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RATINGS: 516   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3016) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1064) - Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6290) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
keepersj12 (2945) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of burnt black malt, chocolate, light hops and resin. Medium body. Dry chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1336) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle from Choice Beverages McKinney. Pours black with a medium tan head. The aromas are Black Pepper, light citrus, hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is dry, bitter and slightly roasty with a medium body and medium carbonation. Great beer! Cheers!

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