Friday, March 16, 2012

Samuel Adams Dark Depths Baltic IPA

Samuel Adams beers are from the Boston Beer Company of Boston, one of the grandaddies of the craft beer movement.  This is part of a series of more limited release Single Batch Collection they are doing.

This 7.6% ABV beer pours black in color, with the darkest garnet around the edges when held to the light.  There is a half-inch of brown creamy foam.  The aroma is dark roasted malt, some sweetness, and aromatic hops.  The overall effect is like a dark, sweet and aromatic cigar before lighting.  The taste follows the aroma, with a second wave of coffee, almost chicory coffee, and a bitter and dry finish, with an aftertaste that has the sting like sucking on a fragrant and unlit strong cigar.

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