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Primátor Double Bock Beer | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,783
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
173
pDev:
20.53%
Bros Score:
3.25
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
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 t0rin0
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
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 dmorgan310
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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 olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
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 +5.6%
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 -4.7%
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 -5.3%
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 MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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 sd123
4.5/5  rDev +32%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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 puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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 enelson
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
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 RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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 beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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 rfgetz
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 173 ratings
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