Friday, February 5, 2010

Celebrator Doppelbock

Ok people, week four brings us a beer I have been waiting for a reason to try. No not just any ol’ night, something with a meaning, something special, aw crap, who am I kidding, any new beer is reason enough to try it.

So what we have is

CELEBRATOR DOPPELBOCK by Ayinger Brewery, product of Germany.

Pours a dark brown not quite black, could probably pass for a cola if I threw some ice in there. *Don’t do that kids, it ain’t right, it just ain’t right; there are other more appealing ways to get your beer cold. The head forms thin and disappears quickly, too cold, too much alcohol??? Maybe too cold but not too much alcohol, it is a doppelbock remember and 6.7% alcohol by volume is not overly high, especially in this day and age of “High Gravity” craft beers.

At first sniff you definitely pick up on the scent of alcohol that any good doppelbock will give. First taste comes as just an ordinary beer might, then you get the warming sensation as you swallow, almost like a sip of bourbon but not as harsh. I struggle to find any hint of hops or over powering malt flavors.

This being a German beer I am sure it will change flavors as it warms while I drink it down. So I let it sit for a moment or two to allow the flavors to release themselves. More alcohol is what I get, which I’m not saying is a bad thing, just making notes here. This is not really a gulping beer, but most of those are American Lagers (lawnmower beers) anyway and you wouldn’t expect that from a German doppelbock. Just a nice sip every now and then while you relax, like you would bourbon on a cold winter night.

This is not for the beginner or even the trendy. Nope, this is for the person that really likes to see what beer can bring. So, if you are up for the challenge, go grab one and enjoy, but remember, it’s not a race so relax.


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