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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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839 Ratings

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%

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 vette2006c5r


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark Depths pours a very dark almost black hue with a small long lasting and lacing head. There is a roasted aroma with blackened hops finishing off. The taste has an almost sour boozy porter taste, with a small kick of blackened hops, lots of biscuit flavors, and overall tastes almost burnt. Full flavors, but an odd combo, not the most drinkable. Overall its like a burnt hoppy boozy porter, interesting, but its just a rather okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:20:30 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Walletsworth

North Dakota

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice dark brown color and pours with a finger of head with great lacing. Has a chocolate smell with a hint of hoppiness. Tastes smooth. Not much bitterness at all. Wish it had a little more hop in the taste. All that comes through is the chocolate.

Overall it was a nice beer. Probably wouldn't buy again but I'm glad I tried it at least.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:40:55 | More by Walletsworth
Photo of Hoptopher


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance of this beer is great. Very dark with some red hues. Beautiful tan two finger head that held up well. When it dropped it left a nice lace on top and on the glass.
Smell is good, malty goodness up front that smells sweet with a hint of chocolate. Some fruitiness in there, I detect plum. Slight earthy hop smell.
Taste overpowered with sweet maltiness, not the hop presence I hoped for but a good taste nonetheless.
This is an overall good beer. I don't have any experience with Baltic ales put I am sure I'll pick this one up again this winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:43:02 | More by Hoptopher
Photo of mitch3114

New York

3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into two pint glasses and shared with a friend

A- Beautiful, thick creamy, fluffy off-white, uneven head, a little sticky. Very dark ale. Almost black, but with a slight reddish hue, looking thinner than a stout, like cola but with much less carbonation. Cool label art!

S- Smell was unexpected, very fragrant, slight pine, fruity, mandarin orange, a slight dark roasty smell, maybe a hint of chocolate.

T- Not quite as good as the smell, similar but subdued. More roasted flavor than the smell. Tasted like a lighter body IPA like Sam's Whitewater IPA poured into a porter. Interesting. The hop presence was just about right for what I was hoping/expecting. The hops weren't really bitter (although who knows how long it was sitting on the shelf), just citrusy and really tasty. This combination of flavors melded very well.

M- The mouthfeel was a bit on the lighter side. This didn't drink like a black IPA, more like a porter. There was decent carbonation which to me black IPA's typically lack. It was surprisingly refreshing on the hot summer night.

O- Overall, this was a decent offering from Sam Adam's. It had a nice fluffy head and it was a tasty aromatic brew that went down pretty nicely. I am glad they kept this one under 8% as many of their beers in their specialty line-up seem to be very high in ABV. I think it was just right.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 14:30:11 | More by mitch3114
Photo of IchLiebeBier


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

Appearance: Medium dark chestnut; huge frothy tan head, long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Caramel; roasted grains; dried fruit; smells great; slightly smoky

Taste: Initial hit of roasted grains and hop bitterness; malty and juicy too; slightly bitter in the mid, but well balanced with sweetness; finishes semi-sweet with warming alcohol notes; yum

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:19:22 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Curtis


3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great job blending sweet malt and ipa. Mouthfeel is somewhere in the middle of both styles. Malt flavor is wonderful.. could have used a bit more aroma. This one will be even better in the fall/winter but quite good on summer nights. Overall a very good beer.. almost like a hoppier version ofanderson valley's boont amber....

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 05:50:55 | More by Curtis
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a tough one. As an IPA, it is extremely unique in color. But let's be real...this is really more of a light porter. I'm going to split the difference on this one.

Smell: Some coffee and pine. Refreshing, but too subdued.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Subtle coffee with a pine finish. Similarly to the smell, it's too subdued, but I enjoy how unique it is for an IPA. Clean coffee mouthfeel with a lager finish. Definitely my favorite part of this beer.

Overall Drinkability: One of the better coffee IPAs...actually it's probably the only one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 00:42:32 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of AgentMunky


3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Four fingers of head rise and fall quickly. The beer is dark and near black.

