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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 27, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of resin, chocolate, raisins. Tastes like a porter at first with a bitter hoppy resiny finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
burg326 (5370) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3999) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Smells grapefruit, grass and slightly sweet. It poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Taste is really intense almost grape like taste immediately followed by the citrusy hops and finishes with the malt flavor. Feels medium bodied and slighly oily in the mouth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2012
solid black IPA, could use a little more intensity with the hops, but all in all a nice tasting beer, a bit fruity, nice malt balance, but again just missing a little bit of overall intensity for a black IPA, so its not top tier but almost there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6730) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep amber-brown with a large tan head with good staying power and lacing. aroma of grapefruit, roasted malts, grass. Taste is dominated by roasted malts and citrus hops, with notes of caramel and chocolate. Bitter finish.

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