Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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BA SCORE
80
good

125 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 19.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: packetknife on 12-02-2003)
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Photo of BrewtalAlement
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of hogrider
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Chestnut brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, dark fruit and sweet. A medium bodied dopplebock. Malts are fruity, slightly burnt sugar and sweet. Touch of toffee and some spices. Slightly spicy hops. Way over balanced toward the big sweet malts. It a nice dopplebock if you can get past the nearly overpowering sweetness. Definitely a sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very sweet.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark brown, with amber highlights and a thick, 2 finger tan head that slowly reduces. Makes a "thick" sound as it is poured.

Has a rich, malty aroma, with heavy maple, molasses coffee and burnt creme smells. Smells almost like one of those sweet coffee drinks sold at Starbucks.

Whoa! Thick, sweet and syrupy, like a coffee liqueur, this is an intense sweet malt experience. Tasting more like a flavor extract than a beer, the alcohol warmth and residual coffee sweet make this taste more like dessert than a beer. I think the closest I can compare this taste to is one of the Southern Tier dark water series, like the Mokah or the Creme Brûlée. This is a little more thin than than, and not quite as roasted tasting, but is still more of an ice cream topping than it is a beer.

Thick and syrupy, with a mildly dry and bitter finish that is overwhelmed by the sugar blanket covering the tongue.

This bottle sat in my cellar for well over 8 months, and frankly, I think it helped a lot. I tried another over Christmas when it was fresher, and it was a harsher, more alcohol-forward brew. Tis is a much smoother, though sweeter, tasting beer than when I last had it. Still, you've got to like really sweet, strong beers to dig this 10.5% monster.

Photo of CFHMagnet
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. A slow, steady pour yielded a finger and a half of bubbly head. Body is a dark translucent reddish brown, like a dark mahogany. A curtain of bubbles can be seen slowly climbing their way to the top when this beer is held up to the light.

S. The aroma is sweet, like dark fruits soaked in pancake syrup, the fake stuff, not the maple. You know what I mean. I also get whiffs of malt and booze. Candy sugar also present, as well as a slight nuttiness when it warms up a bit.

T. Whoa. Sweet, syrupy malt up front. Then it whips into what tastes like the liquid interpretation of a nut and dark fruit salad that has been covered in sugar and caramelized.

M. Medium to heavy bodied. Coats the mouth well, doesn't dry. Kind of relies on the carbonation to keep her going though.

O. Way. Too. Sweet. If it was thicker you could pour it on your pancakes and have an alcoholic syrup.

Photo of Spider889
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this bottle at Heinen's in Hudson last weekend.

Live review.

I hadn't really looked closely at the bottle before now, it was merely a cheap doppelbock that I had not tried before.

10.5%? Holy cow, not exactly what I wanted this late at night. It's open now... Bavarian AND Mavarian malts? Where have these mystical Mavarian malts been all my life? Lol...

Dense looking, fairly opaque due to the dark color, though it has a certain small amount of clarity visible. A cherry and deep toasted oak color with a head of a couple fingers. Some droopy lace but nothing very substantial. Decent head retention over time.

Smells very sweet, lots of dark candied fruits. Raisins and dates are dominant.

Wow before I could taste anything else I noticed how boozy this was! Very heavy alcohol burn and sweet esters. This is possibly the sweetest doppelbock I have yet tasted as well as being the most boozy. Neither are benefiting this beer for me. The malts are very caramel like, but the residual sugars overpower the beer with fruit and caramelized brown sugar flavors. Very "meh" to be frank.

Hot hot hot! Primator is boozy through and through. Otherwise, it is soft and creamy on the palate.

Overall this is nothing I was too thrilled with, I am glad it was fairly cheap. Definitely not worth paying for a second time.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.03/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I got a bottle of Primátor Double Bock Beer last week for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. I been on a Doppelbock kick lately so I thought I would continue the journey with this baby and see how it stack up to the others I have tried. It had no visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and is a different color then the picture shown, it doesn't look horrible, just plain. It poured a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. It had two fingers worth of off white head that died down to a nice layer that stayed the rest of the time.

S- Damn this beer smells like some shitty earthquake malt liquor I bought a while back, man that shit was horrible so it is kind of off putting that it smells the same. The aroma is basically candied sugar, molasses, and booze. Theres a little bit of dark fruits in their but they are mainly masked by the booze aroma.

T- This has to be one of the sweetest beers I have ever tasted. It is so sweet it almost reminds of some southern ice tea from McDonalds, just for too much sweetness for any beer to have. The dark dried fruits are more prominent in the flavor with raisins sticking out the most, but just like in the aroma the flavor is mainly dominated by candied sugar and booze. The taste reminds me of a dessert sherry, not my kind of thing.

M- Full bodied and syrupy with good carbonation.

