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)

Denmark

imageAged in Malaga wine barrels, the expectations rises to the ceiling here… The aroma is oak and red wine, distinct smell of ripe berries. The colour is also extremely inviting- not burgundy but blood red, really dark. The closest to red wine out of any beer I’ve tried. Produces a light degree of foam inside the glass, but only at the edges. Taste: It gives me acidic ripe cherries, gooseberry and some oak. Just a mere hint of sweetness before turning dangerously acidic, and on the second sip, a hint of leather and overall very sharp. With the acidity lingering for a good while in the aftertaste.

imageDeep Deep yellow in color but not much mention-worthy smell. Much carbon dioxide content, which produces surprisingly little head, but bubbles inside beer and sticking to the glass, even after pouring. Aroma of citrus and green apples. As far as taste go, we find at first, lovely sweetness from the malts, very fruity and then, it all turns damn bitter. With such a bitter end, it is a great escalation to the “top” too. Really bitter ending!

GrenadierThe noticeably mirky colour raises exitementlevels to high, with this hay-like yellow beverage in the glass. Smells very fruity, a lot of lime/citric influence (naturally enough, as the bottle label reads Pomegranate as a main ingredient). Generous carbonization going on here. Oustandingly acidic, escalating from beginning to midway through- as a matter of fact, the acidity lies there all the way, competing with the sweetness known from typichal-belgian style. Longlasting taste too.
imageVisually quite dark. Very mature aroma of roasted coffee, figs and raisin, and with a hint of smoke. Deliciously mild at the beginning, well-balanced fullbodied with great traces of soil, and the fruityness in the centre. Throughout, there’s subtle bitterhints behind all the different levels which in turn, reveals themselves.
imageExtremely  fruity nose with orange, banana and a sense of sea. Light texture, nice yellow- golden in looks. Mouth: At first, the fruityness sets in, well balanced, followed by an easy sting of bitterness- leaving the mouth extremely dry.
GudeløsSubtle hints of coffee, dark as night with a small hat. Sweet at first, slighthly bitter towards the end. Nice coffeetaste in centre, hints of spices and even pepper behind. Great, fullbodied stout with a longlasting liqurice’ish aftertaste.

imageAt first, this beer really fools you, appearing as an IPA in all possible ways. With it’s transparent, clear gold-like colour and traceable hop-features, it’s aroma is very fruity/hoppy. Taste is very fruity and a hint of caramel, but a bit shortlasting.

Even though I’d caught a cold at the time of consumption, the fragrance clearly points in the direction of burbon. Nice dark colour and extreme in terms of carbonization, with good quality coffee immediately present. Hard-hitting tastewise, and medium/light bodied texture. There’s also a nice bitter hint there, providing a nice twist to this interesting and exiting experience.

The aroma on this one is pretty weak, and the liquid’s colour golden. Nor is there much carbonization in the beer, but still, a superb candysugar-like sweetness that lies like velvet around the gum. This taste is then dismissed and slowly taken over by an increasing presence of the chili, which subtly fades in & takes over… Lying there, deep underneath- like a fire burning out.

The maltfeatures herein really does justice to this beer, at the same time as there is a sharpness to it. Eventhough I’d caught a cold at the time of consumption, one can tell there’s enormously fruity layers here and hints of liqurice/Anis. The carbonization helps providing a fresh sense. In addition, the smokearoma is present, even halfway through the mouthful.

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