arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks Casey! Dark brownish black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of pine, grass, some slight citrus with a big caramel and roast, some slight chocolate in there, hints of dark berry. Taste is roasty chocolate, bitter pine, some grapefruit, slight sweet chocolate and fruit, finishing fairly bitter. Nice, nothing over the top, and balanced. jsmerig (1677) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma has a bit of sour cherry to it mixed with a musty hop smell. Taste is earthy and well balanced. The bitterness that lingers is more on the smokey side vs. floral or citrus.
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Bottle. Great pour: sticky foam and loss of lacing. Dark brown color like a porter. Aroma of raisins and roasted malt. Taste is all chocolate and raisins up front, roasted malt, with a quick citrus hop punch on the finish. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from a 12 ounce undated bottle from the IPA Hopology 12 pack.mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2012
A: Dark but clear mahogany body with lots of carbonation activity, thick dense head becomes a plateau as it loses retention.
S: Very faint, slight citrus and roasted aromas, but not strong enough to really enjoy.
T: A slightly bitter citrus flavor starts this off that leads to a mildly roasted flavor that keeps it a bit dry. This is decent, but a bit boring, I do enjoy it though.
M: Medium bodied, a tad syrupy, not much carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer, done rather well, I just feel it’s a bit tame.
This great beer had a raisin / hoppy aroma and poured a dark brown with a reddish hue when held up to the light. It had a small tan colored head which left a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The taste was spectacular with a well balanced hoppiness that leaves you wanting another sip. This was part of a 12 pack special from Sam Adams, and in my opinion, their finest effort yet!
Poobah (469) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Reddish-brown with a thin head, some lacing and a vanilla, raisiny, dark fruit nose. Smooth upfront with a mild, English ale-like mouthfeel and finishing with dates, raisins, brown sugar, and a lingering, mild hoppiness. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Out of the beers in Sam Adam’s IPA sampler, this one seemed to be the dumbest idea so I’m drinking it first. It is actually pretty good though. It is something of a very hoppy porter or a black IPA if that’s the term that tickles your treat. It’s a very transparent brown red color w/ a large head of mixed bubbles. The nose is great gobs of citrus and floral hops and there is only a faint hint of roastiness once the beer is tasted. The biggest flavor flaw here is a bit of alcohol heat which I normally wouldn’t notice in a beer of this gravity but nothing that ruins it. It is a touch on the sweet side but it works here, bringing out chocolate flavors from the roast malt. Overall, the impression kind of reminds me of those orange-shaped chocolate candies you can get. "Baltic IPA" struck me initially as a stylistic mash-up done for the sake of it but the end result was good beer so I’m for it. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
22oz bottle-pours black with a big cascading light brown head that laces. Aroma is pine/resin, dark malt-roasty. Taste is sweet resin/pine/citrus hops, dark malt-ashy/roasty. The biting ash fades at cellar temp and becomes more enjoyable. nuplastikk (6454) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
12oz bottle. Unfiltered brown-black, steady creamy beige head. Oily hop aroma, burnt chocolate. Pretty much a Baltic Porter meets a Black IPA, pretty well done. Big chewy caramel and chocolate tones, respectable pine/citrus hop backbone. Above par for Sam Adams, this is a well-executed beer. Amped up Schwarzbier, this is waaaay better than most authentic Baltic Porters. Bold, really well done. oobawa (1747) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2012
If nothing else, Dark Depths looks amazing, making for a truly beautiful pint. The head is beige and frothy and huge, and leaves ample lacing as the beer quickly disappears. So now it’s time to go out on a limb, to risk it all in the face of ultimate beer snobbery, but Sam Adams has made a good beer. A really good beer. A solid, dare I say it, delicious beer. I’d describe this beer as a wonderful Porter, though, with nary any IPA qualities in sight. Sam Adams has some damn fine marketing folks, though, so trendy IPA it is! Still, it’s dark and roasted with a noticeable lager fruitiness, yet the hopping rounds out the finish before the brew can grow cloy. Really. This beer is shockingly good.