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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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877 Ratings

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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | 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 chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

chrispoint, Jun 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Maximusmaximus, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of MrOH
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet color with a thick finger of khaki head. Good retention. sticky rings of lace.

Lots of citrus hops, hints of pine, some caramel and the faintest whisper of roast.

Rich. Roast, caramel, and orange playing around, somewhat like one of those dark chocolate oranges, except with a bracingly bitter finish.

Perfect body for what it's trying to achieve.

Probably my favorite from the mix-pack. More of an India Black Lager than Baltic Porter, but tasty, none the less.

MrOH, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of dgeebs07
3/5  rDev -18.9%

dgeebs07, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of monnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

monnik, May 31, 2012
Photo of baconman91
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
Photo of Stockfan42
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Stockfan42, May 31, 2012
Photo of zchops
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

zchops, May 30, 2012
Photo of teyuders
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

teyuders, May 29, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +8.1%

goblue3509, May 29, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, faintly red tinted brown, mostly clear, low khaki head, little retention. Scent brings sharp resinous hops, earthy spiciness, toasted grain, light splash of dark carmelized malts and a faint rasin note. Taste follows suit, malt backbone brings light sweetness, roast and toast notes, but not too heavy. Resinous and earthy hop profile, faint fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Somewhere between a black IPA (hop profile) and Baltic Porter (malts and fruityness) i suppose.

rfgetz, May 29, 2012
Photo of Popp24
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Popp24, May 29, 2012
Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

PeteTheBeerDrinker, May 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Acforster2, May 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

TheResidentialOP, May 28, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear deep amber brown with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a two finger head which is very creamy off white and lingers nicely before leaving a nice amount of lacing
S: great roasted malt notes a bit of a earthy or spicy hop note in the middle
T: begins with a nice dark malty depth and then kicks in with a bit of sweetness like that of brown sugar or possibly even mollases on the tail end, slight alcohol presence in the middle, the hops here appear to be used more for bittering than for flavor but it is nicely bitter on the end, well balanced
M: smooth creaminess and thickness through the middle, slight bite of alcohol in the middle, leaves the palate noticably dry
O: a nice and enjoyable brew drinks phenomenally smooth and well balanced, i really enjoy it quite a bit more than i had thought that i may

BigPlay1824, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

ale207, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

leodarko, May 27, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-27-12
Batch no. 1

Appearance: very dark and almost completely opaque, with just a little red around the edges. The head is thick and leaves behind huge chunks of lacing.

Smell: deep and roasty, aromas of raisin and smoke. A little bland, but still promising. A light hoppiness is there in the end.

Taste: more interesting than the smell, with lots of roasted malt and a some smokiness to finish it off. The aftertaste is dry, right for the style, with a fruitiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: very thick and creamy, accents the malty characteristics nicely.

Overall, a tasty, well made beer, but nothing new or exciting.

BMoney575, May 27, 2012
Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

tizride, May 27, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with high clarity for the color. It produced a 2-finger head that held well. Lacing was pretty nice.

S - Soft roasted coffee bean, molasses, nuts, soy sauce, herbal hop, grapefruit rind.

T - The first thing I pick up is licorice with notes of roasted nuts, and coffee. Alcohol mingles throughout the beer. Herbal hop notes come through mid to finish. Sweetness is pretty low considering the ABV. Bitterness is very low.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - I don't see how this is brewed half Baltic Porter, half IPA. It really just tastes like a Brown Ale or a liter tasting Porter to me. In fact, the dominate flavors are licorice and coffee. Anyways, I think it's a decent brew, nothing exiting to me though.

PintOHops, May 27, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Samuel Adams glass

Dark, dark brown with a 2-finger tan head. Lots of soapy and sticky lacing. Overtones of floral hops with a sweet, cherry and caramel base.

Clean and simple taste. A nice consistent herbal hop flavor is present throughout. Malt offers caramel, licorice and milk chocolate.

Body is medium with low-medium carbonation. Mild a smooth feel.
Nice beer. Subdued but i like it.

JosiahS, May 27, 2012
Photo of FlemingVSKing
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a brew I was eager to try. A porter turned IPA. Nifty concept. And that's exactly what it is.

As you first smell this brew you are treated to an interesting mix of malt porter aromas with an equal portion of largely floral hops.

The moment you taste it you run through a gambit of tastes in that same order. A malted porter that quickly transitions to a big floral IPA, and then finishes with a more bitter IPA aftertaste.

It's good but I also am not convinced that this was the desired outcome. The flavors don't really ever blend and while that's fine by itself, they don't really compliment each other either.

Still it's a satisfying result and interesting at the very least.

FlemingVSKing, May 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

lpotter, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

BellsFan, May 26, 2012
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.