Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by metter98:
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: The beer is near black in color and has traces of brown near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It has a moderate amount of visible carbonation and poured with a one and a half finger high beige head that took a long time to die down and also left lots of lacing around the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of licorice and roasted malts in the nose along with some faint hits of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but is a little stronger and has a light amount of bitterness. No malty sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Although it's dubbed as a "Baltic IPA", this beer definitely tastes more like a Baltic Porter, except that the hops from the IPA help from subduing sweetness and keeping this from becoming too sweet and malty.
Note: Batch #2
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2013 04:43:23 | More by metter98
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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.