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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
39 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
19 / 20

For the better part of a century and a half, the privately held Brauerei Aying has produced amazingly characterful, award-winning beers. Celebrator Doppelbock is just one of a wide range of offerings from this classic Bavarian brewery. Offering teases of black currants and caramel apples in the nose, this beer evinces the lush aromas associated with world-class doppelbocks. Nick commented on the delicate sherbet-like aroma under a deep, brooding, port-like sweetness, and Lee praised the depth and complexity of aromas including Tootsie-Roll, molasses and dark rye bread, describing the overall experience as “warm Shoo-Fly Pie.” Celebrator is a brilliantly clear, deep brown beer, casting glints of mahogany and ruby when held to the light. Topped by a rocky, billowing, tan-colored head, this is simply a beautiful beer. Jam-packed with succulent malt, chewy caramel and raisins, Celebrator gently caresses the palate. Beneath the raisin and caramel notes, Pete found an intriguing blend of milk chocolate and bitter cacao nibs, and Rick commented favorably on the intense depth of the Munich and Vienna malt character that elegantly balanced with the notable alcohol presence. Across the board, the judges heaped praise on the brewer’s masterful hand in weaving a uniquely enjoyable tapestry of flavors and aromas. To truly understand this beer’s spirit, aspiring beer afficianados should enjoy it at the brewery’s adjoining restaurant and inn, Brauerie-Gasthof Aying – a uniquely Bavarian experience.