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RATINGS: 507   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 – 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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nittanyjim (54) - - MAR 24, 2012
Deep, dark brown/black with an ample tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is overwhelmingly pine hops. Bitter start, mixing with malt roastiness before the bittering hops linger. Some alcohol warming at the finish. Excellent smooth mouth feel, almost creamy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3174) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pour is a black with a large tan head. Aroma is a nice fresh piney hop with a little roasted malt in there. Flavor is more of the roasted malt aspect. Hops play a minor roll here but the roasted malts make up for lack of hops in the flavor. A very roasted and burnt malt lay on the tounge. More baltic porter than IPA but still has a decent hoppy backbone to make this one a soild pick up.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1051) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2012
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Roasty aroma. Roasty caramel taste with a nice bitter layer with chocolate notes through the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
24 ounce bottle from Bottle Revolution in Raleigh. Pours a clear very dark brown color with a large brown foamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of big citrus hops, roast and chocolate. The taste is huge citrus and leafy hops with a chocolate malt finish. Medium bodied. I’m liking this one quite a bit.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle sample at a Samuel Adams tasting at my place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque and dark with a big, thick tan head. Hoppy aroma - mainly pine and then grapefruit. Taste is bitter but soft. Surprisingly light body with a long and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (626) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Pours a wan brown color, almost the color of mud, with a smallish head. Aroma of malt and roasted grain. Some citrus and pine hops flavor, mixed together with the malt and the roast grain. Almost some burnt toast in the mix there at times. Not my favorite black IPA, but worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3020) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Draft. Black pour with tan head. Flavor and aroma dominated by hop presence, pine and citrus. Baltic porter may be hiding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark fluffy brown color with a small tan head head. Nose is roasted malts, piney hops, dough, light citrus. Palate is chewy and full, light refreshness, stingy tongue, sticky palate. Flavors of piney and citrus hops with roasted malts and light chocolate notes.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6087) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
500. Pours black with a dense and sudsy tan head that leaves tons of eggy lace and sticks around for quite a while. Mild carbonic nose. Watery medium body with soft carb. Dark roasty mid-palate with ashy overtones. Mild resiny finish. Not bad, but needs a lot more presence.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freeofthoughts (647) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Pours dark brown with tan head. The aroma is delicious, lemony pineapple with berries and some soft flowers. The taste is good but a bit too strange of a mix between the citrusy hay like hops and the rich roasted grains (which are the better half). It works but would have been awesome as just a Baltic porter, -the ipa. The aftertaste is lighter but still busy with a bitter roasted flavor dueling with the floral hop character, the grain wins that fight as well. Still this is much better than most of what Sam Adams does.


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