Pinnacle of Perfection
A Review of Celebrator by Ayinger Brewery
Posted on 2/28/2012 by Brew's Your Daddy
When reviewing beers, several descriptive terms are always kept at my fingertips due to their widely understood meaning. Words like ''session'' and ''gateway'' and ''bridge'' are the first to come to mind because they apply to many of the craft brews that cross my path. However one term that I always have ready to fire off, but rarely get to use is ''pinnacle''. By definition a pinnacle is the highest point or the culmination of something, and with that in mind, I try to reserve its use for only the most deserving of brews. One of the first offerings that comes to mind when I think of that word is the Celebrator Doppelbock from Ayinger Brewery.

In the glass, Celebrator has a coloration that can best be described as a dark red mahogany. A tan colored head rises from its darkness, says hello for a moment, then dissipates down to a small cap that leaves some spotty lacing throughout the session. The aromas escaping the glass are nothing short of doppelbock bliss. Notes of caramel, toffee, figs, molasses and plums greet you initially. After enjoying them for a few moments, you are able to dig a little deeper and find some other more subtle hints of cocoa, coffee, peppered and toasted bread(yeah, let that one sink in for a moment), and a bit of alcohol. Complexity coupled with balance is the name of the game here, and Celebrator is a seasoned pro.

It only takes one sip for you to be sold on the greatness of this beer. The caramel and cocoa flavors initially greet you, and then slowly move aside to allow the dark fruit layer to shine for a moment. At times, brown sugar and the molasses noted in the nose come through, but never become overly sweet. At the tail end of the flavor train there is a bit of a tingle on the tongue that seems more like a coffee sting rather than an alcohol bite, but the flavor of the booze is slightly detectable. Overall the mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and almost creamy, and you end up with just a bit of a sticky sweet coating in your mouth when all is said and done.

I really could have made this a very short review and said that the Celebrator Doppelbock is one of the few perfect beers out there. Stylistically, it doesn't have a single flaw. Simply saying that it is spot on in every department would be a severe understatement, and possibly even an insult to the fine people at Ayinger Brewery. Celebrator is the gold standard, and sets the bar for all other doppelbocks out there. Few beers dare even approach the mountain known as perfection, but Celebrator sits atop its pinnacle for all to see.

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