S: It smells great!! Fruity, round, and pleasant. Chocolate, papaya, and musty old ale style yeast.

T: Delicious! Light roast, light body, heavy dark fruit (currants, blueberries, blackberries). Quite sweet. The aftertaste is a little weird. Lager yeast is...sourish? Maybe this is the citric hops (Zeus and Simcoe), actually. Odd.

M: Light and smooth.

O: This was really interesting! Worthwhile. My biggest criticism is that is gets less good the more I drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 04:16:12 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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

Samuel Adams Dark Depths is a very dark, reddish brown beer with a thick, lumpy, beige head that decorates the glass with lacing. It smells dark, roasty and kind of smokey. There's a lighter, semi-sweet malt aroma that almost smells like sorghum. There may be a hint of lemon peel. It's smooth, soft and pretty full bodied. It has a pretty neat finish and leaves the teeth a little gritty. It's a bit sweet, but less so than I'd expect from a Baltic porter. The bitterness balances it out well and hints at grass, wood and fruit. There are notes of prunes and coffee. There are a quite a few flavors going on. I'm a fan of both Baltic porters and IPAs, but this is a very strange mash up. That said, they pulled this off better than I would have imagined possible.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 02:04:20 | More by yesyouam
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
Batch #1
A- This beer pours a dense opaque black body with tiny bubbles trailing up the glass to a light tan creamy head with a second head of big bubbles

S- The green dark grassy aroma has some Noble hop aromas with it and a pine note in the finish.

T- The earthy pungent hops flavor has a slight juicy quality to it followed by a light smoky black roasted malt flavor and a softer black malt finish that doesn’t have any bitterness. The aftertaste is some black roasted malt with woody hops and some Noble hop characters mixed in aswell.

M- The creamy texture has a medium mouthfeel and a gentle fizz that compliments the beer nicely.

O- The nice blend leads heavy toward the hops with good depth and a very nice mellow dark roasted malt with no bitterness at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 16:37:14 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep brown almost black. near opaque but lets a little light through. Three fingers of a foamy head that leaves a lacing behind.

Smell: citrusy hops along with roasted malts. smells good and fairly balanced

Taste: my first sip was good. but after that it started to fall apart. the roasted malts and citrus don't get along all to well. it seems balanced but as you get the taste built up in your mouth it kinda collides in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: it feels pretty creamy, which i like, but the bitterness lingers and eventually a dryness arrives and just leaves a bad taste

Overall: i definitely like the idea and know that it is doable, but this one falls apart. maybe its the hop choice maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 14:48:38 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of secondtooth


3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours, as expected, a deep dark ruby, with a rich head of off-white suds. Lace is exquisite and beautiful!

Nose is malty. I get some fruit tones, and caramel malts. Kinda "meh" here.

Taste is rich and malty, with plenty of the toffee/caramel malts, as well some fruit notes underneath. Body is light, but flavor is rich and full. I get a tinge of hops at the finish, but calling this one an "IPA" seems a wee bit off to me.

Overall, not bad, but not one I'd pursue again, either.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 19:58:16 | More by secondtooth
Photo of SSSBR1509


4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- dark ruby red with black tints with a tan head
Nose-earthy piney hops intertwining with roasted malts with a slight smokeyness
Mouthfeel- medium bodied and carbonation
Taste-piney grapfruit like hops on the forefront followed by a roasted malt and slight chocolate sweetness
Overall- my favorite Sam adams beer by far too bad its limeted

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 00:00:54 | More by SSSBR1509
Photo of emerge077


3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark body, bright clarity with a ruby red glint in the light. Persistent creamy tan foam, leaves a bunch of lace and an ever present layer of skim on top. Thick rings of lacing form as the beer disappears.

Dry roasty grains, carob sweetness.

