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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)

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Homebrewed

KJEBA BD
A gift from a homebrewing friend of mine, this is the 3rd batch from the homebrewery, whom I’ve also had the pleasure of tasting the Pale ale. A Belgian dubbel, dark brownish in colour and well carbonisationed, the nose is very subtle with sweet fruits, nuts, spices & caramelish hints. Almost a bit of hay-like. Taste wise it’s quite full-bodied and strong from the ABV, a proper winterwarmer. Fades quite quickly.

HopsanYellowbrownish, golden colour, on the verge of Amber. Half cm head, great carbonization. Nose is highly floral, hoppy forest-like. Sweet, lots of fruityness far out there, before the bitterness from the hops takes charge. Rich texture. On the 2nd mouthful, thehops produces a much more fruity, citrus-orientated direction. The bitterness is everything but overwhelming- moreover very fruity. The lightly hoppyness leaves slowly, leaving a very slight fruity, acidic outro.

Anticosmic_IPABrewed for 1349′s appearance at Hellfest, this IPA seems to have more a UK than US orientation. The colour is somewhere between dark red and dark yellow. Pours very little head. The nose is fruity notes, Heavily maltorientated with a delicious taste and small degree of bitterness. More like an English IPA for sure, however a bit shortlasting… Quick flash of hops before the malts take over. Wish it’d lay longer on the tongue. But for a homebrew to be, this is fantastic.

image imageGolden, somewhat mirky colour. Fruity aroma, with lots more precent hopfeatures than the original. Hints of smoke, very rich taste. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by an exiting acidity, and rounded off with just about the degree of bitterness that suits this beer. Lots more exiting than- but still with a traceable link to- it’s original.

Deep, fruity and mateure, almost wine-like aroma at the nose. It opens in a rather fresh sense which is quickly followed by a beautiful taste of berries that earns it’s right position in the context. The clear ingredient seems to be cherries. A greet sweetness soothes at the end.

 Always exiting when tasting homebrew. Judging by smell, one quickly figures this is a wheat beeer. With nice sweet exiting malty taste from various fruits- definately orange (somewhat spicy). Surprising hops- in a good way.

The aroma reveals whisky, liqour and coffee. Lots of chocolate which gives it plenty of sweet taste, but evolves a bit too quickly out of it into watery grounds. A bit more intensity would have been prefferred, but it’s good tasting.

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