Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.22/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
First off big thanks to Khiasmus for procuring this bottle. I've wanted to try this for a while, but have been put off by the price.
With something as bizarre as Utopias, it's tough to know where to begin. This is the strongest, strangest, most un-beer like "beer" I've ever had. Much like Dogfish's Fort or 120 Minute, Utopias will grab your notion of what you thought a beer could be and give it a good thrashing. This being the case, the best way to approach super-strong brews like this is to treat them like they're NOT beer, but rather a liqueur or a strong drink, say, port.
Anyways, other people have covered this exceptional brew fairly well in the reviews below. Let's hit on just a few highlights.
Utopias is completely flat. No carbonation of any kind. It's a burnt-amber brown and quite clear. Syrupy is a good start.
This has the biggest alcohol legs of any beer I've ever encountered. Yes, more than Dark Lord. (I'll wait for the collective gasp.)
If you stick your nose too deep into the glass, the alcohol stings your eyes.
The smell is wildly complex. Everyone got different things out of it, but common notes were maple, vanilla, oak, raisins, and sherry.
The finish is astonishing. More akin to a scotch than anything else, it's long and embracing and warming. I tasted no less than three different nuances from the casks. Sherry, toasted oak, and Madeira.
It took me about 45 minutes to drink two ounces of Utopias, and I was hurrying. Two ounces was plenty.
Was the experience (and make no doubt, this was one) worth it? For sharing with friends, as we did, very much so. I would not recommend dropping the $150 - $200+ on a bottle for a single person alone. Utopias is good, yes, but two hundred smacks still buys a *lot* of good beer.
If you get a chance to sit 'round a fire and sip this beer with your favorite people in life, don't pass it up. It's a hard beer to get into; if you enjoy scotch and fine after dinner drinks you'll have a better time of it.
Utopias may not rock your world, but it's certainly an unforgettable beer experience. And isn't that what us beer geeks live for?
Jim Koch, I tip my hat to you. Or would, if I had one.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2008 04:01:14 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.59/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Third tasting - purchased and opened first around Thanksgiving 2013 (2013 release)
About 3 oz poured into Utopias glass. About halfway done with the bottle at this point.
A) Dark, dark brown, like rich leather. No carbonation. No head.
S) Port wine, cherries, leather, some carmelized malts.
T) It's kind of like port wine, but it isn't. It's kind of like cognac, but it isn't. It definitely retains a malted character which keeps it in the beer category. Roasted malts, port wine grapes, cherries, and yeah, some alcohol.
M) Incredibly well-balanced but obviously as full-bodied as you'll find a beer. Impossible to avoid the alcohol burn, but it works the way a cognac works.
There's nothing like it. Is it worth it? Who can say? It's a unique masterpiece. I'll probably never buy another one but I'm glad I did it once.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 01:06:06 | More by IvoryFoxhole
3.91/5 rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Massive Utopias vertical with the gang last weekend. Followed by Millennium - MMM! I cant read my notes only remember what vintages stood out. 2013 with the little window in the bottle was actually my favorite, I expected to like the older ones more. 2005 and 2009 are marked as the next best. Of course none of them held a candle to Millennium, the whole group agreed with that. Flavors were all big sweet malt, toffee, lots of warm vanilla, old tawny port.The 2013 or whatever the most recent bottle was had more developed rich flavors and not as cloying on the tongue. A good experience.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 19:45:07 | More by kayalla
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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