Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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4.18/5 rDev +18.8%
Appearance - This one poured a deep, rich brown in color with some light orange highlights. The head was moderate and very darkly tanned.
Smell - This nose is huge. The big, chunky molasses and oats are smothered in maple (not maple syrup). The alcohol is light but clearly noticeable. The malts are very roasty and carry a hint of dark chocolate.
Taste - The flavors are as big as the smells. Again, the maple and molasses are gigantic and almost overpowering, but the darkish malts somehow stay in the game. There are some big brown sugar notes mixed with dark fruits like Bing cherries and maybe some cranberries. The booze is flowing over.
Mouthfeel - This one is medium to full-bodied and chewy with a big alcohol sting.
Drinkability - You are definitely drinking a big beer when you pop a half liter of this Doppelbock.
Update - I first reviewed this in '04 so popped another one in 2010 and I found it to be a much better drink.
First off the hard alcohol that I noticed six years ago is all but absent. This has smoothed out significantly. There is also a nice malty sweetness to this DB that is incredibly intense and really brings out the nuances of the roasty notes. Overall this has gone from a decent beer to a terrific one.
12-03-2004 15:46:52 | More by RoyalT
3.28/5 rDev -6.8%
500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date.
A- Thin tan lace barely sticks around, deep mahogany hue still shows some clarity.
S- Very sweet with a mild burnt sugar nose, brown bread and prunes come to mind.
T- Mildly cloying sweet, lots of malt on the palate. Cola like flavor is followed by dark bread and ripe fruit and more sugary sweet flavors. Hops? Not sure where they are as they seem to be masked by the sweetness.
M- Smooth with a thick creamy body from the large amout of residual sugar that is left.
D- Share this bottle with someone ... good after dinner drink to pair with chocolate. I may even try to cook with it as I could not drink the whole bottle.
08-02-2005 23:42:23 | More by Jason
3.05/5 rDev -13.4%
Received in October shipment of my BOTM club.
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Mug.
Appearance: Extremely dark brown with a garnet hue. Very small head formed initially but then fled.
Smell: Very, very sweet smelling, with brown sugar, figs, plum, caramel and a big blast of alcohol.
Taste: Starts off with a sweet mix of plum, rum and caramel, and then turns even sweeter, with notes of fig, syrup and whatever you can imagine that is ridiculously sweet. No evidence of hops whatsoever.
Feel: Low carbonation, full syrupy body that is somewhat cloying.
Drinkability: Overall, it certainly is a shot of flavor, but needs some serious balance. Not very often that a lack of balance means a lack of hops.
10-30-2009 21:49:22 | More by bsp77
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Super dark, almost black and opaque. Big fluffy head, greasy and slick. Delicate sugary lacing all over the glass. Strong sense of mocha and cinnamon toast to the aroma. Wow, big mouthfeel enhanced by low carbonation. Massively chocolate flavors, notes of sweetened plum and spice. Hopping is decent for such a malt monster, hidden, but the finish is peppery and gravelly, and is enhanced by raw alcohol. And at 10% ABV -- there is plenty of alcohol in this "Uber Bock". I missed some of a Doppel's mellow butteriness here, and its a little sticky and cloying for me, but make no mistake that this is a big beer to be reckoned with.
Source: Liquid Solutions
02-16-2004 17:04:29 | More by ADR
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a clear but dense brown garnet glow with a thick head that sticks to the glass with each sip. The head is light tan and creamy and is supported by a gentle carbonation.
S- The rich pot caramel and toffee aroma has some sweet dark toasted malt with a hint of iced coffee buried underneath. The finish has a soft green hint.
T- The sweet toffee is a full flavor with notes of dark caramel and a nice finish of estery sweet malt.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a touch of alcohol as it warms that helps cut the sweetness a bit.
O- The full flavor is very sweet and it would be nice to have a bit more alcohol to cut the sweetness or a bit less sweetness. The second glass becomes almost liquid candy.
08-23-2011 19:25:08 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
This beer is brown in the glass, shining red when held up to light. A very light brown head forms and remains for a reasonable time, leaving behind a light foam and just a bit of thin lacing.
The aroma is aggressively sweet and alcoholic. I can appreciate the heaviness of the malts and the relative complexity, but it's all overwhelmed by the sugary sweetness and heavy alcohol. Sugary dark fruits are most forward with toffee and molasses as well.
The taste is heavy on a toffee-like sweetness, then the sweet dark fruits. Also present are flavors of chocolate and nuts underneath more prominent flavors of molasses and licorice. This is a tough one because it's really good but gets pretty cloying and a touch phenolic.
