Brewed by Locher Appenzeller Bier
Style: Baltic Porter
Appenzell, Switzerland


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This special beer has been brewed in the year 2000 according to an old Russian porter recipe with brown malt, Russian kwas, hops and water from BALIK’s own source at Ebersol. It then matured during one year in old oak butts and received individual care up to its maturity. Its has been brewed and bottled in limited quantities at the brewery Locher at Appenzell. This very demanding procedure gives the BALIK BEER its noble and characteristic sherry taste and its amber colouring. But this sparkling BALIK BEER may reserve you some surprise. With 11 %vol. of alcohol, it compares much more with a wine than with traditional beer. We recommend to drink BALIK BEER cool, at a temperature of 12° C. BALIK BEER should be stored in a dark place. When stored, the quality of the beer will improve yearly and its taste will become more and more harmonious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Nice to be the first American to rate this.Picked this up at a duty free shop in London.Poured a golden honey with a lucious creamy head.No where near as dark as I was expecting.aroma kind of reminded me of Ginger beer.Very smooth for the ABV.Bourbon notes.Good body and nice when warm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
Nice amber color and perlage. Malt aroma; Strong Lager taste, with more than a touch of alcohol; ends with just some caramel. Ways too expensive. Not a Porter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 Bottled. Ginger brown with no gas at all, it looked spiced and stained by cinnamon. An ugly duckling. Very sweet cherry aromas, totally unbalanced with to much alcohol for its flavour. I had this rare rate at Heathrow Airport. Check out the seafood restaurant associate with Caviar House, its located in all the terminals, in a island bar format (sitting out in the middle). It's a cheeky little rate considering the plebeian surrounds.
Re-Rated 16-Apr-04 With some beautiful baltic salmon and time to enjoy it more the beer was much improved. Certainly didn't come across as a porter but was nicer when accompanied with food, which softens the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2003
Bottled. Copper colour. Aroma of dough and anise. Peppery and strong, yet mild and light bodied. Gently complex with bready finish. Odd and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
Orange-copper colour. Toasty, bready aroma - actually does have a nose reminiscent of kvas. The palate shows some excellent baked notes, but no real structure...like from malt and hops. Different stuff, and probably requires a few bottles to get a grasp one what it is they are trying to do. Thanks Bov!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
Bright, dark auburn color. Sweet nose witg alcohol. The body is alcoholic with a hint of alcohol and some more alcohol. Maybe I have to try this beer again, but this sample was putrid, nothing making its way past the dominating alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 25, 2003
bright red-amber colour, almost no foam, complex and strange aroma of cherries and perfume, bubblegum-like, smokey notes, overcarbonated, sweet and oily followed by an explosion of alcohol in a very long and dry bitter finish - a strange experiment and a very free interpretation of a porter

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