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RATINGS: 523   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (4191) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (962) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7608) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
freeofthoughts (688) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2012
snatched a bottle and enjoyed it slowly at home. dark black lager that is a clear deep brown int he light and topped with a sustained tan head. Aroma is hop forward with dried flowers and some light citrus zest. Taste is bitter with some chocolate cookie dough. The bitter lingers hard for my taste. dry palate. lil roasty aftertaste as well. little heavier on hops and not enough malt for my taste in black ipaís

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12153) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 18, 2012
Bottle sample at a Samuel Adams tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown with a nice beige head. Aroma of citric hops and some malt. Sweetish malty flavor, a bit roasty, with citric hops and moderate bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - 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 (3509) - 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."

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