Across the cold and brackish waters of the Baltic, the English porter was transformed, 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 rugged, mysterious, and full of flavor.
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Taking cues from classic Baltic Porters, Samuel Adams® Dark Depths begins with dark, roasted espresso malts, such as Munich and Carafa, and bold citrusy hops suitable for an IPA. The roastiness is contrasted by the a big hop character from American, Australian, English, and German hops for notes of grapefruit, orange, floral and earthy pine.
Dark Depths is a combination of big contrasting flavors brought together with the smoothness of a lager for a craft brew that’s rugged, mysterious, and full of flavor. Bringing these flavors together is the lager yeast and longer, cooler fermentation that adds a smoothness and balance to this intense brew.
Baltic Porters date back to 18th century when the English porter was exported along the trade routes of the Baltic Sea. Around the same time Imperial Stouts were created for the voyage to Russia and IPAs originated on the journey to India. However, Baltic Porters took on a different form when they were popularized in the Baltics. Here, they were transformed into a lager adding a crispness to the dark roasted malts. Taking inspiration from each of these styles we created a much bigger and hoppier version of the Baltic Porter, transforming it into a Baltic IPA.