Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by acevenom:
4.7/5 rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a brandy snifter. The beer pours dark brown with a large, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Numerous bubbles can be seen collected along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of pine and citrus hops as well as dark roasted malts. This is a very hop forward aroma that reminds me of an IPA rather than a porter. It leads me to believe the label on this beer that says "Baltic IPA" is very accurate. It's also a little sweet smelling.
The taste follows the nose. The citrus and pine hops burst in the mouth immediately. The roasted malts come in at the end to add some bready sweetness to this beer. The alcohol content is also well-hidden in this beer. I cannot detect it in the taste at all. There is a nice, bitter citrus aftertaste. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer. It is unique as a baltic porter in the sense that it is more like a black IPA. However, the label refers to it as a "Baltic IPA" and this is executed very well. This is a quality beer from Boston Beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2012 01:06:23 | More by acevenom
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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)
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