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
Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with thin light tan head.

Smell: Citrus and pine are most noticeable, over top of chocolate and a light roastiness. As with hoppy Imperial Stouts and strong Black Ales, the combination reminds me of roses and meat. Odd, but I have gotten used to it.

Taste: Tastes like a fruity, chocolatly, clean lager, but sabotaged with a buttload of citrusy and piney hops. The juxtaposition is great.

Feel: Definitely has the mouthfeel of a Baltic Porter (medium full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, clean), but with an unusually high level of dryness.

Overall: Fantastic clashing of styles that is way more adventurous than I expected of Sam Adams. Extremely impressed.

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Photo of RebornStussy
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Ruger44
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of fergster75
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark amber/light brown with off-white, 1 finger head.

S - A little bit of fruity hops, some dark malts, a bit of chocolate. Quite interesting.

T - Hmm, interesting, it's like a hoppy porter, almost. Certainly dark malts and chocolate present, but a nice bit of fruity hop kick to it.

M - Very smooth, average carbonation.

Overall - I was actually impressed by this beer. Certainly a nice addition to the Sam Adams repertoire. Cheers.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ALLISON01
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

1 pint 6 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect 22oz. glass. Nice looking beer, medium to dark brown color for the liquid portion. Deep amber to red highlights. Slightly darker than tan colored head that provides better than average lacing and glass retention.

Smell is decent, the first "Baltic IPA" I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Has a lot of the nice roasty features of a hearty porter, maybe not quite as robust, but porteresque for sure. Also has a nice hoppy aroma to it as well. Hops range from floral, pine, to some slight citrus. Slight toast aromas as well.

Taste is equally as nice. Sweetness, almost natural sugary. At the same time there are some earth flavors of wood and pine. Slight citrus zest as well. Nice roasted sweetness, sort of a charred liquid sugar taste, unique and tastey.

Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as full as I expected, but full enough. Good carbonation level, with a strong bitterness in the finish. Not too smooth and not too bitter, well balanced. Another very good beer to this new collection of Sam Adams beers. Curious, I may get another bottle to age and see how it holds up.

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Photo of yamar68
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark ruby with a massive swelling light brown head. Good lacing, good beading, a good looking beer.

Caramely hops, molasses, citrus fruits, muted malt presence.

Alcohol isn't exactly subtle on the tongue. Faded hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Definitely a unique beer, I'm far from convinced of the concept though.

Not too smooth going down... I can't say that I'll be looking for this one again in the future.

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Photo of BDIMike
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a real dark, cool looking black color. An really nice thick tan head sits on top of the brew throughout.
Aroma is unexpected. When you look at a jet black beer, you don't expect to smell such a strong hop smell. This brew gives you very nice citrus hop shots.
Taste is more what you would expect. The good hop tastes from what you smell are there in full force, but they are balanced very nicely with good roasted malts. Intriguing battle between these two flavors.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness and a good smoothness to it as well.
Drinkability is very good on this beer. The contrasting flavors not only balance each other very well, but they also make you want another sip to see which flavors come out. Nice job Jim!

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Photo of Dodt
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

picked up this o a trip a while ago decide to crack it open , poured into a mug cola in color with a malted milk head , nice blend of chocolate and hops . can't really notice any citrus like others roasted coffee in aroma . nice creamy taste . haven't been disapointed in a beer from the nice people at boston beer.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown body, Coco-Cola highlights, translucent when held to the light. Medium tan rocky head, dense bubbles of all different sizes. Great stretchy lacing.

Bright citrus aroma, interesting contrast with the dark appearance. Grapefruit and oranges.

Tastes blend right from the start. Dark roast coffee. Juicy citrus. Hops snap more than bite at the swallow.

Rich smooth mouthfeel with a hint of prickliness.

Not a big fan of Blake IPAs, but I like this as a hoppy porter.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a 3 finger creamy colored head

S: Tiny hints of bitter, black chocolate, grassy hop notes, slight hint of wood/oak and maybe caramel.

T: Much like the smell. Bitter, black chocolate up front, hints of grass mixed with wood, really chalky mouthfeel.

O: Not too impressed with this one. Very run of the mill porter, but Sam Adams' other bombers are pretty good.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep rich brown color with some highlights. Massive light tan head, with lacing all over the glass. Retention is near perfect as it keeps a thick blanket of foam on top of the ale.

The aroma is rich with roasted malts, some dark chocolate, as well as a floral hop bitterness.

The taste is about the same as the aroma... only a bit more intense. Deep roasted malt matched with a dry bitter hop makes one confused style of beer.

Medium to full bodied

I do not know what to think of some of these mixed styles. Baltic Porter or Black IPA. Either way Sam Adams did a great job at blending both.

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Photo of JDbullodg
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of beerdrifter
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in Denver for a conference. Deep dark mahogany pour with two finger caramel-colored head with good retention and great lacing. Big nutty, roasty nose with nice balance between the hops and malt. Hints of resiny pine, citrus, mocha, toffee, and espresso with a slight floral touch. The balance holds true in the taste. Lots of fresh roasted coffee with hints of bitter chocolate and caramel, perfectly complementing the piney, citrus hops. Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a tangy, bitter hop finish. Say what you want about Sam Adams, but they put out some solid beers. And call this what you want, to me it's a Black IPA. But the Porter twist really works. This is one flavorful and drinkable beer!

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cool looking 22 oz bottle. $6.50 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Great looking beer. Darkest brown, not quite black, and with some highlights when held up. Big off white- light tan head with pretty good retention and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Lots of citrus hops and a bit of pine. Hops really dominate the aroma so much that if I smelled it blind, I may not pick up on the more subtle roasted malt notes and the hint of chocolate. Smells great, but I'd like some more of the porter-ish aromas.

Taste: Much more roast and chocolate in the taste. The hops and roasty flavors intermingle very well. This tastes distinctly different from a black IPA-- its a porter with lots of hops, not an IPA with dark malts. Starts piney, citrusy, ends malty with roast and cocoa. Crisp and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with some creaminess in the middle and a dryish finish.

Overall: This is a surprise, and I like it a lot. Very well done beer.

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Photo of ejw127
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear deep reddish-brown with almost two fingers of creamy tan head. Head has good retention leaves nice lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma, somewhat herbal and a big dose of citrus hops. Some roasted malt as well.

T - taste is similarly chocolate forward, with a cocoa aspect as well. More roasted malts in the taste than the smell. Hops come in midway and bring orange seat bitterness through the finish. Pretty good, bit I was enjoying it more before the hops came in.

M - Medium mouthfeel starts with some creaminess, before turning bitter and dry.

O - Pretty good, but I think I would enjoy this more
than with a more subdued hop profile.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Zorro
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a ruby color when back light by a 100 watt bulb. Thick light brown colored head..colored head.

Smell is slightly metallic with the distinctive carrot aroma you get when you mix C-Type Hops and lots of very dark malt. Molasses and burnt sugar malt aroma. Figs but not fruity. Black current aroma.

Starts out mildly sweet with a black licorice flavor and subtle burnt sugar taste. Woody with a slight mouth numbing effect like clove oil. More like an American Porter than a Baltic one, strong patent malt flavor. Little bit of cocoa powder but really this is just a smooth American porter.

Mouthfeel is a strong point of this beer. This and creamy in the mouth this gives Oatmeal Stout a run for its money.

Overall it is OK, but I like some fruity flavors in my Baltic Porters.

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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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