Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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4.03/5 rDev +14.5%
Interesting find. I didn't realize that this was Czech until I got it home. I assumed it was German due to the typical -ator suffix. 500ml bottle, 10% ABV.
Pours out to a slightly hazy deep mahogany...much darker than expected for the style. Forms a modest light cocoa head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is very rich..TONS of sticky amber malts with prune juice, raisins, moist pipe tobacco, figs, dates and a subtle chocolate note. The nose is exceptionally rich, much more so than any other dopplebock I've had, coming close to a Baltic Porter. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, syrupy and cloying. Dense bodied. The taste is exceptional...it's really a clone of the aromas with a few distinct differences...the initial pang is subtly sour for a microsecond before being replaced by a very sweet malt body. The sweetness is more than expected, making it hard to finish the whole bottle by oneself. I suspect there may be some saccharin involved, but there is no saccharin aftertaste. The aftertaste is permeated by very rich tobacco and leather hanging in the finish. Cleanly fermented, and for being 10%, I'm not tasting or smelling the alcohol. Bitterness is minimal.
This is an exceptionally rich brew. I would reserve it for dessert, as it's just to rich to have as a normal dopplebock. Best shared with somebody else, as I'm going to be unable to finish this myself. A very interesting and unique find.
12-01-2005 23:24:22 | More by Mitchster
4.33/5 rDev +23%
500 ml bottle, on sale at Wilbur's Total Beverage in Fort Collins, CO for $1.99! Shoulda bought all that they had, but I had never had this before.
This is an extreme beer in many ways, except that it's a bit one-dimensional when cold. Let it warm a bit after you pull it out of the fridge.
A: Reverse cascading ginormous dark-tan head that lasts and gets down-right thick, over a dark, virtually opaque amber body. Head stays creamy and sticky: as it reduces in size, it "tightens" up and grabs the sides of the glass. Gorgeous sight to behold. Truly a beautiful beer.
S: Malt, roast malt, dark roast malt, toasted burnt malt, and then some more over-burnt malt. Almost harshly malt. Not much else. This is a malt-bomb.
T: Same as the smell, but sticky and wonderfully malty-cherry-chocolate sweet. Think "a dark-chocolate milk-shake" burned to a crisp. A little bit of burnt sugar taste, like the syrup that drips out of your mom's cherry pie onto the pan underneath it, then burns on. So much roasted malt it even masks the massive alcohol -- I never would have known this was 10%. Mmmmm. As it warms, it expands, and some spice and pepper come up.
M: Smooth, thick, creamy -- more like a stout than a doppelbock -- even a bit sticky.
D: How do you rate a 10% beer on drinkability? It's perfect for what it is, but compared to other D-B's, it is far less drinkable, simply because it will put you on your butt if you have three.
Overall: Since I'm a malt lover (indeed, a malt-bomb-monger), it figures I would rate this above the overall rating. Truly an immense and worthwhile beer if you're a malt-maniac. I DEFINITELY should have bought every one of these Wilbur's had -- they usually sell for $4.49 a bottle. Huge beer for $2 a 500ml.
11-14-2005 03:02:43 | More by ColoradoBobs
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
3.28/5 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
3.68/5 rDev +4.5%
(500 ml bottle). Black (= very dark brown) colour, moderate tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, tar and dark chocolate. Notes of smoke and woodwork. Flavour is rich, malty and full of molasses. Very sweet, too sweet in my book - nearly sticky. The 10% ABV is extremely well hidden behind the overwhelming sweetness, could (nearly) pass for a 1.7% ABV Danish "hvidtøl"! The Danes might use it to put hyper-active children to sleep on Christmas eve! Despite the sweetness, I kind of like it, due to its very full mouthfeel. A love-hate relationship, you might say.
04-19-2005 11:33:15 | More by Sigmund
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
4.33/5 rDev +23%
This sample brought back from Prague by my brother John. I should say the bottle label is different than the one pictured. Anyway, thanks to you big guy for this fine beer.
