Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Reaper16:
3.43/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass
Pours a dark brown color that you'd expect from a Baltic Porter(ish) beer. Plenty of creme head on here too. Lots of red highlights in the body when held up to light.
The aroma on this beer is wild. It's quite vegetal. My first impulse was to say "plant food," but then I thought "no, this smells like an actual plant." Then it hit me: aloe vera. This beer (on-tap anyway) smells distinctly like aloe vera. The hop profile in the nose is green and medicinal. The actual maltiness is masked by all these green aromas. Too fresh? Perhaps.
The backbone of the beer is immediately noticeable on the palate. There's some chalky, powdery cocoa flavors. Not as many dark fruits as I was expecting; actually, there really isn't any dark fruit to speak of here. There are, however, hops. The orange marmalade kind.
The mouthfeel is very smooth. Lager smooth, I suppose. I can't know for sure by just tasting it whether or not this beer ACTUALLY was fermented lager-style (like true Baltic Porters are), but I could see it. Overall, this is correctly labeled on the beer's packaging. On BA? I'd maybe list it as an American Black Ale. It has a lot more in common with Black IPAs than it does with Baltic Porters. Still, this is a fine effort. Perhaps the best entry in the Sam Adams limited-release line.
Serving type: on-tap
05-16-2012 06:03:29 | More by Reaper16
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3.33/5 rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
I found this single 1 pint 6 oz bottle at the Binhny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $5.99. When I saw it was a cross between a baltic porter and an IPA I had to try it, although I remain skeptical that these two styles make a good marriage.
Be careful with the pour. Even with a slow pour and a tilted glass, the head rises fast and fills over half the glass with beige colored foam. It takes about 3 mioutes for the head to subside, leaving behind a ton of nice lacing.
Very malty aroma along with touches of cocoa powder, plums, pine, and grapefruit hops.
It has both a caramel and bready malt sweetness to it along with some dark fruit flavors. Hop bitterness is mild despite the 55 IBU rating, but the hops do give it an herbal, pine, and grapefruit flavor. There is also a trace of cocoa powder in the finish.
Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.
It's an interesting experiment, but I still think I prefer my porters to be porters and my IPA's to be IPA's. It's drinkable, but it's not going to be one of my favorites.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2014 09:28:22 | More by matjack85
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.