Primátor Double Bock Beer | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primátor Double Bock BeerPrimátor Double Bock Beer

Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by packetknife on 12-02-2003

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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 171
Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.92/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Thin white head, dark brown body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Molasses, raisins, dark bread, a bit of coffee.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, definite sweetness upfont and finish, almost like a barleywine. No detectable alcohol presence which is amazing.

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Photo of patto1ro
4.68/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Near black colour, thick light tan head; roast, cream, black toffee, raisins aroma; very sweet/bitterish taste with black toffee, caramel, chocolate, dates and coffee aromas; bitter finish with liquorice, treacle, black toffee, raisins and coffee aromas.

A wonderfully rich and malty beer, which is big and bold in a quite un-lagery way. The label proclaims it as "tmavý porter" or dark porter. I'm not sure that's what it is, but who gives a fig - it's still a great beer. Big and chewy, packed with dark malt and fruit flavours. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.31/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of packetknife
4.27/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
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

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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~~

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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'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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Tasted: 10/07/04

(11.2 oz / 330ml)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Primator Double Bock (Double 24 Specialni Tmave) has a thin, beige head and a dark brown (ruby under light) appearance with some bubbles and little lacing. The aroma is of alcohol right up front and some dark-roasted, sweet barley malts. Taste is of dark cherries, alcohol, dark-roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel is medium, and Primator Double Bock finishes semi-dry, syrupy, and super-sweet, yet not disgustingly so. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Drink with trepidation!


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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 500 ml. bottle with no date that I can see. Sampled on December 11, 2016.

It pour mostly brown with reddish hies and a long lasting tan head.

The aroma has a little sweet malt character but along with a kind of cooking oil character. Roasted malts all around otherwise.

The body is smooth and mostly medium with an astringency I cannot define.

Mostly sweet malts in the flavor but there is also a kind of cardboard or papery thing going on. Definitely sweet except for those odd characters.

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