Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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3.58/5 rDev +1.7%
Russet with brilliant, gem-like ruby highlights. Like most beer of this general color, it becomes dark crimson with backlighting. The head was large to start and is hanging in there admirably. It's pearlescent ecru with multiple, delicate bubbles on its undulating surface. A thick, slurred collar looks to be the extent of things lace-wise.
I caught a whiff of what smelled like bourbon during the pour. With more focused attention, it smells more like Scotch whisky due to a slight phenolic character. Plenty of roasted malt and carob keep things solidly in doppelbock territory. Double Bock is one of the more alcoholic (not ethanolic) smelling beers of this style that I can remember, but the passing resemblance to Scotland's finest makes everything okay.
Although this is powerful stuff, it isn't overly delicious. As suspected, alcohol plays a big role in terms of flavor, tongue sizzle and esophageal warmth. It has nowhere near the complexity or refinement of fine Scotch whisky, so let's jettison that analogy once and for all. In fact, I'm not sure what the elevated, barely disguised alcohol contributes in a positive sense. A quick buzz? Okay, there is that.
The beer tastes okay, maybe even a bit better than okay, but it can't hold a candle to the best versions. Concentrated dark caramel, chocolate liqueur and espresso mixed with a splash of Absolut are the major components of the flavor profile. It's broad but it isn't deep, for which I'll blame the body. The mouthfeel was shockingly light on first blush and doesn't appear to be firming up with warming. This beer needs a little chewiness in a bad way.
The alcohol is going straight to my head and I'm drinking this sucka on a full stomach. Despite the loud rush of CO2 on crown cracking and the generous head (now gone), the beer feels more than a little undercarbonated. It's an odd mouthfeel that isn't overly appealing.
Primator Double Bock is a damn sight better than Primator Blonde Bock. It's a different take on the style and isn't one that I'm feeling all that warm and fuzzy about (well, I am feeling warm and fuzzy, but not because of the flavor, mouthfeel, etc). This is respectable beer that falls far short of inspired.
01-23-2006 01:18:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a cloudy brownish with an off-white head. Nose is bread, maltose, and cardboard. A little bit nutty and toasted, light alcohol notes, and some sugar. The flavor is sweet sugar, maltose, bread, and caramel. As with the aroma, some toasted malt character, a bit of cardboard/paper, and a bit of alcohol.
08-07-2012 20:25:07 | More by womencantsail
2.28/5 rDev -35.2%
Appearance: Dispensed a dusky dark brown body beneath a frothy-looking, beige head.
Smell: Decidedly sweet-scented aroma, with notes of roasted malts, cocoa sifted with powdered sugar, grapes coated in sugar, and dark caramel syrup. I think I can see where they're going with this.
Taste: Sugary, toothsome sweetness leaving me thinking this is just going to be too much. Tastes of cocoa, light roast, and plum juice are buried under a metric ton of pure table sugar. Not a single hint of hops manage to emerge from the syrup. A bit of tongue-numbing alcohol, or maybe that's just the diabetes kicking in. Syrupy, sweet finish. It was too much.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Particularly sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A triumph in underattenuation. Overtly, even painfully sweet which, when combined with the near-gooey mouthfeel, overstays its welcome FAST. Water, please!
08-11-2010 15:35:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Dark brown color, with crimson edges, small, soon evaporating head.
Sweet nose, with complexities unfolding as it opens...toffee and caramel, maple, nuts, and anise...molasses...and a whiff of alcoholic heat...nice...
Smooth entrance in the mouth, soft and untroubling. Thick malt, solid flavor, full bodied. Slick, sweet, delicious...the alcohol isn't detected in the taste, not yet atleast...getting thicker and richer on the palate, feeling a bit of port wine mixed with dark rum.
Recommended. A nice little doppelbock, probably my first from the Czech Republic, and a sweet surprise.
06-09-2005 06:45:06 | More by feloniousmonk
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +15.9%
Obtained from the brilliant beer shop, the Pivni Galerie, in Prague during my trip to the Czech Republic some five months ago.
BB 02/05/06. Served chilled in a tall slim goblet.
A: beautiful dark ruby hue, great clarity, coming with a creamy, beige-coloured beer head with relatively good retention; very tiny and gentle carbonation detected. Looking more than elegant~~
S: rich aroma of licorice, sweetish black plums, raisins, longan-fruit honey, deeply caramelised sugar, a touch of leather... overall very fruity on top of deep, thick toasted maltiness, very nice and not overly thick
T&M: rich brown-sugary and toasted maltiness comes in so smoothly with a soft flow of toffeeish and licorice flavour... gradually taken over by round, preserved dark-fruits, cream, and a slowly-burning alc. warmth creeping deep down the palate. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and lively upfront, even with an interesting, astringent "bite" on top of creamy fizziness, showing not a single sign that it's a 10%abv. beer rather than a seven-ish strong dark lager, only the undercurrent in the very end reveals some "seriousness" of this beer. Finished rather clean, not sugary-thick at all, even with a nice touch of bitter-sweetness at the tail~~
D: in some ways it's rather like a Baltic Porter, and a ve...ry easy-drinking beer for its hard-headed strength. I actually haven't expected it to be so nice to be honest, as I picked it up at the store (mainly) because it was the strongest beer I saw, and it pleasantly surprises me a big time!! A nice doppel bock to savour~~
01-15-2006 03:25:49 | More by wl0307
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
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Deeply brown colored beer with red highlights when held up to the light. Light brown colored head. Exceptionally dark for the style.
