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)

Other

SurlyA dark brown beer, looks inviting and smells even better. Massively pointing towards bitter coffee by smell, great texture and good carbonization. Tastewise it is acidic and lightly bitter to start with, and short undernotes of nutty sweetness rounded off with a more solid bitter end. Picture the idea of an insanely good mix between iced coffee and a good brown ale… Somewhere along those lines you can find this.

Totally clear, light golden transparent with small hat. Aroma is typhical lager. Kind of tastes like that too, but a really good one. It’s like, a blitz of freshness, before all the tastes of the ingredients strikes at once. The malts vaguely shows itself too, but only for a split second and it’s gone again, like nothing just happened.

GumballheadFresh and fruity, if judging by nose. The colour is golden, and leaves a clean impression. So, tastewise: kind of weissbier’ish texture, with high level of carbonization. It is indeed fresh, and the fruityness has a strange candytwist to it, with hints of bubblegum. This sweet feature converts into a more natural sense which saves the beer from being too strange.

BavariaBaah! What’s there to say here… I tried it, so I’ll feature it. But to quickly sum things up without wasting anyone’s time: An average, ordinary lager, as boring as they come. Pretty mild in taste though.

Hailing from Island, we’re faced with something that smells of lager. When drinking, it starts off in the same vein, but transforms by quickly adding up with a sense of coffee. There is an interesting, broad variety in the taste, which “sneaks” onto some kind of a sour, bitter direction towards the end.

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

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.

imageOverwhelming aroma, with massive fruitfeatures, honey and a hint Of liqour. Vast variety in the different elements of sweet, such as caramelized fruit (melon, banana, plum) which fades into an alcohol strenght that warms the throat towards the end. There’s also a nice attributes of bitterness and subtle sourness to trace here. Greatly balanced, far better than it’s previous version.

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