Primátor Double Bock Beer | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primátor Double Bock BeerPrimátor Double Bock Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Czech Republic
primator.cz

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by packetknife on 12-02-2003

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111
Ratings:
171
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
20.7%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with super sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit, raisin, earth, and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with very sweet sugary and dark fruit characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark brown to black in color when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light the bottom of the glass is crystal clear dark red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving thick wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of candi sugar are present in the nose along with some faint hints of underlying malts.
T: The taste has flavors of candi sugar along with notes of toffee and chestnuts. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as heavy on the palate as I would have expected from a 10.5% abv doppelbock, but although the alcohol is well hidden the sweetness can be a little cloying. It's a good choice if you like sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

.5L bottle served in a snifter.
Looks as expected: clear, dark red-brown with a decent light tan head. Some spotty lacing.
Sweet, malty aroma.
Flavor: too sweet, even in the finish. A bit boozy.
Feel: medium+ body; sticky and syrupy, with medium-light carbonation.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
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!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Russet with brilliant, gem-like ruby highlights. Like most beer of this general color, it becomes dark crimson with backlighting. The head was large to start and is hanging in there admirably. It's pearlescent ecru with multiple, delicate bubbles on its undulating surface. A thick, slurred collar looks to be the extent of things lace-wise.

I caught a whiff of what smelled like bourbon during the pour. With more focused attention, it smells more like Scotch whisky due to a slight phenolic character. Plenty of roasted malt and carob keep things solidly in doppelbock territory. Double Bock is one of the more alcoholic (not ethanolic) smelling beers of this style that I can remember, but the passing resemblance to Scotland's finest makes everything okay.

Although this is powerful stuff, it isn't overly delicious. As suspected, alcohol plays a big role in terms of flavor, tongue sizzle and esophageal warmth. It has nowhere near the complexity or refinement of fine Scotch whisky, so let's jettison that analogy once and for all. In fact, I'm not sure what the elevated, barely disguised alcohol contributes in a positive sense. A quick buzz? Okay, there is that.

The beer tastes okay, maybe even a bit better than okay, but it can't hold a candle to the best versions. Concentrated dark caramel, chocolate liqueur and espresso mixed with a splash of Absolut are the major components of the flavor profile. It's broad but it isn't deep, for which I'll blame the body. The mouthfeel was shockingly light on first blush and doesn't appear to be firming up with warming. This beer needs a little chewiness in a bad way.

The alcohol is going straight to my head and I'm drinking this sucka on a full stomach. Despite the loud rush of CO2 on crown cracking and the generous head (now gone), the beer feels more than a little undercarbonated. It's an odd mouthfeel that isn't overly appealing.

Primator Double Bock is a damn sight better than Primator Blonde Bock. It's a different take on the style and isn't one that I'm feeling all that warm and fuzzy about (well, I am feeling warm and fuzzy, but not because of the flavor, mouthfeel, etc). This is respectable beer that falls far short of inspired.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brownish with an off-white head. Nose is bread, maltose, and cardboard. A little bit nutty and toasted, light alcohol notes, and some sugar. The flavor is sweet sugar, maltose, bread, and caramel. As with the aroma, some toasted malt character, a bit of cardboard/paper, and a bit of alcohol.

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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 stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A touch sweeter than it’s German neighbors, but still good. Dried fruit, dark malt and molasses topped off with some apparent alcohol. Dark brown/black body with thin beige head. Very active carbonation, medium weight, slick body. Sweetness lingers in the mouth, alcohol in the throat. I’m drinking this out of season, would be much better in the winter/spring.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, nearly opaque, with a fine one finger light tan head with great retention and sheets of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dried citron, mild cherry, sweet with slight oxidation and booziness. Flavor is big dried dark and light fruit, caramel, hints of chocolate; sweet and warming. Medium to full bodied with mild syrupy texture. A rich, sweet, flavorful doppelbock that seems to skirt to the edge of cloying. There is a definiate booziness to the finish, but the flavors are rich enough that it finishes with hints of an apertif, which is a nice flavor transition. Not for the sweet adverse, but I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I'd definitely get this again if I were in the mood for sweet malt.

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Photo of tone77
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color, just a shade or two from being black, and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, dark breads, alcohol. Taste is boozy, sweet, more alcohol, some cough syrup as it warms. Feels syrupy and boozy in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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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 DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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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 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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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 beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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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 Axnjxn
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a primator flute.

dark brown pour..nice inch head thick head. the smell is so...bad . and off, eww. the taste though is so different. dark fruits, sweet candy sugar..lasting sweetness. wow..I love it. big feel, medium carbonation.

overall tastes so Damn delicious. recommended!!

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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 rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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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 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

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Photo of stcules
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark appearance, with some ruby red reflexes. Brownish decent head.
At the smell a lot of burned and roasted caramel. Roasted and burned notes. Maybe ripe red fruti, and ligtht cocoa notes.
The taste is quite different, and peculiar. There is obviously again malt and caramel, but no more burned; it is more sweet, something like vanilled sugar, and some candy. Too sweet. No alcohol noticeable, but it is too sweet.
Not satisfactory.

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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 StoutHunter
2.02/5  rDev -41.1%
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.

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Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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