The mouthfeel is thick, rich and robust, definitely a pretty full body. There's very little carbonation, which is certainly preferable here, but it remains lively.
Drinkability is lower than the quality of the brew. This is simply a sipper, and tough to have much of. There's just too much alcohol to make it exceptionally drinkable anyway, then the extreme sweetness and cloying factor need to be considered.
10-18-2010 23:42:20 | More by Brenden
3.91/5 rDev +11.1%
Pours a dark reddish brown, with Coca-Cola style foam on the top. Big fizzy bubbles. Smells a bit like raisins and phenols. On first sip, this beer does very little to hide the 10.5% alcohol. Flavors of raisin and phenols. Absolutely one of the most harsh Doppelbocks I've ever had.
Falls quite a bit flat compared to the dark, rich Doppelbocks I'm used to. It does, however, pack quite a punch in the ABV. Drinkable, but I'd probably try to avoid it unless trying to get tipsy in a serious hurry.
11-11-2013 03:15:08 | More by SetarconeX
3.45/5 rDev -2%
A: the pour had some nice character as it was deeper in color than I expected. The body is made of hearty reds and burnt cinnamon brown hues, not transparent. The retaining pile of fluff is a nice addition with its slightly dense character and ecru color. A few streaks of heavy lacing exist, and as the drinking continues, an impressive array of speckled film hugs the glass (it really is that good...)
S: mostly full of malts and some toffee with cocoa. I also detect whiffs of light grainy breads. Augmenting the toffee is a nutty whiff or two
T: at first, my taste buds conjure sweet molasses with a sugary maple syrup, and crazily enough a cake batter sweetness. Maltiness is hidden back amongst the continual sweetness and takes a mildly toasted nut profile. The flavors present are rather concentrated and make for a rich, sometimes cloyingly, experience. A light grog and fruit (faint spiced cherries) mixture swirls on the palate to quell some of the sweetness. Considering the ABV this brew has things hidden pretty well
I have not drank enough Doppelbocks to really have a hold on the style. I like sweet beers and this hits that mark with ease. However, I think it is a little much for the style and could use a heavier dose of roasted flavors
M: I must say that the mouthfeel has some slick and glassy dimensions. The body is not overly carbonated and maintains a soft fizzle. The feel has a sticky-medium-plus girth that drinks easy. After a handful of sips and gulps my mouth is coated with an affectionate candied sweetness that is tiresome at the same time
D: this brew blew my pants clean off! I was buzzing with just half the beer gone. Well, anyway, I found myself with no quarrels about finishing it, drinks very easy. I am pretty sure that I am "one and done" with this brew. Nonetheless, I could see it making it in my mix-and-match sixer from time to time
10-16-2009 05:33:21 | More by Magpie14
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
Blackest of ruby, topped mightily with tan.
Prune jelly and chocolate raisin aromas.
Begins sweet, and stays the same. Brown sugar and molasses upstart and nearly seals the lips together with the clingy residue. Dark fruit builds, again with the prune and raisins. Settles towards chocolate, with traces of heavily concentrated cola syrup. Port-like booze traits, but strength is largely concealed.
This leans a bit sweet and simple at first, but after it breathes and reaches room temperature, there is an explosion of cedar and cinnamon. This provides just enough counterbalance for the nearly-oppressive sweetness.
While chilled this is a bit one-noteish and oversweet, but it's a solid rendition when warmed up.
08-25-2004 05:36:54 | More by cokes
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from the 500ml bottle into a snifter. Body is a rich, deep brown color with chestnut highlights. A small finger's worth of khaiki-colored head flourishes just briefly, then recedes to a thin ring. Aroma of mostly sweet malt, with notes of dark cherry, a touch of brown sugar, and a big whiff of booze.
Palate is sweet malt up front, with a mild fruitiness as it washes across the tongue. Notes of white grape, demerera sugar, and just a litle touch of fresh leather. A very mild hop bitterness makes its presence briefly known on the roof of the mouth. Finish is clean and fairly sweet, with a good bit of warming booze.
The body is smooth and just a touch sticky, and a bit more still than I tend to like in a doppelbock. On the whole, this is certainly not a bad beer, but sweeter and less subtle than I expect from the style.
01-19-2010 06:18:52 | More by ElGordo
3.24/5 rDev -8%
A nice finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is a blunted roasted malt and mild chocolate. A bit weird.
The taste is rich and sweet and sweeter. Wow.
The texture is sticky with low carbonation and medium body.
The super sweet taste was tough to handle and the aroma was interesting.
