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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Ratings: 916 |  Reviews: 296
Photo of raznug
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a medium brown color and has reddish hues to it similar to a porter; it is topped with ¾” of off white head that likes to hang around well after the pour
Smell: Hops dominate the first part of the aroma and are followed by slight roasted notes that blend in mid whiff.
Taste: This is a tasty beer that is blended well together with the hops and darker malts that make me wish there were more beers like this one out there.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit on the thinner side as one would expect out of an IPA but the flavors hang around very tastefully to make me wanting more.

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Photo of tsm2011
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of gbrill
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RichD
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of barongearmu
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #182
Served On: 07/01/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.6%
Date/ Code: -

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskees of New Oxford, PA.

Look: The color had deep reds and a copper hue around the edges. The head was a 1-finger of lighter tan foam. Carbonation bubbles were naturally forming from the laser etching on the bottom of the Perfect Pint glass. Head lacing formed immediately.

Smell: Sugary grapefruit and a hint of sweet vanilla or creamcicle.

Taste: First off were hops lending a nice floral note. Then roasted malts took over the palate to add a nice earthy middle. The finish was a bitterness an almost burnt brown sugar that really pulled the entire experience together. Aftertaste had the roasted malts returning for a while. Mouth feel indicated a medium body, but was very drinkable.

This was a fantastic brew with complexities that include some of my favorite features from both IPA’s and Porters. This one is probably my favorite offering from the IPA Hop-Ology mixed pack.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown and clear with a towering off white head. nice retention and lacing. The aroma offers malts, pine hops, bread, roast. The flavor is earthy, with a strong showing from pine and lightly toasted sweet malt. A touch of bitterness in the back. Nice balance. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. And here closes the end of the Hop-Tology case.

A real dark brown red chestnut body, hard to see through cause of it's color, but can see up above it slightly. Head makes three fingers tan caramel color, good retention with a lot of swiss cheese bubbless and a styrofoam like cap.

Smell is a faint soft chewy roast, and a tea like herbal hop sensation. Nice dry cloves also. Interesting, I am not minding this at all.

Finish seems to carry most of the flavor along a weakened body and texture. Roast and hop finishing with a little bit of malt chew density in the middle. Strangely prickly and carbonated in a flat way. Not particularly hot either for the high abv.

Overall it's not bad, I think it just needs a little more oomph, but it's enjoyable. It luckily doesn't have a lot of banana on it for me which I get off of most Baltic Porters.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are low - it just sounds like a poor idea to mix a Baltic Porter with an IPA. I'm prepared to be blown away - and I hope that I am - but shit don't bode well.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard pressure as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of light khaki colour, nice cream and thickness, and average retention. Colour is a dark caramel with amber hues. No yeast particles are visible, though it's nontransparent. No bubble show. A bit dull.

Sm: Lovely roast and dark malt qualities are intruded upon by invasive hop notes. The balance feels wrong, but I'm game. A moderate strength aroma.

T: The balance is indeed completely wrong. Baltic Porter notes compete with IPA notes outright, with the IPA losing; the drinker loses as a result. Dark malts fight with vague indistinct hops. Caramel is cut short by aggressive citrus. All things considered, it's scattershot but enjoyable. Admittedly, the balance could be worse. I wouldn't say it's refreshing, but I like it in a general sense (after all, I like beer).

Mf: Smooth and wet - at least both styles agree on that. Adequately thick and carbonated. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense.

Dr: Drinkable, but unremarkable. I won't be getting this again. An interesting attempt by Sam Adams, but one that fails. Meh. Move along, lads. Leave this one on the shelf where it belongs.


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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
7.6% ABV, "Enjoy now or further age it to develop rich and unique flavors". Numbers printed on neck and shoulder.

A - Rich mahogany ruby in color, Dark Depths isn't quite as dark and ominous as the (freakin' awesome) label, but it's got great color to it. A sturdy light khaki head floats on the surface as tentacles of lace creep up the glass.

S - Potent and deep, Dark Depths comes right out of the gate blazing. Robust roasted malt pushes dry cocoa and bittersweet chocolate at your face while and equally strong hop presence attacks with earthy pine resin tones. Dark fruit notes of plum and fig linger in the background of this hearty ale.

T - Roasted malt chocolate flavors from the aroma come together haphazardly, mashing dark Dove chocolate, dry bitter cocoa, and coffee grounds together in a manner much less intentional than the aroma would suggest. Sip after sip, it grows on me, as hops begin to shine a little more with their earthy attributes, but it's a malty beer at heart.

M - Incredibly dry and almost acrid, Dark Depths is roasted and hopped to an almost debating level; each trying to take control of you're tongue. In the end, the lingering flavor of Dark Depths pulls you under for yet another sip, trying to discover the complexity in the medium-full-bodied beer but dry roast wins out. It's not quite hoppy-bitter, positioning it more towards the Baltic Porter part of the "style".

