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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Photo of BeerManDan
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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 TheBrewo
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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!

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Photo of gclippinger
3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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 jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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 beertunes
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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 elgiacomo
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of froghop
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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 jadpsu
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of WJVII
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.37/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Primátor Double Bock Beer from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
3.42 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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