01-26-2013 05:30:00 | More by Fatehunter
3.65/5 rDev +3.7%
Told Matt the beer guy that I was looking for a good bang for the buck beer thet was not too hoppy. I have been getting into doppel bocks. He denoted raisons and alcohol, and I think he was right on. Like many doppelbocks I had to aggitate on the pour to get any significant head. Minimal lacing, and just a thin layer of white around the perimeter of surface. A dark coffee color with brilliant red when held up to light. Nice carbination.
The nose is fantastic and really reminds me of the quads and crand cru beers I love. The taste is very dark fruit and raisons, however the alcohol is not hidden as much as some of the higher end beers. My wife mentioned the syrup flavor, but this beer gets better as it warms up- and like many of the dark fruit, malty beers, they are great for sipping and flavors change as the temperature does. At 10.5%, this beer can really hit you...
11-22-2012 04:56:10 | More by Glibber
2.13/5 rDev -39.5%
Poured from a 500mL. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.
A strong pour yields a 1/2-finger tan-colored head that quickly dissipates in seconds to a minute dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a deep dark brown with traces of amber crimson when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.
The nose can be summed up as dark, roasted malts and booze. The malt gives notes of caramel, burnt nuts, and roasted coffee beans. The booze gives notes of cough syrup and soy sauce. Together, these components create a very rich, complex, and slightly off-putting nose.
Like the nose, each sip starts dark and sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, and cough syrup alcohol. As the beer is swallowed, dark fruit and brown sugar flavors come out. An overlying sweetness is present during all stages of the tasting.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is the epitome of the word "sipper." The body is thick and coating with a sticky syrup-like quality. The carbonation is only barely noticeable. Even just a little more carbonation would help this beer's drinkability considerably.
02-21-2012 06:52:00 | More by output01x
4.28/5 rDev +21.6%
pours dark dark ruby brown very close to black with a 12 finger head that has good retention but left no lacing
smell is very strong with alcohol and malt
taste is sugary sweet candy candy carmel malts - this beer could be the base for dfh palo santo
mouthfeel is full bodied with plenty of carbonation that gives it a very smooth and creamy feel
drinkability is good even though the brew is heavy and very sweet
08-02-2010 04:41:55 | More by jsh420
3.38/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a large mug.
Appearance: A hard pour produced a large light tan head on a dark brown, almost black, cola colored body.
Smell: Big and sweet with dark fruit. No hops to be found. If I had to guess I would say this beer is a Belgian dark ale. It doesn't have the spicy hop presence one would expect from a doppelbock.
Taste: Everything I said about the smell applies here as well. It's kinda like someone mashed a bunch of figs and prunes in molasses into a flat soda. Some alcohol warmth is felt after a few moments. It's not a bad beer but I definitely can't drink alot of it due to the sweetness.
09-30-2010 18:01:16 | More by BierFan
3.96/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque, with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and sheets of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dried citron, mild cherry, sweet with slight oxidation and booziness. Flavor is big dried dark and light fruit, caramel, hints of chocolate; sweet and warming. Medium to full bodied with mild syrupy texture. A rich, sweet, flavorful doppelbock that seems to skirt to the edge of cloying. There is a definiate booziness to the finish, but the flavors are rich enough that it finishes with hints of an apertif, which is a nice flavor transition. Not for the sweet adverse, but I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I'd definitely get this again if I were in the mood for sweet malt.
04-30-2014 03:53:02 | More by LiquidAmber
3.98/5 rDev +13.1%
Primator Double Bock (Double 24 Specialni Tmave) has a thin, beige head and a dark brown (ruby under light) appearance with some bubbles and little lacing. The aroma is of alcohol right up front and some dark-roasted, sweet barley malts. Taste is of dark cherries, alcohol, dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium, and Primator Double Bock finishes semi-dry, syrupy, and super-sweet, yet not disgustingly so. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Drink with trepidation!
09-10-2012 14:05:04 | More by RonaldTheriot
4.18/5 rDev +18.8%
The beer as it sets in my Leute Bokbier glass an extremely dark garnet, with a monstrous light tan head that is also frothy in texture, with the lace a sticky sheet to conceal the glass. Nice aroma of toasted grain, earthy, with a malt and Carmel sweetness also noticed start is quite sweet and fairly well malted, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is mellow in carbonation the hops merciful and benign in their spiciness, definite belly warming sensation from the 10 percent ABV, a quite good doppelbock, and one I see rarely, in fact got this one in an order from Liquid Solutions
01-07-2004 01:15:12 | More by Gusler
Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.