Solidarity | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Brent:
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3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An odd sweet/sour character dominated this beer, and proved to be quite a distraction throughout. Nice deep black color. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for the style. Up front there was an inital sweetness, quickly replaced with a mildly-lactic sourness, calling to mind some porters that attempt to recreate the "three threads" style of blending old sour with new beer.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into Bordeaux glass.
No bottle date.

Aroma: Dark cherry, vanilla, scotch, and fruity esters.

Appearance: Dark, nearly-opaque brown body w/ a tinge of ruby. 2-finger light brown head collapses slowly. A thin, sheer coating of foam sticks to the inside of the glass, then quickly disappears.

Flavor: Raisin sweetness, dark cherry esters, very mild bitterness, some enjoyable scotch notes, and a surprisingly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is lighter than I'd anticipated (medium-low). Medium, fine, somewhat creamy carbonation. Slight carbonic bite when swallowed.

Overall: The Beer Mgr. at Payless Liquors recommended this one as an excellent Baltic Porter, and I agree. It has a vey complex aroma and flavor, and is highly-drinkable. New Albanian achieves a light malty sweetness, tempered by a clean, non-cloying finish.

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Photo of bkonk10
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Just slightly darker than cola brown. Large rocky cream head.

Aroma, lager funk, lighter roast malt. Some chocolate plum, earth.

Taste, quite a bit of chocolate. Some cherry coke. Fades to peat, a roast malt and cocoa. Tinge of coffee.

Maybe a little high on the carb and slightly lighter than standard. Drinks pretty easy though even on a warmer day.
Kind of a warm weather Baltic with the fruit and lighter side body.
I'd probably get it again, but I bet it would be better on draft.

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Photo of smellandsip37
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle purchased from Keg Liquors. No date on the bottle or label that I notice, but I think NABC just started bottling their brews this past April (2011) so I'm pretty sure this bottle isn't too old. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, smoke, bittersweet chocolate and some coffee. There's also a good roasty/bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a solid brew, I enjoyed it. I'd definitely try this again in the future.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. Some chestnut highlights. Thin mocha head holds for a few minutes, then remains as a thin layer.

Roasty notes, milk chocolate and dark fruits in the nose. Slight butterscotch feel.

A bit sweet up front. Smooth, but still roasty. Some dark fruit, and a nice bread component. Although there are some nice fruity notes, there is still an overall clean lager feel.

Lighter body with softer carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, as it is easy drinking but over 8%. Nice combination of flavors going on here.

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Photo of kilobees
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this one in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was dark cola, almost opaque. The tan head was modest and left no lace and only a small ring.

The smell was nutty and a little metallic. A little coffee too.

The taste was cocoa powder and a fruity sourness. Creamy, almost milky aftertaste. Well balance and not too sweet. Enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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1/5  rDev -70.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep red, almost purplish burgundy hue. A very thin cover of light mocha bubbles, not staying together well but clinging to the edges for a while. Ends up bare-topped after five minutes or so.

Aroma - mild coffee, good roasty element along with the slight stale/sour of the porter style. A light milk chocolate aroma too, which grows with warmth.

Taste - lots of roasted malt and some nuttiness. The sweetness of the malt comes across bready at times, some cola at other times, malted milk balls come to mind. The swallow and finish is malty, roasty, nutty. That's a good Baltic Porter.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy, medium carbonation, where it should be.

Drinkability - nice beer from NABC. Good across the board. Good one for fireside as winter yields to spring. Enjoying this one indoors while Kentucky-Kansas hoops rages on. Toast to a very watchable season and tournament.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity. The cap comes off with a very loud pfffttt noise and three seconds later I'm sucking suds in an attempt to keep beer off of those papers over there on my desk. Pours into the glass a hazy dark brown with more than 1/2 a glass of light tan soap bubbles. Smells of roast and chocolate with lots of caramel, light aromas of pitted dark fruit, and a hint of wet dog. Taste is roasty chocolate and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit and some cardboard like flavors in there as well. Medium body with an overabundance of carbonation and a bubbly oily chalky mouthfeel. This doesn't taste half bad, but the over carbonation ruined the mouthfeel and the touch of oxidation doesn't help either. I did open this straight out of the refrigerator too.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cold from the tap at Finch's, poured near pitch black to a 12oz goblet with a long lasting, 1/2 finger, tan head leaving spotty lace after each sip.

very subtle aroma of chocolate and creamy coffee.

chocolate, cola, dark cherries.

light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet.

drinkable - yep. overall - good, prolly not great.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Knowing that Baltic Porters can often be lagered or at least cool conditioned, these Porters can carry a fruiter and milder (but still engrained) chocolatey roast character. But with an ultimate malty character, how much of the vegetal character does this version of Baltic Porters reveal?

Solidarity pours with a deep bark-brown color and building a creamy lightly tanned head. As the foam settles to a broken sheet, it also climbs up the glass with intricate patterns of lace- all hallmarks of a well made malty Porter.

Creamy roast aromas evoke the notes of malted milk, light caramel, cocoa, cold pressed coffee, and cola nut. A well balanced and complex aromatic matrix keeps the nose visiting the glass with intrigue. Warming up a bit, the lager-like vegetal notes of cream corn emmit and weave into the malty malt scent.

The malty tone continues in taste with the flavors of malted milk and milkshakes- almost Whoppers candies. Bolder notes of nutty coffees, fruity chocolate, grape and plumb all share the stage with the firm foundation of malt. All these flavors are delivered in a very smooth and soft profile as lagered versions do. However, the redevelopment of yeasty sulfurs also allow for the taste of cream corn to infultrate the taste and upset the pure malt substrate.

Rich and smooth to texture, the creamy smoke character implies a malty weight that may not actually be there- it's not as heavy as you think. But as the soft carbonation subsides, the beer carries an even fade of malt into a softly coffeeish bitterness into a semi-dry finish of mild warmth and soft creaminess.

Although the creamy flavors of malt are slightly disrupted with the underlying dimethyl sulfide character of corn, I rather like the fruitier and smoother lagered versions of the style which garners a supple grapey sweetness that makes these beers unique.

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