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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (2761) - Florissant, 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 (982) - Rockaway Park, New York, 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 Iím 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
Definitely more baltic than IPA. Pours black with a big tan frothy head. Lots of grassy aroma, little bit of chocolate and smoke. Flavor is a bit unbalanced. Hots of bitterness without much hops flavor and that bitterness clashes with the chocolate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ASXL41 (9) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2012 does not count
Very interesting beer. Had the look of an imperial porter, but really had great IPA characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2012
22oz bottle 4/15/12 (Binnyís Downers Grove)-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste of chocolate, coffee, malt, and hops. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and is an interesting combination. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Deep brown body with red highlights. Huge frothy head, most lasting. Aroma of sweet dark chocolate, roasted grain, apricot, caramel, roasted grain. Hint of prunes. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Aroma leans toward malts, but flavor is mostly hop bitterness. Bitter coffee taste and hot alcohol linger into the finish. For my taste, any depth these black IPAs and baltic IPAs may display are overrun by clashing roasted malts and hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: Ruddy brown with little head and some lace. The aroma has notes of pine, dank, pink grapefruit, mango, plune, and prune along with slight roast and chocolate. A bit boozy as it warms and displays some pepper as well. Yeah, it is a hoppy Baltic Porter and for that it makes me happy. The taste is more towards the the porter side with lush dark fruit and sweet malts but then a peppery and pungent hop character show it fungly face. All this and I found this quite drinkable for itís ABV and hybrid character. When compared to Pipeworks uber hoppy Stout, this far and away displays a depth of palate hard to quantify. Sweet yet bitter, spicy yet drinkable, ashy and tannic yet smooth and lush. Truly among the best beers Boston Beer Company has produced. Right down the middle and knocked for a home run.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1054) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2012
Taste is roasted malt, citrus, smoke and leather. A big, big effort from Samuel Adams. Excellent beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (881) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2012
Pours black with a generous, light brown head. Aroma is more IPA than porter, with citrus, pine, and spice. Nice flavor, starting with roast malts, and finished with a big hop bite. Hops dominate the creamy finish. A lot of times these style hybrids donít work, but this is really good.

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