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


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 2.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   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.

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Papsoe (25054) - 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

Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a small white head. Sweet malty, fruity, alcoholic aroma and taste. Medium body with a dry alcoholic finish.

ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2006
Light hazy amber colour with a thin off white head. Malty, fruity aroma and taste along a strong alcohol sweetness.

joergen (29799) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Clear amber coloured with a white head. Aroma of malts and fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet flavour of malts, fruits and alcohol. Burning alcoholic finish.

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.

pivo (2689) - 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.

YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2005
Nice dark orange color with a fast diminishing head on top. Visible super fizzy carbonation. Nose a mixture of hops, wet cork, intense alcohol and traces of vanilla and unfortunatly a slightly sulphury note. First sipe a huge, overwhelming alcohol taste. Warms your throat. Sweet candy sugar and celery comes through somewhere in the middle - hoppy too - but the alcohol ruins it for me.

Sigmund (8109) - 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.

Ungstrup (39108) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
A hazy amber beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is primarily of alcohol, but is also spicy and has notes of oranges. The flavor is very sweet with a dry alcoholic end, where the alcohol burns a little. Somehow the body is thin - weird for such a strong beer.

Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Ligth amber with small offwith head, very malty sweet aroma. Very sweet with a varm spicy aftetaste with notes of rasins.

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