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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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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Photo of Lawnboy33
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ozzy2004Ironman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz squat bottle, another Whole Foods Kahala procurement whilst in sunny, oh so sunny Honolulu.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola hue, with three fingers of peppy, foamy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a stellar honeycomb pattern of lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away. Purdy, indeed.

It smells of thin pine resin, some mild doughy yeast, slightly roasted caramel malt, and further softly spicy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter pine and citrus rind hops, sour, tangy, and somewhat chocolaty toasted malt, some mild herbal tendencies, and a very subtle rising booze warming.

The bubbles are quite restrained, the body a pretty hefty medium weight, and smooth enough, if you're inclined to tolerate that tacky hop incursion. It finishes quite off-dry, the grainy malt showing some rather sweet backbone, amongst that general roasty character, and a lingering bitter hop melange.

A strange mixing of beer cultures, and given the result, a more or less successful one, if you're into this particular meshing of flavours - kind of an East Coast attempt at replicating the Cascadian Dark Ale. Once again, as in the war between the coasts for the IPA, the East loses, really for lack of a bracing hop effect - stylistically, of course.

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Photo of Nate
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Runofthemiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

Just bought the hopology mix pack

A: Filtered, cocacola color. Starts with a large sandy colored head. Leaves some pretty heavy lacing, and thick head lasts well.

S: Roasted malts up front, come dark coco and espresso notes. Some grapefruit citrus hop notes as well. Decent pungency.

T: Starts off with a double punch of grapefruit, pineapple, lemon citrus hops with a roasted malt flavor. Coffee, toffee, oak, and whiskey flavors in the very prevalent malt back bone. Hops return in finish, some sugar candy, and lime/pine, wet finish. Great balance of flavors, none too dominant and the porter-ipa dichotomy work with eachother not against. Not very bitter at all.

M: Creamy, well carbonated, kinda light body, really sessionable for relatively high ABV. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: Probably the best SA Brew I've had to date. Reminds me of an india brown ale with more roasted qualities. A true baltic ipa in that its half porter, half ipa. Sam adams really does porter/lager malt bills well. The flavors arent mind blowing, but elegantly blended. Highly reccomended and I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours a 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is very dark brown.

S. Smell is hoppy. Citrusy hop smell. There is quite a bit of malt that lies beneath though. Some caramel, and roasted malt. Pretty complex aroma. One of the better SA beers, I have smelled in a while. Interesting is the best term.

T. Actually surprised by the taste of this. I was expecting a porter, and really taste an IPA. Citrusy hop flavor is what I taste the most. Get some roasted malt on the back of the tongue. Very interesting beer. Drinks pretty smooth.

M. Medium/full bodied. Pretty nice mouthfeel on this beer. Some lingering sweetness, but fairly dry.

O. Interesting. Looks like a porter. smells like a Black IPA. Tastes like an IPA. Not a bad beer. Probably the most interesting of the Hopology pack.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of far333
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown colored, nearly opaque, with ruby highlights. Frothy and firm oatmeal colored head full of dimples lingers a long while.

Low aroma of brown sugar and molasses, faint hop smells.

Malty flavor upfront, lots of molasses and crusty brown bread, some fennel seed, dark rich malt, roasty bitterness, faint hop flavors of grapefruit and pine, but an unpleasant metallic note lingers. Not enough hop aroma or flavor to say IPA on the label.

Rich and full mouthfeel, finishes a bit dry and tannic.

Overall, very average. High expectations not met.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A dark brown beer, with a huge frothy head and lots of lacing. It is quite pretty.

S - Clean lager yeast, grapefruit flesh, pine, dough.

T - The taste is rather earthy. There is pine and a bit of an iron metallic taste. There is a bit of a dark fruit malt flavor with a slightly acidic bite to it. Aftertaste is more of the foretastes with a bit of a medicinal bitterness.

M - Smooth as silk, thin, refreshing.

D - Not bad. The beer has a lot of flavor, but I'm not terribly enthused about it. It is mostly loud without saying anything.

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Photo of PGVG
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Skye1024
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Sam Adams "IPA Hop-ology" 12 pk dated best by Sept. 2012; bought and stored cold.

A: Pours clear but very dark brown. The medium size tan head looks quite dense Decent retention and great coverage of varying density on the glass. Great looking! 4.75

S: Primarily a piney hop aroma with a faint malt background. Hints of pepper and a spice mix I couldn't untangle. Fruity and flowery too. Unfortunately, the nose carries a bit of wet dog.

T: The flavor largely follows the aroma. There's plenty of piney hops, but way more tame and balanced than the aroma suggests. Some pepper and flowery notes. Odd impression of saltiness too.

M: Crisp; medium+ body; good medium+ carbonation but perhaps a tad too high.

