Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.8/5 rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A vintage 2007 bottle I purchased at community beverage in Elmhurst, NY. Opened it for the first time two days ago when my cousin proposed to his girlfriend. For this tasting, I poured a modest 1-2 oz serving into a brandy snifter.
A - A glimmering, crystal clear dark golden amber, with a viscosity that leaves legs when swirled in the glass. Remniscent of a top shelf whiskey.
S - If you're familiar with lots of DIPA's, you will be able to discern the hop aromas from the malt, but to the uninitiated, this will not seem like a beer at all. Among the myraid of aromas that burst forth into my nostrils was toffee, oak, chocolate, dried fruit, and a very fine malty backing to it all. I'd give it a perfect 5, but the strong alcohol that comes with the lovely smells swoops in alongside and burns your nostrils. I would not castigate someone if they mistook this for bourbon.
T - A pervasive yet not obnoxious sweetness outlines the jarringly intense flavors of this beer. Dark maple, jammy dried fruits, chocolate, heady vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee...even a faint note of hops. To say this is an experience is a gross understatement.
M - Like a cascade of flaming velvet on the tongue. The high alcohol gives off a cooling burn as the beer rolls around in the mouth before feeling the familiar liqueur heat in your throat as it goes down.
D - It would be unfair to judge this one's drinkability compared to the norm 5-10% ABV for any other beer. One must really think hard liquor when judging it. By those standards, it is oh so smooth and easy sipping. But still, even when adjusting expectations, it is still a strong beer by puire definition, so the astronomical ABV does have to factor into the decision. It should be illegal to drink this one in anything other than small sips, in order to get every ounce of enjoyment one can out of it, especially considering the price.
Overall - The fancy, after-dinner liqueur for the beer drinker that doesn't like liqueur. If Millennium and Triple Bock challenged what a beer could be, Utopias downright defies it. Is it the ultimate evolution of beer? Or is it just a snooty pet project from the nutjobs in Boston? Does it really matter? This beer is awesome, and that's all that matters. Grab a few snifters and a few really good friends, and enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2009 02:16:54 | More by DannyS
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