Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.13/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
The 2009 release pours from the bottle, rich dark walnut, syrup with ruby highlights, and becomes more chestnut with each sip. Totally without any head or carbonation. However, each swirl puts up amazing viscous legs, which continue to dance for a good long while.
The aroma reached out form the snifter glass from at least ten feet away, with a strong bourbon or cognac. The alcohol fumes are powerful, just as expected. Underneath this are cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ground pepper, ginger, dark dried fruits, truly a wonderland for the olfactory. There is little progression, as it is served relatively warm, but noting is lacking here.
Once the initial burn of alcohol leaves, each sweet sip reveals more complexity and layers. Maple/bourbon turns to raisins and figs. Molasses turns to vanilla with a particular nuttiness. Comparisons with distilled spirits weave throughout. There may even be a fair comparison to a fine Chianti. The finish is more hot spirits, but lacking the typical beer experience. I admit to licking $1 worth, from the wall of the glass!
Rich and smooth, with the texture of syrup, no carbonation, but the alcohol cleanses the palate rather well. One of the better full bodied beers, this is highly satisfying.
Utopias should be reserved for a life altering celebration or an occasion where it is the focus. While this is an amazing beer, it has few of the standard qualities of beer. One or two ounces at a time is plenty. So, amazing as it is, I find it difficult to say this is especially drinkable. I hope to have another someday, and certainly expect to enjoy it just as much. As for cellaring, I wonder how much it can progress beyond its current state. Oh, and it floods back Autumn memories, sitting on the porch with Grandpa, his cigar, and evening drink.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2009 18:26:08 | More by SLeffler27
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