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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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DemocImpRedAleA “red ale” states the bottle label. However, this is brown deeming by colour and the fragrance is pointing in the direction of a somewhat fusion-like of the two. There’s that sweetness of a brown ale-aroma, but also traces of fruity hops herein- with a caramel-nutty salty twist to it. A mouthful confirms that salty, but also spiced (and hints of ripe berries) taste which in turn evolves to immensely bitter for a red ale to be towards the end. Full-bodied and lightly carbonated this blends into the aftertaste as well, rounded off with a sweet edge but a bit soap-like. Final verdict: Not balanced enough, even though the taste-elements on their own provides a decent fundament.

Norsk høstOutstandingly fresh! With it’s bright yellow looks, this beer rounds off this years’ summertimes in the uttermost great manner. Fruity nose of pineapple and some vague hint of lemon. Distinguishable pineapple in taste too, infused with passion fruit. Good carbonisation-levels. A bit mild, but still spectacularly good taste, very refreshing. Shortlived acidic aftertaste with no traces of hops at all.

StedjaIn looks, we’re confronted here with a light brown beverage, which by the looks of it contains close to no carbonization. The node is… HORRIBLE! At first at least, that is. There’s some old Apple juice/molten berries in here, infused with a tad of honey. Tastewise, it’s a completely different story; it’s got hints of liqourice, and a hard-to-describe fruityness. Still some honey in it. The aftertaste evolves into more sweet landscapes. Interesting is my conclusion with this awkard Joe.

TOCCALMATTONow, here we have a pleasant surprise from the IPA-dimension! This delicious beverage has an inviting intensely yellow colour to it, accompaniedby a large, creamy head topping it. There’s a vast selection of fruity features here spanning from mandarina/orange to passion fruit, with hints of lemon underneath. This is quite reversed in the tasteprocess, where the lemon comes out marginally dominating, followed by melon’ish fruit and an evolving bitterness that is not disturbing at all, just overall a great balance from start ’till finish. The aftertaste is also really nice, leaving a tenderly bitter sting on the tongue.

BirrificioThis beer looks absolutely stunning w/regards to appearance; Beautiful yellow colour gives off a refreshing invite. Pours nicely in terms of carbonization, leaving a nice half-inch head (without being overly agressive). As for the nose; nice floral activity going on here, a bit fruity goes especially well
In the heat of summer. Very subtle hints of herbs here too. Now, this leaves us at the exiting stage of the actual taste: very fresh, lightly lemon hints, some hard-to-distinguish flower taste, + even lighter bitterness combined with quite a bit of fizz. Light-bodied. Aftertaste is semi-sweet, crossing over in lightly bitter landscapes at the end.

Paradox compass boxThis beverage is black in color and produces little head whilst pouring. The nose is clearly hinting towards burnt oak, resonance of delish roasted malts utilized herein. Also, the whisky is evidently showing itself, blended with outstanding coffee aromas infused with figs/deep fruityness. There’s also dark chocolate going on here. Tastewise, it is indeed a strong alcohol content pointing in the direction of Irish coffee… Much sweetness (chocolate) at first, followed by fruity impulses that gradually is overwon by bitterness from the coffee. All the while whilst the alcohol-warmth combined with a fair degree of smoke tingles the palate, associating this dark beauty with incredible whisky-based landscapes. Outstanding.

BehemothBeing another band-brew in the craftbeer-scene, it’d always interesting to try these- regardless of whether the band has had much impact on the recipe themselves…so, let’s get down with it. The colour is lightly brown, not so strange as it’s an Amber ale. Pours a big head and nose is rustique of dried fruit, caramel and quite hoppy. Mouth is a bit bland, but pretty sweet/malty, with a hint of liqurice. The taste is a bit hard-to-catch however, as it fades quickly and leaves only alcohol.

MajaBeautiful yellow-golden colour and pouring a small head. The nose is light and fruity and carries references to multivitamin/mango-juice, although with an organic- frisky touch to it. Light-bodied and crispy impression on the palate. Subtle degree of carbonation, nice fruity taste of mandarines, followed by slightly sour evolvement gives this beer a wide range of taste and some degree of excitement. A good sour beer from Poland.

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Easter in Norway’s capitol, Oslo, is flooded with metal- a tradition that has been maintained for approximately 15 years now. So, what beverage is traditionally mostly consumed at metal shows? I bet you guessed right. And considering the fact that Scandinavia (incl. Norway) has gone through a somewhat revolution-like transition during the last half decade, it is also time for promoters & arrangers of such events to evaluate their beer selection, which is what the annual Norwegian extreme metal festival Inferno Festival has done.

Taking place at this year’s edition of the festival, the Norwegian brewery giant Nøgne Ø has been in charge for this. Notwithstanding the fact that they serve their beer in addition to them regular lagers, Nøgne has also sent a representative to host showcases/beer tastings for the more or less experienced beer drinkers among the audience. The gentleman- Martin Houge, talked a bit of history to the attendances as well as explaining the meaning behind different beer-related topics og phrases. Who would’ve known that the term “Russian Imperial Stout” stems from the Tsar of Russia once upon history, ordering a powerful stout back in the day, hence the wording “imperial” was added?)

In addition, he also explained a bit of the circumstances with regards to Norwegian alcohol politics and last but not least, as he put it so nicely himself: Beer is about fun. Skål!

The beers presented here on this particular occasion were the following ones:

1: Asian Pale Ale (4,5%) – a quite mild, but slightly hopped lightbodied Pale Ale, golden in colour. (Would go very well with shellfish/seafood)

2: Brown Ale (4,5%) – nose is coffee & caramalt/roasted malts. (and somewhat lighter body than it’s higher ABV brother – ed.) Will pair well with mature cheeses, although some are frightened by the dark colour.

3: German Pale Ale (4,5%) – a brand new (and well-tasting!) new release, barely a week old, Kölsch-style. A crisp, clean pilsner (with cred given amongst other to the Norwegian water for being one of the best/cleanest worldwide). Houge also elaborated a bit on the politics of UK/German beer as background for this beer type, and a bit on the Japanese ricewine Sake (which Nøgne Ø also has made- even as the first brewery outside Japan to do so!)

4: Two Captains (8,5%) – Houge explained a bit on barrel aged beers, Nøgne Ø’s labelprofiles, leading up to this beer at hand and it’s success. Winning the homebrewer’s competition some years back led it out on the shelves, and too popular in demand to withdraw. With an IBU (bitterness measure) on 100, this is a heavyweight champion, compared to the previous beers in the tasting seance, but all in all a good pattern/combination.

As a bonus, the participants were invited to try Nøgne Ø’s alcohol free alternative, the Inferial stout. Interesting to a certain extent, albeit somewhat watery, it contained a lot of tobacco reference and suited as a nice closure to this event.

Photo: Maria Brochs

OakshireFor one of those days which simply calls for a stout, I must say this is not a bad alternative. The somewhat not-too-tough in ABV beverage at hand holds a dark, seemingly medium-bodied consistency with a decent head topping it. The nose is heavily roasted coffeemalts, providing delicious flavours and a hint of wood-like ending as far as taste goes. Perfect carbonization helps to ease the extremely present roast-taste, there’s not much of that oily-feeling one often gets in stouts. Not a long aftertaste, but highly present during consumption. Pretty nice indeed, torn between a 3/4 here.

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