Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Celebrator.jpgI enjoyed this doppelbock a great deal. The Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock deserves its high marks. This particular beer even has its own (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ayinger-Celebrator-Doppelbock-Beer/65477469280?v=info)!

The commercial description is very accurate:

Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

This beer poured up very dark with ruby notes. The nose is sweet and bright. It reminds me of my favourite strong Scottish Ale with the warm sweet smell of wet straw. I found it to be medium bodied, with a good richness in the mouth. The hops are subtle and very pleasant. I appreciated the complex finish: there is a definite dryness there, but it is surrounded by rich malt flavours that last.