Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3683   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a years 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Damn, Thats Good Beer! I loved it from the first moment it touched my lips. Has a sweet roasted malt aroma and a sweet roasted, chocolatey malt taste that leaves hints of coffee and rich dark chocolate on your palate. Not much for lacing because I cannot put it down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Bottled brought back from France never seen by me in UK. A fascinating aroma of fruit cake, petrol and alcohol. A very dark almost black beer with a fast diappearing tan coloured head. Wonderful taste with the oily alcohol and Christmas cake type spiciness coming through all in equal measures. Smells and tastes much stronger than it actually is. A very well brewed tasty beer.Score 4.5
Subsequent ratings scored 4.1, 4.1 and 4.2. Average becomes 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Dark ruby appearance, small creamy off white head. Aroma is lots o malt, overripe/dry fruit. Taste of sweet malt and alcohol. Slight alcohol burn in the finish with roasted malt. Not bad, not a top 50 pick in my opinion.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th reviewthanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beers reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany red highlighted lager with a 2 finger mocha colored meringue cap that reduces in its own sweet time to a lasting sticky lacesoft natural carbonation. Aroma: Wow what a bouquet of malt complexity. We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines, roasted hazel nuts and a lovely musty, earthy over tone from the noble hops.all aromas in proportion and discernible without being over powering. Flavor: The start is all big roasted toasty malts with a dozen different malt/hop/yeast amalgams which form an elemental complexity that is a pleasant departure aided by the silken mouth feel and rounded ripened character a veritable orgasm for the taste buds. This bock has a rich bearing without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance and attenuation for a doppelbock.finish is slightly dry with the roasty-bready-cocoa tastes receding and the hops creating a lasting impression of bitter licoricethen a nice warming.infinitely the best drinkable doppel bock in the worldLike a glass of liquid date-nut-chocolate Bundt cake without the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Very strong aroma, you can smell it miles away. Heavy in roasted malt with a dash of smoke. Pours nearly opaque, with a lasting slightly tan head. Flavor is a very nice blend of chocolaty malt, dried fruits, spice, and a bitter hop aftertaste. Very smooth and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2005 Original Rating (8/25/204, 8-4-6-3-15=3.6): Vanilla, plum, prune, raisin, fig, toffee, yeasty, dough-like, and toasty notes in the complex and enjoyable aroma. Dark mahogany brown with huge, large-bubbled, pillowy, tan head that lasts nicely and recedes with some minor lace. Sweet dark fruit notes with some chocolate and nutty flavours. Notes of vanilla and licorice with a lightly smokey, roasty, dry finish. Though complex, the flavours seem a bit flat for some reason. Some alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Port-like. I really expected to like this one more than I actually did. Ill have to retry it at some point. Bottle. Thanks to Presario and Dorwart who both sent me a bottle of this!
Rerate (15-May-05, 7-3-6-2-12=3.0): Seems that either I just dont get this beer or I have bad luck in the bottles that come my way. Strong worty raw wheat aroma with some dark fruits. Opaque brown with ruby highlights and a fine-bubbled cover of tan head. Sweet and lightly spicy with a tired brown malt character. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Has a sweet malty smell to it which I dont like that much. It pours dark brown with an off white head that lasts very long. Tastes sweet at first and more alcoholic at end. Pretty smooth and good overall, but it was too sweet for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
Pours a very dark brown with a lasting head. Aroma reminds me of baked beans. has a strong malt flavor with a smoky background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 slightly roasty aroma, sweet mocha flavor with hints of molases and caramel, no alcohol in the flavor, over all delicious, seemingly perfect carbonation, whats the deal with almost every dopplebock having some sort of hooved mammal on the bottle? baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (6139) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.

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