Frank (3471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
If nothing else, Dark Depths looks amazing, making for a truly beautiful pint. The head is beige and frothy and huge, and leaves ample lacing as the beer quickly disappears. So now itís time to go out on a limb, to risk it all in the face of ultimate beer snobbery, but Sam Adams has made a good beer. A really good beer. A solid, dare I say it, delicious beer. Iíd describe this beer as a wonderful Porter, though, with nary any IPA qualities in sight. Sam Adams has some damn fine marketing folks, though, so trendy IPA it is! Still, itís dark and roasted with a noticeable lager fruitiness, yet the hopping rounds out the finish before the brew can grow cloy. Really. This beer is shockingly good.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Block (1756) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, almost no head. Aroma is sweet with caramel and some roasted malts. Light body with really mild flavor. Slightly roasted mixed with some hops flavor. Finish is really like, almost no flavor.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, chocolate, raisins. Tastes like a porter at first with a bitter hoppy resiny finish.
burg326 (4736) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from mix pack, poured a cocoa-cola brownish black color, aromas of pine, grass, grapefruit, and roasted malt. Flavor is the same, was hoping that this had more porter charertistics but didnít, decent beer overall.
jbruner (2986) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown, almost black on tap, with a thick off white head and little lacing. Aroma was malty, with fruit and roasted notes, with a bit of a piney citrus backbone. Taste was the hops up front, and finished with the fruit and malty notes. Clean on the palate but wanted a bit more bite personally. Interesting beer, surprised its from Sam Adams.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice black IPA that pours dark and has a head that goes on forever. Smell is of roast and alcohol. Good hops flavor and not too thick of a base. Nice beer for the style, right in the middle.