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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 291
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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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

05-24-2012 03:41:26 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of mdaschaf


3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

05-24-2012 02:39:42 | More by mdaschaf
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3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

05-23-2012 17:21:27 | More by tobelerone
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New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +20.3%

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.

05-23-2012 05:12:22 | More by thebrood1987
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-22-2012 15:32:25 | More by wmc0005
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-22-2012 14:40:59 | More by RichH55
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-22-2012 12:09:46 | More by Mullinger1980
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2.3/5  rDev -37.8%

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.

05-22-2012 03:53:26 | More by Ryan011235
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-21-2012 23:11:55 | More by Wally1912
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-21-2012 01:11:50 | More by Jerry
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-21-2012 00:52:17 | More by rcatalano
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4.4/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

05-20-2012 23:48:43 | More by RJLarse
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-20-2012 17:04:47 | More by jak
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-20-2012 16:28:13 | More by MarkyMOD
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-20-2012 13:32:37 | More by Hessian257
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a deep black with a two finger tan head, that quickly fades, but leaves thick lacing on the sides of the tulip. Smells of dark, toasted malt, pine from the hops and light spice. The taste is very hop forward, with significant bitterness and light citrus notes. The dark roasted malt backbone comes through in the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. This is called a Baltic Porter, but is more of an American Black Ale. Overall, a decent offering.

05-20-2012 02:18:25 | More by vonnegut21
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

05-20-2012 01:23:43 | More by 11millsown113
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Rhode Island

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when backlit. Head is half an inch, off-white and exhibits a creamy texture. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap; sheets of lacing are revealed during the tasting, exhibiting good retention. Nose suggests cocoa, dark fruits, earthy hops and sassafras. Taste starts off being a little hop-forward, followed by a slightly metallic character and then reveals a dark malty backbone, vinous fruit and a suggestion of caramel. Finish is slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly prickly carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a decent Baltic Porter, but not something I feel the need to revisit.

05-19-2012 23:35:15 | More by Jwale73
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3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

12 oz. bottle.

Light cola brown body. Clear. Tall, 2+ fingers of thick, whipped, khaki head. Great lacing. Nose shows a mix of roasted malts and citrus hops (grapefruit and orange). Some singed caramel, licorice, and chocolate as well. Smells like a black IPA.

Roasted, charred malt notes up front. Dark fruit and caramel fill in and provide a hint of sweetness. Herbal, minty hop bitterness picks up near the finish. Grassy hops linger, with some pine and charred caramel malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly prickly feel. Not bad, but I've had much better black IPAs.

05-19-2012 22:05:42 | More by alexgash
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

05-19-2012 13:41:47 | More by halo913
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3.05/5  rDev -17.6%

An interesting take on the "Black IPA" style.

It pours out a very dark brown with a thick, brown, 3 finger head.

The smells are citrusy, earthy and roasted malt.

It tastes very much the same. There is some citrus like orange peel and lemon zest, there is caramel and dark roasted malts with a slight hop bitterness.

Overall, pretty tasty, but not the best for this particular style.

05-19-2012 03:51:17 | More by JohnnyMc
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-19-2012 02:32:14 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-ology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark red mahogany, thin layer of slightly off-white beige head, about average carbonation.

S- Some hops, malts, caramel, a little bit of barley, some very floral notes in the background.

T- Barley and malts mixed with a light hops. A little bit of caramel, a little bit on the sweet side but not too sweet, a tiny bit bitter on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, smooth, goes down easy, not much alcohol burn.

O- This was definitely the most interesting of the Hop-ology beers and one of my favorite ones from the 12. It definitely had the sweet barley qualities of a porter and also the bitter hop qualities of an IPA which mixed together fairly well. The beer goes down very easy. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a try.

05-19-2012 02:08:57 | More by jaasen64
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-19-2012 01:01:36 | More by 40451
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: dark reddish black; one-finger head nicely lingers;
S: slight caramel aroma; light toasted grains
T: really nice ipa porter; the extra hopping and alcohol give an ordinary porter some nice oomph and complexity; not very sweet; somewhat bitter
M: at once smooth and zesty

Nice beer!

05-18-2012 01:35:35 | More by Arithmeticus
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