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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 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. Itís like someone took porter and added the bite of an IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Volsconti (21) - - MAR 11, 2012
Perfect mix of an IPA and porter. My new favorite Sam Adams. Straight amazing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
finn1918 (232) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a deep black with a 3-finger cascading fluffy brown head that leaves great lacing and hangs around for a long time. Aroma is clean, spicy hops and roasted malts. Taste is clean like a dry stout, but gives way to a long bitter chocolate and spicy finish. Some body to it, but remarkably smooth like a lager. This is one of the best SA beers Iíve ever had. Just short of perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1501) - Sanford, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Opaque black with a sudsy tan head. Soft full body with medium carbonation.

Aroma: roast malt, silage, dark crystal malt, herbal hops.

Taste: chocolate, black malt, herbal hop bitterness, earthy flavoring hops like chinook, some citrus tones, and notes of burnt fruitcake.

A great American-style RIS, with nice earthy hops, but could use more aroma hops for a black IPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
badpuppy69 (320) - orange, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Pours a dark amber Brown with thick tan pillowy head great lacing on the glass. Aroma black licorice hoppy with some dark fruit notes figs and dark chocolate and roasted malt Carmel. Taste follows the nose perfect with a medium smooth mouth feel. Awesome beer!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ASXL41 (9) - Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2012 does not count
Very interesting beer. Had the look of an imperial porter, but really had great IPA characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Deep dark color and nice aroma. Flavor is layered with dark full flavor and a hop punch. This beer was great. Need to get my hands on more of it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obguthr (5650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
Pine, charcoal, and licorice aromas in deliciously equal proportions and strengths. Cola brown, thick beige head, nice lacing. Full body. Pine and licorice flavor, charred oak, intense. Lasting bitter charcoal finish. Outstandingly bold and delicious beer. Almost too heavy to be an IDA, but itís so tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1179) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5119) - Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2012
Baltic porter? Black IPA? (Actually, if you think about it, the term Black IPA is an oxymoron - something canít be pale and black at the same time.) Anyhoo, it has a very inviting aroma, strongly hoppy with a hint of fresh-cut evergreen wood and subtle notes of molasses and licorice. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Hops dominate the flavor, which is slightly bitter and has notes of molasses, licorice and coffee. In addition, it seems to have just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Texture is fizzy and lively, and body is firm if not full. Plunge into these dark depths!

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