Archbeer.com

Archbeer.com is an independent informal site for beer enthusiasts, providing information on specific beer brands tested by guitarist Archaon of the Norwegian black metal band 1349.

Ratings

The beers reviewed are rated on a scale ranging from 1 to 6 based on the following parameters:

  • Color
  • Consistency/texture
  • Fragrance
  • Elements of taste and aftertaste
  1. Disgusting (rather drink water)
  2. Poor/boring (somewhat drinkable, but nothing more than that)
  3. Ok (meets expectations)
  4. Good (above average and high quality in terms of taste)
  5. Splendid (top notch; a joy to consume every drop)
  6. Out-of-body experience (absolutely supreme taste and presentation)

Ale

imageFruity aroma of hops and spring. Brown inviting colour, suitable carbonization. Superbly adjusted elements consisting of brown ale-ish nut, oak, with a hint of liqurice- all entangled in a just-about-edgy enough frame of hops. Longlasting and soothing, nice ending.

imageAroma of sweet fruits. Tastes of banana, green apples and chestnut. Lots of carbonization, great balance. Goes from sweet to acidity. Lasts a good while.
CynicNose is subtly fruit, still deep. Great reflection of the fruityness also in taste, particularly in the beginning, evolving into more maltorientated middle. It does at first kick off with giving that quite mild impression together with low carbonization- a lot of barley direction. The malttaste is highly dominant- almost reminding me of a great English ale. Most of the exitement lies in the start, then seems a bit flat but welltasty godt egnet for sommerstid. A great alternative for summertime; sweet, fruity and with a shy hint of acidity to it.
SurlyA dark brown beer, looks inviting and smells even better. Massively pointing towards bitter coffee by smell, great texture and good carbonization. Tastewise it is acidic and lightly bitter to start with, and short undernotes of nutty sweetness rounded off with a more solid bitter end. Picture the idea of an insanely good mix between iced coffee and a good brown ale… Somewhere along those lines you can find this.

TrooperNose: Mildly hopped aroma with sweet’ish hints. Golden light brown in colour. The taste is relatively sweet and surprisingly distant from a lager- more like a very light amber ale. Lightbodied with maltfeatures which really shows it’s significance midway through. A little shortlasting/light for my general taste, but I’d be happy to give it another shot sometime.

Totally clear, light golden transparent with small hat. Aroma is typhical lager. Kind of tastes like that too, but a really good one. It’s like, a blitz of freshness, before all the tastes of the ingredients strikes at once. The malts vaguely shows itself too, but only for a split second and it’s gone again, like nothing just happened.

Big BenPours quite dark with nice hat. The low key aroma is a turn-off, but… It starts off with nut-taste, going into some strange, spicy pattern. First, just… Nutty, then to nutmeg- like taste, which which also grows by the 2nd sip. One can barely get some hints of the malts before it’s gone, so shortlasting it’s almost hard to detect. Kind of good taste in there, sorrounded by an attempt on good taste, with an ugly bitterness to it.

Robert the BrucePours dark brown with minimal/no head at all. By smell, I get berries- expecting a kind of barley wine here, with tones of caramel. Low carbonization, lightly fruity and multiangled sweetness- almost like a sweet caramelized goatcheese. The fruityness is really done justice when inhaling, when it opens up. Long lasting taste.

imageDark brown colour. Pours nice small hat, carries aroma of well mature caramel, raspberries, raisins and plum. Very fresh at first, evolves into immense fruity taste before really showing it’s beauty. On the second sip, the fruits are even more present, but this time, the later elements involves a somehow woody, nuttish finesse to it. Also a small tease of quick acidity at the tip of the tongue. Great spectre of variating tastes here, and well passed the “good enough” or average- mark. I’ll be happy to repeat having this one.

Samuel A BostonSo: What are we faced with here? A true american beer… And it also does taste very american- just not in the usually assocciated way. It reminds me of some kind of a dark “dunkel” Budweiser. Quite bland, lesser good in taste (Eventhough one has had worse).

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