Overall I was not a fan of this beer. It was just a sweet, syrupy, malty mess. The booze wasn't as harsh as the aroma led me to believe but it was still fairly noticeable and got worse the more it warmed up. If it wasn't for my brother helping me out I may have been hard pressed to finish the bottle and may have encountered my first drain pour, but luckily backup was available. It drank very similar to earthquake malt liquor and thats not a good thing. I won't be drinking this again, for sure the worst doppelbock to date. If you don't like super sweet beers then don't pick this up because it is sweet as hell. A bad first impression for Pivovar Náchod a.s., I hope all their beers aren't this bad.

Photo of benclimbs
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours black-brown with no head and a bit of lacing

smell is just pure sugar and booze

taste is ok actually, only really sweet - lots of brown sugar, corn syrup, a slight bit of cocoa and dried fruit at the end.

feel is sticky

overall this is not a very impressive beer - overly sweet, not very drinkable

Photo of DovaliHops
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that appears ruby red when held up to the light. Medium off-white head that diminishes fast. Scent is boozy with strong dark fruit aromas. A lot of sweetness as well. Taste is VERY SWEET! A little too sweet for my taste. The dark fruit flavors and faint chocolate notes are very tasty and appealing, but maybe just a bit too sweet. Strong sweet malt flavors as well. Definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel slightly syrupy and flat cola-like. Full of flavor though. Drinkability is not too high...don't really know if I could drink this whole 500ml to myself. Overall, great beer for what you pay. This beer is no more than 3 dollars, and you get a nice buzz off of it I'm sure. If I were drinking for that purpose, then I would drink this over malt liquor any day.

Photo of RedBeerHead
1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a typical dark brown with a half inch head that disappears quickly. There isn't much of a smell except for a subtle sweet nuttiness.
Taste is extremely sweet and slightly bitter. I honestly cringed a little after the first sip. This is the definition of a under brewed beer.
This has the potential to be a good beer. unfortunately this isn't one of my favorites. Dumped the rest of the bottle.

Photo of imagese
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark ruby with a one finger head that faded slowly and and laced the glass, but with a very loose lacing

S- A lot going on here. Very sugary sweet roasted chestnuts, soda-like caramel, light dark fruits, faint coffee, and the slightest earthy hop finish

T- SWEET malt up front, a big boozy kick, followed by more sugary fruit, and some grassy hops. This almost tastes like a diet cola. On the verge of cloying sweetness.

M- nice thickness to this beer along with nearly the perfect carbonation, but the sweetness that is so heavy makes this almost too much in the mouth, especially as it warms up

D- This beer started off being awesome. I felt I would down the 16.9oz bottle easily, but as it warmed up and the high abv started kicking in, it was starting to be too much. This is not a bad beer in any way, and I plan to toss a bottle in with my beers to age, but I think splitting this with a buddy would make it better. I could see enjoying this at the end of a session following some good strong ales or stouts...

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown in color with a fair amount of tight tan foam.

The smell of roasted malts, fruit and sweet candies filled the nose with a pleasant aroma of all theses components. To many aroma's of different smells to comprehend.

The taste of roasted malts, figs, prunes and brown sugar, along with hints of sweet caramel and whatever else was there. A little to sweet. I think when they added brown sugar and molasses to this Double Bock, it was a bit to much. To many sweet component and not enough bitterness to make it a good to better Bock. But, the more you drink and the warmer it gets, the better the flavor and it sort of tastes better. And being 10.5% alcohol, watch out on a empty stomach. Amen!

Photo of TheBrewo
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A rough pour reveals a two finger tan head topping a semi-translucent cola colored brew. Where light shines through there are deep red flashes. Carbonation looks medium and no sediment is observed. The head retains decently, never really disappearing fully. As it dies down it leaves thick lacing. The aroma is sweet, and full of roasty malts, buttery diacetyls, burnt caramel, hints of dark cherries, and booze. The taste is shocking right from the start. The first thing you get is monstrously cloying sweetness. The dark malts from the nose and some roasted coffee are present as well, but they are significantly masked. The middle continues in this vein, with booze and diabetes-inducing levels of brown sugar. The finish is more of the same, with a heavy alcohol component. The coffee actually becomes a bit more apparent, as the alcohol cuts some of the sugar, allowing for some other flavors to peek up for air. The aftertaste is a mush of brown sugar, some malts, and booze. The body of this brew is full, and the carbonation is medium. As you sip there is a huge syrupy feel to it. This makes it a bit slick feeling, and it glides down the throat easily. The mouth is actually left on the drier side, as the finish is a bit astringent. The abv is nice and high, but due to the sweetness, this beer takes a while to drink.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. There is a nice buttery richness to the nose, with most notes expected in a doppelbock. It actually really gears the drinker up to taste the beer. Here, however, is where the problems begin. The taste is comparable to an extra sugary vodka and coke. The overuse of these elements makes it hard for other, more desirable flavors to come out and, unfortunately, make this a hard beer to get down after a while.

Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Primator 16.9oz bottle into personalized "K" snifter. No freshness date indicated.

Pours a dark ruby red with lighter hues around the edges. "Had" a very thin dark tan head that immediately disappeared, quote "Had".

Smells of sugar, alcohol soaked prunes and figs, and traditional special dark malt. No hops to speak of.

Tastes really really really sweet! UGH! This beer is beyond cloying. It started with a traditional dopple malt presence, and almost instantly turned into this gigantic sugary sweet beast with no let down. This is one hell of a sickeningly sweet brew!

Mouthfeel is extremely thick and syrupy, typical of the style in heavier dopplebocks.

Overall this is one incredibly sweet beer, not something I'm a fan of at all. I honestly cant imagine pairing this with anything other than heavy chocolate dishes to combat the sickeningly sweet taste and aroma. Not recommended, but if your on a budget ($3.49) and looking for something high in abv, and you don't mind liquid sugar than you should grab one. If not then dont bother, there are plenty of other perfect examples of the style elsewhere. Cheers!

Photo of gclippinger
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Good looking beer, poured dark and clear with thick head, though not heavily carbonated. Taste is thick and sweet with stronger presence of alcahol than I would like. Arbitrarily ranked the smell as I have a poor sence of smell and a cold exacerbating the situation.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep brown with hint of ruby red, almost zero head.

S: very powerful sweet smell, ripened fruit, honey,

T: The sweetness is just too intense, almost raw sugar flavor with date/plum taste.

MF: Light to medium body, not enough for such a strong beer on the sweetness side.

D: This is a sipper! Good price for a strong import, but the sweetness makes it one of my lease favorite Dopple bock.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this bottle on a tip from my beer guy at my local bottle joint.

Vigorous pour yields a dark brown liquid with a foamy head that is quick to recede. Lacing is subpar.

Lots of dark fruit on the nose. Hint of alcohol in there too.

Damn, lots of sweet dark fruits with not so subtle waves of alcohol.

Syrupy mouthfeel. Fairly thick and viscous.

At over 10% alcohol, it's definitely a sipper. Alcohol presence hinders the drinkability. Not a terrible dopplebock by any means, but doesn't even come close to the big boys. Worth a try, it's cheap.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle was $2.99 from Manchester Wine & Spirits, Manchester CT. The numbers 219 are stamped on the back label, not sure if it has any significance. Served cold in a chilled pilsner glass.

Clear dark brown brew, too dark to see through, reveals a dark maroon tint when held against a light. The light brown head is thick and creamy, 1" in height at its maximum before settling to a thick and lacy 3mm cap. On the second pour, this time a little harder, it easily gave a good 2" that settled to a stable 1/2". Lovely thick lace throughout. This is a great-looking beer.

Smell is dark and thick, like creamy molasses. A bourbon-like warmth is felt in the nose without alcohol being smelled outright. Overall it is fairly sweet, with bits of vanilla and raisin, banana, anise. The armoa is pretty darn tasty.

In the mouth it is thick and sticky, very sweet. I didn't taste the alcohol at first, but after my taste buds became acclimated to the initial sugar shock, a big kick of booze became quite apparent. Tastes of cola, bourbon, raisin, gingerbread. Finishes with alcohol vapors, molasses, and a very persistent earthy hop that wasn't apparent elsewhere.

Too sweet, cloying, and a bit medicinal. But not bad, for $3 I'd keep a few of these on hand. It gave me a buzz, that's for sure.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of homebrew311
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 500 ml for 2.49- not a bad deal. Poured in to NB globe.

A: pours deep and dark with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and foamy with good retention.

S: smells very sweet... lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, and molasses. Not picking up on and of the roasted notes that the label suggest.

T: just like the nose, the taste is very sweet i n the vain of Bells Batch 9k or FFF Darklord. The difference here is that there is no balance and the sweet flavors become cloying. The finish is artificially sweet. Tastes like perhaps this one is under attenuated.

MF: the body is thin for such a big beer. There is no thickness to hold up the big flavors.

D: well its a good value, but the beer just isn't that great. It is way too sweet. All 10.5% of ABV makes itself known.

Photo of keithmurray
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle with a red brown and orange label

look - dark mahogany color with tan head

aroma - caramel, molasses, malts, booze, cherries

taste - boozey upfront, toffee, caramel, malt

mouthfeel - medium bodied, decent carbonation, boozy, burns on the way down

drinkability - compared to other dopplebocks, this one is not as refined or smooth or balanced, tastes more like a scotish ale than a dopplebock

Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.