Tastes a bit sweet, carob and a dry herbal bitterness. Not much distinctive hop character besides the bitterness on the back end. Comes off more like a straight Baltic Porter than IPA as listed on the bottle. Medium bodied, a little too sweet and full to tackle a bottle solo. Thanks Wayne for sharing this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 01:13:23 | More by emerge077
Photo of Nugganooch


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of the IPA Hopology pack
*Notes from 04/02/13 - FW Snifter glass

A: Pours a deep dark porter brown with a creamy top of dark sand colored suds. Collects rather dark and near black once in the glass. Some light bubbling action and a few light dots and squeak of lace upon the glass after each sip.

S: Smells of citrus zest and toasted bread. Has a bit of charcoal to it from the blackened malts with some light brewers licorice coming through. Very clean Lager yeast sort of void of any esters. Interesting aroma although a bit muted overall.

T: Tastes of tangerine, citrus peel, and pine with some real dark roasty malt character to it. I get mostly charcoal and black licorice to a lesser degree. A little toast with some burnt sugars. There is a nice encompassing bitterness to the beer and not much alcohol noted. Very clean and pretty smooth drink. I do like the selection of a Lager yeast here as it provides a nice clean canvas but I don’t think the flavors quite come together for me.

M: Pretty creamy texture overall with a moderate to lighter feel. Not bearing on the palate at all. Nice consistency from the carbonation. Clean finish that is somewhat wet.

D: Nice brew overall. Has a nice malt roastiness with a decent hop presence. Very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. Flavors probably won’t mesh with every palate but this one was somewhat enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 23:22:12 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark chestnut color, topped off with a sizable off-white head of slowly receding, creamy foam. Smell is a balance of malt and hops, as expected. Roasted, dark chocolaty malts meet earthy, leafy, piney hops and a bit of raisin. Sweet, roasty flavor quickly gives way to grapefruit and pine resin. Some molasses and coffee. Not super bitter, but there is some bite. Nicely carbonated and decently crisp, making it quite drinkable, despite a little warmth. The lager yeast doesn't really come through at all for me, so I would put this in the Black Ale/Black IPA/Cascadian whatever category. An interesting concept and decent stuff overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 00:04:50 | More by wedge
Photo of bmwats


3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a handglass.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles slowly, leaving a thick foam blanket behind in its wake, and a nice ring of foam around the rim. Spotted lacing.

S: Peaty malt, and roasted espresso.

T: Roasted coffee and peat, with a nice punchy hop character and a little dark unsweetened chocolate.

M: Hearty, but thin. Pungent finish lingers throughout.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is very nice. Good coloration, solid head, and some persistent lacing. Nose is simple but full. Flavor is an odd combination of coffee and peat with a decent hop bite. Overall, this is a really solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 06:45:43 | More by bmwats
Photo of DMXLOX22


4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's. I was very curious to see how this beer would match up, given the ABV.

Appearance: Upon first pour, I'm introduced to a dark brown, almost black complexion that finishes with a slight hint of ruby. Leaves a skinny, foamy head that dissipates moderately. Lacing is actually quite nice, very appropriate for a porter.

Smell: The aroma fills the air with strong, herbal, hops and with a slight hint of black licorice. Roasted malts come into play with an undertone of dark chocolate towards the finish along with pine. Quite nice, well-balanced and very inviting.

Taste: Upon first taste, the instant rush of slightly sweet, dry roasted malts. Quite nice genuinely. Dark molasses brings together the sweet, while being complimented by a pretty solid pine flavor and inappreciably a hint of possibly toffee and coffee? I liked it and think this is an excellent example to my introduction to a Baltic Porter. Somewhere, vanilla finishes off the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with medium to above medium body. Goes down relatively smooth and finishes off quite dry. Was expecting something a little more heavier.

