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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012)
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, Fierce And Blustery. Across the cold and brackish waters of the Baltic, the English porter was transformed from a mild ale to a dark and complex lager that confounds definition. Immersed in dark, roasted malts and a bold citrus hop character, these big and contrasting flavors are brought together with the smoothness of a lager for a brew that's bold, mysterious, and full of flavor." Brewed in the style of a Baltic Porter. Available in 12 oz. bottles as part of the Samuel Adams Hopology variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick creamy tan-white head over a deep mahogany brown body. Plenty of carbonation. Head retention is very good and lacing is thin but strong. Very creamy and pleasing surface cover. 4

(Smell) Citrusy hop bouquet pairs with a lightly roasted caramel and sweet brown malt profile. Licorice and molasses are certainly there, but still the aroma is mild for a baltic porter, not as full bodied as I expected. A mild herbal but more citrusy bright hop-heavy selection was made here, a bit odd for the style. Beyond the bright hop profile, potency is rather shallow, seems a bit lackluster in aroma overall. 3.25

(Taste) Flavor is a bit more revealing than the aroma, with a mild semi-sweet malt profile led by clean caramel malts and licorice followed by a faint tart acidity and a mildly spicy, somewhat fruity hop profile. Nonetheless, assigning the title "Baltic" to this IPA may have been a bit of an overstatement in regards to my expectations for the depth of the style. The beer itself is very drinkable but shallow on depth. I expected a bit more depth to this ale but in keeping with the IPA tradition found that it is a decent beer on its own, despite being nothing similar to my expectations. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Creamy mild carbonation is decent for the style. Body is light for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild+. I liked the mild carbonation level, it was just faint enough to pair well with the beer and let some of the hop character take the front. 4.5

(Overall) My impressions of a Baltic Porter still stand firm despite that this beer in particular deviates sharply from the style, going for a much more liberally hop-forward and drinkable beer. This is certainly one of the most session-worthy Baltic beers I have had and while I enjoyed the flavor, found the style a bit misleading on its own. I would rather see this labeled as a brown IPA, but there probably isn't as big a market for that. 3.75

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 18:04:50 | More by Jadjunk
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This beer pours a delightfully dark color with with a rich tan head that is thick and settles slowly leaving a good amount of ,acing down the glass.

The nose is a rich spicy malt with a hint of the complexity in the hopping and that lager yeast and the roasted malt. The nose is complex and I really like it. The Boston Lager people outdid themselves on the nose.

The taste is rather pleasant and very complex. The malt is dominant and the flavor has spicy notes that match the nose. and is rather effervescent on the palate. There is a very distinctive hop finish that is pleasant as well. If I had to describe this beer in one word it would be balance. The complexity of the yeast, hops and malt are all very well balanced and pretty damn good. The 7.6% alcohol is there but doesn't detract from the flavor at all.

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Smells of dark chocolate, caramel and some faint strawberries.
Looks dark and murky, just like the name of the beer, looks like a stout.
Great head of super condensed foam, barely any coca cola bubbles, creamy, dissipated a little early, but probably because the beer has great carbonation like all of Sam's beers. Good lacing.
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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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