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RATINGS: 515   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3916) - - MAR 18, 2012
bottle. clear but dark, almost black, with a small, stable, creamy, tan head. aroma is nice and a little different for this style with burnt brownies, purple grapes and a subdued floral hop scent. not getting any huge citrus or pine from the hops(which is a very good thing in this style imo). my nose is correct. this black ipa leaves the malts to do the talking. lots of fudgy brownie notes with caramel and chocolate chips. the hops flavor adds a light bitterness without any nasty pine or unwelcome strong ctirus flavors, but you can still tell itís of the black ipa style. creamy and full bodied. the head lasts throughout the beer. well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Not bad, but this beer didnít really work for me. I love black IPAs and I love Baltic porters, but I donít like them merged together, especially with an odd, iron/metallic off-flavor. What I did like was itís deep, red-brown hue and long-lasting head; its earthy-roasty nose; its soft and smooth texture; and its hint of lactic sourness far in the background. Overall, it was drinkable, but I thought it had an odd combination of flavors. And it seemed more like an awkward schwarzbier than a "Baltic IPA."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3048) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
This beer is complex with lots of strong hoppy bitterness and black toasted malts. its has medium thick mouth feel with lots of character and touch of very mild dark fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2012
The aroma is very tasted with chocolate, coffee, and tones of hops. The appearance is brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: Dark Depths
Date: March 03, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, ruby edges, creamy beige head, scattered icy lace
Aroma: sweet roasted aroma, dark chocolate, citrus hops
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, caramel sweetness, touch of citrus, balancing hop bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaMick (43) - Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Dark pour with long lasting head. Pours dark. Medium mouthfeel. Good balance of chocolate and coffee flavors. Odd to think of as an IPA

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3232) - Montana, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle pours a deep red/brown with a thick tan head. Scent is roasted malt, dark sugar, pine and chocolate. Taste is pine, caramel and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Pours a decent mahogany with a nose of chocolate hops and cocoa grapefruit. Taste is upfront malted and roasted hops with a light charred orange peel finish. Average mouthfeel. Another good Sam Adams beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5376) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
22 oz. bottle. A black pour with a tan head. A fairly bold aroma of chocolate and roasted malts and citrus hops. This is interesting at the start. Swampy and citrus flavors. Dark fruit and yeast. Some of that Baltic darkness is tasted. This is interesting and enjoyable. A bit of spice in the hops is nice. Some chocolate fudge pops up from somewhere. This is as good a Black IPA as I have had. Cudos to Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2407) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From Batch Number 1. The pour was a slightly agitated and heady dark brown with ruby red highlights when held to the light. The head eventually settles down. The aroma is full of dark malts and vibrant hops. It smells clean. The body is is bold. Thy taste is sharply bitter swith a lingering bite on the end.

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