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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2012
bottle. pours black with a 1 finger tan head. big roast nose with citrus. med body with roast, light citrus bitterness, molasses, dark fruits, light chocolate and black malt. semi-dry finish with roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and a lingering citrus bitterness that sticks around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Pours black with plenty of red highlights and a fluffy beige head. Aroma of pepper, grass, lemon, and a slight roastiness. Flavor of pepper, lemon, black coffee, toast, and a bit of toffee. Bitterness is building already. Finishes kind of acidic with pine, lemon, black coffee, and there’s a lingering burnt and slightly ashy finish. Medium bodied, nice creamy mouthfeel and no noticeable heat. Decent beer, but I wish the replaced "IPA" with "Porter" on the label. Baltic porter = exciting, black IPA = ehhh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle. Rating #44. Dark, dark brown pour with a spotty tan head. Light roast and a bit of hoppiness with a touch of dark fruits. Nice flavor, mild bitterness with a touch of toast, nice mouthfeel and pretty smooth with a pleasant finish. (2201)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 29, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Beverage House (S.V.) - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. nice lacing. Aroma is fruit, floral hops, and lightly toasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt, licorice, pine hops, and light chocolate. The roasted malt and licorice linger in the finish. medium body. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5664) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Yet another in a long list of blah Black IPAs. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with an enormous creamy brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was gritty floral and fruity hops with light roasty dark malts underneath. The flavor was bitter anise, roasty malts and gritty floral hops. The finish was long roasty and floral. Fairly full bodied. Eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Has a fairly roasty hoppy aroma. Very opaque. Looks like an imperial stout with a lighter colored head. This is good. Plenty of hops with some strength/bite in the finish. A little funk at the very end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (6183) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle shared during RBWG
Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Roasted malts, roasted coffee and piney. Roasted coffee and dark malts. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain / coffee, nuts, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of plastic and prunes. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Rather docile in the nose, mainly malt and fruit, some plastic. Not as hoppy as most black IPAs. Turns a bit sour in the finish. Somewhat dirty, but not as bad a lot of this brewery’s products. Overall underwhelming, but it looks nice and the mouthfeel is pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavoleBomb (1614) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Poured into a snifter. Batch #1. 4.0 A: Black color. A full three fingers of beige, creamy/frohty hybrid head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of semi-regular lacing is left. 3.5 S: Earthy and herbal hops with perhaps a touch of citrus underneath. Moderate roast with semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Despite my reservations, the hops and dark malts work well together. 3.5 T: Like the nose, the hops and dark malts seem to live harmoniously, which is not the norm in my experience. Hops are mainly herbal and earthy with a touch of citrus. Mild bitterness. Malts offer molasses, some caramel, light chocolate, and a dusty graininess. Not bad here. Borderline 4.0. 4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Feels right given the flavor profile. 3.5 D: Easily one of the better hoppy dark beers out there. I think a lot of it has to do with the lack of super citrusy hops and a reasonable bitterness. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-11-2012 08:04:33

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
djdixon75 (3) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
Awesome awesome awesome. It’s like someone took porter and added the bite of an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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