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)

USA

imageNot what I expected as far as lager goes, this beverage is close to black. Actually, dark ruby in colour with a nice head. Nose is highly fruity/berry-like blend with powerful maltbody. Now, let’s get to the most essential aspect, taste… This is at first sweet with hints of raisin and huckleberries, before transforming into somewhat comfy sour delicacy. This is a magnificent beer that easily can be enjoyed all around the year, and will go exeptionally great with mature cheese. The only thing I miss a little is a longer-lasting aftertaste, but for a lager to be, this is a quite breathtaking one.

Sausage festThis Imperial brown ale is mirky oakbrown by colour. Nice head which is quickly disappearing. Fruity/nut-like taste with Nutella/Toffee’ish notes, perhaps a tad too cold at time of consumption, as it is first & foremost bitterness that I get, although one can sense some sweetness here too- mainly from coffee, light chocolate and hazelnut. Very dry and longlasting. Goes through a variety of fases, from almost acidic bitter to sweet.

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.
imageI’ve had the brand some years ago, but this is the 2014 edition. This is way more bitter than I remembered, though- it kinda strikes fully after 2 to 3 seconds, when the bitterness sets in. From what I remember, this is less fruit & more bitter-orientated. Earlier version with the hops giving off more fruity tastes, but still with a solid, balanced taste.

DarknessThick, black liquid which pours a yellow-brownish, creamy delicate head. The aroma gives clear assocciations to plum and ripe fruit. By taste, it is at first extremely fruity and enhances sweetness for a split second, before a burning bitter carpet evolves up underneath which lies for a long time, and changes back & forth, several times, through the darkest of oceans, with honey, crisp biscuits, mature fruit, oak and dark berries amongst other things. It balances on the borderline of sweetness, slightly acidic, stingy bitterness and mature, rustique complexity. Absolutely crazy, and neverending, intriguing exitement in this.

imageFruity and exiting aroma. Surprisingly and shockingly hopped, this yellow IPA kicks off in a spring- forest like beverage style, clearly hop-dominant more than anything. Medium fullbodied, but one also finds that there are malt-traces present behind, although it’s bitter more than anything.

imageYellow brownish with nice head. Aroma of banana, sweet berries and orange. Sweet on the palate, extremely smooth and surprisingly little carbonisation going on. Very subtle hoppyness for 6,5 to be, but really tasty. Caramel-like notes underneath. Easygoing and sweet.

imageHoppy, fruity aroma. Clean and transparent looks. Flash of freshness in the beginning, big degree of matureity, hoppy taste with perfect carbonisation. Balances on the verge of being malty and a citric, bitter hoppyness- with nutty sweet undernotes.

imageVery dark and wine- like, with hints of ripe plums and berries/sweet cherries, which contributes in a fitting sweet way. The colour is ruby. The sweetness comes out even more in the taste, swept in a mature and woody oak/leather-cape. Rich in taste and fullbodied, with quite some “heat” from the ABV.

imageOakaged. High carbonization, pours a large head. Aroma Of grapes, really thick wine’ish body. Visually dark. Starts off with delicious sweetness together with coffeenotes, at the same time as it gives off a fresh vibe. Grandiose matureity and rustique is what comes to mind. Subtly acidic midway through, which transforms into mild sense of bitter towards the end. Great and longlasting tasteexperience.

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