Smells strongly of figs. Spicy alcohol fumes carry the smell of brandy and grapes.
Starts out sweet with a taste of figs. Alcohol is really evident this is quite boozy. A few other flavors here, brown sugar, dates, and mostly sweet flavors. Hop level is light with a slight metallic taste.
Mouthfeel is full.
Drinkability is good, but this beer is a sipper. STRONG beer here, you will have to sip it and not chug it.
01-23-2011 00:17:45 | More by Zorro
3.15/5 rDev -10.5%
It's a double-digit malt bomb! Listed at 10.5% ABV on my bottle, on to the beer:
Extrememly dark brown in color. There's a lot more head on this than I expected, and it's retaining very well. Good webbed lacing as well. The aroma is intoxicating. Very sweet, but also with the inevitable kick of alcohol. Dark bread, white grapes, dry bread crust, solvent alcohol eventually pulls through. Let's continue on...
The alcohol is disguised as really sweet grapes. Could be worse...could be sharp metallic alcohol flavor. Lots of grapes, grapes, and more grapes. There's a very light bread crust taste. Medium feel, though a little bigger feel is expected for the strengh and style. No taste numbing booze on the palate.
Man on man, that is really strong. It's strong and sweet, as it is to style, but one I'd only like a little of at a time. Pretty good tasting, but not very drinkable.
11-01-2009 03:58:53 | More by DoubleJ
4.5/5 rDev +27.8%
This brew is a dark brown in color with not much of a head or carbonation. Lots of lacing though. Scents of caramel, toffe, malt. There's a very sweet taste with a full body. I could taste the alcohol present. Goes down real easy, so this tells me to watch out, take it slow. Like mentioned before, this brew will kick your ass if you do not respect it.
08-13-2005 22:12:49 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a dark mahogany color with a tall, thick, dark tan head that had good retention and lacing.
The aroma was very sweet and rich malt with a definite alcohol scent. The flavors were very rich and malty sweet and the alcohol didn't show up on the tongue as much as the aroma had led me to expect.
The body was full and well-rounded, but not as syrupy as some examples of the style. Drinkability was very good, but at 10+%, I can't see having more than one at a time.
Overall, one of the better examples of the style I've tried. Worth seeking out.
07-17-2010 20:20:20 | More by beertunes
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +24.4%
Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of caramel and hints of horehound and apple. It pours a barely translucent dark coppery brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, light tan head. Mouth-filling malty flavor has a strong caramel overtone and is rather sweet but not cloying. I get hints of apple, hops, and - is that butterscotch? The subtle bitterness offsets the sweetness somewhat. Full-bodied texture has a fairly strong and persistent fizz that leaves a tingly, sweet, subtly hoppy-bitter finish. If you like bocks, I heartily recommend this one.
01-21-2012 15:17:57 | More by Cyberkedi
2.15/5 rDev -38.9%
Dark appearance, with some ruby red reflexes. Brownish decent head.
At the smell a lot of burned and roasted caramel. Roasted and burned notes. Maybe ripe red fruti, and ligtht cocoa notes.
The taste is quite different, and peculiar. There is obviously again malt and caramel, but no more burned; it is more sweet, something like vanilled sugar, and some candy. Too sweet. No alcohol noticeable, but it is too sweet.
04-20-2006 18:55:40 | More by stcules
4.43/5 rDev +25.9%
Enjoyable Doppel...very sweet on the nose and taste...aroma is a mix of sweet chocolate and molasses....taste is big on mollasses....brown sugar....sweet cherries and strawberries covered in mollases and brown sugar about sums it up...low carbonation....sticky...slick...10% ABV is hidden...in some ways reminds me of a baltic porter..
Certainly flavorfull...certainly substantial....certainly enjoyable....a bit of a different take on the Doppel style but enjoyable and BIG..still reminds me more of a Baltic Porter
01-24-2005 05:01:03 | More by ZAP
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
3.93/5 rDev +11.6%
500 ml bottle into a primator flute.
dark brown pour..nice inch head thick head. the smell is so...bad . and off, eww. the taste though is so different. dark fruits, sweet candy sugar..lasting sweetness. wow..I love it. big feel, medium carbonation.
overall tastes so Damn delicious. recommended!!
12-06-2013 02:39:52 | More by Axnjxn
4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Pours thick ... Dark brown (almost black) with a full creamy light brown head. Strong malt and alcohol nose with a touch of spice; maybe black licorice. Spicy black licorice and strong malt flavors; very different than a traditional dopplebock. Full bodied with a licorice and strong malt finish but not mouth filling.
A nice spicy, malty strong sipping dessert beer.
Per P.N. website: this must be the same as the "PRIMÁTOR 24° Double" that is referenced...
Best By: 08/18/04
(11.2 oz / 330ml)
10-11-2004 17:42:48 | More by RBorsato
2.78/5 rDev -21%
So I thought this was a legitimate German doppelbock when I bought it, and only just found out --halfway through --that it’s basically Czech jet fuel. Pours dark mahogany with a large but fizzy brown head. Aroma is rubbery with lots of sweet boozy bready notes. Flavor is extremely sweet, homemade caramel, rich toffee, and alcohol. Lacks the roundness and drinkability of the real deal German stuff. Like a malt liquor doppelbock.
01-10-2012 08:19:31 | More by illidurit
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
3.93/5 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
Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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