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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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883 Ratings
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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a deep ruby/purple color with good clarity. The sand-colored head is prominent at first, but settles into a thin cap eventually. Lacing forms sloppy rings.

S: Green, grassy, and zesty/citric noble hops. Herbal edge. Mild grapefruity and tropical aromas too. Malts contribute bread and soft charcoal. Earthy. Mild fruit. The nose is pleasant enough, but a bit understated and not as forceful as it could be.

T: Herbal hops with a hint of citrus begin things. Darkfruit tastes of berry and cherry juice are forced into the background as a strong presence of grassy, oily, and spicy noble hops take control of the mid-palate. Only mildly bitter; the hops are more flavor-oriented. The malt base does not shrink in the face of all the hops. Toasted grain and bread crust, charcoal and slightly acrid smoke. Undercurrents of caramel and bitter dark chocolate unfold more as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering tastes of bitter dark chocolate and oily, grassy noble hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Very creamy and silky in the mouth with mild, prickly carbonation. Hop oils cut through too. Well done.

O: There are those who will be tempted to call this a Black IPA and be done with it. Then there are those who would point out that it would be asinine to call it such, seeing as it's brewed with a lager strain. Then there's the whole fermentation temperature conundrum and blah, blah, blah. Leave all that aside. At the end of the day, this is a pretty decent beer. Not excellent, but perfectly drinkable and a nice change of pace. It's been a while since I've had a beer other than, say, a pilsner that made such ample use of noble hops. The porter aspect of this beer holds its own too. The bitter dark chocolate flavors in particular played well with the oily, unctuous, and herbal noble hop tastes.

ryan1788a5, Mar 13, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the hops and I love a good Baltic porter so I picked this up today to see how the two styles mesh.Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a deep dark roasted chesnut brown with some deep reddish hue,a huge fluffy tan colored crown that never really settles atop.Dark roast,molasses,and earthy hops in the nose,the hops are not in your face but are pretty "big".Heavy roast and molasses-like sweetness up front with a bit of coffee,the hops provide earthiness and leafy notes.Hmm I wanted to like this more than I did,I have had hopped up big porters,and American black ales but this is a little different.It's decent but not great although I applaud SA for giving it a try.

oberon, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

MadScientist, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

npala86, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +8.1%

tbryan5, May 29, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown with a thick tan head. There was abundant lacing.

A little light on the aroma. A bit of citrus and a bit of roasted malt.

Things came through more in the taste. Sweet chocolate, coffee. Some grapefruit.

The flavors all worked well together, making this nedium-bodied beer fun to drink.

lordofthewiens, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep reddish-brown with almost two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has good retention leaves nice lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma, somewhat herbal and a big dose of citrus hops. Some roasted malt as well.

T - taste is similarly chocolate forward, with a cocoa aspect as well. More roasted malts in the taste than the smell. Hops come in midway and bring orange seat bitterness through the finish. Pretty good, bit I was enjoying it more before the hops came in.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with some creaminess, before turning bitter and dry.

O - Pretty good, but I think I would enjoy this more
than with a more subdued hop profile.

warnerry, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is strange - roasted malts and maybe some smokey, hoppy plastic and leather?

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with smokey roast that has decent resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It was too sweet with a lot of off notes that I couldn't quite identify.

Beaver13, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

generallee, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +8.1%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of JoeD15
4/5  rDev +8.1%

JoeD15, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of lionnusmb
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

lionnusmb, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Very active carbonation, epic lacing, black, opaque

SMELL: Herbal, hop resin, faintly citric, coffee, sweetness, cocoa powder, dried plums, faint alcohol

TASTE: Very smooth, full bodied, roasty, very sweet, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, hop oil, hop bitterness, nougat, charred drying finish

Pretty good, seems a bit chaotic with sweetness, roasted flavors and hoppiness not meshing all of the way. Worth a try.

Jason, May 16, 2012
Photo of Justinn13
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Justinn13, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and light baker's chocolate

Taste: baker's chocolate, some dark and milk chocolate, citrus hops especially towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start that gets to be moderately bitter fairly quickly.

Overall: This strikes me as more of a sweet Black IPA than a Baltic Porter. I love the multiple layers of different chocolates in this one. I would pick this one up again if I was in the mood for a black ipa.

tigg924, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +8.1%

aquazr1, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is made up mainly of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of pine thrown in from the hops. The flavor is similar. The pine from the hops adds a decent amount of bitterness, but there is also a chocolate and roasted malt backbone with a little bit of cream thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Skye1024, May 11, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams Glass.

Appearance: Dark red carmel color, beige head of about three fingers that lasted a long time with heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smokey, hops, roasted malts?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied, smoother that I thought it would be. Taste was a smoked flavor with bittersweet hops.

Overall: Not really my type of beer, surprised this was released with a summer IPA varity pack, I would think this was more of a fall/winter beer. Unfortunatly I did not enjoy this beer and will not buy it again.

Cavanaghty, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin light tan head.

Smell: Citrus and pine are most noticeable, over top of chocolate and a light roastiness. As with hoppy Imperial Stouts and strong Black Ales, the combination reminds me of roses and meat. Odd, but I have gotten used to it.

Taste: Tastes like a fruity, chocolatly, clean lager, but sabotaged with a buttload of citrusy and piney hops. The juxtaposition is great.

Feel: Definitely has the mouthfeel of a Baltic Porter (medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, clean), but with an unusually high level of dryness.

Overall: Fantastic clashing of styles that is way more adventurous than I expected of Sam Adams. Extremely impressed.

bsp77, May 05, 2012
Photo of westcott
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

westcott, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of RTEdmunds
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an extraordinarily large, billowy head. Thick head with good retention.

Deep roasted malt aromas with a bit of coffee in the background. Earthy and rich. Pretty nice.

Roasted flavors, big malt profile, and some coffee flavors again. Sweet as it warms up but pretty bitter initially.

Creamier body than I expected. Smooth and pretty drinkable. Alcohol content is masked.

This is not an amazing brew but certainly worth trying. Rich, pleasant, and roasty.

RTEdmunds, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of Runofthemiller
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Runofthemiller, May 13, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jburchett, Feb 11, 2012
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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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