snclrlws (19) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Beautiful dark ruby color with a thick, dense, tan head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some nice lacing on the glass. Strong fuity aroma; raisins, figs, coffee, etc.
Taste was not as sweet as the aroma, being balanced well by the malts. Smooth, creamy palate while still making the mouth feel full. Very rich taste and feel, one of the best beers ever. kfarrnd (113) - Oldsmar, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head with nice lacing. The inital aroma was very hard to place, somewhat fruity with a bunch of malt. As the beer warmed up a bit in the glass and the head melted away I smelled a distinct soy sauce aroma. Palate was very smooth and full bodied. Flavor was incredibly complex with hints of cherry, raisin, molasses and a great roasted malt aftertaste. I was very surprised this was a. German and b. a double bock. It was unlike anything I have ever had, quite spectacular. I will definitely pick up more of these in the future brandonfisher (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2005
pours very dark brown with a medium head. has a distinct toffee taste to it. Goes down nicely and you get a nice trinket to go with it beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2005
It’s like someone poured a Belgian ale and a dark bock beer together, with amazing results. Pours (cold) very dark brown, with an inch head that quickly subsides. Smells amazing, like a Belgian ale with all the fruitiness, but also with a distinct molasses aroma. Very smooth, not very heavy but decidedly full body, leaves a smoky, molasses aftertaste. Lots of carbonation lightens it up. If you can bear to drink it slow and let it warm up, it gets more complex, with more fruit and yeasty flavors appearing. I am thrilled I found this for just under $6/four pack at Delicatessen Meyer in Lincoln Square. I could have one of these every day, all year ’round. You can only drink imperial stouts so long before you want some relief.... JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2005
Very dark reddish brown in color. There is not much of a head and what little there is disappears quickly. This beer is extremely complex, every mouthful offers different nuances. Roasted nuts, chocolate, maple, caramel, coffee and so on! The mouth feel is full, rich and creamy. This is a super delicious beer and it get better as it warms up, just when you finish it. It makes me feel like starting all over again and sometimes I do! I love this beer!!!
Sam10 (37) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Beautiful color dark and rich. Small tan head, Powerful taste as strong as its color, but not overpowering. Smooth from begining to end a wonderful fruit and roasted taste. Love this one! OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Fresh. Bottle, 9/6/05. Superb! Pours a beautiful dark red-brown with a small of elegant tan head. The aroma is molassas and chocolate; the taste is burnt caramel, coffee, chocolate, and dried fruit. Not at all overpowering; the hops are soft and understated; the mouthfeel is lovely, and the beer gets better and better by the sip. 8/5/9/4/17=4.3
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Dark pour, red highlights, appropriately sized head. Agar and copper on the aroma, chocolate and raisin and just a little smokiness in the flavor. Hops make themselves known late. Very different from dark belgian ales, obviously, and not quite as interesting. I like this, but I can’t see going much about 4.0. I’ll adjust part way. 8/4/9/4/16=4.1
Bottle, tasted blind 12/6/14. #2 in a doppelbock blind tasting. Much drier than the Primator doppelbock that preceded it, this one brings a lot of roasted coffee to make for quite a tasty, drinkable beer. Blind I gave it a much harsher 7/3/7/4/15=3.6. I’ll knock this down to 4.0 and consider myself generous.
One year old bottle 1/7/07. I sampled a 2005 bottle tonight - it’s smooth and glorious with a year-plus on it. What a beer!
Four year old bottle 4/2/11. I remember a definite agar element to this one, but damn it’s uncanny how much it smells just like Luria broth. Still pretty darn good at 5 years: very smooth, smoke coming forward, fruit and maybe the chocolate receding though it’s been so long since I’ve had a fresh bottle that I can’t swear to it. Some thinning an oxidation - not a beer for protracted aging particularly, but still it holds up decent.
Celebrating the primary fermentation of my Pumpkin Abbey Ale! Chewy dried fruit/raisins and bready caramel with some chocolate in the aroma. Makes me want to keep smelling. Deep, dark brown with some light shining and a tall kahki head. Chewy, vinous dried fruit and great sweet toasted caramel warming sensation. Finish is flavorful, full of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Yummy! Medium full body, creamy texture and the finish lasts. jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Salvator is more famous and a great beer, but Celebrator is a vastly superior dopplebock, easily the best bock beer in the world. Its velvety, chewy texture is unique from any of the hundreds of beers I have sampled - triple decoction mashing, no doubt. Where lesser examples are thinner and sweeter, Celebrator is neither thin nor sweet, only sublimely malty, rich and drinkable. I am an ale drinker and I consider this one of the 5 best beers in the world. Superb. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle. Fantastic beer. Dark pour. A nice sweet malty taste. Light body with a great clean finish.