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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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882 Ratings

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Ratings: 882
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 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
Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

BellsFan, May 26, 2012
Photo of wertschy
4/5  rDev +8.1%

wertschy, May 26, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegmans, shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed from a pint chilled.

An onyx color with opaque appearance and thick cream of tan like a porter with fine bead. The smell is pine and herbal with some slight citrus tangy odor coming through with moderately sweet note of dark malt and slight toffee tinge. The feel is good, yet mostly dry with strong bitterness from the hops keeping the malt balanced with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol in the semi-dry and spicy finish.

The beer tastes sufficiently malty to be considered a hoppy porter is not far off or American Black ale if you prefer. The flavor of slight plum and mild pine with some grapefruit tinges of simcoe and pepper from the saaz giving a nice contrast to the slightly sweet toffee-like malt elements. The overall impression is it is more of a porter but is pretty highly hopped so it is not great but very good -it just has a kind of split personality and feels like two styles put together for the sake of it.

Slatetank, May 25, 2012
Photo of jmcgahran1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jmcgahran1, May 25, 2012
Photo of TCJosh
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

TCJosh, May 25, 2012
Photo of discdueler
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

discdueler, May 24, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark almost black color with a tan head forming thick, flowing above the rim of the glass. Aroma has herbal tea leaves, and other earth hop notes sticking out amongst the dark roasted malt layers. Even flavored dark roasted malt layers finishes dry with roasts, nothing offensive or too bitter especially for a "Baltic" IPA...pretty funny that they tried to relabel what the black IPA is called. A nice mix of chocolate and herbal hops makes up the flavor profile of this black IPA, pretty damn good nothing to gawk at for sure. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation flowing smooth, I'm really a fan of the style thus far in this beer at least. Overall keep drinking dark beers and occasionally blend your favorite porter with an IPA and you may get similar results.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep black with a one finger head upon pouring. Decent retention, leaving a very thin cap on top. Very nice lacing all around the glass, pretty thick.

S: A surprising amount of floral hops, some resin, a little bit of roasted malt, and coffee. As it warms a slight alcohol tinge comes forward.

T: Some cocoa, mild citrus and pine, more resiny hops and some roasted malt. Not really very hoppy though..nor is it full of dark malt and chocolate/coffee. Kind of confusing.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky feel to it.

O: Not really sure what's going on with this beer. Not really very hoppy but it also isn't very malt. Expected it to be more like a black IPA, but it isn't.

mdaschaf, May 24, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A caramel colored beer that looks a lot like a cream soda except for the big khaki head that settles slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Lightly roasty, citrus hop aroma, faint chocolate and char. Kind of an odd flavor, not bad, but not what I was expecting exactly; not really a black IPA or a Baltic porter in my book. It’s hop forward, more than a porter would be, with lots of citrus, bitter grapefruit notes, and a toasted bread malt character. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and very subtle coffee. Not too sweet and finishes dry. Something about it strikes me a kind of strange and not 100% satisfying, taking two distinct styles and diminishing them a little, perhaps.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Decent enough but just not all that pleasant to drink. I simply prefer a black IPA to have a clearer hop flavor and this feels muddled by the dark malt and not complimented by it. Less roasty than many other examples of the style. As a porter it’s too hoppy and thin for a Baltic style.

tobelerone, May 23, 2012
Photo of thebrood1987
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a Brown Ale and smells like one too. You get hints of caramel, toffee and roasted malts with some underlying American citrusy hops. The taste is very smooth full bodied and creamy. It has that sweet roasted brown malt with spike of citrus herbal and piney oily bitterness.

This beer drinks like anyone of their 5.0-6.5 percent beers and its 7.6 percent. The alcohol is well masked and has a nice full body to it. The hops definitely give more of a hop punch the more you drink it. It seems to give the roasted malt a dark coffee malt taste even though there its more of a brown beer. The hops give off an earthy citrus flavor and bitterness that remind you that this is an IPA.

As the beer warms I do get more citrus blast of full flavor hops and is definitely a full flavor beer. Samuel Adams definitely impressing me lately with their IPA's. Definitely recommend the
IPA hopology mix 12 pack which is where I got this beer.

thebrood1987, May 23, 2012
Photo of wmc0005
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

wmc0005, May 22, 2012
Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +8.1%

RichH55, May 22, 2012
Photo of Mullinger1980
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Mullinger1980, May 22, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter on 4/30/12

Medium brown settles with a dark, rustic appearance. One and a half fingers of foam deflate, leaving a thinner layer of retention and some decent patches of lace.

Aromas of dark grains with a touch of tangy, roasted cocoa. Earthy, grassy hops give way to soap notions as the beer warms. There's a vague hint of something citric. The taste is similarly grainy and has something of an earthy, almost piney, hop kick. That said, there is a weird herbal flavor that emerges in the middle, likely owing to the hops; they don't seem at ease with the malts. The finish is a bit roasty and has a dustiness to it. The feel is a pillowy medium and carbonation is pretty low. The body seems a bit thin at times.

Overall, this is merely ok. It's certainly decent enough to finish the bottle, but I'm glad I didn't shell out money for the larger format. Better as it warms.

Ryan011235, May 22, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Wally1912, May 22, 2012
Photo of Jerry
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Jerry, May 21, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

rcatalano, May 21, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I boght a bomber of Dark Depths in a gorcery store. Poured in to a punt tumbler.

Pours a black walnut color, nearly opaque, with a thick chunky beige head.

Smell is a caramel malt flavor, with just a hint of pine hanging around.

Taste is also a caramel and coffe malt flavor up front, with a bitter charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, but not especially cloying.

A very drinkable brew. I don;pt know much about this particular style. but I make it more of a hopped up porter than an IPA. It's really quite good.

RJLarse, May 21, 2012
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jak, May 20, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

MarkyMOD, May 20, 2012
Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Hessian257, May 20, 2012
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.