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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Photo of Ryan011235
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter on 4/30/12

Medium brown settles with a dark, rustic appearance. One and a half fingers of foam deflate, leaving a thinner layer of retention and some decent patches of lace.

Aromas of dark grains with a touch of tangy, roasted cocoa. Earthy, grassy hops give way to soap notions as the beer warms. There's a vague hint of something citric. The taste is similarly grainy and has something of an earthy, almost piney, hop kick. That said, there is a weird herbal flavor that emerges in the middle, likely owing to the hops; they don't seem at ease with the malts. The finish is a bit roasty and has a dustiness to it. The feel is a pillowy medium and carbonation is pretty low. The body seems a bit thin at times.

Overall, this is merely ok. It's certainly decent enough to finish the bottle, but I'm glad I didn't shell out money for the larger format. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Wally1912
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jerry
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rcatalano
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of RJLarse
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I boght a bomber of Dark Depths in a gorcery store. Poured in to a punt tumbler.

Pours a black walnut color, nearly opaque, with a thick chunky beige head.

Smell is a caramel malt flavor, with just a hint of pine hanging around.

Taste is also a caramel and coffe malt flavor up front, with a bitter charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly full bodied, but not especially cloying.

A very drinkable brew. I don;pt know much about this particular style. but I make it more of a hopped up porter than an IPA. It's really quite good.

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Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with a two finger tan head, that quickly fades, but leaves thick lacing on the sides of the tulip. Smells of dark, toasted malt, pine from the hops and light spice. The taste is very hop forward, with significant bitterness and light citrus notes. The dark roasted malt backbone comes through in the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but well carbonated. This is called a Baltic Porter, but is more of an American Black Ale. Overall, a decent offering.

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Photo of 11millsown113
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when backlit. Head is half an inch, off-white and exhibits a creamy texture. Head eventually settles into a quarter inch cap; sheets of lacing are revealed during the tasting, exhibiting good retention. Nose suggests cocoa, dark fruits, earthy hops and sassafras. Taste starts off being a little hop-forward, followed by a slightly metallic character and then reveals a dark malty backbone, vinous fruit and a suggestion of caramel. Finish is slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a slightly prickly carbonation and a light acidity. Overall, a decent Baltic Porter, but not something I feel the need to revisit.

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Photo of alexgash
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Light cola brown body. Clear. Tall, 2+ fingers of thick, whipped, khaki head. Great lacing. Nose shows a mix of roasted malts and citrus hops (grapefruit and orange). Some singed caramel, licorice, and chocolate as well. Smells like a black IPA.

Roasted, charred malt notes up front. Dark fruit and caramel fill in and provide a hint of sweetness. Herbal, minty hop bitterness picks up near the finish. Grassy hops linger, with some pine and charred caramel malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly prickly feel. Not bad, but I've had much better black IPAs.

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Photo of halo913
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An interesting take on the "Black IPA" style.

It pours out a very dark brown with a thick, brown, 3 finger head.

The smells are citrusy, earthy and roasted malt.

It tastes very much the same. There is some citrus like orange peel and lemon zest, there is caramel and dark roasted malts with a slight hop bitterness.

Overall, pretty tasty, but not the best for this particular style.

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Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Sam Adams Hop-ology mixed 12. Poured into Sam Adams glass.

A- Pours a translucent dark red mahogany, thin layer of slightly off-white beige head, about average carbonation.

S- Some hops, malts, caramel, a little bit of barley, some very floral notes in the background.

T- Barley and malts mixed with a light hops. A little bit of caramel, a little bit on the sweet side but not too sweet, a tiny bit bitter on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, average carbonation, smooth, goes down easy, not much alcohol burn.

O- This was definitely the most interesting of the Hop-ology beers and one of my favorite ones from the 12. It definitely had the sweet barley qualities of a porter and also the bitter hop qualities of an IPA which mixed together fairly well. The beer goes down very easy. I would definitely recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of 40451
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: dark reddish black; one-finger head nicely lingers;
S: slight caramel aroma; light toasted grains
T: really nice ipa porter; the extra hopping and alcohol give an ordinary porter some nice oomph and complexity; not very sweet; somewhat bitter
M: at once smooth and zesty

Nice beer!

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Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Reaper16
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL into a tasting glass

Pours a dark brown color that you'd expect from a Baltic Porter(ish) beer. Plenty of creme head on here too. Lots of red highlights in the body when held up to light.

The aroma on this beer is wild. It's quite vegetal. My first impulse was to say "plant food," but then I thought "no, this smells like an actual plant." Then it hit me: aloe vera. This beer (on-tap anyway) smells distinctly like aloe vera. The hop profile in the nose is green and medicinal. The actual maltiness is masked by all these green aromas. Too fresh? Perhaps.

The backbone of the beer is immediately noticeable on the palate. There's some chalky, powdery cocoa flavors. Not as many dark fruits as I was expecting; actually, there really isn't any dark fruit to speak of here. There are, however, hops. The orange marmalade kind.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Lager smooth, I suppose. I can't know for sure by just tasting it whether or not this beer ACTUALLY was fermented lager-style (like true Baltic Porters are), but I could see it. Overall, this is correctly labeled on the beer's packaging. On BA? I'd maybe list it as an American Black Ale. It has a lot more in common with Black IPAs than it does with Baltic Porters. Still, this is a fine effort. Perhaps the best entry in the Sam Adams limited-release line.

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Very active carbonation, epic lacing, black, opaque

SMELL: Herbal, hop resin, faintly citric, coffee, sweetness, cocoa powder, dried plums, faint alcohol

TASTE: Very smooth, full bodied, roasty, very sweet, milk chocolate, burnt sugar, toffee, hop oil, hop bitterness, nougat, charred drying finish

Pretty good, seems a bit chaotic with sweetness, roasted flavors and hoppiness not meshing all of the way. Worth a try.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber brown with a thick head and great lacing.

S - Nice mix of roasted malts and citrus-y hops. The malts are a little bit stronger than the hops.

T - Great blend of roasted malts and hops. This does a great job of blending the flavors of a baltic porter - roasted malts, chocolate, and general creamy smoothness - mix well with the citrus and grapefruit notes of an IPA. Everything you'd expect from a hybrid of the two styles.

M - Medium to full bodied. Very smooth. Easy drinking.

O - Dark Depths is great hybrid of the Baltic Porter and IPA styles. It's very drinkable and a great IPA to turn to if you want some roasted flavors.

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Photo of PostModernEnnui
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Maseitz
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with very light brown had. Medium head. Nose is lighter side, surprisingly, with a cocoa-cookiedough aroma dabbled with faint citrus notes. On the palate there's a tug of war between the molasses-y malt and the hop profile. Not sure I enjoy this in a Baltic Porter, as it seems more like a "innovative" black IPA to me. Rather easy drinking beer too.

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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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