Dark Depths | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Dark DepthsDark Depths

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fluffy khaki head with great lace and nice retention. Black cola and cranberry body.

S - Moderately boozy. Bright herbal hop, char roast, and a touch of white grape.

T - Deep, rolling char. Slightly smokey in the center. A thick herbal and woody hop bitterness rises up to match the roast through a dry finish.

M - Dry, medium body. Smooth start but the backend fades off quickly.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The inhabitant of the old-timey dive suit on the label never saw the sea serpent coming. The roasted malt lends a deep, nearly opaque black color. At the fringes, dark brown and ruby colors lurk.

The nose offers a bit of the aromatic, citrus hops. Subsequent sniffs found something a bit sweeter, like chocolate. Chocolate, though sometimes a touch metallic, also comes through the middle and end of the quaff. There is not any strong bitterness or resiny character, but the presence of hop bitterness does become more pronounced as the beer warms.

From the slightly elevated alcohol, there is some lingering warmth, but the beer wears itself quite neatly and is quite smooth.

The head looks like foaming caramel, and does not depart with any haste. A slight swirl of the glass wakes it up.

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3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours medium brown, in the glass it is black with ruby brown tones when held to the light. The head is huge, and fluffy.

S: Caramel and burnt sugar, The hops come out in an earthy way. There is almost a touch of dark bitter chocolate, and perhaps a touch of stale coffee.

T: Some good bitterness, perhaps a little sappy and earthy. There is a caramel sweetness at first, but that is taken over by the hops. There is almost a lactose thing going on, but that just might be me. The finish is bitter chocolate, and maybe a touch metallic.

M: Medium to medium light in body, the carbonation is a little high, but I think it works for the brew. There is a nice softness, almost a creamy mouthfeel to it.

O: Overall a very interesting beer. A unique combination of dark malt and bitter hops. Good, but not fantastic.

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

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY IGA for 3$

Appearance - Clear brownish red colour with with an above average size fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, hops, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted/burnt nuts. There is also a bit of a smokiness some hops including a touch of grapefruit. It ends with a hoppy malty burnt aftertaste.

Overall - Some really odd smells/tastes going on with this beer. Not something I'd buy again but still an interesting tasting beer that warrants trying. Sam Adams continues to impress me.

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

No enjoy by date on the label. (But, it did list the malt and hops bill, although it was difficult to read.)

Poured slowly into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to about one-and-a-half fingers of of foamy light brown head that turned out to be robust and long-lasting. The brew is a deep mahogany color and completely opaque.

S: The aroma is a dark raosted coffee-like malt with just a little bit of roasted nuts and some sweetness. There is also just a little floral and earthy hops.

T: The taste has a sweet caramel malt and coffee bitterness along with some dried fruit of raisins and currants. There is also an earthy hops bitterness and a touch of floral hops that comes after the malts. This is a very complex beer.

M: The body is medium-heavy and very smooth. It also leaves a bit of an aftertaste that is pleasantly bitter.

O: This beer is a mild type of Imperial IPA and very good. It has a nice complexity to its flavors that balance well together. The dark fruit flavors in the malt blends very nicely with the earthy and bitter hops. This is a rare case in which a dark beer has a good balance of hops and malt, and they work together to complimant each other. This is a good beer to use when introducing uninitiated friends into the world of Imperial IPA's.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to my buddy John (a Sam Adams employee) for supplying this nice fresh bottle.

A: Clear russet-mahogany body under two inches of fine, creamy off-white head. Terrific retention and lace. Gorgeous beer, if perhaps a bit light-hued for the style.

S: Pretty intense, with raw resinous hops balanced evenly against bitter coffee notes from the roasted malts. Some spicy dark chocolate. Enjoyable.

T: Opens with dark chocolate, moves quickly into spicy, herbal hoppiness, then finishes with ashy roast and bitterness. Astringent coffee on the aftertaste. Lots of good stuff going on, as well as a little bit of harshness. Quite nice overall.

M: Slick medium body with lots of creamy carbonation. Borderline overwhelming, but pleasant.

O: This is an enjoyable beer, but it's definitely confused about what it's trying to be. Did we really need a "Baltic IPA"?


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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.75 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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