Baltic Anomaly | New Holland Brewing Company

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Baltic AnomalyBaltic Anomaly

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by superspak on 06-02-2017

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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Calraven
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Taste: rich, semi sweet, deep roasted dark chocolate malts, hint of honey, smooth finish. Nice semi smoked dark malt and baker's cocoa nose. Black, opaque for the most part, with a tan refined head and ringed lace on glass. Full but not heavy body. This toasty porter went well with my burger.

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Photo of Lonewolfwmv
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JayQue
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense black color from a 12 0z bottle into a pint glass, with some yellowish light coming through when held to a light. Dark tan head is medium sized and very bubbly but fades out fast without a trace. No lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste have a bit of complexity to them and are impressive enough. Aroma features roasted malt, a little coffee and chocolate and a very definite sweetness from the honey. Taste is more of the same but there is also some mild floral hops presence and some bitterness to round out the bready malt and the honey. Mouthfeel is rich, with a little alcohol "burn". A big somewhat sweet malty presence up front with some alcohol and mild floral hops bitterness in the finish. Best as a colder weather sipper, it is also good to accompany a meal. A very enjoyable strong Porter.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klister
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a baltic porter with honey, a neat idea that could be better than this, but a tasty beer nevertheless. you can defintiely taste and appreciate the honey in it, sticky sweet for a second, but then balanced by the heavy roasted barley, and also adding a delicate blossoming floral element to an otherwise very dark and sturdy brew. near black in color, with a contrasting bright aroma, the honey is most obvious here. there are tones of fresh ground espresso beans, bakers chocolate, and faint tobacco, maybe cigar. the flavor does have a lot of sweetness from the honey, less flavor from it than hoped for, but the sugar here is balanced by a bitter note in the roast and more of that coffee character. its smooth drinking, but its not as dry as it should be, which is a hallmark of the baltic porter style for me. it lingers long, pleasantly though, as the soft honey and the dark grains carry on and on. i liked this best when it warmed up a little bit, it really does open up quite a lot. overall a clever and tasty beer here from new holland, something intriguing and a bit different. nice to have something new from these guys, its been too long...

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Photo of porters4life
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd53grif
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pstam87
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brocktune
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MMOSNN
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. Bottled date is 8/17/17.
Very dark brown body, ruby color against light. Light tan head settles to minimal ring, very little lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malt, fig, and chocolate. Slight sweetness.
Taste of dark chocolate, fig, coffee, and a little sweet honey at the end.
Feed is very dry.
A tasty Baltic porter, worth trying.

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Photo of teromous
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the neck of the bottle in yellow dots: "BOTTLED 08/17/17 15:55"

Appearance: The beer has a black body and a large, frothy, light tan head. The head slowly fades out and leaves a nice bit of lacing.

Aroma: It has a very light scent of flowery hops and just a whisper of what smells a bit like pumpkin puree.

Taste: Up front there is this burnt caramel flavor. This moves to a bit of ash and acrid metal which finishes with an even stronger ash flavor. The finish is a slightly sweet caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a bit of a chalky mouthfeel but overall it is nice and smooth with very good drinkability.

Overall: This beer is not without its oddities but as a cohesive beer it is good. It is hard to tell if the honey (as indicated from the label) plays any part in this beer but it does have a touch of a sweet edge at the end. It doesn't take on any mead-like character. I would probably drink it again from time to time. I wouldn't likely recommend it to anyone but it's good enough to thrown in a six pack mixer.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a stout glass

Pours a deep-brown (nearly black) yet not opaque color and, when held up to light, shows remarkable clarity for the depth of color. The head is limited, but gives way to excellent lacing.

The aroma is subdued but inviting and complex. Toasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with hints of herb and smoke, and a hint of booze. Though malty, not sweet in aroma at all.

The flavor is complex and different with each sip. The toasted malts remain forward, but the coffee and chocolate give way on the tongue to the herbal/smoke flavors, and initially prevent the word "sweet" from entering my mind except for expectation. Sarsaparilla/cola come in to play as well, with booze at the end. This is a pretty wild brew. However, all of the above applies mostly to the 45-55 degree temperature range. As the brew warms it becomes increasingly sweet, and dangerously close to cloying. I understand this is a "honey" porter, so the sweetness is not unexpected, but it's a little heavy-handed, and not very "honey" sweet.

The mouthfeel is somewhat odd. The carbonation is initially excellent, but quickly loses steam. The brew is rather heavy, and becomes a little sticky as it warms.

Overall, this is an interesting brew, and glad I tried, but not sure I will again. I would recommend drinking at a touch cooler temp than one would ordinarily expect.

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Photo of jkblr
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 8/7/17 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 8.5% ABV. The beer pours very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head recedes to a quarter inch ring and some patches leaving some lacing. The aroma is rich roasted malt revealing a hint of booze as it warms. The taste is semisweet dark malt at first transitioning to slightly tangy roasted bitter earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, well carbonated and creamy. Bitterness plays a nice equalizer with the big malt profile. Overall, good. Maybe not best in class, but I'm not sure of another Baltic porter I can find on the shelf.

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Photo of lochef81
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Baltic Anomaly from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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