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RATINGS: 520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (2540) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2012
22oz bottle - pours super dark ruby with massive beige head and decent lacing. Pine nose. Flavor is roasty, citrus, caramel and more citrus. Interesting taste: first the bitterness hits you, then some sweetness pervades, but ends bitter once again. Near dry finish, with long hoppy aftertaste. Thin texture, but sticky. I can hardly tell this is a porter taste-wise, but is visually convincing. Definitely a style of it’s own, though the hoppiness is exaggerated for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle thanks to my favorite wigger. Deep brown/near black pour with some off-white head. Aromas of sweet grains, grapefruit, and roasted malt. Flavor is way too sweet and underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with tan head. Aroma is a semi balanced dark roast, subtle hint of black licorice and citrusy hop. Flavor actually packs a punch of aggressive dark roasted grain, dark chocolate and over ripe grapefruit, is very nice. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy body with a nice softness and medium-high carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1905) - 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 (1736) - 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 (3052) - 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 (1080) - 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 (6534) - 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 (2985) - 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.

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