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Locher Schwarzer Kristall

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Brewed by Locher Appenzeller Bier
Style: Schwarzbier
Appenzell, Switzerland

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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Das einzigartige Bier mit seiner gewitterschwarzen Farbe überrascht mit einem Röstkaffee-Bouquet, Aromen von schwarzer Schokolade, mit einer leichten Lakritznote und einem feinen Blaubeerabgang. Aus bei ca. 230° gerösteten Cara- und Farbmalzen gebraut, wird diese Spezialität mehrere Monate gelagert. Biertyp: Dunkles Starkbier Alkoholgehalt: 6,3% Farbe: dunkelbraun-schwarz Hopfen: kaum Hopfennoten bemerkbar Eindruck: vollmundig, Röstaromen (Kaffee), leicht melassig, Lakritze, schwarze Schokolade, leicht blaubeerig Optimale Trinktemperatur: 12-14°C Etikette: Adelbert Fässler, Appenzell Seit: 2007


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2016
500 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 at The Chouffe Party 2016 after party. This one has a Best Before 27.05.2015 on it, so someone dropped the ball. The pour is a light black color, a bit thin as it pours with a thin bubbly collar and s couple soapy spots of lace. The aroma is a little roasty with a light chocolate and caramel and a lingeringly metallic finish. It definitely smells like its best days are behind it. There is a little smokiness on the back end and we’ll see how it holds up. The flavor is pretty invisible. There is a light smoke and a light malt that comes with it, but there is hardly anything there. It’s just missing anything else. The mouth feel is thinner and lackadaisically carbonated with a lingeringly smokey and slightly malty aftertaste. This is just iffy all the way. Not that great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (945) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20 at the after party for The Chouffe Party 2016. Best before 27.05.2016. Thanks Merchants for that. Aroma is robust malt, roasty, metallic, nutty, coffee. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, somewhat hazy. Taste is smoky, roasted malt, coffee, quite bland though. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy body, very very light carbonation, smoky aftertaste. Overall, this one is decent for being a year old.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1215) - CROATIA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle; pours black with a beige head; aroma of chocolate, licorice, and light roastiness; taste is sweet with chocolate and licorice with a hint of dark fruits; finish light bitter; very nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lebermilz (188) - GERMANY - APR 13, 2016
Black, brown head. Smoked ham, cocoa, coconut. Medium bitterness, coconut, short aftertaste, but dangerously drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2557) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2016
Flaska. Svart öl med ett gediget beigt skum. Dofter av kaffe, choklad och trä. Smakinslag av soja, choklad, smör och rostad malt. Mjuk munkänsla, medelbeska, lätt sälta i avslutningen. Mycket trevlig.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (38487) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2016
From tap at International Bar, Zürich. Pours pitch black with abubbly brown head. Roasted, slight liqourice and roasted malt aroma. Bitter, liqourice and roasted malt. Dry and dark roasted malty finish.
Earlier Rating: 8/24/2008 Total Score: 3.7
RB# 6200: 33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a huge chocolate brown head. Mild roasted and chocolate malty aroma. Chocolate malty flavour smooth and with a mild acidic roasted malty base. Lingering chocolate malty finish, smooth and a light acidic roasted too.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pour on tap at Crunchy’s dark black pour with caramel colored head, aroma brought blueberry, cocoa, smoke, some slight oaky notes with coffee, slight caramel, toffee. Taste was sweet cocoa, caramel into roast, coffee, smoky notes into a bit of earth and spice, finishing with a fairly overwhelming blueberry note. Very interesting brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1357) - SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2015
330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (2.90 CHF):
Very nice & 1 of the better Swiss beers I’ve tried. Good roasted malts & dark fruits alongside sugars & chocolate flavours plus a touch of smoke towards the end; great stuff & very much a beer that I wouldn’t mind having again at some point.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
torejh (73) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 18, 2015
Pours an almost black beer with a small beige head. Nose of caramel malts, coffee and toast. Taste of roasted malts, coffee and sweet licorice. Full bodied with medium carbonation. A sweet and salty finish with hints of blueberries. Quite good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (4221) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2015
500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 5/27/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light smoke, light herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, brown sugar, light smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Light-moderate roasted dryness after the finish. Fantastic complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Super clean lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible schwarzbier! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.


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