Brauerei Aying's Celebrator
Dopplebock - 6.7%
Purchased at: Weiland's
From: Aying, Bavaria, Germany
This is another review that's long overdue. If you've never had this beer, do yourself a favor and go buy it. I bought mine at Weiland's - something new I'm going to do. I figure it's helpful to let you know where I'm buying each beer, so that you can at least know one place where it's available.
I also added a location for where the beer was brewed. With time, I'm going to go back and retroactively add brewing locations to the other beer reviews.
I crack this beer and start the pour, and experience a pleasant yeasty aroma right off the bat. In appearance, the beer is dark brown with some nice reds. The head is attractive, and fades to a nice lacey top. With more inspection, the nose reminds me more of a Belgian beer than a Bavarian one; great yeasty notes are present, with an even stronger dark fruity presence.
I take a drink, and get a nice flavor profile. It's slightly astringent at first, but that fades quickly into a nice nutty flavor. Soon, dark fruity flavors and great toasted malt flavors hit the palate at the same time, with the lasting finish consisting of the toffee/coffee maltiness. There's a faint yeastiness about the whole beer, and just a pinch of alcohol heat near the end.
Body-wise, it's low to medium, with the perfect amount of carbonation (moderate). It really carries the beer. My first thoughts are that this would go great with cheese (gouda, anyone?), but unfortunately I don't have any. This is a good beer - and that's a planned understatement. It goes on my short list of beers that everyone must try.
Hop/malt balance: 4/4
Mouth feel: 3/3