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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Another entry into Sam Adams Small Batch Series Ė Dark Depths. Depths is a IPA or a hoppy porter ( Need some clarification) brewed with a lager yeast for an interesting mesh of styles. Across the cold and brackish waters of the Baltic, the English Porter was transferred, from a mild ale to a dark and complex lager that confounds definition. Immersed in dark, roasted malts and a bold citrus hop character, these big and contrasting flavors are brought together with the smoothness of a lager for a brew thatís bold, mysterious, and full of flavor. Batch #1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2830) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Poured from 12 oz. bottle. Clear, dark mahogany with three-finger billowing tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of citrus and pine and dark fruit and caramel, with the hops taking the lead. Taste of sweet roasted malt, a little smokiness, toffee, dark fruit, citrus and pine. Here, the malt takes the lead, but the flavors take turns showing off so that the taste is always changing. Medium or a little higher body and high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Casey! Dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of pine, grass, some slight citrus with a big caramel and roast, some slight chocolate in there, hints of dark berry. Taste is roasty chocolate, bitter pine, some grapefruit, slight sweet chocolate and fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Nice, nothing over the top, and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsmerig (1494) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma has a bit of sour cherry to it mixed with a musty hop smell. Taste is earthy and well balanced. The bitterness that lingers is more on the smokey side vs. floral or citrus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle. Great pour: sticky foam and loss of lacing. Dark brown color like a porter. Aroma of raisins and roasted malt. Taste is all chocolate and raisins up front, roasted malt, with a quick citrus hop punch on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a 12 ounce undated bottle from the IPA Hopology 12 pack.

A: Dark but clear mahogany body with lots of carbonation activity, thick dense head becomes a plateau as it loses retention.

S: Very faint, slight citrus and roasted aromas, but not strong enough to really enjoy.

T: A slightly bitter citrus flavor starts this off that leads to a mildly roasted flavor that keeps it a bit dry. This is decent, but a bit boring, I do enjoy it though.

M: Medium bodied, a tad syrupy, not much carbonation.

O: This is an interesting beer, done rather well, I just feel itís a bit tame.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
This great beer had a raisin / hoppy aroma and poured a dark brown with a reddish hue when held up to the light. It had a small tan colored head which left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The taste was spectacular with a well balanced hoppiness that leaves you wanting another sip. This was part of a 12 pack special from Sam Adams, and in my opinion, their finest effort yet!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Poobah (382) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Reddish-brown with a thin head, some lacing and a vanilla, raisiny, dark fruit nose. Smooth upfront with a mild, English ale-like mouthfeel and finishing with dates, raisins, brown sugar, and a lingering, mild hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Out of the beers in Sam Adamís IPA sampler, this one seemed to be the dumbest idea so Iím drinking it first. It is actually pretty good though. It is something of a very hoppy porter or a black IPA if thatís the term that tickles your treat. Itís a very transparent brown red color w/ a large head of mixed bubbles. The nose is great gobs of citrus and floral hops and there is only a faint hint of roastiness once the beer is tasted. The biggest flavor flaw here is a bit of alcohol heat which I normally wouldnít notice in a beer of this gravity but nothing that ruins it. It is a touch on the sweet side but it works here, bringing out chocolate flavors from the roast malt. Overall, the impression kind of reminds me of those orange-shaped chocolate candies you can get. "Baltic IPA" struck me initially as a stylistic mash-up done for the sake of it but the end result was good beer so Iím for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
22oz bottle-pours black with a big cascading light brown head that laces. Aroma is pine/resin, dark malt-roasty. Taste is sweet resin/pine/citrus hops, dark malt-ashy/roasty. The biting ash fades at cellar temp and becomes more enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Unfiltered brown-black, steady creamy beige head. Oily hop aroma, burnt chocolate. Pretty much a Baltic Porter meets a Black IPA, pretty well done. Big chewy caramel and chocolate tones, respectable pine/citrus hop backbone. Above par for Sam Adams, this is a well-executed beer. Amped up Schwarzbier, this is waaaay better than most authentic Baltic Porters. Bold, really well done.

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