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
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.