Ayinger Brewery – Germany
Celebrator Doppelbock – 11.2 oz. – 6.7% ABV
Celebrator pours dark brown and mostly opaque. You can see a little light around the edges of the glass. The pour had a small head, but it faded quickly.
The aroma is supreme malty goodness. There is a little bit of chocolate, as well. Maybe a bit of coffee, too… Just a hint.
The flavor is all malt, with just a small hint of hops. There is barely any hoppy bitterness. It has those coffee and chocolate flavors that were present in the aroma. I also taste some smokiness in there. Alcohol is present in the flavor in a pleasant amount.
Having had this before, I was curious to taste how it would handle a few months in the cellar. It aged surprisingly well over the course of 6 months. The flavors did develop in a good way. It’s a bit more well-rounded now. And that’s with the understanding that it was pretty well-rounded when it was fresh!
The beer has a medium body mouth feel, which is a bit thinner than expected. There’s also a high amount of carbonation. It’s not too carbonated, but I expected less.
Overall, Celebrator is currently my favorite German Doppelbock. I also think the bottle is great. The label has a “Coat of Arms” feel to it, and there is a horse pendant hanging from the bottle. Very cool.
A is for Awesome! Highly Recommended!