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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of woodyhardboner
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was not what I expected.It was maltier and less hoppy than what I was told. It looked and smelled great, but when it hit my lips I was let down.I guess I was looking for more hops.I did however enjoy the smokey characteristics of this brew. overall this drink was just above average.

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Photo of otzhorse2
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full bodied beer with IPA taste. It is is earthy and thick but a slightly citrus flavor. All around a decent beer but wouldn't buy again. The beer is not the best Samuel Adams I have had to date. It poured heavy with a strong head and very aromatic.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of rajendra82
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The burnt umber body was clear, and quite still, although the head that formed from the pour looked well proportioned, and crowned above the rim of the mug. The aroma was a mild mix of hops, caramel malts, and carbonation. The taste was closer to an IPA than a Baltic Porter, with an earthy, resinous hop profile, that was very English. The Baltic influence did show up in a touch of lactic acid sourness. The beer did feel quite thin and lacked a distinct aftertaste. I picked this up as part of the IPA 12 pack from Sam Adams, and I doubt that this would be among the highlights.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at a good temperature with a huge, tan, foamy, frothy, fluffy head that lasts till the end and lots of lace. Color is a clear red mahoganey with lots of small bubble trails. Aroma is roast, malt, hop, fruit, spice. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, bitter up front followed by carbonic tang where there are a few clashes. Good mouth except for the coarse bitter/tang thang. Finish is like flavor, longish, boozy, and drinkable.

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

Poured from their 12oz bottle from their limited release IPA HOP-OLOGY variety pack...

Appearance - Hat to stop pouring at nearly 4 fingers of dense khaki foam - bumpy and craggy, like a root beer float! Color of the ale is a deep coppery red. Nice lacing coats the glass.

Smell - Dark fruits, touch of robust char and grapefruit, touch of cocoa.

Taste - Toasted malts, with semi-sweet and tart dark fruits and their skins, semisweet ruby red grapefruit, with nice accents of dark chocolate and char. I get some floral hops and grapefruit long into the finish. Good balance and complexity here.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, smooth but not creamy, carb is almost medium but foamy smooth, allowing the flavors to build and enhance w/out any palate cleansing. Finish is a wonderful combo of tartness, some bitter, touch of dry, and touches of sweetness in the mouth corners.

Overall - This ale is a nice balance of robust flavors, nice complexity, well balanced - no punches. Alcohol is perfectly hidden. Sweet, tart, pungent, roasty, hoppy - all in one beer. Give this one a try.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted caramel malts with some dark fruit, a bit of coffee and some citrus hops.

T - Starts off with some roasted caramel malts with a touch of coffee and chocolate with some citrus hops. Through the middle, some light bitterness comes through with some dark fruit sweetness. The finish is a mix of roasted dark malts and dark fruit with some smoke, citrus, and booze.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Not too much hop flavor, but the rest of the flavors are nicely balanced for a Baltic beer. Good malt profile.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle out the hoptology mix.

A - pours a dark brown, close to black, with a one finger fluffy head that dissipates to slim ring. Lacing hangs on the glass.

S - toasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, bread

T - more malt, dark fruit/plum, toasted wheat. The hops are present but restrained. A tad bit of alcohol and bitterness in the finish.

M - the mouthfeel is oily, slightly sticky, carbonation is on the low side but at an acceptable level.

O - this is a very enjoyable beer, one that I could drink again. Could use a tad more complexity or hop balance, but as is is recommended.

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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.75 out of 5 based on 915 ratings.
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