Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.43/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Generous 4oz sample courtesy of Peter Chiodo. Thanks again! Savoured in a Samuel Adams Utopias glass.
Pours a clear reddish brown with no head or lacing, as expected. Resembles a fine cognac.
Robust and layered nose is sherry, bourbon, oak barrel, maple syrup, caramelized sugar, fusel alcohol, dark pit fruit, hazelnut, vinous red wine aromas, vanilla, and cream.
Taste is sticky sweet malts, toffee, more cream and vanilla, caramel, sherry, warming liquor, brown sugar, a little tartness, boozy burn to end. A remarkably delicious spirit-like beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, slick and oily middle, no carbonation, long drying finish with some heat in the throat. Satisfying.
Overall, this outrageous Strong Ale represents a huge achievement in craft brewing. Prior to tasting, I didn't know if I'd enjoy it since I'm not a big fan of hard liquor. However, it defied my expectations with its smooth, bold flavours and enormous depth of character. A boundary-pushing ASA that further expands the notion of what beer can be.
Serving type: bottle
09-16-2011 21:49:14 | More by cratez
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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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