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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2005 Allegedly brewed according to an old Russian porter recipe, with kvas/kwas as one of the ingredients! Brewed by Brauerei Locher "im Auftrag der BALIK Räucherei im Toggenberg AG", website www.balik.com . The Räucherei had even supplied the smoked salmon I had with this beer (330 ml bottle) at the Seafood Bar at Stansted Airport, London (Norwegian salmon, smoked in Switzerland, sold in England, eaten by a Norwegian - a well-traveled fish!) According to the BALIK website the beer should be served cool at 12 degrees C, but I had it served fridge cold. While the coldness must have taken away some of the flavour details, it probably made the beer more drinkable with seafood, taking the edge off the heavy sweetness. The beer has a brown colour with a slight haziness, low head. Aroma and flavour are more like a port wine than a "normal" beer. Very sweet, warming mouthfeel (no surprise at 11% ABV!), spicy, a bit alcoholic, but interesting. Decent hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40452) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2010
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with no head. Aroma is roasted malt and slight oxidised. Dark breadish and overripe fruity. Sweet dense caramelish malty. Sticky. Dark breadish to roasted caramel. Sweet and with a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Clear very low carb orange. Caramel, oak, alcohol and some vineous notes in aroma. Sweet caramel, mild oak, some chocolate notes too. Touch of spice. Almost a little salty, but that could of been the salmon i’d eaten earlier. Warming and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Bottled A dirty light chestnut coloured beer with a fast disappearing head. Very vinuous in the nose with sherry notes. Full bodied and boozy with chocolate notes and bitter oranges. Warming and long. Heady and sippable. Score 3.5
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.6

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11973) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2007
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of Thomas_E. Pours a cloudy, amber golden with tiny impurities. Small, rough, off-white head. Sweetish aroma of overripe fruit and alcohol. Quite full-bodied with a soft mouthfeel and a little low in carbonation. Sweetish, roasted malt accents and some overripe fruit. The finish is alcoholic with some bitternes. Nowhere close to being an Imperial Stout, as the back label claims. And actually closer to a Samichlaus-style Doppelbock than a Baltic Borter. But still quite an enjoyable beer. 281107

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (15651) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23466) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2004
This brew is courtesy of Footbalm.Nice amber color,small white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.Mild malty aroma some caramel and little else coming through in fact it comes off as pretty run of the mill right away.The flavor was better then i was expecting though.Nice smooth malty flavor a little caramel perhaps and the alcohol makes a slight jump at you in the middle but tames itself towards the end. Not nearly as good as the Barley Johns Dark Knight but still a decent enough brew to have again some time.Thanks again Bud for the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - AUG 7, 2005
Hazy deep copper color with no head. Sweet honey with some toasted grain aromas. Syrupy thick malt body with some orange and fig tastes. Littel bitter though a light dry-ish tinge. Some stale, cardboard qualities. Alcohol is very present and warms the throat after the swallow. Overall a powerful beer but some unfavorable qualities.

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