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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)

2014

imageLight red in colour and pouring a large head. Intense nose of cherries and some yeast, very young. Very fresh, with stingy acidity which quickly evolves into fruityness that lasts throughout the aftertaste, slowly fading out. Thin bodied. The berries also provides some sweetness at the end. Nice refresher on hot days.

imageDark ale, not even close to transparent. Pours small head. The nose is cherries, raisins, flowers and oak. As far as tastewise, it tastes stingy and fresh, with a very sour cherry-twist that sets in quickly… One can barely sense the fruity comfort before shivers are sent through the body. There’s an underlying sweet, fruity carpet in the back that in turn shows it’s precense, band the taste lingers with good lenght. The aftertaste is redwine from the storage in barrels.

OppigAmarilloLight yellow colourwise with a good degree of carbonization. At the nose one can clearly detect the Amarillohops by the first second: Summer blooming with a fruity twist. The taste is also fruity and with a teasingly bitter curtain behind it- but overall, it’s a smooth, mild beer- in American Pale ale-style.

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.

imageThis beer had been saved for an occation- a special one. As I earlier this week got some positive answers to an examn result that I’d been waiting for, it’s now time…

A deep whisky-like redbrown colour and visually very clear in appearance, it seems very “clean”. Intriguingly stingy spiritus aroma, also some Scottish malt. Tastewise, the malts barely gets any attention, as it is quickly dominated by the incredibly strong spiritus taste- no wonder with the intentioned height/strenght (ABV) here. The malts are way back there, but overall the palate in on fire by now- tingling the tongue, burning the whole mouth, through all the intestines and god knows what next. Considering the predecessor was a weissbock, I’m thinking maybe scottish ale was not the best choice in candidates for this. Still- very interesting to have tried the new holder of the title.

imageMedium golden for the eye, with lots of head. Somewhat fruity and sweetish aroma. Less sense of freshness than expected/hoped for, but the sweet fruity features are still present in taste. Subtly bitter undernotes and generally weak tasteexperience in contrary to the expectations, which one should be able to expect from a summerbeer with 7,5 ABV. There are also traces of honey in here.

imagePours big head. Smells of raisin and eastern spices, highly wine-like aroma. Lots of head. Taste: Outstandingly presence of coffee to begin with. chocolate in aboundance and a hint of vanilla. Which makes this perfect to accompany f.instance ice cream. The spicy features contributes to increased exitement and there is some bitterness to be detected also, far in the back. Unfortunately the beer was a bit too cold at the time of consumption, would’ve helped even more with lower temperature for the sweetness to be brought out.

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.

imageSmoky and deep redwine-like aroma, black and seemingly thick texture. By taste, it proves highly complexity; at first sweet, followed by a liqourice middle, ending is going up in smoke. Quite salty too at the end. Interesting stuff from our neighbours over the boarder here indeed.

Insane carbonization, slow pouring is recommended. The colour is deep brown and the aroma something in between a English ale and a weissbier, with a noticeable maltreference. At first, it is very fresh in the mouth, then the malts get to work. We can then find spicy features, and overall a suitable layer of bitterness throughout, that lasts until the very end. Albeit the thin-bodied texture, the beverage lasts for a long time- mostly consisting of the bitter top.

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