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Primátor Double Bock Beer - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: packetknife on 12-02-2003

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Photo of homebrew311
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Photo of brewcrew76
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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!

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.55/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of froghop
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jadpsu
2.58/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured 500 from a 500 ml bottle, with a tan head that has average retention.
Aroma is malty and sweet with a lot of molasses.

Taste: OMG this is SWEET!!! This is more of an after dinner cordial than beer. Hey, I am rating beer and this does not taste like beer. The high (10.5%)alcohol, is definitley noticable and whatever else is there is just dominated by the sweetness. Give me a 4-6 oz. serving of this as an after dinner cordial but as a beer this just does not do it for me.
I did not finish the whole thing and pawned it off to my wife and neighbor as an after dinner cordial. They both thought that that was exactly what it was.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nearly black in the glass at a distance. Light shines through a dark red colour when held to a lamp. Slightly off-white head subsides to a frosty patch work on the beer's surface after only about 60 seconds or so. Looks good.
Smell is excellent. Caramel, a bit of toffee, some alcohol and dark fruit nuances suggesting rum soaked raisins...very nice indeed.
Taste, too, reflects all of these delicious flavours. Begins a little raisin / fig like and then turns more to just roasted malt and the alcohol shows up. This is assertively sweet all the way through, though.
This is a good beer and a good doppelbock, but one of these in a sitting is plenty and I'll struggle to finish this bomber by myself. This is *very* sweet.

Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a fizzy tan head. Dark fruit,anise and molasses make up the aroma. Sticky, sweet and malty. Honey and raisin flavor with warming alcohol in the finish, not enough hop bittering even for a dopplebock. Medium bodied and sticky. This seems like more of a pairing beer than something you could drink on it's own, it's just too sweet.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen Glass

A - Pours a darfy red coulour with off white head that retains OK.

S - Sweet malts and molassis

T - Very sweet up front, some dark malts kick in but the sweetnes is too much.

M - Sticky fullish body with minimal carbonation.

D - Not balanced enough for me, has some sugar issues.

Photo of biglite351
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - medium amount of red around the edges. Off white very tall head that took a while to go down.

S - sweet and somewhat fruity.

T - extremely sweet. No bitterness. Mild alcohol flavor. Did I mention extremely sweet. Actually overly sweet, dessert like.

M - no notable coating or tingle. Mild alcohol tingle in throat.

D - one, max. It is good but so sweet I would not be able to handle not than one, and even then only when in the mood for sugar.

Photo of WJVII
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass as a tasting, this brew has a cola color and a light color head. The aroma was very sweet and brown sugar and spicy notes present. The taste had brown sugar, caramel and clove but was over poweringly sweet. This was syrupy and heavy bodied. Not the greatest brew and drinking a full bottle would be tuff.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.37/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - The color of plums and faint grapes.

S - Worchesterchire mixedb with anise, without a doubt.

T - Fruity, almost too fruity for my tastes concerning a doppel. I'm not sure but it seems to me they left some of the heavy sugars left unfermented.

M - The feel is fluid and easy going. I like the way it goes down.

~ Overall this beer is about average... maybe a nit less than average in my opinion. Only because the flavor is on the south side.

Photo of adamette
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 500 ML bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Gates Mills last week for $2.19 on the recommendation of the staff there who reported that they really liked it and that it is a reasonable price. To be honest, buying this was against my better judgement but let's see how I like it anyway.

A Brief light brown head that stuck around for only about 60 seconds over a dark ruby body that lets some light through. Reasonable lacing left on the glass after repeated sips too. 4.0

S Nice malt sweetness and some light smells of dark fruit. Interesting, inviting. 4.0

T Almost too much sweetness but I am glad to report that there is plenty of sweet malt goodness but there is not much depth to the taste, it kind of dissapears quickly as opposed to better examples of the style. 3.5

M Syrupy stickiness that I like but it dissapears far too quickly, leaving only a faint hint of sweetness on the tongue. 2.0

D Only fair since the ABV is so high and the sweetness makes this present as a big beer even though the sweetness is short lived. 3.0

Notes: My suspicions were right, a reasonable beer but one that lacks character.

Photo of ElGordo
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New, fresh bottles just arrived here. Contrary to many, I find this to be a good doppelbock.

My fresh bottle made for an amazing pour with a good 1-2 inch head of light tan froth that looked gorgeous, and retained rather well through the stein. Plenty of lace.

Nose has some fresh brownbread aromas and a faint resemblance to cookie dough.

Upon tasting there is a very pleasing malt sweetness that is far more sweet than most doppelbocks present to the palate. Espresso crema is there as well, perhaps an espresso with 2 shots of sugar in the raw. No harsh flavors whatsoever. Smooth body. Somewhat sexy & sweet. Figs and cherry-liqueur sweetness present.

Finish leaves a kiss of caramel on the palate.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - deep dark ruby amber color with a thick head that leaves a nice lacing

S - rich sweet malts accented by roasted grain

T - sweet malt at first, roasted grain and some dark fruit-like flavors present with a touch of alcohol and some hop spiciness; finishes fairly sweet but the alcohol does dry it out somewhat

M - medium body with moderate carbonation, alcohol lends some heat

D - This is a fairly decent doppelbock. It's definitely Czech in the fact it really emphasizes the malt, so much so to the point that it's almost cloying. One is enjoyable, two would be too many.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rich, deep dark ruby-brown in color. Moderatley fluffy off-white head, very little retention, but decent lacing. Smell is of burnt brown sugar, carmel, molasses and dark, sugary fruit (you get the point). Taste is almost a cloyingly sweet blend of burnt brown sugar, carmel, molasses with a background of ripened sweet fruit. Minimal alcohol burn n with no hop charachter noticed. Full bodied, chewey, sticky sweet and coating. Decent brew, slightly too sweet, thats definitely a sipper, recomended to drink on the cooler side of the serving suggestion.

Photo of Magpie14
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of cnally
2.67/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

picked this one, as I had a craving for a bock and hadn't tried it.

the appearance is a barely transparent reddish brown, with a fizzy tan head that sits like soap suds.

the aroma is untamed, crashing alcohol nose, big fruity aspects like grape, pear...very sweet smell.

the flavor is sickeningly sweet, a cascade of fruity qualities, but wild and twisted. the sweetness is only tempered by the warmth of the alcohol, which is poorly masked. this is flavored like a port wine with carbonation. finishes like strawberry syrup. and a bit of over-sugared malt.

the feel is very slightly carbonated, syrupy and sticky as bubblegum.

this is a tough swallow. the sweetness...I could theoretically handle. I have handled it with some bocks, most notably samichlaus. but this just sticks to the tongue, and is really overdone. too much fruit syrup flavor, not enough malt.

Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
80 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.