Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Reviewed by Brady White on March 27, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG
- Origin: Aying, Germany
- Rated On: March 27, 2015
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 6.7%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Doppelbock
- Rating: WORLD-CLASS !!!
This 330ml bottle pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.
It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe-au-lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they’ve been through this more than a few times before.
Nothing surprising here – the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will – the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.