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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: 297
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of EkimGram
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from my beer journal dated 2/12/12

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Colour is a deep adn rich brown with a two-finger, thick, and pillowy, toffee-coloured head.

Smell: A light mix of aromas of roasted /burnt malts, hops that are bitter and citusy, and a mild sense of alcohol.

Taste: A much more interesting mix of flavours than what the smell had to offer. The malts and hops hit the palette at once and with power. Following is a citrus malt flavour with a bitter bite to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, decent amount of carbonation, finishes sticky.

Overall: This tastes as if they poured a real hoppy APA in the same bottle as a dark, roasty porter. The flavours clash and mix at the same time and it just works so well. Another success for Sam Adams.

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Photo of nkp765
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 beer tan head on a dark brown/black body with some light passing through.

S: nose is very very light with minimal earthy hops, roasted malts, coffee and smokey notes.

T: smokey, coffee and roasted malts. the hops provide an earthy note but I am not sure if this is more than a typical porter. The hops seems to provide more of a bittering and piney presence otherwise not sure if this is an IPA.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: not too special overall. Very drinkable and good tasting, just not very unique.

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

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of light brown foam on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly, but leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - Toasty brown malt with a touch of smoke and spicy hops.

T - Sweet malt with a little bit of toffee and brown malt. Some chocolate comes out in the middle with a touch of nutmeg. Finishes with a brown malty note along with caramel, a little chocolate and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but I get a lot more Baltic than IPA. The dark malt is sugary and a bit flabby, and while the bitterness is sufficient to balance. Decent, but not something I would drink again.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Duhast500
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark maroon with a finger or foamy brownish head and some think lacing left on the glass.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

The smell is roasty with some malt aromas coming off the nose like expected for a beer described as Baltic. There is no hops that I can sense just a bit of bready aroma and a slight leafy aroma as well.

The taste is hoppy with some slight bitterness there in the flavor. There is some piney flavor trying to kick through some of the dark malt flavor and it seems to be held back from exploding through and letting itself be truly tasted. The well muted hops do have a voice there at the end as things turn into a bitter twang toward the back with some slight sweetness trailing behind.

The feel of this beer is smooth at first but does hit a slight bitterness that gives a bit of a slight punch at the end. This beer may not be in the best condition and a re-review of this beer may be needed in the future.

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Photo of acevenom
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
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 bnes09
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Translucent chocolate colored brew. Ruby hues when held to light. Relatively thin head on the pour but good retention.

Aroma is almost exclusively hops with citric and pine notes.

Flavor is hop dominated as well. Grapefruit, lemon rind and soap-like bitterness controls the palate. Just the mildest hint of roasted character from the malt present as wheat toast flavor.

Medium bodied, snappily carbonated and a satisfying dry finish.

No bad. Definitely more of an IPA than a baltic porter and closer to a black IPA. Descent flavor and drinking.

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Photo of coldriver
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed Hop pack pours a dark cola with good head and lacing. Nice subtle hop and dark roasted malt aroma - smells "fresh". Spicy and piney hops (perhaps more of a spruce) with a chalky dark malt backing - nicely balanced. Dry finish with hops hanging on the back of the tongue. This is a very nice tasty brew from Sam Adams.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no date to be found. Poured into a shaker glass, there is a towering head of 2+ inches. Some good lacing as it settles; the beer is a very very dark brown. Nose brings to mind walking through a coniferous forest with equal parts pine and earth.

First taste is sweetness- not quite chocolate but not far from it. Hops (i guess?) are in there too, but this is a jumbled mess. There is a fruity character that doesn't mesh well with the roasted grain. Charred finish is the only thing that jives with the style.

This is a far, far cry from other Black IPAs out there, since I think that's what they were going for. Not the worst beer I've had this week, but I do regret buying it.

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3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark color, but exceptionally vermilion when held to the light. It's got a cream-colored head, thin but lasting, with significant lace. the aroma is earthy, with a undertone of highly roasted malt. The hops are not pronounced in the aroma, but instead step forward in the taste. They're sharp, bitter, rustic, and intense. Balanced, not really sweet, but with considerable malt presence. The beer is full in body, smooth, and very drinkable.

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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MrOH
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of monnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zchops
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of teyuders
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, faintly red tinted brown, mostly clear, low khaki head, little retention. Scent brings sharp resinous hops, earthy spiciness, toasted grain, light splash of dark carmelized malts and a faint rasin note. Taste follows suit, malt backbone brings light sweetness, roast and toast notes, but not too heavy. Resinous and earthy hop profile, faint fruit. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Somewhere between a black IPA (hop profile) and Baltic Porter (malts and fruityness) i suppose.

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