Thursday, January 10, 2013

Beer Review - Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock.

New Brew Thursday! Yet another one from the bottomless depths of the beer review "archives". This time we have something that is not from the United States!

Ayinger Brewery - Celebrator Dopplebock

Beer Type: Dopplebock

Appearance: 12oz brown bottle covered in rams - on the label and the little white plastic one around the neck. Beer poured a dark reddish-brown with a thin off-white head that left no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, dark dried fruits, and a hint of spice?

First Drink: Sweet malt again, followed by some flavors reminiscent of oak or other aged wood. There is more going on here but the beer is still a little cool.   

Mouthfeel: Very smooth (silky smooth even) with a nice level of carbonation.  

Last Drink: More of the alcohol coming through now and some other "dark" flavors that remind me a bit of aged leather... though not in an unpleasant way.  

Drinkability: I could kick back with a few of these for sure, but I feel it is a beer best savored one or two at a time.

Notes: Overlooked this beer for a long time as I thought I had tried it before, or knew what it tasted like. I was wrong. I think this beer is worth the price of admission (which can be a bit hefty here in the US).    

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. Smooth, flavorful, and complex. Plus you get a free plastic ram/goat with each bottle! Now what to do with them all...  

Links: Beer Advocate and Ayinger Brewery.

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