Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | 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)
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Photo of dogfish7
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy John (a Sam Adams employee) for supplying this nice fresh bottle.

A: Clear russet-mahogany body under two inches of fine, creamy off-white head. Terrific retention and lace. Gorgeous beer, if perhaps a bit light-hued for the style.

S: Pretty intense, with raw resinous hops balanced evenly against bitter coffee notes from the roasted malts. Some spicy dark chocolate. Enjoyable.

T: Opens with dark chocolate, moves quickly into spicy, herbal hoppiness, then finishes with ashy roast and bitterness. Astringent coffee on the aftertaste. Lots of good stuff going on, as well as a little bit of harshness. Quite nice overall.

M: Slick medium body with lots of creamy carbonation. Borderline overwhelming, but pleasant.

O: This is an enjoyable beer, but it's definitely confused about what it's trying to be. Did we really need a "Baltic IPA"?


Photo of ThinkRedEsq
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stimulating take on a hybrid dark IPA/Porter/Lager

Presentation: Custom 12 oz brown capped bottle. Sam Adams rebranding series, not extraordinary but better, with a light purple background and an illustration of a deep fiver mask with a sea snake going though it. Back label notes main style, intent, ingredients, and characteristics. Shows illegible printed date/batch number, the packing box recommended best by Sep 2012. Notes 7.6%Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour with a rich, towering, creamy head, great retention and surface memory with good touches of lacing. Quite the looker...

S - Sweet roasted nose, distinct and neither assertive nor shy. Slight hoppy/resinous insinuation as it folds.

T - Sweet, caramel, hint of coffee, more caramel, soft hoppy dash, lager hint? Yep, it is a lager… resin, and grass over the caramel as it settles.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation, rather smooth… nice lingering memory where the sweetness coats the hop trace.

O - Surprisingly stimulating… One of the better Sam Adam's brews I've had in a while.

Notes: Second try for this brew, and I guess one needs to be in the mood. The first time around I did not think much of it. Now with better attention it is actually feeling quite remarkable.

Photo of JDWEX1117
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Dark Depths has a medium-to-thick beige head and a dark, bubbly, reddish brown color with some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of of sweet fruit, flowers, spice, and bread. The taste is also fruity, cherry, malt, hop bitterness, bread, syrup, and lots of other stuff. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Adams Dark Depths finishes smooth, fairly crisp, and refreshing. The alcohol is just not there up front, but the burn comes in as one drinks it. Overall, another winner from Boston Beer Co. I rate it most excellent.


Photo of TX-Badger
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This pours a clear reddish-brown with a nice thick inch and a half of off-white cream colored head.

S - On the nose I get some herbs and spice, with a light citrus and hop note.

T - On the palate the herbal earthiness really comes through. The spice is very subtle. The hops come through on the finish, giving this beer a nice backbone.

M - Full-bodied and well carbonated.

O - This is my first beer from the Samuel Adams Limited Releases and after having this, I'm inclined to try more of them. The complexity of the malts and the hops play well with each other, giving this beer an interesting depth.

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of sanitarium16
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of justintcoons
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adam’s Boston Lager glass.

Mahogany with three fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving behind thick rings of lacing. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Sugar coated oranges, chocolate, grapefruit, pine.

Upfront – Grapefruit, some lemon, light hints of tropical fruit.
Mid-palate – Sugary caramel, chocolate, molasses.
Finish – Pine and roasty coffee tones mingle.

Medium bodied, creamy, crisp and sticky.

A nice Black IPA overall, but I’m still not a huge fan of the style. Very easy drinking.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown/black/crimson hue, trace tan head,
very nice lacing

S: roasted, sweet malt, hint of pine

T: light sweet choc., malt, pine, light bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth/light oily mouth

O: Decent brew, would not get again,
but recommend. Nice to see Sam Adams
branch out more for beer geeks like me.


Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What happens when you merge an IPA with a Baltic Porter? As this is brewed with a lager yeast, it is a true to style Baltic Porter. Here comes 500 ml of it. On to the beer:

Looks ink black in the tulip. There's a slight tanned color to the creamy head, which is thick and retains well. Lots of lacing sticks around too. The nose is bigger with the IPA aspect than porter. A lot of metallic smelling hops, some burnt cocoa and molasses to go with it.

Taste starts off hoppy. Sweet and hoppy. The malt is able to break through the hops. Metallic hops. Soft yeast and portions of citrus break into the overall flavor. Toffee, burn malt, and prunes echo in and out. There definately are some fun tasting notes. It's medium full bodied, and rather smooth in texture.

The effort is more than fair coming out of Sam Adams. A few point seem disjointed, which keeps it from scoring higher.

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.

Photo of cuy50
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of flyingmick
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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.

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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of gigoat
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of durlta
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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.

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.

Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.