Dark Depths | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Dark Depths has a medium-to-thick beige head and a dark, bubbly, reddish brown color with some thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of of sweet fruit, flowers, spice, and bread. The taste is also fruity, cherry, malt, hop bitterness, bread, syrup, and lots of other stuff. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Samuel Adams Dark Depths finishes smooth, fairly crisp, and refreshing. The alcohol is just not there up front, but the burn comes in as one drinks it. Overall, another winner from Boston Beer Co. I rate it most excellent.


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Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a brandy snifter. The beer pours dark brown with a large, creamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Numerous bubbles can be seen collected along the side of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. There are aromas of pine and citrus hops as well as dark roasted malts. This is a very hop forward aroma that reminds me of an IPA rather than a porter. It leads me to believe the label on this beer that says "Baltic IPA" is very accurate. It's also a little sweet smelling.

The taste follows the nose. The citrus and pine hops burst in the mouth immediately. The roasted malts come in at the end to add some bready sweetness to this beer. The alcohol content is also well-hidden in this beer. I cannot detect it in the taste at all. There is a nice, bitter citrus aftertaste. The body is medium to full with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is an excellent beer. It is unique as a baltic porter in the sense that it is more like a black IPA. However, the label refers to it as a "Baltic IPA" and this is executed very well. This is a quality beer from Boston Beer.

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Photo of Huffs
4.66/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass developed a tan, creamy head. Head lasted and laced greatly. Appearance was black with a hint of red/brown when held up to light. Aroma was malty with hints of smoke and coffee. Taste was of coffee and hints of smoke and chocolate and a slight hop note. mouthfeel was full with a dry, slightly smoky aftertaste. Great beer.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 to pint and head three fingers of light sticky head with dark porterlike look!
Roasty coffee but with subtle smell that reminds me of left hand milk stout
Really good if you like ipas and Porter's Great aftertaste of malt and mild hop love upfront to provide desired porter style flavor that is desired!
Great Carb and aftertaste of a beer you hope to drink again. Recommended with steak or seafood at dinner and won't disappoint!!
Will definitely revisit given opportunity ....can't wait to see this at a nice restaurant not 6er shop !
Closest Baltic Porter to my favorite beer that changed my life Papago brewing El Robusto!!

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a delightfully dark color with with a rich tan head that is thick and settles slowly leaving a good amount of ,acing down the glass.

The nose is a rich spicy malt with a hint of the complexity in the hopping and that lager yeast and the roasted malt. The nose is complex and I really like it. The Boston Lager people outdid themselves on the nose.

The taste is rather pleasant and very complex. The malt is dominant and the flavor has spicy notes that match the nose. and is rather effervescent on the palate. There is a very distinctive hop finish that is pleasant as well. If I had to describe this beer in one word it would be balance. The complexity of the yeast, hops and malt are all very well balanced and pretty damn good. The 7.6% alcohol is there but doesn't detract from the flavor at all.

The mouthfell is a little bit more watery than I expected based on the visual inspection but is more than made up for with the complex and enjoyable flavors.

Overall I would rate this is a heavier darker beer that would be easy to enjoy on a summer day when I typically avoid these types of beers. The lighter mouthfeel combined with the rich nose, rich flavor make it a very versatile beer that is extremely enjoyable.

This one goes on my buy list.

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Photo of irs
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the first SA beer I've had that impressed me.
I love baltic porter, and that ain't exactly what this is, but its a nice twist on the style. When I grabbed it, I didn't notice Balic "IPA" on the label. I just saw Baltic and thought, ok, another attempt from SA to join the post SA Craft Beer World by making an attempt on my favorite style, prepare to be dissapointed, but I've got to try it.
First of all, it is black IPA meets Baltic Porter. Hoppy like Sublimely Self Rightous, yet, somehow having that counterintuitive lightness that I can't define, but it is what I love so much about Baltic Porter. I know that has to do with the lagering, and SA stayed true to the style here, but without underdoing the hops. There's a soapiness to this, which sounds like it should be bad, but its good. A nice chewyness, without leaning toward being an Impy, yet having more substance than most IPAs.
All I really should say is, its definitely worth trying and forming your own opinion

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark, but a shade paler than your average stout. Brown enough to be a Baltic Porter.

A - Lots of hops, but some chocolate milk and bread, too.

