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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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879 Ratings

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Ratings: 879
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:
Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

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

Very dark brown in color with a khaki head. The aroma is fairly herbal with a fair amount of licorice. Lots of pine in there, too. Quite a bit of molasses sweetness. The flavor is somewhat bitter, but also sticky and sweet. A fair amount of herbal and pine hop flavors. Sweet chocolate, molasses, and licorice dominate the flavor. More of a baltic porter than anything.

womencantsail, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of cuy50
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

cuy50, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
4/5  rDev +8.1%

flyingmick, Jul 29, 2012
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 barczar
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep brown color with amber highlights and a dense inch and a half beige head that lingers, leaving strings of lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is initially roast malt, cola, chocolate, with grapefruit and dank hops asserting themselves on the second sniff.

Roast malt dominated the flavor, finishing with burnt breadcrust. Nuances of chocolate, booze, dark cherries, add complexity. There's an underlying citrus hop profile, grapefruit pith being most noticeable, lingering into the finish.

Body is moderate to slightly heavy, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

For an ipa, definitely not enough hop character. More roast malt focused than anything. Hop flavor is overpowered and somewhat one note.

barczar, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, when held up to light is deep mahogany/ruby red. Mocha colored 1.5 finger head on top, recedes slowly, leaves some lacing

S: smoky, roasted, charcoal, earthy, citrusey hops

T: roasted, caramel sweetness, toffee, smokey, charcoal, boozey, slight chocolate, coffee, citrus, and an earthy, metallic flavor.. somehow this all works together

M: medium bodied, carbonation is right for the style, remains drinkable

O: The taste is the best part of this beer, roasty and complex it has a great range of flavors.

fields336, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of gigoat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

gigoat, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of durlta
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

durlta, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a big, dense, brown head that has great retention

S - bready, birthday cake-like sugary sweetness, citrusy aromas

T - bready, malty, sweet, chocolaty, citrusy

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a nice chocolaty, bready, malty, sweet, roasty...well it's complex. It has great drinkability and a delicious flavor. It's hoppier than I would expected for the style so Baltic IPA is a good description. This will please any fan of a Black IPA or a Baltic Porter. I will definitely have this again.

tdm168, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of cratez
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, OH.

Pours a dark ruby brown with one finger of cream-coloured foam and many spots of lacing on the tulip glass. Solid appearance.

Aroma is roasted malt, raisin, cookie crumble, pruney-plumy notes, slight vinous character, citrusy and resiny hops, faint grapefruit, pine, and honeydew melon. Smells like a Baltic Porter with some Black IPA elements.

Taste is roasty malt, cookie crumble, plumy-grapey middle, somewhat tart, mildly citric grapefruit bitterness with roasted-raisiny flavours to end. A big yet balanced brew with lager-like drinkability.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, a little creamy, moderate bitterness precedes a dry finish with lingering raisin and roasted afters. No trace of the ABV.

Overall, this is a well-made Baltic Porter with higher-than-usual hopping. It's not a full-on Cascadian Dark Ale but it's a good Americanized take on a traditional European style. Give this one a try.

cratez, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of En29356
4/5  rDev +8.1%

En29356, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry roasted malt with some pine floral hoppy notes. Taste is a mix between some lightly dry roasted malt notes with a pretty solid pine and citrus hoppy notes with a balanced bitter finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting experience that I wouldn’t mind having again.

Phyl21ca, Jul 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 nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark rich cola color much like the vessel poured from rich thick cap of foamy goodness on top nice lacing.

S: Aroma is malty and roasty with a nice hop infusion.

T: Bready toasty roasted malts, sweet malts with a molasses like quality and the the bitey hop punch not at all what I expected but an awesome collection of flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and full of residual sweetness lightly carbed.

O: Overall another great beer in this case and should go get another for the 26 dollars was a great buy, all the beers were great.

nukem5, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ChrisL24481, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of babbules
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one had a dark, thickish pour with a very nice cream-colored head and a bit of lace. The flavor was mild, but balanced. I did expect more after seeing the nearly jet-black color and smelling the smoky, malty aroma. I was disappointed, but still enjoyed it overall. Not a bad black IPA-ish selection, especially for the price.

babbules, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of 7Durandal7
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

7Durandal7, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of artdob
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a color reminiscent of a heavily steeped black tea. A decent tan head and lacing.

Nose is sweet bread and morning pastries, chocolate notes - aroma strength is better than many beers.

Taste has many flavors smashing about all at the same time. There is a pronounced roasty characteristics - coupled with light fruitiness, molasses, and bitterness come through.

Burnt elements - but that's ok as I lean toward darker varieties.

Mouthfeel offers mild carbonation but not over the top here.

Finish is medium lasting with the bitter overtones hanging on the most.

Referring back to the bottle after spending some aninymous time with this one, noticed it is a lager which caught me off guard somewhat. While the label calls this a Baltic IPA, I didn't realize that my reference point should me more in the Porter camp than traditional IPA. That helps me "get" this somewhat better.

artdob, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

WhitmansNiece, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Acuity
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Acuity, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Baltic Porter but falls slightly short of the extreme-Baltic that I hoped for.

A= dark amber, off-white head fading to rimming.

S= a nice smoky bouquet of malts, caramel and hops florals.

T= slightly over-sweet caramelized malts, some nice hops but falls short of IPA level. More carbonation than I would prefer in a Porter.

M= slightly sweet residual, not much complexity as hoped.

O= falls short of its description on the bottle; a very nice balanced mix, it just needs to be cranked up a a little on all levels!

therica, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brownish edges and a soapy ivory head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nice aromas of bitter roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate with some pungent, resinous hops. Taste follows the nose, flavors of dark, smokey malt balanced nicely by bitter grapefruit and pine resin hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Solid "Black IPA"/Baltic Porter mash-up, really enjoying the subtle smokiness.

jsanford, Jul 11, 2012
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.