Overall: When first pouring this brew, the dark coloring and robust complexion really brought on a great experience at the very start. The overload of roasted hops was a definite plus for this beer, and upon researching a Baltic Porter before opening this bottle, I was looking forward to an overload. Enjoyed this beer all the way through and looking forward to enjoying it again, if I can find it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:48:29 | More by DMXLOX22
Photo of estlinska


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from Bomber to standard shaker on 3/24/13. This beer pours a dark brown to almost black the color of extremely well worn leather or shoe polish. Head is slightly off-white and voluminous with thick lacing all down the glass. This beer may be called a porter, but it is a very interesting nose. It screams of a black IPA, but there is a tooty-fruity effect in there with some grapefruit. Maybe the yeast is throwing a curve-ball there. The taste has a very good malt forward biscuit flavor and some syrup sweetness that was a little much. It has a very good bitterness to it too though, very fruity (tooty-fruity) but finishes very dry and crisp. I think if the malt was just a little less sweet this would go from a good beer to an exceptional beer. It's tasty, but the drinkability goes down about 2/3 through the glass. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 21:26:05 | More by estlinska
Photo of StaveHooks


3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Pours dark reddish brown with a thin tan head. Very good retention with plenty of lacing.

S - Sweet roasted malts, caramelized sugar, faint dark fruit, faint citrus on the back end.

T - Actually follows the nose but with more punch. Roasted almost smoked malts, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, it's sweet but a leafy/citrus bitterness keeps it in check.

M - Medium full body, adequate carbonation.

A nice rustic porter with an edgy hop profile. Nice fruit and good malt depth keep this interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:13:01 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of msondel


4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type was a bottle poured into a tulip glass.

This is the 3rd IPA I've had in Sam Adam's IPA mix pack and I'm pleasantly surprised by each of them. This one acts like a porter in my opinion. Very dark beer that has great balance and a nice dark roasted taste. I'd order this one again if I was in the mood for a porter, but wouldn't seek it out if I was thinking about a traditional IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 23:57:56 | More by msondel
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut with a reddish hue and fluffy, tan/brown 1" cap. Chunky lacing with good head retention. Pine resin aroma with toffee and malt, smooth dark grains, bread and biscuit, with a hint of hop spiciness. Lingering bitterness with flavours of bread and toffee quite prominent, slight roast with caramel sweetness, pine, slight citrus with a hint of spice and alcohol, grassy hops in the finish that cut through the sweetness. Full bodied and creamy with slight warmth and nicely controlled astringency (quite low considering the dark malt content), quite smooth. Nicely balanced overall and quite drinkable. I thought it all worked well together.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:50:19 | More by DrJay
Photo of Duff27


3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Two finger beige head on a dark red body. Great head retention and lacing. Cap and collar throughout.

Berry fruit nose, plums, blueberries. Cola.

Similar to the nose but more cola than berry. Distinct yet not overdone hop presence. Get a little cocoa on the backend. Hides it's alcohol well.

On the verge of being over carbonated for the style. Medium-medium thin mouthfeel.

Overall it wasn't bad. Thanks Kevin.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:14:35 | More by Duff27
Photo of chilidog


3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was pleased to find this as part of the hopology tour box, I was pleased to find the box period, can't find it in my town.

Pours black, hazy tan head that did fade only to lace well.

Aroma of citric pine, hop and roasted malt.

Taste is toasted malts followed by citric hop while other flavors come forward. Brown sugar sweetness, toffee, coffee, pine and bark.

Mouthfeel of sweet malts followed by hop oil bitterness that stays with you.

Overall a flavorful beer with many hidden twist and turns. I like the dark and the abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 22:19:25 | More by chilidog
Photo of Osirus


3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An IPA that is actually a lager. A good beer but too much for more than one at a setting, in my humble opinion.

Served out of a 12 oz bottle at room temperature.

Appearance. Dark amber, thin head but that could be the booziness.

Smell. Very hoppy, caramel. Citrusy, lagery, caramelly in that order. All in all, a very hoppy beer. Boozy.

Taste. Powerful citrus, caramel, wicked bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. A little on the thinner side but still there. Carbonation is medium.

Overall. An IPA with a lagery taste...nice but it is a bit too much for me to have more than one at a time. Very hoppy, very powerful beer. Too hoppy for me. I have to admit, I am not the biggest IPA fan.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 19:41:15 | More by Osirus
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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