Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3368   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (15065) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2009
330 ml bottle that comes with its own plastic goat charm. Appearance is black, but admits some light. Coca-cola-like head that disappears immediately and leaves no lacing. Smell is very subtle, like cream soda. Taste begins with dark roast coffee then sweet malt, then finishes with bitter cocoa and a hint of chocolate. Nicely complex. Mouthfeel is almost chewy. Very drinkable, alcohol is apparent but not overpowering, definitely to be sought out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Celebrator pours a clear dark ruby body and a small, beige head. The aroma surprises me a bit, as it feels quite weak. Thereís a roasted, slightly smoked start, followed by dark berries and a sweet maltyness. As it warms up, thereís also a slight vegetal touch, cooked cabbage I think, some alcohol and a more pronounced fruityness. In the far back, thereís some cocoa and coffee. Sure a complex beer, but I still expected more. Maybe Iím not being nice now, itís sure a good aroma, but I prefer Aventinus. Another style, but not that different, and itís sweeter. Maybe itís just my sweet tooth talking. The flavor brings out the berries more evident, and dried fruits also does a proper job. Thereís also the dry, roasted flavors from the aroma, as well as sweetness and a little bitterness, but the vegetables from the aroma is fortunately not tasteable. Quite sticky, full and quite warming in the mouth. It finishes with a long, roasted flavor, and shorter flavors of dried fruits, malty sugar and some hoppy bitterness. To sum it up, itís a lovely beer, maybe deserving a higher rating, I would be happy to lift my rating for aroma and flavor by .5 point, but thatís not possible, so 3.7 it is. I have more bottles, so a rerate might be appropriate. (080318)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (14842) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2005
33cl bottle. You canít always choose your milestone beers, but this one I did. So many, many thanks to Maeib for this one. Very happy to have a top 50 beer to be my 1000th, so hats off to Mark for allowing me to celebrate with this. Very dark brown with thin beige head. Attractive aroma which is oily and has molasses, choc, coffee with intense hops as well. Choc is very bitter. Its full in the mouth with good chracter. Excellent finish of molasses, bitter choc. Really nice finish. Good quality beer. Cheeers Maeib!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14485) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2009 First of all. This doppelbock is mega quaffable. So smooth, creamy & filling. Plenty of caramel/toffee, some sugar & a light roated malty touch. A gentle warmth & alcohol feel. Amazing for its style & even on its own! Re-Rate July - 09. 3rd time Ive tasted this was from draft at brauereigasthof Aying: Sooo deep and complex. Nuts, vinous, caramel, dried fruits, liquorice, bread and roast. Very smooth, sticky and full palate. I had to have a whole Liter of this before call it the day. Draft version appeared much deeper and basically a new experience for me. 3,9 - 4,1

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14455) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle ad Ayinger WInter-Bock from Systembolaget. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, nuts, caramel, malt and hops. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2007
Bottle at ōLbaren. Dark brown - brown head. Raisins, ryebread, chokolate, high honey, dark dried fruits, caramel, malty sweetness. Very tasty !!
Earlier Rating: 10/11/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle at Suneís. Black - tan head. Burned, dry burned, watery body & mouthfeeling, light coffee, bitter schwartzbrot, bruwn sugar raisins, plums. Not at all interesting complex and powerfull enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14046) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Draught at their tap. Sweet, malty aroma, slightly salty. Very dark brown colour, small light brown head. The flavour is nicely malty, dark malts, brown sugar, vinous, and slightly roasted. 7 3 7 3 16

Bottle, 6.7%. Quite malty aroma, hint of yeast, some brown sugar. Very nice clear dark chestnut colour, red shine. Very small light brown head. Nicely sweet and malty flavour, slightly creamy and yeasty flavour. Good alcohol level. 7 4 7 3 17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Bottled
Dark ruby color, small steady creamy coffee head. Aroma is very complex: different berries and malt. Taste is full-bodied: bittersweet berries, coffee and roasted malt. Finishing long and bittersweet, very warming. This is an excellent beer BUT overrated. (10/4/6/4/15 3.9)
Re-rated, bottled 33cl (BB 04/2006)
Almost opaque very bark ruby color with cappuchino head. Aroma has chocolate and roasted malts, this needs to be warmed up before you can smell anything. Medium to full bodied, roasted, slightly hoppy, some chocolate and woody notes in the finish. Long roasted aftertaste. This bottle had not bittersweet notes what a bottle a year ago had. (8/5/8/4/17 4.2)
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2004 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle (with label "Winter-bock" the most likely same beer with another label)
Big tanned head. Very dark brown colour, almost black. Malty delicious aroma. Palate a little bit similar to dark Kozel. Not too strong but still enough tasty palate to make this very enjoyable beer. Starts alcoholic, ending slightly bitter and then turning to sweety aftertaste. 39 (8-5-7-4-15)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (13525) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2010
Tap at Jimmyís No. 43, during the Mike Lovullo Tasting Session. Poured deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and a large, strong beige head. Heavy malt aroma, some fruit and loads of sugar. More dark, sweet malt in the flavor, molasses, licorice, some maple syrup, and mild tartness. Hints of smoke in the finish. Full-bodied with smooth though crisp carbonation. Velvety, a bit syrupy. Certainly one of the the preeminent bocks out there. Delicious and well-rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13270) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2000
Full of dark malt, chocolate and toffee flavours and a long finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/25/2000 Total Score: 4.6
Reddish accent to the bright red body. Thin, caramel head. The aroma is gorgeous, an explosive liquid bread with rich accent of piloncillo, hints of roasted nuts and dried fruits. Soft body is thick and supple. The flavour is sweet molasses, tempered with an earthy rich bread character. Subtle dark fruits underlie this. A deep, long, dark sugary finish with a hint of bread crust. If itís fresh, itís killer.

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