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 Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ.

A: Deep, dark brown with blood red hues when held up to light. Fluffy, bubbly, light brown head with good retention leaving behind some solid lace.

S: Roasted malt with a piney, spicy hop backbone.

T: Nicely roasted malt with a good hop presence and a little spice in the finish. Some creamy lactose sugar in there as well. Charcoal and peat notes. Piney, dry, bitter American hops.

M: Smooth, easy drinking. Great roasted flavor on the palate.

O: Clean, crisp, and surprisingly refreshing. A unique style that brings together two great beers. The main characteristics of each style are retained which is a credit to SA. A fine beer that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of syrup, and hint of spice. Fits the style of an IPA, but not really a Baltic Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, citrus hops, alcohol, hint of coffee, and a hint of syrup. Overall, lacking body complexity. Reminiscent of a black ale. The sourness of a Baltic Porter is drastically lacking.

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops and light baker's chocolate

Taste: baker's chocolate, some dark and milk chocolate, citrus hops especially towards the end.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start that gets to be moderately bitter fairly quickly.

Overall: This strikes me as more of a sweet Black IPA than a Baltic Porter. I love the multiple layers of different chocolates in this one. I would pick this one up again if I was in the mood for a black ipa.

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Photo of scott2269
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of rkcrozier
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Somewhat optimistically labeled "Batch 1".

Appearance: Free pour a two inch, fluffy light tan head that dissipates steadily leaving a few thick lacing arches. Pours black with redbrown highlights. Leaves elaborate, sweeping lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: Simcoe hops. In the glass: Pastry, with fruits and Simcoe. Weird, but pleasant. It's like a croissant with strawberry and grape jam, and some kind of Simcoe (sort of a dank, marijuana-y pungent hop) sauce as well.

Taste: Same weird mix of marzipan, strawberry / grape / passionfruit / peach (none of these outright, but like a blend), and simcoe hops. The difference is that in taste form it's verrry sweet.

Interesting, and points for uniqueness. Regardless of what style this wants to be though, it's just too sweet. It doesn't quite get to "unpleasant," but it's pushing its luck. 3.5 because it's doing a lot of stuff well above average (pastry malt backbone is very nice, even if it is too sweet, and the Simcoe playing nicely with it is surprising and enjoyable).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very creamy. Low side of moderate carbonation. A bit sugary.

Overall: For some palates, this beer could be a real eye opener. For me, it's pretty good, occasionally impressive, but persistently too sweet.

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Photo of irs
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is the first SA beer I've had that impressed me.
I love baltic porter, and that ain't exactly what this is, but its a nice twist on the style. When I grabbed it, I didn't notice Balic "IPA" on the label. I just saw Baltic and thought, ok, another attempt from SA to join the post SA Craft Beer World by making an attempt on my favorite style, prepare to be dissapointed, but I've got to try it.
First of all, it is black IPA meets Baltic Porter. Hoppy like Sublimely Self Rightous, yet, somehow having that counterintuitive lightness that I can't define, but it is what I love so much about Baltic Porter. I know that has to do with the lagering, and SA stayed true to the style here, but without underdoing the hops. There's a soapiness to this, which sounds like it should be bad, but its good. A nice chewyness, without leaning toward being an Impy, yet having more substance than most IPAs.
All I really should say is, its definitely worth trying and forming your own opinion

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Photo of cssosprey
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass

I would question this being characterized as a Baltic Porter, as I didn't detect any roasted malt characteristics. Instead, I think this is SA's version of a Black IPA. While enjoyably tasty and very reasonably priced, I think this would benefit immensely from a bit more malt character in the background. As it stands, the recipe seems to focus primarily upon the hops, and the hop combination isn't so amazingly complex that it needs to be the only character focused on.

Pours a tall, dense, head of higher than 3cm. This slowly collapses to a persistent cap atop the beer. Yields excellent lacing, plentiful streaks, spots, and waves. Body is dark brown out of light, hazy cola brown in light.

Nose is distinctly hoppy, strong citrus, particularly grapefruit. A bit of anise, too, and slight dark malt presence. Good, but a bit one-dimensional.

Taste opens with dark malt character and very little sweetness, then goes to strong hop bitterness with citrus flavor, particularly grapefruit, b ut other complex hop flavors, too. Aftertaste is bitter, with slight roastec character. Good, but as aroma, a bit one-dimensional.