T - Columbus in the house! Not toooo hoppy, but enough juice and bite to make this beer addictive. The roasted malts are also properly restrained. This beer is never harsh - the hops and roasted malts are expertly managed. The development of malt flavors is complex, no dark fruits, but lots of caramel/munich/chocolate rolling along.

M - A little chewy, plenty filling. Somehow, I know if they used the proper ale yeast, they could have dried this out a bit more. That would've made a very, very good beer PERFECT.

O - Not a masterpiece, but a damn near ideal beer. It wisely takes on as much as it can (inventing a Baltic Porter-American IPA hybrid) without taking on an insurmountable challenge - most Russian Imperial Stouts in the US have already been dedicated their own respective houses of worship... or reduced to chastisement for falling short of the most recent favorite.

This beer has lots of developed flavors, while remaining somewhat delicate. Maybe Sam Adam's best beer to date.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unable to review this beer because it is no longer brewed. Remembered it as a hoppy black ale. Very good. Roasted malts with some light chocolate flavor.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First impressions of the aroma were pine, but after a few sniffs it transforms into big papaya, lime, and mango. It also has an interesting burnt brown sugar component to back-up the perceived sweetness from the hops. Wonderful scent and I am thoroughly surprised here!

Aesthetically, the beer looks amazing. It is a deep, dark ruby color, but looks black until held to light. The tan head is a somewhat frothy and soapy mix which dissipates quickly but leaves brilliant lacing.

Firm bitterness up front, but it balances perfectly against the molasses-like malt quality. The aromas carry through on to the taste of this one with an extra little bit of roast that I couldn't smell.

Moderate carbonation and medium body with a balanced finish leading on the dry side slightly. The price is right on for this beer, and it is extremely (dangerously) drinkable for 7+%. Sam Adams pulled out all the stops here, and it doesn't disappoint. I'd buy this by the case.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a fairly sticky light tan head

S-surprisngly citrusy hops with just a small touch of dark roasted malts. actually not terrible smelling, i'm fairly impressed.

T-comes in with a nice aged and mellow flavor of dark malts along with a decent bitterness. has a nice matching after-taste with a slight hint of what seems to be nutmeg oddly enough. very creamy as well.

M-very creamy carbonation with a nice dry finish

O-one of the best Samuel Adams beers I've ever had. it's actually well done. great flavor, close to being a black IPA.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.This is one drinkable baltic porter. Others of this style might be too yeasty or tohoppy. This one is just right - maybe a little TOO easy to drink - it should offend more.

The appearance cannot get better. Black, laced like my grandma's living room. It smells unique - roasty, dark. The taste is outstanding. Balanced. The aftertaste is so good I don't want to eat my food. I would definnitely recommend this and hope to buy it again.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet color with a thick finger of khaki head. Good retention. sticky rings of lace.

Lots of citrus hops, hints of pine, some caramel and the faintest whisper of roast.

Rich. Roast, caramel, and orange playing around, somewhat like one of those dark chocolate oranges, except with a bracingly bitter finish.

Perfect body for what it's trying to achieve.

Probably my favorite from the mix-pack. More of an India Black Lager than Baltic Porter, but tasty, none the less.

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Photo of BigCheese
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought the hopology mix pack

A: Filtered, cocacola color. Starts with a large sandy colored head. Leaves some pretty heavy lacing, and thick head lasts well.

S: Roasted malts up front, come dark coco and espresso notes. Some grapefruit citrus hop notes as well. Decent pungency.

T: Starts off with a double punch of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon citrus hops with a roasted malt flavor. Coffee, toffee, oak, and whiskey flavors in the very prevalent malt back bone. Hops return in finish, some sugar candy, and lime/pine, wet finish. Great balance of flavors, none too dominant and the porter-ipa dichotomy work with eachother not against. Not very bitter at all.

M: Creamy, well carbonated, kinda light body, really sessionable for relatively high ABV. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Probably the best SA Brew I've had to date. Reminds me of an india brown ale with more roasted qualities. A true baltic ipa in that its half porter, half ipa. Sam adams really does porter/lager malt bills well. The flavors arent mind blowing, but elegantly blended. Highly reccomended and I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ckcanady
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The darkest shade of brown you can get with a tan head
S- Exacty how I expect a Baltic Porter to taste. Malty, roasted and woody... But this is a Baltic IPA! Not a ton of hop aroma.
T- Roasted malt with more of a coffee twist. A good hop bit. Supported by a caramel and chocolate backbone. Beautifully earthy
M- A creamy body with plenty of richness. Exactly what is expected of the style
O- The best beer I have tasted coming out of The Boston Beer company. I love the mix of Baltic and IPA!

