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Ayinger Celebrator (244 of 1001)

Rating: 4.0

Another new beer from the 1001 Beers list now, this one a German offering from Ayinger. This will be my fourth beer from the brewery, the previous three coming from a six pack of their beers that I picked up at Memmingen airport after a trip to Munich three years ago. This is the first of their beers that have featured on the 1001 list for me and this is one I’ve been on the look out for since I picked the book up. A classic from the brewery, I picked this doppelbock up in Glasgow around Christmas time and have been waiting to try it ever since with no seeming like the perfect opportunity. Naturally I am expecting big things from a beer held in such high regard, it is currently listed at number one of BeerAdvocate’s list of the best doppelbocks in the world and holds the same position on RateBeer as well so here’s hoping it doesn’t let me down.

Ayinger Celebrator

Appearance (4/5): Pours a dark mahogany colour with a foamy, beige to brown coloured head that starts about a fingers width tall and settles as a fine lacing across the surface and stops short of turning patchy, there is also more of a build up of lacing around the circumference and on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (8/10): As expected, this one is quite sweet on the nose with plenty of malts coming through along with some dark fruits, cloves and spice. The aroma is quite warming and slightly boozy without too much alcohol coming through, if that makes sense. Prunes along with some raisins seem to be most noticeable from the middle onward and some biscuit malts make an appearance too.
Taste (8/10): Again this one with very sweet with prunes, raisins and various other dark fruit from the nose following through to the taste. Some clove and hints of banana, along with some bread make an appearance around the middle and a little caramel features as well but this is a lot lighter than the fruits were. The beer is rounded off with a touch of spice and an ever so slightly boozy taste.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and creamy with an incredibly smooth sip that goes down easy and is complimented with medium carbonation and a slightly warming feel.

Overall (16/20): Another fine German doppelbock, this one was fairly sweet and boozy throughout with a good combination of dark fruits and spice that went down a treat, helped in no small part by the fact that the beer was incredibly smooth and quite creamy in parts. This one was a pretty fine example of the style and probably one of the better doppelbocks I’ve had, although I must admit that it’s not a style that I’ve tried too many beers of.

Brewed In: Aying, Bavaria, Germany
Brewery: Brauerei Aying
First Brewed: 1982
Type: Doppelbock
Abv: 5.8%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £4.20 (approx.)

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  1. June 20, 2014 at 09:24

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