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This beer came to me at just the right time.  Not only did it arguably fit into my ongoing October/Halloween theme, but it also paired perfectly with my upcoming book review.

Beer Name: Baltic Anomaly

Brewery: New Holland Brewing (Holland, MI)

Style: Baltic Porter

ABV: 8.5%

Description: Named after an incident referred to as the “Baltic Anomaly” in which a Swedish team of salvage operators (specializing in “antique high-end alcoholic beverages and historic artefacts” no less!) claimed to have sonar images of an alien spacecraft at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.  Almost universally debunked as a hoax/marketing ploy, the photos did make a run through various tabloid publications back in 2012.  As for the actual beer itself, it is a Baltic porter brewed with honey.  More information and specs can be found on the brewery’s website.  My bottle was dated 08/07/2017.

Appearance: It poured a dark, black body that was topped by a with thin light beige head.

Smell: A sweet combination of malt and honey.

Taste: Light roasted coffee and dark malt up-front.  Towards the middle a creamy sweetness combined with a distinct bit of honey came out from underneath the roast.  The finish brought back the roastiness to the forefront where it was joined by a minor amount of heat.  Upon being left to sit in the glass, all the sweetness, roast, and heat combined for a pretty nice ending.

Mouthfeel: Every so slightly less than medium bodied with a light level of carbonation most apparent of the finish.

Hype: Perhaps slightly elevated?  I found out after picking up the bottle that this is part of the brewery’s limited release series so that’s got to count for something.  I also had some personal hopes that this would keep my pretty random string of beers going on a positive note.

Overall: I thought this was pretty good.  It had a slight bit more roast than I usually prefer, but the way it ended up blending in with the heat and sweetness made me pretty OK with that.  The one thing I would have liked to see from this bee was a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but all in all this a good one.