Dark Depths | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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916 Ratings
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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
Photo of Popp24
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of PeteTheBeerDrinker
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Acforster2
3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheResidentialOP
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear deep amber brown with a ton of carbonation bubbles and a two finger head which is very creamy off white and lingers nicely before leaving a nice amount of lacing
S: great roasted malt notes a bit of a earthy or spicy hop note in the middle
T: begins with a nice dark malty depth and then kicks in with a bit of sweetness like that of brown sugar or possibly even mollases on the tail end, slight alcohol presence in the middle, the hops here appear to be used more for bittering than for flavor but it is nicely bitter on the end, well balanced
M: smooth creaminess and thickness through the middle, slight bite of alcohol in the middle, leaves the palate noticably dry
O: a nice and enjoyable brew drinks phenomenally smooth and well balanced, i really enjoy it quite a bit more than i had thought that i may

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-27-12
Batch no. 1

Appearance: very dark and almost completely opaque, with just a little red around the edges. The head is thick and leaves behind huge chunks of lacing.

Smell: deep and roasty, aromas of raisin and smoke. A little bland, but still promising. A light hoppiness is there in the end.

Taste: more interesting than the smell, with lots of roasted malt and a some smokiness to finish it off. The aftertaste is dry, right for the style, with a fruitiness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: very thick and creamy, accents the malty characteristics nicely.

Overall, a tasty, well made beer, but nothing new or exciting.

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Photo of tizride
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Sam Adams Official

A - A dark mahogany colored brew with high clarity for the color. It produced a 2-finger head that held well. Lacing was pretty nice.

S - Soft roasted coffee bean, molasses, nuts, soy sauce, herbal hop, grapefruit rind.

T - The first thing I pick up is licorice with notes of roasted nuts, and coffee. Alcohol mingles throughout the beer. Herbal hop notes come through mid to finish. Sweetness is pretty low considering the ABV. Bitterness is very low.

M - Moderate-high crispness with a smooth feel and a medium body.

O - I don't see how this is brewed half Baltic Porter, half IPA. It really just tastes like a Brown Ale or a liter tasting Porter to me. In fact, the dominate flavors are licorice and coffee. Anyways, I think it's a decent brew, nothing exiting to me though.

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Photo of JosiahS
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Samuel Adams glass

Dark, dark brown with a 2-finger tan head. Lots of soapy and sticky lacing. Overtones of floral hops with a sweet, cherry and caramel base.

Clean and simple taste. A nice consistent herbal hop flavor is present throughout. Malt offers caramel, licorice and milk chocolate.

Body is medium with low-medium carbonation. Mild a smooth feel.
Nice beer. Subdued but i like it.

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

This was a brew I was eager to try. A porter turned IPA. Nifty concept. And that's exactly what it is.

As you first smell this brew you are treated to an interesting mix of malt porter aromas with an equal portion of largely floral hops.

The moment you taste it you run through a gambit of tastes in that same order. A malted porter that quickly transitions to a big floral IPA, and then finishes with a more bitter IPA aftertaste.

It's good but I also am not convinced that this was the desired outcome. The flavors don't really ever blend and while that's fine by itself, they don't really compliment each other either.

Still it's a satisfying result and interesting at the very least.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

I picked this up at Wegmans, shared with tenderbranson69 enjoyed from a pint chilled.

An onyx color with opaque appearance and thick cream of tan like a porter with fine bead. The smell is pine and herbal with some slight citrus tangy odor coming through with moderately sweet note of dark malt and slight toffee tinge. The feel is good, yet mostly dry with strong bitterness from the hops keeping the malt balanced with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol in the semi-dry and spicy finish.

The beer tastes sufficiently malty to be considered a hoppy porter is not far off or American Black ale if you prefer. The flavor of slight plum and mild pine with some grapefruit tinges of simcoe and pepper from the saaz giving a nice contrast to the slightly sweet toffee-like malt elements. The overall impression is it is more of a porter but is pretty highly hopped so it is not great but very good -it just has a kind of split personality and feels like two styles put together for the sake of it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Appears a dark almost black color with a tan head forming thick, flowing above the rim of the glass. Aroma has herbal tea leaves, and other earth hop notes sticking out amongst the dark roasted malt layers. Even flavored dark roasted malt layers finishes dry with roasts, nothing offensive or too bitter especially for a "Baltic" IPA...pretty funny that they tried to relabel what the black IPA is called. A nice mix of chocolate and herbal hops makes up the flavor profile of this black IPA, pretty damn good nothing to gawk at for sure. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even carbonation flowing smooth, I'm really a fan of the style thus far in this beer at least. Overall keep drinking dark beers and occasionally blend your favorite porter with an IPA and you may get similar results.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep black with a one finger head upon pouring. Decent retention, leaving a very thin cap on top. Very nice lacing all around the glass, pretty thick.

S: A surprising amount of floral hops, some resin, a little bit of roasted malt, and coffee. As it warms a slight alcohol tinge comes forward.

T: Some cocoa, mild citrus and pine, more resiny hops and some roasted malt. Not really very hoppy though..nor is it full of dark malt and chocolate/coffee. Kind of confusing.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly chalky feel to it.

O: Not really sure what's going on with this beer. Not really very hoppy but it also isn't very malt. Expected it to be more like a black IPA, but it isn't.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A caramel colored beer that looks a lot like a cream soda except for the big khaki head that settles slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Lightly roasty, citrus hop aroma, faint chocolate and char. Kind of an odd flavor, not bad, but not what I was expecting exactly; not really a black IPA or a Baltic porter in my book. It’s hop forward, more than a porter would be, with lots of citrus, bitter grapefruit notes, and a toasted bread malt character. Hints of bittersweet chocolate and very subtle coffee. Not too sweet and finishes dry. Something about it strikes me a kind of strange and not 100% satisfying, taking two distinct styles and diminishing them a little, perhaps.

Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Decent enough but just not all that pleasant to drink. I simply prefer a black IPA to have a clearer hop flavor and this feels muddled by the dark malt and not complimented by it. Less roasty than many other examples of the style. As a porter it’s too hoppy and thin for a Baltic style.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a Brown Ale and smells like one too. You get hints of caramel, toffee and roasted malts with some underlying American citrusy hops. The taste is very smooth full bodied and creamy. It has that sweet roasted brown malt with spike of citrus herbal and piney oily bitterness.

This beer drinks like anyone of their 5.0-6.5 percent beers and its 7.6 percent. The alcohol is well masked and has a nice full body to it. The hops definitely give more of a hop punch the more you drink it. It seems to give the roasted malt a dark coffee malt taste even though there its more of a brown beer. The hops give off an earthy citrus flavor and bitterness that remind you that this is an IPA.

As the beer warms I do get more citrus blast of full flavor hops and is definitely a full flavor beer. Samuel Adams definitely impressing me lately with their IPA's. Definitely recommend the
IPA hopology mix 12 pack which is where I got this beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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