O: My first Baltic IPA leaves the impression that SA has done a good job crafting a blend of two styles that really do not mesh nicely. Still, it is complex, unique and fun to drink. A rather balanced brew for an "IPA". I think I would prefer a hop mix that was more herbal/citrus and less piney.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Sam Adams bomber into a globe glass. Shows a nice clear brown with ruby highlights. A firm pop of the cap predicts the lofty cap of foam. Good retention and lace.

Nose is hop dominant as the name might suggest, with pine and light malts. Bit sour/onion after the foam settles.

Flavor is rather creamy with a light malt profile. Moderate hop bitterness blends with some bitter chocolate malt notes a a bit of chocolate/pepper spice. Feel is light and a bit thin initially but firms up a bit through the finish. Minimal fruit esters.

Overall an interesting brew. Not as hoppy, particularly on the bitterness front, that you'd expect from a Black IPA. Yet not very complex in the malts either as for a Porter. Body is lighter than expected but the carbonation is firm enough to balance which keeps the feel relatively full. In the end, straddling too many fences and not enough character on its own to revisit but worth the experience.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1 pours a garnet-hued mahogany with a thumb of rocky tan head. Great lacing & very good head retention, fine looking beer!

S: Roasty grain & chocolate

T: Charred & roasted grain with a touch of coffee & dryness up front. Some herbal & citrus hops fight through as this warms, but mostly roasty grains, & dryness though, faint raisin notes in the background, along with even fainter carob. Finishes roasty, dry with a touch of pine, fig & woody hops & just a bit of booze

MF: Medium/thick bodied with soft carbonation, nice balance

Pretty easy to drink, seems to skew way more to the Baltic Porter side of things, but pretty nicely done

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from the new Sam Adams hopology mix pack.... Into a duvel glass.

A: pours a dark cola brown with amber hues around the edges... Nice one finger of khaki head and excellent head retention that leavs a bit of lacing.

S: a bit of a citrus hops which are again subdued, as they were in the third voyage dipa, dark fruit backbone with notes of caramel and toffe... I get a touch of chocolate in there as well, but none of the roastyness mentioned by others... Overall I think the aroma I'm general is a bit subdued even when the brew warms to room temp.

T: much like the nose... A bit of dry chocolate and hops up front with the sweet dark fruits coming in on the finish. I get a light Metallicy note in there as well...

M: medium bodied with medium carbonation... Wish the mouthfeel had a bit more heft and creamyness to it.

O: I found this one to be a bit lacking in a few different ways.... More hops, more body, more aroma, all needed.

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Photo of BossDJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nimrod979
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown cola like in color. large two finger frothy beige colored head. lots of amber hues

aroma is actually somewhat hoppy. some citrus notes going on. chocolate roasted coffee malts. metallic.

taste is similar to the nose. some roasty chocholate and coffee notes as expected from a porter before a floral, citrusy and even piney hop flavor cuts in. Finishes with an interesting combination of roasty bitterness and hops. Earthy yet still getting that metallic flavor. Well balanced.

Medium bodied. soft carbonation. good balance of sweet and bitter here. just enough roastiness. def leans more towards the porter side of things but has noticeable hop presence and I ended up finding this one a bit interesting.

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

In a pint glass:

A: dark brown body with a medium sized creamy tan head that died within about twenty seconds. There was some spotty lacing around the sides of the pint glass which seemed to create a small valley of dissipating head absorbing into the sides of the glass and leading to a spotty lace.

S: some burnt malts and rich dark fruits. Some chocolate came out, but it was very light.

T: hops came in separately from the first taste but still distinctly in the background. For the most part, the taste was pretty much the same.

M: medium, slick and slightly creamy with a slight alcohol bite.

O: I could do this style, but am still pretty unfamiliar so I can't really say too much about it just yet and will have to try some other beers of this style. Until then, this was good and I would have it again, maybe side by side with another Baltic Porter to compare. In the meantime, I'll read and research. However, I will say this is a real treat.

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Photo of Fattsmagee
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a Coca-Cola brown with a fantasic creamy/pillowy, off-white layer of foam that stays around for a bit before receeding down to a thin collar. Lace was plentiful for the first 1/3 of the glass.

S: Burnt malt and rich dark fruit. Hints of alcohol but not much in the way of obvious hops.

T: Exactly as above.

M: Slick and oily with a slight bit of peppery alcohol bite.

O: Decent, but for me, this was lacking in the advertised IPA qualities I was looking for. This was just ok for a Baltic Porter, too.

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Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black, nearly opaque. A one-finger head fades fairly quickly to a film that persists. Visible carbonation seems a little low to me.

S: Roasted malt aroma, with some coffee; accompanied (surpassed?) by flowery, spicy, fruity hop notes.

T: Follows nose very nicely with more bittery hop character. Aftertaste is not overly bitter, and fades quickly.

M: Medium body & carbonation.

O: I liked this more than I honestly expected to. The hops came through the malt character nicely. One of the more innovative & tasty beers I've had from Sam Adams lately.

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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.75 out of 5 based on 916 ratings.
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