Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by fank2788:
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very dark brown to black in the glass with red highlights. The head is light tan and quite thick and large at first but settles to a thin film. As expected hops tend to dominate the smell mainly in the form of citrus and pine. Beyond the hops there is a malt base with some coffee character but it is faint. The taste is very much like a slightly toned down west coast IPA. The hops again dominate with the pine and citrus flavors evident. They are balanced with nice maltiness that definitely is more sweet than roasted or coffee/chocolate like as the beers' color would suggest. The mouthfeel is full with a sweet start and a epic bitter finish. The carbonation is low which adds to the heavier character of the beer. Overall this is a pretty solid offering. It is a strange style, one that I'm still warming up to. You cant' just mix characteristics of a dry stout and IPA and expect it to work and it seems like that was in the minds of the brewers of this beer as there is clearly a lot more going on here.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2012 02:50:51 | More by fank2788
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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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