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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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861 Ratings

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Ratings: 861
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | 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 rhino54


3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-13-2012 16:53:16 | More by rhino54
Photo of jrcmlc


4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-12-2012 03:26:32 | More by jrcmlc
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with hints of red showing through. Slightly darker dense cream head, 1-finger's worth. Decent retention and light lace.

Nose is a mix of the baltic and citrus hop profiles. Caramel and grapefruit mostly come to mind. A little coffee, toffee, and light roast malt all in there for good measure.

Taste follows the nose, with light roast coffee coming on a bit more. Decent hop shot in the finish. Caramel twist early on. Earthy profile, too.

Feel is about right for the style, not overly heavy or syrupy. Get a bit of cream, but about the right amount.

Pretty solid beer. Nothing exceptional, but nothing average either.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:00:01 | More by beer2day
Photo of CHickman

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from 4/6/2012, on tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours pitch black color with brown around the edges as light shines through, leaving a 1 finger tan head that faded slowly and left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, cocoa powder, chocolate, burnt wood, light vanilla, floral hops, citrus and herbs; not a typical porter nose with nice IPA accents.

Tastes like it smells, with coffee, roasted malts, cocoa powder, peat moss, chocolate, burnt wood, light vanilla, floral hops, citrus hops, brown sugar, toasted nuts, and herbs or spices like pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth, with mild carbonation, a medium body and a grainy smoky finish that was slightly bitter. ABV was completely hidden, making this seem lighter.

A very tasty porter overall that was smooth and had just enough hop bite and lightness to it to make it go down a lot easier and faster than most porters. A very nice new beer from Sam Adams that they should continue to brew.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 18:07:51 | More by CHickman
Photo of WoodBrew


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah BOOOY! Sammy A and another great creation....a nice hopped Baltic porter. The color is opaque with off white head that is lacing nicely. The smell has some great hop and earth. The taste has a nice hoppy push with subtle earth and chocolate tones that follow. The mouthfeel is medium body with great carbonation. Overall it is a great beer and I will probably by a another bottle or two!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 00:55:48 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of crobinso


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-08-2012 19:10:04 | More by crobinso
Photo of rwilde


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-08-2012 16:44:06 | More by rwilde
Photo of 6demonbag


4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-08-2012 05:50:34 | More by 6demonbag
Photo of RTEdmunds

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with an extraordinarily large, billowy head. Thick head with good retention.

Deep roasted malt aromas with a bit of coffee in the background. Earthy and rich. Pretty nice.

Roasted flavors, big malt profile, and some coffee flavors again. Sweet as it warms up but pretty bitter initially.

Creamier body than I expected. Smooth and pretty drinkable. Alcohol content is masked.

This is not an amazing brew but certainly worth trying. Rich, pleasant, and roasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:07:21 | More by RTEdmunds
Photo of Mora2000


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is made up mainly of chocolate and roasted malt, with a little bit of pine thrown in from the hops. The flavor is similar. The pine from the hops adds a decent amount of bitterness, but there is also a chocolate and roasted malt backbone with a little bit of cream thrown in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:55:55 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

Appearance- A nice dark brown color with a large billowy off white/brownish head. The head had some wonderful retention and gave way to a decent amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was mainly of roasted malt with some aromas of coffee. Hints of some floral and earthy hops are also present and balance out some of the more malty aromas quite well.

Taste – The taste was of nice and roasty malt up front mixed with a light note of molasses and lactose sweetness. Toward the middle some nice more earthy hop flavors begin to come into the mouth. They complement the roasty taste quite well. At the very end a very roasty somewhat roasty flavor is left in the mouth and leaves a very nice aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A creamier body with a lighter level of carbonation allows the brew to really soak into the tongue and coat the mouth with a nice smooth feel.

Overall – A very solid hoppy dark brew. One very nice dark hoppier porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 01:40:38 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy darker colored 1.5 finger nice looking head that fades very slowly with nice lacing, over super dark molasses almost black colored beer with slight hints of burnt sienna light hinting its way through.

Nose has some earthy hops at first, earthy and slight grassy as well as a bit of spicy hops with a touch of pine. Under that is a nice dark malty aroma, not super malty but a nice dakr slight chocolatey hint of roast, creamy toasty brown malts, with a bit of caramel and toffee as well.

Taste brings more malts at first, toasty brown malts, caramel, toffee, a bit of cocoa and creamy milk chocolate, hint of dark roasty like malt as well. Then plenty of hops, earthy and a bit spicy hops, with some pine, slight grassy, and chewy. The creamy brown toasty malts with caramel add a nice addition. It gets fairly bitter but not too much, the hops are a bit too overpowering although that's what it's supposed to do. The malts and hops don't meld as well as they could, but still tasty components. Finish is fairly bitter still, earthy spicy and light piny hops, a bitter roasty malt flavor that gets a bit icky tasting, and a bit of toasty brown malts, caramel, etc.

