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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
Another entry into Sam Adams Small Batch Series – 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 that’s bold, mysterious, and full of flavor. Batch #1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2012
22oz. bottle. Aroma of roasty, darkly sweet malts and fruity, floral hop, featuring notes of cola, licorice, cocoa and toffee in the background. Clear deep, dark brown in color, with a foamy, lasting, light tan head that leaves gobs of lacing behind. Flavor profile is fairly smooth and well-integrated, certainly a rather laid back interpretation of the style, with a good balance of malt roast, mild sweetness, dark chocolate and coffee aspects, earthiness, dark fruity tones, flowery, gently citric hop and some mild to moderate bitterness appearing late. Very faint cherry, smoke and black licorice character lingering after the finish. Smooth, semi-dry and fairly thick on the palate, body is full. Really pretty interesting and tasty. Not your typical Black IPA either -- guessing that the lager yeast has a lot to do with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3940) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Nice foaming action on a dark amber body. Good hoppy notes in the mid finish, effervescent alcohol. Long, lingering mellowness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Sampled on 5/14/2012. This Black IPA pours a very dark black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium to large sized tan/beige foamy rocky head with good retention and sticky lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, chocolate and coffee, with some citrusy hops. A medium bodied black IPA. The malts are caramel, roasty, chocolate and coffee. The hops are citrusy and a touch grapefruity. Decent carbonation. There is a whole lot of variability of flavors in this beer style. Every thing for a hoppy porter/stout to a big IPA with dark malts falls into the Black IPA category. This one is more towards the porter side of things. Very drinkable and I am enjoying the interplay between the slightly sweet chocolate malts and the citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Pours dark amber color with small off white head. Mostly malty aroma with molasses and toffee notes. Flavor follows, with some molasses, maybe some licorice, and light citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1394) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bottle, poured a dark brown color, medium head. Citrus hop really sticks out in aroma with some pineapple grapefuit notes. Slight roasted malt notes also. Medium bitter, light sweetness. Medium body, slight thick and creamy. Nice roasted malt flavor along with some not no subtle citrus hop balance. Pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5445) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Pours a reddish-brown, dark..good tan head. Scent is citrusy hops.....maybe a bit of toffee. Taste is old coffee, bitter roast chocolate, bitter hops. I’d call this a hopped-up porter rather than an IPA. Whatever the identity, it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Coffee like aroma. Black color with minimal head. Dry with sweety finish. Very good tasting. Easy drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kjohns (131) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Clear dark ruby red/brownish pour with moderate cream colored head. Aroma is primarily hops, lots of citrus and some floral with some very light malt notes. Taste reveals a lot more malt than the nose and much less of a focus on the hops. Chocolate and lightly roasted malt flavor with some faint citrus hoppiness. Lingering aftertaste of slightly bitter dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5768) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Black, big sturdy brown head. Surprisingly bitter aroma, with some creamy, milky notes, A bit of coffee and dark chocolate aroma in the background. I get a little bit of cedar and Euro-hop, as well. Flavor is a bit more coffee and chocolate forward than the aroma suggests, but still pretty hoppy. Crisp, cedery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 9, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Poured dark, I was a bit surprised by how dark. Solid malt character, bready, toasty, grainy, and prune/plum. Some pine, earthy, and floral hop notes. This is a great, easy drinking beer.

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