rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, with a 1.5 finger tan head. Really good head retention and lacing.
Smell is almost all piny hops. There isn’t really any roasted malt detectable at all.
Flavor is all piny hops up front quickly followed by a rapidly increasing moderate to high bitterness. Maybe a tiny bit of roasted malt becomes detectable towards the finish with the faintest hint of cocoa. A little bit of dark fruit in there as well. Mouthfeel is pretty thin considering the abv.
Overall I am a little let down by this beer. I was hoping for a lot more roasted malt. It ends up being not much more than an average IPA.
RSRIZZO (1841) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 40°. Color is a deep dark near black brown with good carbonation and a thick rocky light brown head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. It has a medium body with a light smooth mouth feel. Flavor starts with mild sweet malt, a bit of chocolate, citrus and mild coffee, then ends with the citrus turning to a bitter bite. After taste is dry as the bitterness peaks and an orange note comes out of the citrus. Overall it a great brew, very taste and complex.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark black/brown with some ruby highlights when held up to a light. One finger beige head with some spider web lace. Grapefruit & pine aroma with some roasted malt & earth. Flavor is initially quite malty/chocolate like with the hop profile coming in mid beer. Interesting mixture of flavor. Moderate bodied with a bitter finish. Quite good.
LinusStick (2700) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice black IPA that may have changed my mind about the style. Aroma was fresh green hops. Smelled like fresh whole hop cones. Pour was a nice dark brown/near black with a half finger tan head head. Taste was delicious. Tasted very green and fresh. Strong hop flavor filled the mouth at first sip. The dark roasted malt and hops intertwined perfectly.The swallow brought on a deliciously bitter hop flavor with just small hints of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The best word to describe the flavor is fresh. Great beer.
SPDickerman (830) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a rocky tan head. Smells roasty with hints of flowers. Taste is bitter, rather piney, with some strong roast characteristics and a touch of citrus. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Samuel Adams Dark Depths finishes with a soft, lingering bitterness.
PorterPounder (4943) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark, tar black pour, medium thick khaki colored head, decent web-like lacing. Spruce-like aroma with some earthiness and some fresh black dirt accents. Flavor has some brief licorice notes, some chocolate accents, muted citrus and an earthy back end of fresh potting soil. Mouthfeel is sufficiently thick and chewy. All in all, very solid as all from this series have been.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent beer. it has a nice black color with a small slightly off white head. The aroma has bread and caramel, very little hops. The flavor has some roast malts and some caramel. The hops come through at the end of the sip. The finish is dry and bitter.
jtclockwork (6225) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of burnt black malt, chocolate, light hops and resin. Medium body. Dry chocolate finish.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking bottle and label. Inky beer, pours 5:1 foam to brew in a tall tumbler. Cool cascade effect in the tannish foam. Big malty IPA aroma - notes of raisins, orange peel and molasses in with the hops. Heavy body, strong roast/alcohol/hop bitterness. Chalky mouthfeel, chocolate notes, sweet, dark dried fruit flavors. Long, pleasant roast finish. Very enjoyable and complex. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.
bhensonb (9831) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours dark brown with a 3 finger creamy tan head which does some lacing. Aromas of resin and grapefruit. Med+ body. Flavor is very resin, with some creamy coffee/chocolate, followed by some grapefruit rind. Lots of rind. Excellent flavor; bitter, dry chocolate finish. Very tasty.