Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.49/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Had at ChurchKey from the bottle into a small snifter, 2012 version.
A - Still and brown, as expected. Not surprisingly, this has huge legs on the glass when swirled.
S - Fine brandy is the overwhelming note up front, while caramel and toffee malt is in the background. Slight hint of alcohol.
T - Follows the nose with big brandy flavor up front. Toffee comes through in the middle. Finishes long, sweet, and smooth, with caramel taking over towards the back. This tastes wonderful, the layers of flavor unfold beautifully throughout each sip. Very well done.
M - syrupy, but balanced by the alcohol content. The feel is great, and the finish is impossibly long and smooth, but it gets cloying towards the end of the pour. I don't think one could drink more than a couple of ounces before crying uncle.
O - An excellent experience trying this, it is a very complex brew. The various barrels work really well together, presenting an up front flavor which is more like a fine spirit than a beer. The finish, however, is pure malty delciousness, reminding you that you are drinking a beer. I very much recommend seeking out a pour, but be warned - the server at ChurchKey said it lasts 3-4 weeks after opening before succumbing to noticeable oxidation, so purchasing a whole bottle is probably not a good idea unless you have several friends to share it with.
Serving type: bottle
01-17-2013 00:56:30 | More by kdb150
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