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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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2012 and before

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.

DobbelDoseA joy for the tastebuds, extraordinarily great balance secures the superb curves in taste. Stunning sweet elements, medium spiced with tons of fruity taste, citric acidic hints calls for assocciations to springtime, as well as complex degrees of bitterness that entwines into another. This proof of how top notch the art of brewing can be, a great example.

HardhøstA delicious aroma- as a matter of fact, one of the best beer-fragrances I’ve ever put my nose in. Fruity as hell. Starts with a one-of-it’s-kind fresh introduction, followed by a super-fruity and a little sweet middle. Clear references to citrusfruit as well as pineapple. Thereafter, a fine, sharp and bitter aftertaste.

ChimayBlueWith a colour as dark that one can’t see through, one expects some heavy business… And it sure is. But especcially in the way, that the sharp taste of alcohol eventually shines through- Because it is draped in a great veil of sweetness and a taste similar to a weissbier (a dunkel one) with grand carbonization. Surprising in the way it takes turns, not in a negative way. As a matter of fact quite tasty for being as sharp as it is.

DogmaNose is coffee and dates. The texture is light, and the brew in general tastes good: Mature, sweet and dephts of fruityness. A fine, dark beer which balances on the borderline between a black IPA and a light porter.

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.

Judging by the aroma, roasted coffeebeans and sweet fruit. Nice and refreshing tastewise- one could almost be tricked into believing the beer would carry a fullbodied texture, judging by it’s colour. Midway through the malts becomes dominant, and it’s good- but it also let’s go way too early. Perhaps the brew could’ve benefitted by being matured on brown bottles, rather than clear ones?

A stunning caramellish aroma, as intense as fumes from a (good) meal. Tastingwise exeptionally good, with the most massive taste of malts that I’ve encountered since Pelforth’s «3 malts». It settles, seemingly for forever, with an abundance of sweetness. Total harmony!
Powerful nose of coffee. Superior texture. Mouth: not disturbingly intense, but a definite presence all the way throughout. Mild and round, very well aged with a nice balance- not ulike Corn flakes and distinguishably good French pressed coffee. Tastes like an ale (due to it’s mild appearance) at first, with subtle layers of malts… Almost soil-like tendencies at times. One could never have guessed that the alcohol strenght is as high as it actually is, when it comes to the well-balanced brew at hand- simply a real feinschmecker-beer is what we’re dealing with here. The only thing that reveals/gives away the ABV is not in reflected in the actual taste itself, but in the warmth which follows in the oral cavity.
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.

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