Ayinger 'Celebrator' Doppelbock

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock 1
Ayinger 'Celebrator' Doppelbock. 6.7% abv. Black in color, with a finger of tan head that falls fast. Low retention. Low-moderate lace. Nose of dark fruit, dark roasted malt. Front taste of dark malt, roasted chocolate, raisin, plum wine. Aftertaste is dark chocolate, figs, prunes. Medium body. Mouthfeel is warm, rich, slightly thick.

This is an excellent beer, one of those old classics from a legendary master brewery. Though not as malty or hoppy as modern doubles, Celebrator serves as a yardstick that all Doppelbocks are measured against. It's rich and malty, with flavors of dark fruit throughout. I've had this beer many times, and it's always incredible. Other than today's head issues - which may be due to an old bottle - it is a perfect beer and always a reliable old favorite. Highly recommended.

From the brewery:

"A beer that has a dominant malty taste. This beer’s origins in a monk’s recipe are reflected in its heartiness. The Pope of Beers, Conrad Seidl, describes it as: “Almost black with a very slight red tone, a sensational, festive foam and truly extraordinary fragrance that at first summons up visions of greaves lard. The first taste is of mild fullness with an accompanying coffee tone, which becomes more dominant with the aftertaste. There is very little of the sweetness that is frequently to be tasted with doppelbock beer.” The Ayinger Celebrator has been ranked among the best beers of the world by the Chicago Testing Institute several times and has won numerous platinum medals."
[source: en.ayinger-bier.de]

"Rich, classic Bavarian specialty lager often consumed as a celebration beer. Originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, "double bock" was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. Doppelbock names end with the suffix "-ator." A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. Notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness, and pure malt. Pinpoint conditioning and semi-dry finish."
[source: merchantduvin.com]

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