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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
84
good

892 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 892
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 23
Gots: 42 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.
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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yesyouam
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.