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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 27, 2012
Some random-ass bottle size. Thanks for sharing, Mark. I’ve been avoiding most of Sam Adam’s specialty catalog, because almost anything new they make is a disappoint to me. This one opens with a big oxidized hop nose, to me. I argued with others that this was oxidized to hell and they said it was just Zeus hops. Whatever the case, it smells like dill pickles and a shot of Worcestershire sauce. A muddy mess in my opinion, with oniony hops, a vague dark presence, and some unfortunate yeast products. Also, too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a deep, dark ruby with a massive swelling light brown head. Good lacing, good beading, a good looking beer. Caramely hops, molasses, citrus fruits, muted malt presence. Alcohol isn’t exactly subtle on the tongue. Faded hops, caramel, warming alcohol. Definitely a unique beer, I’m far from convinced of the concept though. Not too smooth going down... I can’t say that I’ll be looking for this one again in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maxwelldeux (4219) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2012
Pours dark brown with a moderate head to it, this one has a nice bite to it while being a light, but rich, drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Very dark brown with coppery highlights and a long lasting gold-tinged head. Aroma is awesome in that it really conveys the duality of character in this brew. You can truly appreciate the sweet dark malts in equal proportion to the piney hops. Luscious chocolatey and figgy fruit flavours commingle with bitter coniferous hops. Neither overshadows the other. Really terrific balance and delicious flavour elements. Just a great example of what this new (and still controversial) style can offer. Loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle/22oz - Pours a dark black brown in color with a medium light tan head that stuck around to produce some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is heavy of dark malt, piney hops and chocolate. Flavor matches pretty close... medium bitter. Finish has hints of chocolate and lingering bitterness. Good one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6070) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black, trapping any light that attempts to penetrate it. The head is huge, frothy, whipped foam. This drinks with a chalky chocolate edge, topped with an earthy hoppy bite. The aroma matches that profile. The beer’s sweet finish is the only thing that doesn’t quite fit here. (#4573, 4/22/2012)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2012
Aroma of plum, pine and a hint of chocolate. Pours super dark with a nice bready head. Taste is super malty with a good roasty hop to it. This really shows off how roasty a black IPA can be. Very nice showing from Sam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
It poured an amber/brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of roasted malt, some grapefruit, pine and chocolate. The taste was of roasted malt, pine, caramel, light peat, and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pours a deep brown with a big mocha head, leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is oranges, chocolate, toasted malt. Full bodied and viscous. Tastes of bitter chocolate, citrus, stale coffee, pine, corn, slight metallic feel on the finish. The hop profile comes through surprisingly well. Well made and complex, but quite a bit going on here and I’m not totally digging it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a beautiful deep brown with ruby highlights, topped off with a huge frothy off-white head. Big hoppy aroma dominated by juicy orange and pineapple. Some chocolate and espresso notes. More IPA than Porter in the taste. Lots of tropical fruits, orange and pineapple. Roasted malts and chocolate sneak up later in the mouth. Really nice. One of the best from Sam Adams.

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