Thursday, March 8, 2012
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA from Al’s of Hampden. I wasn’t exactly sure what a Baltic IPA was, but I assumed a hopped-up version of a Baltic Porter. The beer pours a black color with a frothy beige colored head that leaves plenty of speckled lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of pine, lemon, toasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. The taste is smooth and creamy with a lightly bitter lemon flavor to it. A pine spiciness stands above the chocolate and toasted malts that make up the base of the beer. The finish allows some caramel to come out before a dryness lingers on the tongue. The alcohol content is 7.6% ABV. It seems my assumption was correct in thinking it was a hoppy Baltic Porter, and it was quite delicious. It had plenty of hops, but built upon strong dark and roasty flavors.