Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Oddly, has a 'Enjoy now or age it to further develop rich and unique flavors' note on the side of the bottle, but no bottled on date to give the drinker an idea of how old this might be.
Appearance - Pours deep brown with ruby edging where light can penetrate. Head is a light tan, 2 finger sud blanket with great retention. Thick layer of lacing coats the glass. This is an impressive looking beer.
Smell - Chocolate and black cherry, with touches of cola. Quite an inviting aroma.
Taste - Follows the nose to an extent. The chocolate notes from the carafa malt are most evident. Touches of roast give it a nice bit of bitterness to keep the chocolate from becoming cloying. Hits on low levels of cherry/fruit tartness after the roast dies down. Faint citrus notes mid-taste and into the finish. Faint coffee in the aftertaste as well.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with soft, silky carbonation. Goes down with ease.
Overall - I didn't get much hoppiness from this brew; that I bought it at 'Close Out' pricing suggests this may have been sitting on the shelf for months on end. I can only guess the hops have broken down and are not the prominent force they may have been upon initial release. The suggestion to age an IPA, even a hybrid like this, seems misplaced. It stands to reason that a 'Baltic IPA' should be drank fresh to preserve the hoppy character. If aged, then does it not defeat the purpose of it being an IPA?
Serving type: bottle
09-07-2013 01:26:11 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.14/5 rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
What a great beer. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Nice lacing in the glass. Lighter on carbonation which i prefer. Sweet malty caramel somewhat smokey taste. Usually reasonably priced too. I am not sure why this beer isn't rated higher but who cares? Its damn good and can drink this all day.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 20:20:50 | More by kenstogie
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.