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! NJJereme (387) - 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. WesBeerGuy (62) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 Wow. Wow. WOW. Bought this on a whim, drawn by the little white plastic goat. I’ve never been big into doppelbocks, or even Bavarian beers in general, but I think this may have begun a trend. The aroma is amazing, with lots of chocolate and no beery alcohol burn. The taste is also chocolatey, but not too sweet, with some nice roasted flavors as well. A very malty beer overall, in the best possible way. Buy it. Drink it. Love it.
Rerate: Just had it on tap at Eli Canon’s in Middletown. Holy cow. Perfect. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
A very solid double. Good color, nice flavors, very drinkable. Lots of malt taste, but not too much. hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2005
dont worry about how old this beer is
on the shelf of the liquor store.
i am planning a trip to munich this fall,see you at the brewery.one
of the top ten beers ive drank!
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
Man those little goats are neat. So dark- black with amazing white head. Aroma really burned, roasty, no sweetness. Bitter, roasty, stout-like. I’m wondering where the sweetness is. It’s so subtle. Light and smooth, but meaty. Alcohol is hidden. As good as its reputation, probably because the doppel sweetness is subdued. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with frothy thick head. Smells of fruit, malt, and alcohol. Tastes of light chocolate and roast with a hint of smoke flavor. Not my favorite style but a decent doppelbock. lamas (1642) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2005
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours a DEEP ruby with thick sandy fluffy head. Aroma is chocolatey, malty and there’s some anise present along with some raisins and nuts. Thick, rich and smooth. Starts with some sweet malts and a little tanginess and is then complemented by a little bit of bitter hops making this a very well-rounded beer. Roasty, a little nutty and milk chocolatey while being very crisp and refreshing at the same time. This beer tastes EXACTLY how it smells. Delicious. ABUSEDGOAT (2770) - California, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2017 Pours a dark brown body, nearly black, small tan head. Aroma is malt dominated with notes of caramel, chocolate, nut, light hop presence. Silky mouthfeel, very drinkable. ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2005
I’ve always been reluctant to crown this beer the quintessential dopplebock. I’d like a bit more carbonation. Otherwise, it’s outstanding. It pours an almost black color, and the mix of chocolate and malt is great. It’s the aftertaste that has always baffled me. It’s a mix of chocolate, malt and alcohol. But I ain’t bitchin either.