Dark Depths | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Brewed by:
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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2.22/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is strange - roasted malts and maybe some smokey, hoppy plastic and leather?

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with smokey roast that has decent resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It was too sweet with a lot of off notes that I couldn't quite identify.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter on 4/30/12

Medium brown settles with a dark, rustic appearance. One and a half fingers of foam deflate, leaving a thinner layer of retention and some decent patches of lace.

Aromas of dark grains with a touch of tangy, roasted cocoa. Earthy, grassy hops give way to soap notions as the beer warms. There's a vague hint of something citric. The taste is similarly grainy and has something of an earthy, almost piney, hop kick. That said, there is a weird herbal flavor that emerges in the middle, likely owing to the hops; they don't seem at ease with the malts. The finish is a bit roasty and has a dustiness to it. The feel is a pillowy medium and carbonation is pretty low. The body seems a bit thin at times.

Overall, this is merely ok. It's certainly decent enough to finish the bottle, but I'm glad I didn't shell out money for the larger format. Better as it warms.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Dark ruby-red, mahogany body, excellent clarity. Good, two-finger thick light tan head. Good lacing...

Sweet spice, melon, lightly roasted malts in the aroma.

Taste is one weird mix of tannins, hints of burnt toast, nearly imperceptible chocolate notes, with a strange, over-the-top sweetness that is immediately followed by a harsh, almost phenolic bitterness. There's also a faint sense of grapefruit or orange juice in there, too...

Very soft and light mouthfeel; weak and watery, with overly-soft carbonation.

This is one weird beer. Looks and aroma promise some interesting things, yet the taste and mouthfeel is a jumble of conflicting, unbalanced flavors and textures. Between being billed as a Baltic IPA on the bottle, fermented with a lager yeast, and as a Baltic Porter (currently) in its BA category - this is a beer that doesn't have any apparent direction (not that off-the-wall combinations can't produce great new beer styles) and certainly comes across as a scrambled mess. No easily identifiable IPA characteristics, very little porter-like properties - lives up to neither label on the bottle. Forgettable and one I'll probably never go back to...Great for its looks, lousy in its taste...

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the newest in the SA series... I was excited to give this a try as I generally like black IPAs...

A little chocolate on the nose, I guess, but most of what I'm getting is the garlic/onion thing from those Simcoe hops... Quite pungent and I can't say I'm digging it very much... Definitely more hoppy than roasted and I'm ok with that but I can tell I probably won't like this one just from the aromas...

I'm right... Hard to get through this one... Perhaps a little porter going on but this is all onions and garlic... Very Gubna-like with a little more roast to it but not something I will be re-visiting...I wanted to like this but I'm just not digging the hops used here...

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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 917 ratings