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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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871 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 24
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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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4/5  rDev +8.1%

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with a medium sized creamy tan head that died within about twenty seconds. There was some spotty lacing around the sides of the pint glass which seemed to create a small valley of dissipating head absorbing into the sides of the glass and leading to a spotty lace.

S: some burnt malts and rich dark fruits. Some chocolate came out, but it was very light.

T: hops came in separately from the first taste but still distinctly in the background. For the most part, the taste was pretty much the same.

M: medium, slick and slightly creamy with a slight alcohol bite.

O: I could do this style, but am still pretty unfamiliar so I can't really say too much about it just yet and will have to try some other beers of this style. Until then, this was good and I would have it again, maybe side by side with another Baltic Porter to compare. In the meantime, I'll read and research. However, I will say this is a real treat.

05-08-2012 01:29:29 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Fattsmagee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

05-06-2012 22:17:14 | More by Fattsmagee
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a Coca-Cola brown with a fantasic creamy/pillowy, off-white layer of foam that stays around for a bit before receeding down to a thin collar. Lace was plentiful for the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: Burnt malt and rich dark fruit. Hints of alcohol but not much in the way of obvious hops.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Slick and oily with a slight bit of peppery alcohol bite.

O: Decent, but for me, this was lacking in the advertised IPA qualities I was looking for. This was just ok for a Baltic Porter, too.

05-06-2012 22:16:31 | More by GbVDave
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-06-2012 19:57:22 | More by szmnnl99
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macrosmatic

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black, nearly opaque. A one-finger head fades fairly quickly to a film that persists. Visible carbonation seems a little low to me.

S: Roasted malt aroma, with some coffee; accompanied (surpassed?) by flowery, spicy, fruity hop notes.

T: Follows nose very nicely with more bittery hop character. Aftertaste is not overly bitter, and fades quickly.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

O: I liked this more than I honestly expected to. The hops came through the malt character nicely. One of the more innovative & tasty beers I've had from Sam Adams lately.

05-05-2012 19:28:58 | More by macrosmatic
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin light tan head.

Smell: Citrus and pine are most noticeable, over top of chocolate and a light roastiness. As with hoppy Imperial Stouts and strong Black Ales, the combination reminds me of roses and meat. Odd, but I have gotten used to it.

Taste: Tastes like a fruity, chocolatly, clean lager, but sabotaged with a buttload of citrusy and piney hops. The juxtaposition is great.

Feel: Definitely has the mouthfeel of a Baltic Porter (medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, clean), but with an unusually high level of dryness.

Overall: Fantastic clashing of styles that is way more adventurous than I expected of Sam Adams. Extremely impressed.

05-05-2012 03:57:26 | More by bsp77
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RebornStussy

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

05-03-2012 22:32:06 | More by RebornStussy
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Ruger44

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-03-2012 09:36:30 | More by Ruger44
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fergster75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

05-02-2012 03:49:39 | More by fergster75
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-29-2012 01:06:47 | More by Satchboogie
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

04-28-2012 04:54:14 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Pours a very dark amber/light brown with off-white, 1 finger head.

S - A little bit of fruity hops, some dark malts, a bit of chocolate. Quite interesting.

T - Hmm, interesting, it's like a hoppy porter, almost. Certainly dark malts and chocolate present, but a nice bit of fruity hop kick to it.

M - Very smooth, average carbonation.

Overall - I was actually impressed by this beer. Certainly a nice addition to the Sam Adams repertoire. Cheers.

04-28-2012 01:29:09 | More by BeerBuckeye
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setexascustoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-27-2012 13:10:47 | More by setexascustoms
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ALLISON01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-27-2012 07:53:50 | More by ALLISON01
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect 22oz. glass. Nice looking beer, medium to dark brown color for the liquid portion. Deep amber to red highlights. Slightly darker than tan colored head that provides better than average lacing and glass retention.

Smell is decent, the first "Baltic IPA" I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Has a lot of the nice roasty features of a hearty porter, maybe not quite as robust, but porteresque for sure. Also has a nice hoppy aroma to it as well. Hops range from floral, pine, to some slight citrus. Slight toast aromas as well.

Taste is equally as nice. Sweetness, almost natural sugary. At the same time there are some earth flavors of wood and pine. Slight citrus zest as well. Nice roasted sweetness, sort of a charred liquid sugar taste, unique and tastey.

Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as full as I expected, but full enough. Good carbonation level, with a strong bitterness in the finish. Not too smooth and not too bitter, well balanced. Another very good beer to this new collection of Sam Adams beers. Curious, I may get another bottle to age and see how it holds up.

