Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by 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.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2012 04:36:16 | More by ryan1788a5
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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)
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