Medium to medium-light body and fairly low carbonation. Still satisfying across palate. Finish is dry.

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Photo of Mounty4Life
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 to pint and head three fingers of light sticky head with dark porterlike look!
Roasty coffee but with subtle smell that reminds me of left hand milk stout
Really good if you like ipas and Porter's Great aftertaste of malt and mild hop love upfront to provide desired porter style flavor that is desired!
Great Carb and aftertaste of a beer you hope to drink again. Recommended with steak or seafood at dinner and won't disappoint!!
Will definitely revisit given opportunity ....can't wait to see this at a nice restaurant not 6er shop !
Closest Baltic Porter to my favorite beer that changed my life Papago brewing El Robusto!!

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Photo of Seanibus
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beefy and rich, though with a sour-ish aftertaste.

Pours deep brownish-black with a big fluffy tan heads that holds and holds. The aroma is slight but coffeelike. The flavor is beefy and bitter, like coffee and ash with some burned caramel behind it and a prickly roll across the tongue, with a flowery hop somewhere back there.

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Photo of enfield249
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thick creamy off white to khaki head.

S - Malty, slight roast aromas, slight dark fruit and caramel. The caramel.

T - All of the above. I really get the malt, roast and caramel on the back of my tongue. A nice amount of hoppieness, not over powering.

M - Full, and a pleasant amount of hop bitterness.

O - This is a really, really good baltic porter. Maybe more of an imperial baltic porter perhaps, but very tasty.

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Photo of jar2574
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Midnight black beer under great head, excellent lacing. Awesome smell. Blend of citrus and pine hops with slight citrus predominance. Powerful yet pleasing and not overwhelming. Some sweet malts in the smell too.

Taste is not as powerful as the smell. It is smooth, creamy, with a dry finish. Pine hops stand out but are balanced somewhat by smooth malts.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, I was too lazy to find my Sam Adams glass. Beer is dark brown but clear, big head, aggressive, nice retention, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little pine mostly noble earthiness.

Beer is medium to light in body, mildly sweet, decent mouthfeel, pretty good actually. It has a mild hop flavor and a little bitterness at the end, overall a milld tasting beer but pretty decent.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a two-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled roasty and malty with a touch of pine.

T - It tasted roasty and of bitter piney hops. There was a touch of booziness and some sweet toffee.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice Baltic Porter. I've had better, but this is pretty tasty.

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Photo of schoon
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of TechTriumph
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/15/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white creamy and slightly billowy head with nice retention; Approaching black in color with just a bit of garnet light coming through; Impressive layers of lacing left behind

S - Really nice blend of aromas here that I wish came across a bit stronger; Notes of spicy, orange, and just a bit of piney hops, along with cinnamon, caramel, chocolate, and woody/earthy characteristics

T - Pretty mild bitterness for the first half of the taste; Good showing of hops here with mostly herbal and spicy varieties, with a lesser dose of pine and citrus; Caramel, chocolate, floral/anise, dark fruit, and earthy flavors are noticeable, but play more as a sidekick to the hops; Faint smoky flavor comes through as well; As the beer warms, hop flavors begin to subside, allowing other flavors to shine/stand out more

M - Low amount of carbonation; Between medium and full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel; Somewhat dry in the finish that leaves a syrupy coat on the tongue

O - I was really looking forward to trying this beer as I have found an interest in the hopped up black ales and porters that have started to appear recently. I think Sam Adams did a pretty nice job on this one and managed to create a good blend of porter and IPA qualities that enhance one another. Overall, this brew is one of the Small Batch Series offerings that I enjoyed the most, and I look forward to having it again when the IPA Hop-ology variety pack comes out.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown with a thick tan head. There was abundant lacing.

A little light on the aroma. A bit of citrus and a bit of roasted malt.

Things came through more in the taste. Sweet chocolate, coffee. Some grapefruit.

The flavors all worked well together, making this nedium-bodied beer fun to drink.

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Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with some light showing areas of brown. 2 full inches light brown foam, which fills and sits. Puffy and persistent. Smell has notes of pine, roasting, grass, citrus. Loads of lacing. Taste is full of flavorful chocolatey malt/citrus hop, yet lighter bodied and refreshing. Clean finish. Really interesting blend and flavor combination.

Everything here works for me here - solid!

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Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 55.5% out of 100 with 916 ratings
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