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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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Austria

This beer was brewed at Bridge Road in Australia where it was aged in redwinebarrels, and has then undertaken the long-destination journey to Nøgne Ø in Norway where it was bottled. You can tell it’s redwine from the slight acidic influenced aroma. Apart from that: What does this funny thing taste of? Well, for starters, it’s an ale with deep, fullbodied texture with lots of carbonization. Rich-tasting, distinct sourness beneath, still delicate in it’s own pecculiar way. Comparing it to something was a bit tough, as I was quite new to this kind at the time I consumed it- lack of comparative competitors… But, there’s no bitterness, only sweet hints in exchange with the acidity

imageThe aroma discloses a distinct cognaq influence. Brewed only once a year (on the 6th of December), one feels lucky having gotten the hands on this one. By the first sip, the highly noticable alive- character of the beer is revealed: Mature, but fresh. 10 months of fermentation together with the malts  used gives it a beautiful caramelish sweetness and fullbodied texture, followed by a spiritus tingle. A nice and edgy finish rounds up this floating gold- almost like enjoying a glass of fine cognac.

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