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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 25
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012)
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
Photo of Jadjunk
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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

Jadjunk, Feb 18, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the hops and I love a good Baltic porter so I picked this up today to see how the two styles mesh.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep dark roasted chesnut brown with some deep reddish hue,a huge fluffy tan colored crown that never really settles atop.Dark roast,molasses,and earthy hops in the nose,the hops are not in your face but are pretty "big".Heavy roast and molasses-like sweetness up front with a bit of coffee,the hops provide earthiness and leafy notes.Hmm I wanted to like this more than I did,I have had hopped up big porters,and American black ales but this is a little different.It's decent but not great although I applaud SA for giving it a try.

oberon, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +8.4%

tbryan5, May 29, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown with a thick tan head. There was abundant lacing.

A little light on the aroma. A bit of citrus and a bit of roasted malt.

Things came through more in the taste. Sweet chocolate, coffee. Some grapefruit.

The flavors all worked well together, making this nedium-bodied beer fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep reddish-brown with almost two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has good retention leaves nice lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma, somewhat herbal and a big dose of citrus hops. Some roasted malt as well.

T - taste is similarly chocolate forward, with a cocoa aspect as well. More roasted malts in the taste than the smell. Hops come in midway and bring orange seat bitterness through the finish. Pretty good, bit I was enjoying it more before the hops came in.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with some creaminess, before turning bitter and dry.

O - Pretty good, but I think I would enjoy this more
than with a more subdued hop profile.

warnerry, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.2/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is strange - roasted malts and maybe some smokey, hoppy plastic and leather?

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with smokey roast that has decent resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It was too sweet with a lot of off notes that I couldn't quite identify.

Beaver13, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

generallee, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +8.4%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of JoeD15
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JoeD15, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

lionnusmb, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Very active carbonation, epic lacing, black, opaque

SMELL: Herbal, hop resin, faintly citric, coffee, sweetness, cocoa powder, dried plums, faint alcohol

TASTE: Very smooth, full bodied, roasty, very sweet, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, hop oil, hop bitterness, nougat, charred drying finish

Pretty good, seems a bit chaotic with sweetness, roasted flavors and hoppiness not meshing all of the way. Worth a try.

Jason, May 16, 2012
Photo of Justinn13
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Justinn13, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and light baker's chocolate

Taste: baker's chocolate, some dark and milk chocolate, citrus hops especially towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start that gets to be moderately bitter fairly quickly.

Overall: This strikes me as more of a sweet Black IPA than a Baltic Porter. I love the multiple layers of different chocolates in this one. I would pick this one up again if I was in the mood for a black ipa.

tigg924, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +8.4%

aquazr1, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is made up mainly of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of pine thrown in from the hops. The flavor is similar. The pine from the hops adds a decent amount of bitterness, but there is also a chocolate and roasted malt backbone with a little bit of cream thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Skye1024, May 11, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Dark red carmel color, beige head of about three fingers that lasted a long time with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smokey, hops, roasted malts?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, smoother that I thought it would be. Taste was a smoked flavor with bittersweet hops.

Overall: Not really my type of beer, surprised this was released with a summer IPA varity pack, I would think this was more of a fall/winter beer. Unfortunatly I did not enjoy this beer and will not buy it again.

Cavanaghty, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin light tan head.

Smell: Citrus and pine are most noticeable, over top of chocolate and a light roastiness. As with hoppy Imperial Stouts and strong Black Ales, the combination reminds me of roses and meat. Odd, but I have gotten used to it.

Taste: Tastes like a fruity, chocolatly, clean lager, but sabotaged with a buttload of citrusy and piney hops. The juxtaposition is great.

Feel: Definitely has the mouthfeel of a Baltic Porter (medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, clean), but with an unusually high level of dryness.

Overall: Fantastic clashing of styles that is way more adventurous than I expected of Sam Adams. Extremely impressed.

bsp77, May 05, 2012
Photo of westcott
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RTEdmunds
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an extraordinarily large, billowy head. Thick head with good retention.

Deep roasted malt aromas with a bit of coffee in the background. Earthy and rich. Pretty nice.

Roasted flavors, big malt profile, and some coffee flavors again. Sweet as it warms up but pretty bitter initially.

Creamier body than I expected. Smooth and pretty drinkable. Alcohol content is masked.

This is not an amazing brew but certainly worth trying. Rich, pleasant, and roasty.

RTEdmunds, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Runofthemiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Runofthemiller, May 13, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jburchett, Feb 11, 2012
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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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