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)

2015

KentuckyRCHere we have a beer brewed on an amber ale- recipé, to then be aged in rye whisky barrels. Stating that “contains anything but chicken”, the funny decorative bottle/label should make even the most hardcore vegetarian (with a sense of humour) intrigued. (Bottle also rolled in tar & feathers) Well, enough about image, let’s get onto the taste experience here… Nose being sharp bourbon-reference more than anything, the level of carbonization (or lack thereof) makes it all a little flat. Brown and mirky appearance so to speak, this one reminds me of Nøgne Ø’s “Sunturnbrew (although this one is better tasting), for those of you that’ve crossed paths with that one. The funny, priceless label served it’s purpose. The good taste of the Amber/malts are there early, to be dominated by bourbon later. There’s no bitterness to be traced, but some sweetness. The aftertaste is simply watered out whisky/bourbon. Could have had an overall more dry sense, I’m of the perception that it would have helped. However, well-tasting in it’s category, by all means.

MalditaCuriosity-levels are raised to the max, as this bottle states quite an impressive merit: This beer has won gold medal in the World beer cup. What we’re presented with here is a English barley wine from Portugal, dark brown colourwise and pouring a nice head which reveals seducing caramellish notes combined with a light alcoholic sting. (The beer might have been a tad too cold at the time of consumption, room temperature would’ve helped without a doubt) However, aroma is delish and carries clear belgian referances with generously carbonized, especially for a barley wine to be. Taste starts off with sweetness, patiently holding back the bitter coffee references that are to be found at the bottom. Some nut and pear-reference also to be found here. Kind of a hybrid between a more typical belgian brew and a tasty brown ale.

imageNot what I expected as far as lager goes, this beverage is close to black. Actually, dark ruby in colour with a nice head. Nose is highly fruity/berry-like blend with powerful maltbody. Now, let’s get to the most essential aspect, taste… This is at first sweet with hints of raisin and huckleberries, before transforming into somewhat comfy sour delicacy. This is a magnificent beer that easily can be enjoyed all around the year, and will go exeptionally great with mature cheese. The only thing I miss a little is a longer-lasting aftertaste, but for a lager to be, this is a quite breathtaking one.

imageVisuals: Yellow and mirky- almost light brown and pours a smooth hat. According to the nose, what we’re faced with here is citric fruits of green apple-delicacy, and of course- as expected, sweetness from pommegrenade. Delicious fruity taste, that evolves into somewhat lightly acidic nuances, eventually landing in a bed of apples at the end, a distinct taste of green apples. The beer is aged on winebarrels, providing a nice, angle. Both sweet and eventually a great touch of mildly sour, this refreshener is a medium-bodied but full-tasting masterpiece from To Øl. The distinct ending ending is also a nice feature, and great lasting. This one works all round the year, a great, special fruit beer with identity.

imageGoldlike yellow colour, on the verge to light brown and highly inviting. Looks very smooth judging by the head when pouring, almost creamy-like. Nose is delicious, lighly fruity behind a veil of sweet summerly hints. Massive malt body entagled with a well tasting ale, which is given a untraditional charater by the tea-taste… Kind of reminds me of a hybrid merge between ice tea and beer, but in a successful manner. Summer, flowers and night-time tea is pretty accurately what comes to mind here. Eceptionally great experience.

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