I am a huge fan of the merchant du vin lineup and thought I would add the Ayinger brewery to my list. To that end, I picked up a bottle of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock as part of mixed six. From the Merchant du Vin site:
“Originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, “double bock” was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. It is a rich, classic Bavarian specialty lager often consumed as a celebration beer.
Tasting notes: A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. Notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness, and pure malt. Pinpoint conditioning and semi-dry finish”
I found the Celebrator Doppelbock to have the following characteristics.
- Appearance: Rich brown. No foam and good lacing.
- Aroma: Sweet caramel and chocolate malt.
- Taste: Very smooth, with sweet roasted malt and chocolate followed by a burnt, bitter finish.
- ABV: 6.7%
I thought that this was a really good beer with all of the chocolate and sweet roasted malt flavor that I had hoped to find. Once again, the folks at Merchant du Vin have provided a quality import.