Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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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
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