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RATINGS: 503   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigbish (493) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours a beautiful black color, nice thick tan head. Hoppy, almost citrus aroma. Great flavor. Lots of roasted malts, burnt notes, with a good bitterness. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1742) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thick inch and a half of off white head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, and a hint of pine. Taste is light sweet chocolate, roasted malt, pine, with a light bitter finish for an ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle. The aroma is faint hops with some malt. The taste is solid. A very good blend of hops and maltiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigHonkey (1) - Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2013 does not count
Reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald, but with a kick. Smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (185) - orange, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Pours a dark amber Brown with thick tan pillowy head great lacing on the glass. Aroma black licorice hoppy with some dark fruit notes figs and dark chocolate and roasted malt Carmel. Taste follows the nose perfect with a medium smooth mouth feel. Awesome beer!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (550) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Bottled. Dark brown pour with coppery highlights. Dense light tan head. Aroma is grassy hops and caramel maltiness. A little bit of cattiness in the hop aroma. Flavor is rich caramel, chocolate, and treacle toffee balanced by a delicate bitter hop finish. Balance is excellent between sweet and bitter. Little to no hint of alcohol though the beer is quite strong. Rich full mouthfeel. Medium-high level of carbonation. Bitter aftertaste without astringency. Rich, satisfying beer. The alcohol is well concealed in this extremely well balanced offering from Sam Adams. A roasty malt backbone with a nicely bitter hop balance. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy from my iPad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilderthanyou (752) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
Pours a motor oil black with a thin, lightly sticky beige head. Aroma a bit citrus, but mainly dominated by a strange malty profile, coffee, chocolate, desk drawer, islay single malt. The flavour again has some citrus hop balance mingling throughout, but is mainly dominated by a mish mash of strange matly oddness, I canít even really put my finger on a specific flavour, itís good, glad I tryed it, but I probably wouldnít buy this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dzimm27 (136) - - MAY 6, 2013
Big malty aroma, medium-light brown color. Taste is malt, toast, and rather rough. Hops are muddy and not very peasant. Donít really care for this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Thanks to iNBe. I enjoyed the end result although Iím not sure how you would classify it, Black IPA works and doesnít. Almost if a porter/dunkel/IPA all had a baby. But a rather mildly hopped IPA as the malt and roasted flavor subdue the hops. Nice minerally taste too. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Samuel Adams Dark Depths is a very dark, reddish brown beer with a thick, lumpy, beige head that decorates the glass with lacing. It smells dark, roasty and kind of smokey. Thereís a lighter, semi-sweet malt aroma that almost smells like sorghum. There may be a hint of lemon peel. Itís smooth, soft and pretty full bodied. It has a pretty neat finish and leaves the teeth a little gritty. Itís a bit sweet, but less so than Iíd expect from a Baltic porter. The bitterness balances it out well and hints at grass, wood and fruit. There are notes of prunes and coffee. There are a quite a few flavors going on. Iím a fan of both Baltic porters and IPAs, but this is a very strange mash up. That said, they pulled this off better than I would have imagined possible.

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