Mouth is a bit fuller bodied, somewhat creamy and rich, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting flavors, the malts are quite nice, the hops are a bit icky bitter that go in the wrong direction from the hops, chewy and piny, spicy, too icky bitter. Overall really interesting but doesn't blend well. They pretty much did what I expected, with baltic porter and cascadian dark ale blended, but it just they just don't play well.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 23:38:26 | More by jlindros
Photo of KSac4115


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very very dark brown with hints of dark red. Small foam head that dissipates quickly having an off-white coloring. Smell is very hoppy yet sweet as well. Not too over powering, but a very pleasant aroma. Taste is very unique. The beginning of the taste is very much like an IPA. Sweet, with definitely bitter and hoppy notes. Yet the taste changes drastically finishing like a light and sweet version of a porter. Carbonation is a little on the higher side but not overwhelming. Beer is much lighter than expected for a 7.6% abv. Remarkably drinkable. Overall a very unique and tasty beer with remarkable drinkability. I wouldn't mind having it again.


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:47:08 | More by KSac4115
Photo of BeerAcolyte

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

04-04-2012 17:22:33 | More by BeerAcolyte
Photo of smcolw


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large dome head that leaves plenty of webby lace throughout the tasting. When pouring, the head ever expands with an upward cascade of bubbles (like Guinness). The liquid is dark mahogany brown, but light does shine through.

This smells closer to an IPA than a porter. That is to say that there isn't much in the way of darker malts, but there is a decent bouquet of floral hop.

Plenty of darker malt flavor. Closest flavor is treacle or caramelized molasses. There is a touch of sweetness to the taste. The finish is balanced where the hop comes out. The aftertaste is mild but long lasting.

This is a nice blend of styles. I very much like the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:26:08 | More by smcolw
Photo of WanderingFool


3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark Depths pours a clear, dark, dark ruby color with a big, creamy light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma has roasted malt, pine, hint of dark fruit and medicinal alcohol.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is soft and creamy on the palate with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is rich and malty. Molasses dominates, but roasted malt, molasses and a hint of peat are also present. It finishes with a mild bitterness and pine notes. Once gone the molasses and pine lingers on the palate.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer. It's tasty with a great mouth feel, but seems to have a bit too much dark sugar flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:55:10 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of ridgeline23


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

04-01-2012 12:18:24 | More by ridgeline23
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with red tint at the edges. Fine light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and piney hops. Light roasted malt and herbal hop taste, sweet at first, but a moderately dry malt finish with light lingering hops. The roasted malt component is subdued for a Baltic porter, but this is labelled a "Baltic IPA" so I have to give them some slack. This is probably closer to a black IPA with a laid back hop presence. Medium bodied with nice creaminess. An interesting, unusual ale. I enjoyed this at first, but it developed an odd off flavor as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 03:57:14 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About three fingers of head. Color was black with hints of red in there. Cloudy brownish white lacing that stayed throughout the pour. Nice looking film on the sides that was wet, circular and consistent throughout the pour.

Smelled citrus hops up front. Seemed to be lemon zest more than anything else. This was mixed in with some chocolate malts. Good balance between the two main notes.

Not really anything good about the taste initially. Fairly creative, but missed pretty badly in my opinion. Started out with a bad mix of citrus hops and chocolate malts, but was instantly followed by an acidic, metallic aftertaste. I kept taking sips, but it didn’t get any better.

Medium body. Creamy, yet acidic texture. Above average carbonation. Astringent finish.

After the second part of the 22-oz. bomber, I decided that it wasn’t as bad as I originally thought. I bumped the taste and feel up a ½ rating each. Still would probably not try it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:56:02 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of mhaugo


4/5  rDev +8.1%

03-30-2012 20:16:44 | More by mhaugo
Photo of Abe_Froman


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-30-2012 03:46:49 | More by Abe_Froman
Photo of Gatch


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Deep, dark brown with blood red hues when held up to light. Fluffy, bubbly, light brown head with good retention leaving behind some solid lace.

S: Roasted malt with a piney, spicy hop backbone.

T: Nicely roasted malt with a good hop presence and a little spice in the finish. Some creamy lactose sugar in there as well. Charcoal and peat notes. Piney, dry, bitter American hops.

M: Smooth, easy drinking. Great roasted flavor on the palate.

O: Clean, crisp, and surprisingly refreshing. A unique style that brings together two great beers. The main characteristics of each style are retained which is a credit to SA. A fine beer that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2012 23:05:03 | More by Gatch
Photo of Tone


3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of syrup, and hint of spice. Fits the style of an IPA, but not really a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, hint of coffee, and a hint of syrup. Overall, lacking body complexity. Reminiscent of a black ale. The sourness of a Baltic Porter is drastically lacking.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 14:02:02 | More by Tone
Photo of tigg924


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and light baker's chocolate

Taste: baker's chocolate, some dark and milk chocolate, citrus hops especially towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start that gets to be moderately bitter fairly quickly.

Overall: This strikes me as more of a sweet Black IPA than a Baltic Porter. I love the multiple layers of different chocolates in this one. I would pick this one up again if I was in the mood for a black ipa.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 12:59:02 | More by tigg924
Photo of scott2269


4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

03-27-2012 04:42:15 | More by scott2269
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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