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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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world-class

1,551 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 1551
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 11.41%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005)
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-I think this was on tap because the Sam Adam's chalkboard at their booth at EBF stated it was still in the process of aging. Anyways, it pours like Fernet, or some other liqueur. It's thick and oily.

S-I am shocked to find that the alcohol is very well masked in the aroma. Oh, it's boozy but I was expecting it to smell like moonshine or something. It's really smells like a thick liqueur or cognac. Super concentrated dark fruits and rich dark sugars.

T-The alcohol doesn't hide as easily here. It's just like taking a shot of liqueur. Plums and raisins coated in brown sugar, burnt toffee and molasses. Woodiness and maple syrup. Cocktail bitters. Finishes like a shot of cognac.

M-Full, flat and hot. Head rush! Probably should have tried this earlier on in the night. Syrupy and cloying it it clean out quickly.

O/D-Finally tried it. It's like no other beer I've tried. Clearly worth a sample but I would never even think to toss out so much coin for a whole bottle of this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 00:07:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

the good people at boston beer brought five gallons of this to big beers in vail this weekend, and i have to thank them, because i would never be able to afford to try this one of a kind brew any other way. with much anticipation my glass is filled with a hazelnut colored liquid that shines mellow bronze on the edges and has essentially no head. the nose is hotly alcoholic, i smell it long before it even gets to my nose, very intense. but i also smell rich malted barley, the start of homemade caramel is white sugar just sweats in the pan, and a woody vanill vibe that reminds me of a good bourbon. the taste is more like a cognac than a bourbon or a beer through, and thats what i notice the most. its not nearly as sweet as it smells either, but has some necessary residual sugar to soften the alcohol burn. it almost feels distilled instead of brewed. i get a ton of wood on the finish, like a combination of countless barrels. its a little bit of everything rolled into one, but it somehow, to me at least, makes beautiful beer. i know others have been critical of the lack of carbonation, massive still body, and the price tag on this beer, which is certainly not for everyone, but i found it positively delightful. would i buy it? maybe. but i am overjoyed that i got to sample this, and honestly, a sample is all you really need with this strength and intensity of flavors. this proves that sam adams still makes some of the most far out beer in the world, even if the flagship brands are super safe.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2014 17:01:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted on multiple occasions, poured from the tap at the GABF. Can't say I agree with the general public on this one. The taste was extremely sweet, nearing that of cough syrup. The alcohol percentage was difficult to hide with significant alcohol burn. Mouthfeel was nice and rich. However, overall, this isn't one I would want to try again. Nice try Sam Adams

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2013 03:51:25 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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Domingo

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been seeking this one for years and I luckily got to pour it at the 2011 Rare Beer Tasting at the Wynkoop.
It was on draft (a keg likely worth $6-7K) , and I got to try it both cooler and closer to room temperature. As it warms, I'd say the maple character comes out more in both the nose and taste.
From the tap it literally looks almost like maple syrup coming out. Very thick and viscous. It's roughly a chestnut brown color and is almost completely flat. It looks to be slightly more active than say, a brandy or whiskey, but there's no real carbonation.
The nose is less boozy than I figured. It reminds me a bit of an aged barleywine. Really heavy on the malt character. Almost like a mix of malt syrup and liquor, but not quite so hot.
The flavor's a welcome surprise and while it's definitely strong, it's a long way from being as strong as a liqueur. Brown sugar and maple along with that ever-present heavy malt syrup character. It should be noted that I LOVE malt syrup, so this isn't a bad thing! Compared with the other stronger beers I've had (ranging from 16-19%) I don't really think it's as boozy as I though it might be. It wasn't even as alcoholic tasting as some other beers I had the same day.
The texture is definitely closer to a liqueur than a beer. It's a hair thicker, but not by a lot. Still, at nearly 30% ABV, that's actually pretty ideal.
It's tough to review this as a beer simply because it's pushing boundaries of all sorts. It's somewhere between a barleywine, a liqueur, and even a spirit.
A modern marvel that's quite tasty in its own right. I'm not sure I'll go rushing out to buy a $150 bottle any time soon, but then again, I am tempted...

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2011 17:10:49 | More by Domingo
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FUNKPhD

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep cherry mahogany appearance. Not as thick as expected, leaves a nice legging.

S - Boozy, but has a sweet, maple aroma.

T - Not as boozy as the ABV or aroma leads on. Warm.

M - Has a nice, boozy tingle, nice prescence, and surprisingly drinkable. Very smooth, silky.

O - I was a bit apprehensive about the overall experience with this one, based on ABV, but Utopias is surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 18:05:56 | More by FUNKPhD
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shoky01

Texas

4.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Houston Flying Saucer with Jim Koch coming in for a visit. Serving type was a 2oz in a small snifter.

A: Chestnut brown, clear, no carbonation to speak of. No bubbles for lacing but stuck to the sides of the glass like a well aged bourbon or scotch.

S: Alcohol and molasses are the first impressions. Smells like an old scotch.

T: Tastes like an old scotch. Big alcohol burn, but that could've been from the habanero sour cream. Very sweet up front up front. Reminds me a bit of the Avery demon series with the bourbon-y flavor.

MF: Very smooth to drink but very sticky.