Aroma is sweet, but not excessive. Nice fruitiness and light malt.
Very dark pour with red hues in a base of brown/amber. Clear. Head recedes quickly, but initially is a full tan color. Some lacing.
Wonderfully tasty fruity quality that's sweet without being cloy. Other malt qualities really are background to the fruitiness.
Feel is a tad thin, but it possesses a well balanced carbonation.
"Easy drinking" dopplebock with a terrific fruity character. I'd recommend it for a slightly different example of style.
11-11-2004 15:16:35 | More by garymuchow
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
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
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a decieving chocolate brown with a nice tannish head that is moch at first then settles to a marshmellow light. The smell is very fruitish and raisins, slight honey and metallic as well. The tase is sweet, a bit overthe top but not bad, slight hints of roasted barley and heavy apple/grape tones, hints of metallic, honey notes as well. medium bodied and feels a bit odd, not bad.
08-18-2004 05:05:15 | More by beertaster13
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
Sampled from a brand spanking new bottle retrieved from the liquor store around the corner..
Beer arrives in the glass with a low white head and a chocolate brown body that holds throw with some dark ruby highlights.
Aroma is dark fruits (prunes) dipped into a dark, but honey light and floral caramel.
Flavor continues the caramel tones, but followed quickly with a rolling brown sugar and molasses sweetness that runs right across the tongue. A long pull that leads into a oddly acidic and sharp roastiness that holds through to a surprisingly dry finish given the initial sweetness.
All in all for a chancy buy.. it does alright by the glass.
07-10-2004 07:51:36 | More by drewbage
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
Caramel, plum, alcoholic cereal aroma. Brownish tan colored head, fizzed up and faded quickly. Dark cola colored beer, not quite black, with a ruby hue. Sweet caramel malt flavor, alcohol, and some dark fruit. Moderate body, slightly slick feel. Too sweet for me, maybe let it bottle condition for a while.
05-04-2004 19:47:03 | More by HappyHourHero
4.33/5 rDev +23%
Very toasty aroma. There are also notes of banana and malt sugars in the nose. The brew is clear with colortones of dark ruby brown. The head is made of dense, tan, small bubbles interspersed with larger ones. Tastes sweet to the lip and not unlike Kahlua or a coffee liqueur. Has an odd mix of spice that touches upon cola, pepper corns, and strange herbal things like sassafras, anise and a touch of sweet chocolate.
The flavor of alcohol is well concealed.
Strange and intriguing.
03-16-2004 05:19:52 | More by RedDiamond
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
4.3/5 rDev +22.2%
Served ice cold, deep dark brown with an overflowing frothy head that held through the glass. Tons of grain and malt on the nose, strong and pleasant. Tons of malty sweetness but not overly aggressive. Some caramel, baker's chocolate, molasses. Some light spice on the finish. Plenty thick for the carbonation. Very drinkable given the ABV, that eventually sets in.
02-15-2004 14:54:41 | More by packetknife
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
4/5 rDev +13.6%
Primátor Double Bock is quite dark with a brown head that quickly vanishes, leaving just a ring on the beer's surface.
It has a very nice smell. Sweet and molasses-like. Very much like a double bock.
I can sum up the taste in one word: wow. This is very sweet and chewy with roasted flavors backed up by a quite high alcohol level. The only other double bock I regularly drink is Spaten's Optimator. This is sweeter and creamier than that lager. I've rated Primátor a half-point lower on taste because it's almost too sweet and syrupy. But Primátor's alcohol content is almost 3 percentage points stronger.
Its mouthfeel is very smooth and glassy. It almost coats your mouth with its syrup-like character.
A good double bock to enjoy in moderation. And I'll have to try more of the style, having been quite impressed so far with but a tiny sampling.
12-02-2003 04:55:28 | More by Shaw
Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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