Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by jzeilinger:
4.58/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This particular bottle is the 2009 batch, bottle number 437. Pours into the Sam Adams Utopias glass as a brownish/red or deep copper color. Swirl the glass gently and it sticks to the sides like a viscous, syrup; this stuff is THICK! There's no carbonation and no lacing. Smells of maple, cinnamon, whiskey, bourban, vanilla. Perhaps a slight hint of butter? (very, very faint, though.) The taste is, well...good gawd, is this really beer? I sip this and think I'm drinking a fine cognac, it doesn't taste like beer, it tastes like a cordial. Picking up nuances of vanilla, cinnamon, maple, massive amounts bourban, sherry, and whiskey. In fact, there's so many different layers of complexity that I can't even detect them all. There's a huge burning sensation in the throat for an extended period of time after the sip. The texture is amazingly velvety smooth on the tongue. This is more of a cognac than a beer and I'm blown away by this beer, it's so incredible, different, and pushes the envelope to such extreme measure that the line between liquor and beer has now been fogged. I'm fortunate to have gotten a bottle of this through a family connection, I hope to experience this again before I die! The big down side is because of the 50 barrel quantity, it's darn hard to find and when you do, who can really afford it? My father in law works for Sam Adams so I'm blessed. (Go ahead, punch me!!)
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2009 00:47:16 | More by jzeilinger
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4.65/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
serveed in a Utopia tulip glass. Big thanks to my buddy Raines for making this happen.
A: Dark brown with undertones of yellow; similar to cognac. Thick greasy lacing.
S: Dark fruit, chocolate and port/sherry notes.
T: Turkish apricots, dates and some bitter chocolate. Resembles a combination of Sherry, Cognac and a stout.
M: Thin like a sherry liquor, not like any other beer to date. Fully and extremely balanced.
O: Well worth the experience and splitting a bottle or slow sipping one is worth the price tag, especially at ABV of around 29 and the age and blend that make up this beauty.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 23:27:14 | More by hillvt4me
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,442 ratings.