Ayinger's Celebrator is a bottom-fermented dark doppelbock beer from Germany. It's a lovely dark mahogany colour with a rapidly disappearing loose beige coloured head.
It smells like a German Christmas market: roasted malt, slightly sweet, spicy and a hint of smokiness. The flavour is a little lighter than I expected (I was expecting a big hitter from the aroma and the 6.7% ABV). It's everything you normally get in a dark beer: treacle, malt, liquorice, caramel, roasted nuts and a dark chocolate/coffee bitter finish.
Body is quite thin and medium carbonation produces a tingly but not too fizzy mouthfeel. I love the intense malt flavour and the chocolate/coffee bitterness seems to develop as you drink it. It feels quite warming and boozy, so it would be the perfect beer for a dark winter night.
I'm glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't have one again. It's worth trying if you're a dark ale lover but Ale not Be Seeing You again.
Brewed by Ayinger Brewery, Germany
My Untappd score: 3.5/5