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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2012
22oz. Bottle (Batch 1).: Aroma of malt, hops, slight pine, slight Earth, and some wood. Poured dark brown/mahogany in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, wood, Earth, soy, light molasses, cacao, slight hops, and roasting. Medium body. Lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, soy, wood, finish is dry, lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Not much of an IPA. 7.6%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4287) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2012
Baltic porter? Black IPA? (Actually, if you think about it, the term Black IPA is an oxymoron - something can’t be pale and black at the same time.) Anyhoo, it has a very inviting aroma, strongly hoppy with a hint of fresh-cut evergreen wood and subtle notes of molasses and licorice. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Hops dominate the flavor, which is slightly bitter and has notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. In addition, it seems to have just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Texture is fizzy and lively, and body is firm if not full. Plunge into these dark depths!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2628) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle. A dark brown to black color with a nice brown head. A rich malty aroma with a nice hop character. Well balanced hop and dark malt flavors with some sweetness in the malts. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6103) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
what is this, a 500ml bottle? Eh, whatever it is - drank the whole thing. Poured a dark brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was darkened malts, with a touch of citrus malts. Pretty good, creamy porter, with plenty of hops. On a side note (not affecting my rating of the beer), I’m not sure I like the dilution of the styles - this was just seemed like a real hopped up porter to me, not a "Baltic IPA" or whatever they call it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BucannonXC5 (1163) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Poured from a 22-oz. bottle into a pint glass. About three fingers of head. Color was black with hints of red in there. Cloudy brownish white lacing that stayed throughout the pour. Nice looking film on the sides that was wet, circular and consistent throughout the pour. Smelled citrus hops up front. Seemed to be lemon zest more than anything else. This was mixed in with some chocolate malts. Good balance between the two main notes. Not really anything good about the taste initially. Fairly creative, but missed pretty badly in my opinion. Started out with a bad mix of citrus hops and chocolate malts, but was instantly followed by an acidic, metallic aftertaste. I kept taking sips, but it didn’t get any better. Medium body. Creamy, yet acidic texture. Above average carbonation. Astringent finish. After the second part of the 22-oz. bomber, I decided that it wasn’t as bad as I originally though. I bumped the taste and feel up a ½ rating each. Still would probably not try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4995) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Back of the label states “ Batch 1 “ Beer is dark brown with deep ruby highlights, big tan head. Nice retention, some lacing with moderate carbonation. Aroma is mildly hoppy, a little pine, mostly noble hops. Flavor has roasted malts throughout with a bit of bitter chocolate and is backed by a nice fresh grass/pine hop notes. Citrus notes in the finish. Is this the biggest, boldest, most hoppy black IPA / porter you will ever drink, no BUT it is a nice way to introduce a different style to the masses. ( or a buddy who is just starting in craft brew) Really blurs the lines of a style. Interesting and a real easy drinker for me. I love what Mr. Koch has been doing the last few years, well done Sir!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2012
I didn’t think this was terrible at first. It had some great rich flavors and somewhat fresh piney and citrusy hops, however something definitely didn’t sit right half way through the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear medium-deep brown with a short, dense tan head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent and licorice malts topped by fresh, green citrus and lesser floral hoppage.. bright hoppage over what seemed like a solid base porter.. no complaints. The flavor found more burnt licorice at the core than anything else.. bright grapefruit and other fruity bitterness around.. like the aroma, it came across very fresh.. roast and green bitterness on the long, well-balanced finish. Medium-bodied, dry, bitter, and roasty on the palate.. not my favorite style, but it was put together well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light brown head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Light chocolate and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light darker malts. Medium bodied. Light chocolate and toffee lingers with grapefruit and light pine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2012
22oz bottle: Pours a clear dark mahogany with clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet light caramel malty nose with some piny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and a dark sugary malty sweetness with some resiny bittering hops, finishing drier and bittersweet with a touch of grainy malts. Not as clean or smooth as I’d like in a black IPA, but certainly not offensive.

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