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer during BA's blackout yesterday so unfortunately this is from recent memory instead of live.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint tumbler. Pours a very dark black (a little translucent ruby brown at the bottom of the glass around the edges) with a HUGE three finger cappuccino head despite my careful pouring. Head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark malt, maybe a hint of mocha, and definitely some piney hops.

Tastes great- earthy dark malt flavor balanced by medium dry hop finish. There's an element in the flavor that is hard to identify which I'm assuming was the lager yeast- effective for sure.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- could perhaps be a little more bubbly? Full bodied, robust, has that washing-it-down lager quality with a small bit of carbonation. Definitely an interesting brew and one I might seek out again (especially at 5.99).

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Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some light showing areas of brown. 2 full inches light brown foam, which fills and sits. Puffy and persistent. Smell has notes of pine, roasting, grass, citrus. Loads of lacing. Taste is full of flavorful chocolatey malt/citrus hop, yet lighter bodied and refreshing. Clean finish. Really interesting blend and flavor combination.

Everything here works for me here - solid!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scored this today at The Beer Store here in Nashua (22oz for $6.50). First review of something brewed on a large scale? I usually only get that honor on some obscure, German lager. Label says hops used are Saaz, Ahtanum, Zeus and Simcoe, while the malts include Two-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Copeland, Carafa I, Caramel 60 and Munich, all brewed with a lager yeast. Anyhow, to the bier, Batch # 1...

It's poured into an imperial nonic, and it immediately has a 1"+ layer of creamy beige foam. This mousse-like layer very slowly ebbs down, while leaving some A-1 lacing behind. Beneath all of this lies a clear, dark chestnut liquid. With the help of some backlight I can see a slow procession of carbo rising up. The predominant component of the aroma is a strong, rindy, pithy character. Hard to discern any maltiness in there right off. This bier is very smooth on the tongue, with minimal prickle. The body has a bit of heft but can't quite get past being medium. Still, it's a good mouthfeel.

While the malt is lacking in the aroma, there is some here in the flavor. Some dark choco sweetness as well as espresso-like bitterness makes an appearance. Roasty malts are also present, but things soon take a turn towards hoppiness. Like the nose, it is supremely pithy and rindy, with plenty of flavorful, grapefruity bitterness, which lingers long and well.

This is, at the moment, listed as an American Strong Ale. I would hesitate to call it that; more likely an American Black Ale, imo. Regardless of style classification, it tastes damn nice! Prosit!!

4.35/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a thick head and great lacing.

S - Nice mix of roasted malts and citrus-y hops. The malts are a little bit stronger than the hops.

T - Great blend of roasted malts and hops. This does a great job of blending the flavors of a baltic porter - roasted malts, chocolate, and general creamy smoothness - mix well with the citrus and grapefruit notes of an IPA. Everything you'd expect from a hybrid of the two styles.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very smooth. Easy drinking.

O - Dark Depths is great hybrid of the Baltic Porter and IPA styles. It's very drinkable and a great IPA to turn to if you want some roasted flavors.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Baltic porter? Black IPA? (Actually, if you think about it, the term Black IPA is an oxymoron - something can’t be pale and black at the same time.) Anyhoo, it has a very inviting aroma, strongly hoppy with a hint of fresh-cut evergreen wood and subtle notes of molasses and licorice. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Hops dominate the flavor, which is slightly bitter and has notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. In addition, it seems to have just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Texture is fizzy and lively, and body is firm if not full. Plunge into these dark depths!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of stampfler07
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Smooth black with a two-finger thick and foamy light brown head, fairly thick lacing

S- Strong pine and citrus hop, slight roasted malt as well with a touch of sweetness

T- Smooth dark roasted malt, coffee-like with a touch of sweetness initially, transitions to more citrus hop flavor in the middle, finish is lightly bitter, roasty and just a touch of dryness

M- Somewhat heavy on the tongue but very smooth and lightly carbonated

O- I found it quite well balanced and complex, a good play between the roasted malt taste and strong hop nose

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