04-27-2012 02:53:35 | More by AndyAvalanche
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a deep, dark ruby with a massive swelling light brown head. Good lacing, good beading, a good looking beer.

Caramely hops, molasses, citrus fruits, muted malt presence.

Alcohol isn't exactly subtle on the tongue. Faded hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Definitely a unique beer, I'm far from convinced of the concept though.

Not too smooth going down... I can't say that I'll be looking for this one again in the future.

04-27-2012 02:51:12 | More by yamar68
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BDIMike

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a real dark, cool looking black color. An really nice thick tan head sits on top of the brew throughout.
Aroma is unexpected. When you look at a jet black beer, you don't expect to smell such a strong hop smell. This brew gives you very nice citrus hop shots.
Taste is more what you would expect. The good hop tastes from what you smell are there in full force, but they are balanced very nicely with good roasted malts. Intriguing battle between these two flavors.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness and a good smoothness to it as well.
Drinkability is very good on this beer. The contrasting flavors not only balance each other very well, but they also make you want another sip to see which flavors come out. Nice job Jim!

04-27-2012 01:06:56 | More by BDIMike
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%

picked up this o a trip a while ago decide to crack it open , poured into a mug cola in color with a malted milk head , nice blend of chocolate and hops . can't really notice any citrus like others roasted coffee in aroma . nice creamy taste . haven't been disapointed in a beer from the nice people at boston beer.

04-26-2012 01:33:42 | More by Dodt
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-25-2012 15:37:27 | More by MacStinson
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13%

Brown body, Coco-Cola highlights, translucent when held to the light. Medium tan rocky head, dense bubbles of all different sizes. Great stretchy lacing.

Bright citrus aroma, interesting contrast with the dark appearance. Grapefruit and oranges.

Tastes blend right from the start. Dark roast coffee. Juicy citrus. Hops snap more than bite at the swallow.

Rich smooth mouthfeel with a hint of prickliness.

Not a big fan of Blake IPAs, but I like this as a hoppy porter.

04-25-2012 03:39:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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Krakistophales

California

3/5  rDev -18.9%

A: Pours black with a 3 finger creamy colored head

S: Tiny hints of bitter, black chocolate, grassy hop notes, slight hint of wood/oak and maybe caramel.

T: Much like the smell. Bitter, black chocolate up front, hints of grass mixed with wood, really chalky mouthfeel.

O: Not too impressed with this one. Very run of the mill porter, but Sam Adams' other bombers are pretty good.

04-25-2012 02:04:01 | More by Krakistophales
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours out a deep rich brown color with some highlights. Massive light tan head, with lacing all over the glass. Retention is near perfect as it keeps a thick blanket of foam on top of the ale.

The aroma is rich with roasted malts, some dark chocolate, as well as a floral hop bitterness.

The taste is about the same as the aroma... only a bit more intense. Deep roasted malt matched with a dry bitter hop makes one confused style of beer.

Medium to full bodied

I do not know what to think of some of these mixed styles. Baltic Porter or Black IPA. Either way Sam Adams did a great job at blending both.

04-23-2012 05:40:19 | More by Luigi
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JDbullodg


4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-22-2012 21:29:18 | More by JDbullodg
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +17%

Picked this up while in Denver for a conference. Deep dark mahogany pour with two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Big nutty, roasty nose with nice balance between the hops and malt. Hints of resiny pine, citrus, mocha, toffee, and espresso with a slight floral touch. The balance holds true in the taste. Lots of fresh roasted coffee with hints of bitter chocolate and caramel, perfectly complementing the piney, citrus hops. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a tangy, bitter hop finish. Say what you want about Sam Adams, but they put out some solid beers. And call this what you want, to me it's a Black IPA. But the Porter twist really works. This is one flavorful and drinkable beer!

04-20-2012 16:06:10 | More by beerdrifter
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Cool looking 22 oz bottle. $6.50 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Great looking beer. Darkest brown, not quite black, and with some highlights when held up. Big off white- light tan head with pretty good retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops and a bit of pine. Hops really dominate the aroma so much that if I smelled it blind, I may not pick up on the more subtle roasted malt notes and the hint of chocolate. Smells great, but I'd like some more of the porter-ish aromas.

Taste: Much more roast and chocolate in the taste. The hops and roasty flavors intermingle very well. This tastes distinctly different from a black IPA-- its a porter with lots of hops, not an IPA with dark malts. Starts piney, citrusy, ends malty with roast and cocoa. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with some creaminess in the middle and a dryish finish.

Overall: This is a surprise, and I like it a lot. Very well done beer.

04-20-2012 00:30:57 | More by rapidsequence
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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