Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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2.6/5 rDev -26.1%
Found this bottle at Heinen's in Hudson last weekend.
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.
04-27-2011 06:50:40 | More by Spider889
2.03/5 rDev -42.3%
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.
04-17-2011 04:16:18 | More by StoutHunter
2.65/5 rDev -24.7%
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
03-29-2011 03:49:14 | More by benclimbs
3.38/5 rDev -4%
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.
02-15-2011 06:02:08 | More by DovaliHops
1.7/5 rDev -51.7%
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.
02-13-2011 18:15:03 | More by RedBeerHead
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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...
01-31-2011 06:47:06 | More by imagese
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
4.23/5 rDev +20.2%
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!
01-12-2011 23:28:08 | More by BeerManDan
2.53/5 rDev -28.1%
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.
12-31-2010 21:01:01 | More by TheBrewo
2.55/5 rDev -27.6%
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!
12-21-2010 05:14:04 | More by OhYesILoveBeer
3/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
12-15-2010 13:04:11 | More by gclippinger
3.38/5 rDev -4%
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.
12-08-2010 19:35:54 | More by BeerLover99
3.13/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
12-04-2010 05:45:16 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-02-2010 01:34:15 | More by BeerNinja007
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
3.38/5 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
2.78/5 rDev -21%
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.
09-01-2010 01:40:02 | More by homebrew311
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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
08-27-2010 05:03:44 | More by keithmurray
3.2/5 rDev -9.1%
A - Chestnut brown, ruby red with a thin tan head that disappears before I take a sip.
S - Super sweet with caramel and toffee, prunes, cola and a bit of oxidation.
T - Hugely sweet becoming cloying at times, cola, light dark fruits with a bit of alcohol.
M - Medium bodied, slightly waxy with low carbonation. Actually feels a little light for the style and how sweet it is.
D - If this was an heavier I think the sweetness would be too much to finish.
08-25-2010 00:38:57 | More by brewcrew76
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
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
3.9/5 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
2.48/5 rDev -29.5%
500ml bottle, unknown date.
Pours medium brown, opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head, leaves a ring and island, a few spots of lacing.
Aroma is of medium strength and features a lot of dark fruit, malt, caramel, alcohol, a bit of oxidation, pretty fruity and malty overall.
Big flavor of sweet malt and dark fruits, fair bit of alcohol, but not as much as I expected. Very, very sweet overall, becomes cloying. Pretty one-dimensional.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
In my limited experience with Doppelbocks, I've found I really don't care for the cloyingly sweet versions such as this and Sam Adams. Going to be following up this one with a Spaten Optimator, hopefully it is more in the vein of Celebrator, which I really enjoyed.
This one is just way too cloyingly sweet...had to pour the last third down the drain.
07-17-2010 04:50:52 | More by elgiacomo
2.93/5 rDev -16.8%
pours a dark brown with a red tint when held to the light, a very small beige head that dissipates rapidly, and not much lacing.
smell is of sour malt, cocoa, and some roasted nuts.
taste has an above average carbonation, tangy, alcohol prevalent, malt, caramel, a roastiness, and a sour aftertaste, ends strong, and some sourness.
06-27-2010 15:39:32 | More by froghop
4.2/5 rDev +19.3%
A - Large, fizzy, short-lived head. The beer itself is a clear, dark brown color. Visible carbonation.
S - A very rich aroma - dates, prunes, raisins, cola and a hint of alcohol.
T - Very potent dark fruit flavors - prunes, dates and raisins, also some caramel, faint paraffin, black pepper, cola and warming alcohol. Aftertaste is of lingering booze, dark fruit and a mild pepperiness. This is a great flavor.
M - A little harsh, slightly waxy, thick and pretty refreshing - even though the alcohol makes itself known.
D - This is actually pretty great. I honestly can't believe how low it is rated. It isn't the greatest brew ever, but there is a complex flavor here which is done really well. I might have it again soon.
06-17-2010 03:25:14 | More by mrasskicktastic
Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.