Baltic Anomaly | New Holland Brewing Company

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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: 20 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before The CANQuest (tm), there were all of my other proclivities. I am currently reading Martin Limon's George Sueno & Ernie Bascomb series. The latter was a two-tour Viet Nam vet who came home & realized that there was no "there" there" & decided to stay in as a decidedly unconventional member of the Army CID. He wears glasses, chews gum, has relations with (ahem!) women of dubious nature & drinks copious amounts of alcohol while promoting anarchy & starting fights. Sound familiar? I was already into good beer when we hit Haifa, Israel in 1992, but when a tall, leggy Ukranian put me onto Baltika #6 Porter, I was sent. When I eventually landed at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, I knew of Stash (St-ah-shh) & his Bloomfield Bridge Tavern (BBT), but when I showed up, speaking fluent Pixburghese, ordering the Red Plate (as opposed to the White Plate), the colors of the Polish flag, he embraced me like an old pal! We quickly became friends, given my interest in languages, foods & other cultural amenities. One night, he Pop!ped open a bottle of Baltika #6 & I was sent into a memory. We smoked stogies, watched Th' Stillers & I participated in a couple of Dyngus Days! Good times. This is the standard by which every Baltic Porter is measured - would Stash approve?

From the bottle: "Much like the alien mystery found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, this flavored Baltic Porter boasts an anomaly of its own. Honey lends an extraterrestrial dimension to this earthly Porter, balancing out the dry sweetness with a slightly dry finish."

I Pop!ped the cap with a slight twinge of nostalgia. Their once & former PHL-area sales rep & used to do some major damage before, during & especially-after fests. I have a soft spot (or is it a hard-on?) for their beers as a result. I gave it a rather gentle pour, thanks to my flight of nostalgia, but upon coming out of my reverie, I gave it an in-glass swirl, producing a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head. The interval was equivalent to my time with my Ukrainian honey-honey, but it was equally meaningful. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with good quality, allowing me to note mahogany highlights. Hello, gorgeous! Nose had the slightly smoky, sort of oily, kinda burnt smell of a Porter pulling on the braking signal as things ground to a stinking, screeching halt. Oh, man. Have you every smelled burning bakelite? That is that odor when the conductor realizes that the station is approaching TOO quickly & really lays on the brakes. The good Porters are evocative of this, not cleaned up to smell pretty. A Porter is a working-class beer & a Baltic Porter evokes the working class of Latvia, Estonia & Lithuania, or it should. McCoy was a railroad oiler whose job entailed stopping the train before it could be properly oiled, but his in-motion oiler led others to want "the real McCoy". This slick, oily, semi-sweet beer was the real McCoy! It tasted of everything from burnt oil to blackstrap molasses to a "Guinea stinker" Parodi cigar to the business end of a long-used horsewhip to the soothing honey dripped out of the jar & onto Grummy's biscuits. Finish was dry. Don't let the label fool ya. The Porter delivered, extraterrestrials be or be not damned! Aren't there enough adjuncts without adding E.T.s? Why do I need an I-Love-Me Jacket again?!? Haven't I been a good boy?

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leffebrown84th
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taste: Milk stout with honey first which I love in this beer followed by a long lasting chocolate flavor. I really enjoy drinking this beer.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCPhD
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shade1951
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Not particularly good. Earthy flavor, but not in a bad way. Definitely more flavorful than say, Yuengling Porter. Not much to the nose. Carbonation may be a bit much. It sort of stings the back of my throat. There is a bit of sweetness, perhaps due to the honey advertised on the bottle.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes for this as soon as I saw Baltic in the name. They do call it a Baltic porter on their web site, but it is the best behaved Baltic porter I've had.

It pours a beautiful black with fine head. The aroma is sweet and dark from a bit of bittering hops or something. Very nice.

The taste is reserved, to a fault. It lacks the ridiculous flavoring common in the style and goes for a much more balanced approach. Malts and bitter tastes combine but don't gang up on you. To me it doesn't seem true to the style, but it is much easier drinking than these usually are. It has a clean finish, for the style.

I consider Baltic porters the bad boys of porters, but this one is not of that usual bent. It is, however, delicious and easy to enjoy (the uninitiated might think it a huge brew). If my wife does not get home too soon I may drink two of these and throw on some Amon Amarth for sonic harshness. I will warm the second one considerably before I start - that should add to the flavor.

Recommended as a Baltic porter that does not bite and needs no aging.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, molasses, light cocoa and nuts, somewhat muted and mineraly. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, honey, chocolate milk, light raisins and nuts. Finishes a little thin, with mild dark malt and cocoa. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The base profile seems similar to New Holland's bigger Dragon's Milk stout, but with a slight raisin fruit note appropriate for a Baltic porter, light cocoa and honey. Flavors are classic for the style, but seem oddly muted, perhaps because of the honey component which adds both a slight sweetness and flavor. Tastes good, but could use a bit more robust malt flavor, especially at this ABV. Both aroma and flavor are somewhat muted.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.85/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Baltic porter brewed with honey, 8.5% ABV. 12oz single.
Pours out to a clear deep brown, forming a nice soapy light tan head with very good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose smells nothing like a baltic raisin or molasses notes. It has a budweiser type lager yeast profile, slight DMS, a very subtle earthy hop note. With the eyes closed, it smells very much like a domestic macro brew, like michelob dark. The taste, thankfully is better than the nose, but not by much. Overall, a moderate sweetness as a Baltic porter should be, minimal roast but very subtle raisin if at all, no prunes or molasses. Mouthfeel is not cloying, medium dense bodied. There is a quite unpleasant fusel note and a bit of wet cardboard through the beer, but it really stands out in the aftertaste, making me not want to drink the rest of the bottle. Quite boozy.

Not a good beer at all. Bad recipe, bad technique, oxidized and fusel. Definitely not recommended. A drain pour.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/7/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with bubbles racing upwards; small light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward with some hints of cocoa and smoke. Some subtle hints of anise/black licorice. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More cocoa and smoke. The honey comes through without dominating. It gives it a nice balanced sweetness. Some marshmallow in the mix. Strong malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice Baltic porter. The honey adds to the flavors. It's enjoyable stuff. Well done.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/7/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, honey, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuttiness, and toasted brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, raisin, plum, fig, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, honey, brown sugar, nuttiness, toasted brown bread, light coffee/fruits, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, honey, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with an awesome hop/roast bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with a mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this an excellent Baltic porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, honey, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Absolutely spot on style example. Rich and complex malts without being too roasty; with restrained fruity yeast and balancing earthy hop character. Honey works perfectly with the darker malt flavors. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tracker83
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Baltic Anomaly from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65% out of 100 with 20 ratings
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