the head was surprisingly thick and smelled like a chocolate stout. The taste was smooth and malty, and didnít overdo it it with anything. The perfect alcohol content didnít over power the aftertaste, but added one more star to itís report card. Iím a believer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 10, 2002
An absolutely awesome beer. Letís start with an impressively thick, lacy, tan head. Next comes the smell: toffee, caramel, hints of sweetness that let you know youíre in for a good beer. The taste is wonderful - almost candylike. Something of a buttery maltiness compliments the sweetness as it goes down smoothly. You can feel it on the sides of your tongue for a while after drinking - it leaves you wanting more. This is what Iíll be drinking when Iím not having a Belgian or a stout. Easily the best lager of any kind Iíve ever had, and it ranks right up there with my favorites from other categories. Oh, and the little goat thingy (thanks ecrvich) that you get with the bottle is kind of cool, maybe Iíll start a collection or use them as Monopoly pieces or something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cranesareflying (50) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2002
Unbelievably smooth and thick, almost candyish, for me, but not so satisfying, too much like petroleum for my tastes, and unfortunately, overpriced, but it does grow on you with each and every sip.

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