Brewed by Locher Appenzeller Bier
Style: Schwarzbier
Appenzell, Switzerland


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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

polaxis' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polaxis (73) - - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. At home @10°C Pours black with a brown head. Sweetish aroma of hard roasted malts and some oak. Solid body (roasted malts and hints of fruit). Below average carbonation which allows the aroma to be in the foreground. Very well balanced beer. Certainly of one of the best beers of this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
torejh (48) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (3603) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gracijani (5) - Beograd, SERBIA - JUL 25, 2015 does not count
Too heavy on palate. Too strong aftertaste. But quite Intriguing. Caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, raisin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
artemb (177) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JUL 19, 2015
Black and opaque with short livin foam.Aroma: Maillard products, malt, some fresh vegs notes.Taste: light to moderate light sweteness, light bitterness, light astrigency and metal.Roasted flavour with a green peas, light yeast notes.Some odd metal notes in the aftertaste.Anyway this is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
belgis (316) - - JUL 2, 2015
Despite having an overall good experience with this beer there was nothing above other beers. Interesting and mellow aroma hint of caramel. Good looking with thick foam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee (1480) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle from Bignens Vins. I bought a few random bottles from this brewery with pretty much zero expectations. All the others tried so far have exceeded expectations through being solid. This was actually really good. Dark black colour with a thick slightly off-white foam. Strong roasty flavours, coffee, treacle. None of the bitterness of a stout. Perhaps the tiniest hint of butter, but I wouldn’t call that a flaw here. Drank clean and hid the alcohol very well, was amazed to see it’s more than 6%. Splendid stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kto (279) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 4, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2015 0.33l bottle from coop. pours clear black colour with a creamy brown head and a nice lacing. nose coffee, leather. flavour chocolate, coffee, licorice, rye bread. chewy, smooth mouthfeel. nice bitterness. balanced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marcius (347) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2015
Nice bottle and label. Appearance with black color and rocky brown head. Toasted Malty Aroma. On the palate, it has a full body and bitter (long) finish. Excellent Schwarzbier!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
anstei (435) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 27, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Roasty malt nose, a bit of liquorice. Balanced, but a bit boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (2242) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle from Drinks of the World, Geneva. Pours black with a tan head. Good chocolatey flavour with some cola notes.quite rich and creamy. Some coffee too. A really good swartzbeer.

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