22. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

I’ve heard that this beer is phenomenal so I’ve been saving it for a special occasion. And you can’t get more special than a TV marathon on Saturday night, coupled with homemade sweet potato soup and mint chocolate chip ice cream; the ice cream flavor of the gods, I tells ya.

Ayinger’s Celebrator Doppelbock has been referred to as the “The Pope of Beers”. Combine that with the fact that they give you a goat pendant with every bottle, and well, how can you not give this beer top marks.

This German bock pours very dark, almost black with mahogany highlights. A thick and foamy hazelnut head quickly settles down to a thin, creamy layer. The aroma is exceptional; bready with heavy molasses and malts.

The scent seamlessly carries over into the taste, which is predominately molasses, toasted malts/bread and dried dark fruits. The rich and smooth maltiness is balanced out by a mild yet firm hop bitterness. The hops mixing with the 6.7% alcohol leads to a dry finish with lingering malt flavor, as well as some slight smoky notes; extremely mellow yet complex at the same time.

Smooth and thick (beer language is always on the brink of sounding like a bad smut novel), Celebrator is really a cut above the rest. It makes you feel like a boozing German monk. And goat charm now resides on my ring of keys, right next to the stuffed dinosaur and alligator claw that I got from a bottle of hot sauce.

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