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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)

Stout

imageDeep dark in colour, although gives the impression of lightbodied stout- not really thick texturewise as many of the good ones of this sort. Aroma of coffee and some sweet hints, pours small head. Quite fresh, highly definined espresso-taste, and as expected, light texture. The coffeetaste is at front and gives a very bitter taste to this one that prevails- as the main coffee-traces is shortlived, although quite extreme in terms of presence.

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.

imageThis dark, very light-bodied stout reminds a lot of Ska Brewing’s “Steel Toe Stout (for those who are familiar with that)- subtly at the nose, and clearer by taste. with it’s milk chocolate infusion. There’s also the hint of coffee (machine-prepared) and overall, very mild taste.

ParadoxArranDark as night and with a very deep, fruity aroma in direction of plum. Feeling of dark berries (sweet cherries, plum) with big degree of sweetness. Hint of coffee in the back- kind of reminds a lot of Black Tokyo Horizon, with a minimal hat on top. On the palate: Mild acidity, massive sweetness. Surprisingly little traces of whisky-casks. A great deal of berry-fruitiness which is long lasting and finalized by a hint of bitterness towards the end, the fruitiness slides over in acidic bitterness. This lasts for a good while leaving only bitterness to the aftertaste.

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.

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.

At first, very complex- presenting a wide fruity range, followed by an evolving longlasting bitterness- which continously lies underneath, like embers fire.

Mik_BGvanillaSThis stout’s aroma reminds me a lot about the Beer Geek Breakfast (a classic Mikkeller stout, for those who are familiar with that), but with a moderate dash of sweet taste to it. As well does the taste, with most of the caracter in front, coffee dominance midway and lots of vanilla- almost on the verge to becoming a bit metallic towards the end. Coul have been improved by slightly a bit more maturity, but still a good beer.

AmmestoutWith it’s aroma revealing roasted coffeebeans and milk chocolate, this calls for good times. Funny label too. A mild entrance, solid maltbody with great twist of excellent dark coffee which transforms into delicious chocolatetaste. It also has an exiting degree of freshness to it, bit the taste lasts a bit short, unfortunately.

Black in colour, and lightflowing/thin. Fragrance of roasted coffee. A generous dash of sweetness that suits the coffee well, topped with a hint of liqurice. Long and bitter end- it kind of gives assocciations to Dark Horizon 4, and the alcohol content contributes to give the demanded power to the taste. Great stuff.

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