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RATINGS: 508   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


3.4
   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
Bottle.
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4931) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2143) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1103) - Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Poured a very dark brown almost black with a light-tan frothy head. Aroma has chocolate malts, sprice, pine and other malty flavors. Some raisins as well. Taste is very creamy and smooth with some dry hoppy tastes. Quite earthy with chocolate. Some caramel and plums in the finish. Aftertaste of toast.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
that was a pirates way of saying -you’ve had your chips! .. . Pours a deep plum .. large to medium head, lacing is impressive .. . burnt maple, dark spices, light burnt to a crisp vanilla, deep earth, and dark resin .. . gave a pint of blood today .. . decent feel to it, this is just a fancier black ipa- but it was nice .. . . Oh..ah..there was...there was a ghost! The..Ectoplasm. Did you see the ghost? Ran through here and slimed me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
r464 (1926) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Dark with a hint of ruby red and a thick tan head. Roasty but punchy with a malty toast flavor that leads to a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Very full.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
bottle, dark brown walnut color with bitter pine and cocoa aroma, buttery waffles, pine needles and coffee flavor

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2012
(22oz bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, grapefruit, pine, peat, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, pine, caramel, light peat, and citrus.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2012
22oz Sam Adams bottle, Batch #1. Vintage 2012. Black pour. Thick creamy brown colored head. Aroma of berries, burnt malts, and citrus hops. Tastes of berries, sweet sugary fruit, citrus hops. Not as much dark malt flavor as I had expected. Mostly hop flavors, nice Simcoe© character. Smooth and creamy texture. Heavy bodied. I don’t really see Sam Adams making more of this, mostly because I like it so much. (3272)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Poured a great looking mostly black body with a large frothy dark beige head. Aroma is cola, toast, citrus rind and hint of chocolate. Fuller bodied with stronger carbonation, milkshake thick like fullness on this one. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma, lots of citrus rind, toast, chocolate, cola, grains. Solid beer,


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