Beer 343/365 – Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 6.7%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Best dopplebock ever. So drinkable.

Will I be drinking this again: I wish it was a little less expensive, if so I would always have a 6 pack in my fridge.

Grade: A

10/17/2010: Time to start dipping into the basement for my last couple dozen beers. Might as well start with a beer that I know will be good; Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock. Ayinger might just be my favorite brewery from Germany. Ok technically its called Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying, but but I don’t speaka da schnitzel.

The smell to Celebrator is just plain awesome, sweet malt, a bit of smoke, a bit bready. Lots of different subtle flavors going on here. Even though not one of them is what I would call bold the whole ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. Caramel and smoke are leading the way in the front, while raisins, chocolate, and roasted coffee sit in the back seat but let you know they are there. There is no fighting in this car ride as all 5 of these flavors mix to make one amazing beer. Mouthfeel is almost velvety, with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable and finishes slightly dry. Good stuff!

Picture of the day: CT Scan of a twinkie. I want to know who funded this haha.

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Coming down the home stretch!

Wow what an experience this website ended up being for me. I have certainly met some really cool people, drank some amazing beer, visited some kick ass breweries, and opened a lot of doors business wise by making this blog. I gotta be honest in saying I used to scoff at blogging, but I really underestimated the blogosphere in general.

I never thought almost a year ago when making this site that it would have received the publicity and attention it has. I got acknowledgment from a beer Legend Lew Bryson, became personal friends and made a few websites for Phill from the #1 rated beer store in the world Vintage Estate, had beer sent to me from Japan, a feature in an article on a local online webzine (click if you want to see my ugly mug), and props from major breweries like Short’s and Smuttynose. I’m also probably going to break the 50,000 hits plateau here in the next day or so. I never expected any of this as I was just doing this website for fun, but it really ended up taking on a life of its own.

Thanks again to everyone for reading and commenting! Doing this on my own without some of the comments/feedback I have been receiving would have been boring. For what its worth I am going to go into the bonus round even after the 365 beers are up. Although I will not be updating everyday, probably 2/3 times a week instead of a full 7. For these last 23 beers or so I plan on breaking out some really good stuff from the basement, and will try to knock off a good bit of the top100 beers on BeerAdvocate. Also taking suggestions, what beers have you had recently that I should try? Post in the comments section as I want some suggestions for my last beers, and just your feedback on the site in general. How long have you been reading? How did you find the site? I would be interested to hear.

Thanks again and Cheers!

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 10:09 am  Comments (10)