O - Dark Depths' label is almost iconic; foreboding and ominous but, the beer in the end struggles to live up to it, With it's bold roast and moderate hop presence, it seems more like an abundantly hopped dark beer than an intentional blend of two styles. The IPA portion just seems to fade into black here. That's not to say it's not a good beer by any stretch of the imagination, however; it just doesn't quite scream "Black IPA" to me.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Labeled as a Baltic "IPA" and will be reviewed more according to the brewer's wishes.

Pours a dark amber/brown color with a good sized head light tan head, head looks a bit creamy, fades at a decent rate and leaves a few bits of sticky lacing.

Smell has mostly a caramel malt aroma, some earthy piney hops do make an appearance to my nose but they're pretty subdued.

Taste has a roasty toasty caramel and toffee flavor, hops like the aroma are pretty muted and severely lacking, bitterness is weak too, has a very creamy and full body mouthfeel with soft but active carbonation.

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Photo of lvoutlawjlh
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks really good, a deep dark brown that just lets some light in at the edges with a thick tan head about two fingers in height that leaves creamy lacing pretty thickly on the glass.
All's good in the aroma, offering up roasted malts with a woody charred edge, some sweetness and even a tinge of sugared raisin or plum mixed with a bit of floral and slightly citrusy hops notes.
The flavor essentially offers the same with a few of the elements amped up a bit; unfortunately, the most increased aspect is the char, which makes it a little too bitter and abrasive. It almost comes together, but not quite.
The feel is a little light and quite spritzy for a Baltic porter; a little depth and smoothness with an edge of the crispness and carbonation is needed for this beer.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost black. Big, fluffy beige head with tons of mucky cling. Looks primo. 4.5

Earthy and citrusy hops pair with a roasty, salty malt backing. Mild, but nice and soft aroma. 4.0

Bitter with light astringency. Malt bitterness and early-boil hops make for a double whammy. A little salty and rocky. Lots of earthy tones with a metallic bent. Interesting hoppy Baltic Porter. 3.5

Medium body with big carb. Creamy feel with bubbles. I like it. 4.0

A beer with character. I'd revisit. 3.5

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Photo of EricClayton
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish/brown mahogany color, medium sized white head to it. Not much present in the smell department. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, get some caramel and toffee notes, maybe some fig or raisin flavors on the back end. Pretty well balanced, finishes clean and smooth. Pretty solid beer all around, nice change of pace from the typical IPAs... worth a try if you see it around.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish mohogany color, with a think and fluffy tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a nice lacing.

This beer smells of sweet caramel malt. It is also sporting some toffee aroma. I get come citrusy and piney hop notes. A very mild chocolate aroma is also present.

This beer tastes like it smells. A nice mix of toffee, hops, and chocolate. It is pretty tastey.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. The alcohol content is well hidden in the taste and aroma. It leaves a slightly sweet aftertaste.

This beer might make a good session beer, but the 7.6% ABV might present a problem.

Overall: This beer is pretty good, and I am glad it came in the IPA pack so I could try it. I would probably buy a 6 pack of it.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass from a brown bottle

A - Dark brown with little light penetration with a 1.5 finger ecru head with excellent retention and good filmy lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, molasses, pine, citrus hops notes

T - Pretty sweet initially with roasted coffee, dark chocolate notes and a bit of caramel and molasses. Then moves into a more hoppy and bitter character with piney and citrus notes and a nice moderately bitter finish.

M - Medium-full body with moderate carbonation, chewy.

O - Very pleasant hybrid, would be a great fall/winter beer and excellent pairing with many savory foods.

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Photo of ms11781
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a super-dark brown color. Minimal to no light penetration. Head starts out big then dies off to a patchy skin above the beer's body. Minimal lacing rings.

S-Syrupy sugar-drizzled caramel and butterscotch. Dark and roasty but there is a good whack of citrus hops. Hops are also a bit soapy and sudsy. More Baltic Porter than IPA. Notes of chocolate, coffee and even a light raspberry hint.

T-More sweet than anything else. First comes the deep, charred caramel. Then the roast and chocolate kick into the equation. On the back end is a potent enough citrus and pine hop flavor duo. Raisins and butterscotch. Hops are still a bit sudsy in some areas. Actually pretty pleasant.

M-Body is again more Porter than IPA. Higher carbonation levels. Medium bitterness but the dryness lasts for quite a while.

O/D-Actually a good hybrid brew. More Porter than anything else, but overall I enjoyed this one enough. Hops need to be revved up a bit. In conclusion, I enjoyed this one. Won't go out of my way to recommend it, but its a solid part of a mixed 12 pack.

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Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of stinadez
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 916 ratings
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