Badvent Calendar Day 20
Celebrator Double Bock by Ayinger Brewery. Aying, Germany
Germans know how to do a few things with such precision and excellence that they are the foremost experts on the planet. Engineering. Heavy music. Cake. Food. Beer.
Beer did not originate from Germany, but those folks absolutely perfected it. This double bock should stand as the gold standard of what a great bock should be.
The first thing you taste is the malt. Heavy, roasted malt. This is the first beer in this whole series to lead with a heavy malt and it’s absolutely divine. The floral aspect leans heavily on the yeast, which I find offsets the otherwise slight bitterness of the malt on the backend. It’s completely non-existent. It creates a perfect balance for this intensely dark beer without giving it the heaviness of a stout.
It also comes with a nifty little billygoat around the neck of the bottle. I like to think of it as an additional ornament for our Christmas tree. “Bock” is German for billygoat. Who knew, right? Well, Germans knew.
It also happens to pair well with a little Glenlivet on the side because Christmas. I have to say, out of the last 20 beers in this series, this is definitely in my top 5. Maybe even my top 3.