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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BucannonXC5 (1105) - 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 ˝ rating each. Still would probably not try it again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4692) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2437) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7387) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7644) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Black pour with tan head and clinging lace. Aroma is roasted malt and lightly burnt coffee. Flavor is sweet espresso/choc flavor that quickly transitions to a malt bitter that has tones of grapefruit zest. A beer that is a tad more complex than my taste buds. A pretty decent sipper that I would be proud to call my own if I brewed it. I would hate to judge it in a competition. Smooth with good carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Poured clear dark brown with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, earthy hop with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark beer with healthy brown creamy head and a bit of lace or "head rings". Aroma is mostly roast malt with some citrus around the edges. Full soft body wants to be a porter but strong citrus hops compete in a 60/40 split on the tongue making this a very interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nittanyjim (69) - - 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.


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