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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 23
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.
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Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish mohogany color, with a think and fluffy tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer smells of sweet caramel malt. It is also sporting some toffee aroma. I get come citrusy and piney hop notes. A very mild chocolate aroma is also present.

This beer tastes like it smells. A nice mix of toffee, hops, and chocolate. It is pretty tastey.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. The alcohol content is well hidden in the taste and aroma. It leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer, but the 7.6% ABV might present a problem.

Overall: This beer is pretty good, and I am glad it came in the IPA pack so I could try it. I would probably buy a 6 pack of it.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass from a brown bottle

A - Dark brown with little light penetration with a 1.5 finger ecru head with excellent retention and good filmy lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, molasses, pine, citrus hops notes

T - Pretty sweet initially with roasted coffee, dark chocolate notes and a bit of caramel and molasses. Then moves into a more hoppy and bitter character with piney and citrus notes and a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Very pleasant hybrid, would be a great fall/winter beer and excellent pairing with many savory foods.

Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a super-dark brown color. Minimal to no light penetration. Head starts out big then dies off to a patchy skin above the beer's body. Minimal lacing rings.

S-Syrupy sugar-drizzled caramel and butterscotch. Dark and roasty but there is a good whack of citrus hops. Hops are also a bit soapy and sudsy. More Baltic Porter than IPA. Notes of chocolate, coffee and even a light raspberry hint.

T-More sweet than anything else. First comes the deep, charred caramel. Then the roast and chocolate kick into the equation. On the back end is a potent enough citrus and pine hop flavor duo. Raisins and butterscotch. Hops are still a bit sudsy in some areas. Actually pretty pleasant.

M-Body is again more Porter than IPA. Higher carbonation levels. Medium bitterness but the dryness lasts for quite a while.

O/D-Actually a good hybrid brew. More Porter than anything else, but overall I enjoyed this one enough. Hops need to be revved up a bit. In conclusion, I enjoyed this one. Won't go out of my way to recommend it, but its a solid part of a mixed 12 pack.

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of stinadez
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep dark colour, appropriately enough. Pretty fully opaque black, with a frothy, and majestic head of palte brown. Lacing is excellent. Body is a little light, but otherwise, it's a damn-fine looking beer.

Really interesting nose. Roasted, but oddly sweet, almost with a hint of dark fruit like you'd get from Belgian yeast fermentation. Some light crushed green hop characters come through, some pepper, and a pleasant dark spicy note. Really complex and very interesting.

Taste is a bit more disappointing. There's an emptiness through the centre of the palate, that leaves a touch of estery fruit, but not much real sweetness. INstead, the roast nibbles around the edges, and a pronounced bitterness comes through on the back. There's not enough fullness to it, not enough genuine hop flavour for a really nice IPA, and the flavours don't mesh all that well together.

Don't get me wrong. It's a decent beer, and a pretty interesting one as well—but it's a little bit like an experiment that doesn't quite work. Very pleased to have tried it once, but I'm not sure I'll keep drinking it.

Photo of ujsplace
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, dark brown colored brew with a creamy off white head that leaves nice lacing.

Smells of piney, citrus, herbal, resinous hops. Can also pick up some chocolate and sweet malts.

Taste the hops in a big, but balanced way. Nice complex hop action going on with this brew. Oily, resinous, piney and herbal hops. The hops win out, but there is some balance here as well. Not overly sweet, but there is a smokey malted sweetness in there as well.

Full bodied and creamy, active carbonation.

In spite of the avb, this is a highly sessionable baltic IPA. I picked this up in a hop mixed case. Well worth the price of admission.

Photo of disemgrowler
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Bubbalito
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of woodyhardboner
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I expected.It was maltier and less hoppy than what I was told. It looked and smelled great, but when it hit my lips I was let down.I guess I was looking for more hops.I did however enjoy the smokey characteristics of this brew. overall this drink was just above average.

Photo of Brewfocker
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full bodied beer with IPA taste. It is is earthy and thick but a slightly citrus flavor. All around a decent beer but wouldn't buy again. The beer is not the best Samuel Adams I have had to date. It poured heavy with a strong head and very aromatic.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The burnt umber body was clear, and quite still, although the head that formed from the pour looked well proportioned, and crowned above the rim of the mug. The aroma was a mild mix of hops, caramel malts, and carbonation. The taste was closer to an IPA than a Baltic Porter, with an earthy, resinous hop profile, that was very English. The Baltic influence did show up in a touch of lactic acid sourness. The beer did feel quite thin and lacked a distinct aftertaste. I picked this up as part of the IPA 12 pack from Sam Adams, and I doubt that this would be among the highlights.

Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a huge, tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that lasts till the end and lots of lace. Color is a clear red mahoganey with lots of small bubble trails. Aroma is roast, malt, hop, fruit, spice. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, bitter up front followed by carbonic tang where there are a few clashes. Good mouth except for the coarse bitter/tang thang. Finish is like flavor, longish, boozy, and drinkable.

Photo of blackcompg
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - Hat to stop pouring at nearly 4 fingers of dense khaki foam - bumpy and craggy, like a root beer float! Color of the ale is a deep coppery red. Nice lacing coats the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits, touch of robust char and grapefruit, touch of cocoa.

Taste - Toasted malts, with semi-sweet and tart dark fruits and their skins, semisweet ruby red grapefruit, with nice accents of dark chocolate and char. I get some floral hops and grapefruit long into the finish. Good balance and complexity here.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, smooth but not creamy, carb is almost medium but foamy smooth, allowing the flavors to build and enhance w/out any palate cleansing. Finish is a wonderful combo of tartness, some bitter, touch of dry, and touches of sweetness in the mouth corners.

Overall - This ale is a nice balance of robust flavors, nice complexity, well balanced - no punches. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Sweet, tart, pungent, roasty, hoppy - all in one beer. Give this one a try.

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel malts with some dark fruit, a bit of coffee and some citrus hops.

T - Starts off with some roasted caramel malts with a touch of coffee and chocolate with some citrus hops. Through the middle, some light bitterness comes through with some dark fruit sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts and dark fruit with some smoke, citrus, and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not too much hop flavor, but the rest of the flavors are nicely balanced for a Baltic beer. Good malt profile.

Photo of mettkea
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Chugs13
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of loupap
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.