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)

Barley wine

A special occation as the better half passes the 5000 mark on Untappd, demands a special beer. What’s better than this legendary, sought-after 2020 version of Alaska’s pride, Anchorage? That’s right: A deal with none other than the horned one himself. Expectations have long ago sky rocketed with regards to this one, and it’s a matter of hopefully validating the already established fact- that this is a King amongst Barley wines.

Beautiful, simplistic esthetics, waxed can. Thick and oily running down the glass, leaving a rather small head. Aromas I’m getting is a vivid huge spectre that spans from ripe plum and deep high quality red wine, to paralyzing oaky notes. Already know this is gonna be sick right by now.

The thickness builds a perfect fundament, Sweet burning sensation. Dark, figs and dried fruit- heavy raisin-driven. There’s even a slight touch of carbonisation in here. Hints of Sweet caramel/toffee. Heat in bottom, heavy Sweet and a little sour mouth coating that’s close to everlasting. Perfection in style! I did expect that actually, but still left gobsmacked by the outstanding quality of this magnificisent work. Goddamn! This is absolutely amazing. So happy to even taste this brew. Top notch!

 

Photo: M.K. Burheim

MalditaCuriosity-levels are raised to the max, as this bottle states quite an impressive merit: This beer has won gold medal in the World beer cup. What we’re presented with here is a English barley wine from Portugal, dark brown colourwise and pouring a nice head which reveals seducing caramellish notes combined with a light alcoholic sting. (The beer might have been a tad too cold at the time of consumption, room temperature would’ve helped without a doubt) However, aroma is delish and carries clear belgian referances with generously carbonized, especially for a barley wine to be. Taste starts off with sweetness, patiently holding back the bitter coffee references that are to be found at the bottom. Some nut and pear-reference also to be found here. Kind of a hybrid between a more typical belgian brew and a tasty brown ale.

Blithering idiotThis exiting brew files under Barleywine. There’s no head at all when poured, but a light brown colour to it, quite mirky. I get a caramel’ish, fruity aroma here. A great degree of sweetness, followed by a fruityness which is  accompanied by acidic notes. Pretty “heavy” taste. Aftertaste is tingling tongue and stays on for a good while.

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