Overall i was not let down at all. been waiting a while to try this beer. At 27%, if i had a bottle it would take a long while to get through it, the sheer cost would also be a consideration.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 20:23:15 | More by shoky01
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice brown color with basically no head. The smell is sweet and boozy with hints of bourbon maple and vanilla. The flavor is very close the the aroma withe the sweet booziness up front followed by the bourbon and maple notes with a hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel is thick with low carbonation. Overall this beer was surpassingly drinkable for the abv but that is likely due to how sweet it is, which almost becomes cloying at times. Was nice to try but would likely never buy

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 17:57:58 | More by rowingbrewer
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mdfb79

New York

4.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From 03/11/11 notes. Had on tap at Nigh of the Barrels up in Boston, MA. Got to try three 2 oz. samples of this one which I was very excited about.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with light carbonation evident and almost no head at all.

s - Smells of oak, red wine, bourbon, fruit, and light sweet molasses. Smells really nice, like a nice wine.

t - Tastes of maple syrup, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, wine, and light alcohol. Maple syrup comes through a lot, mixing with some sweet fruit for a very enjoyable taste.

m - The body of Utopias is very thick and syrupy; felt just like maple syrup. Considering how high the ABV is there is very little alcohol showing and it was nice and smooth going down.

d - Overall Utopias is a very nice beer from Sam Adams. Given the high ABV and the mouthfeel it is certainly a sipper and certainly something best consumed in 2 oz. samples. I thought it had a great, complex smell and would definitely like to have it again. Don't think I would pay $180-200 for a bottle, but if given the chance would love another 2 oz. sample of this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 22:27:15 | More by mdfb79
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I have had this "beer" twice. A nice 2 oz pour from a bottle of the 2005 vintage and more recently a 2009 vintage pour on tap at EBF.

While I fould the aged version more appealing overall, a bit smoother and easier going, I find this to be a difficult liquid to truly enjoy.

A-Deep, dark brownish copper. No head to speak of but, when swirled, it left thick viscous legs on the glass.

S-Alcohol burn, vanilla, oak, fig, plum, raisin all lying on top of a massively sweet caramel malt base.

T-Almost firey alcohol up front moderated (especially with the aged vintage) with notes cognac, vanilla, maple syrup, raisin, plum and fig. Caramel malt sweetness is less pronounced in the flavour profile.

M-Without question the best feature of this concoction. Liquid silk with an oh, so smooth, luscious viscosity. Maple syrup smooth.

D-I appreciate what SA has done here and find it to be VERY interesting but to actually sit and drink this...no. It is a novelty only. I will save my high ABV drinks and money for the likes of real liquors such as port, cognac, bourbon and Scotch. The aged version was certainly more palatable than the fresh version so maybe over time....I could see myself sitting down with a small snifter and enjoying it. For the price though....see my previous statement.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2010 06:25:55 | More by Deuane
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The blended Utopia. I had over four ounces of this stuff and that was plenty. Beer is brown and hazy, no carbonation really, no head, no lacing. It looks about what I expected it to look like but on tap I was expecting more of an attempt at carbonation.

OK, the aroma is amazing. It smells like wood, alcohol, malts and liquor, like bourbon. It smells amazing.

Hmmm....taste....well to start the beer is medium to low bodied, there isn't any bitterness or carbonation to sour it out. Its sweet but not cloying at all, but it does finish really really dry and the alcohol is biting. It really is like sipping liquor not beer. Its plenty enjoyable but after four ounces I was ready to call it quits. I don't need anymore but I would try it again. Much better than the triple bock, overall a solid and impressive beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 03:31:35 | More by drabmuh
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drseamus

New York

3.9/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Utopias really transcends what beer is. Unlike some other "beers" out there, this doesn't undergo any ice distillation or other techniques to increase the ABV unnaturally. It is 100% ninja made.

This beer in the right time and place is a great sipper. I'd schedule at least 30 minutes for a 2oz pour to do it right.

In this situation, Utopias is a complex son-of-a-bitch. Flavor pop up all over the place including vanilla, maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, sherry, caramel, and dark fruits. There are more in there but my brain can't handle that many sensations at once. I almost think of it as a cognac or sherry more than as a beer. Either way, it is interesting for sure. Also of note, when I've had it on cask before it wasn't carbonated. There was a touch of carbonation and decent head this time because it was served out of a quarter keg (yes, a fucking quarter keg of Utopias!!). Also, this is one boozy beer. The full 27% ABV isn't apparent but about 15% of it is and it is hot.     

In a different time and place it blends beautifully with Canadian Breakfast Stout. The coffee and chocolate from the CBS add a great sensation to the beer and also drop the ABV to a completely reasonable 20ish percent. 

In a third time and place it is the hardest yet most satisfying kegstand in the world. This beer is to be respected or it will kick your utopi-ass.    

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 21:42:24 | More by drseamus
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josefnewsong

New York

4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

They were selling this on tap for $15 an ounce. Luckily my boy was working at the Tap and gave me a free taste...Nose was all about whisky and honey. The taste was like a port wine or mead with intense alcohol flavor as well. This was amazing, but no beer is worth so much money. A gimmick if you ask me, but a very very tasty gimmick.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 06:23:21 | More by josefnewsong
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aerozeppl

New York

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Super dark brown almost verging on black. Poured with no head at all. Sticks to the glass nicely. Thickness is part of the appearance.

S: The nose on this beer is really incredible. Booze is definitely there and right up front. Hints of toffee, roasted nuts, wood, chocolate, raisins, dates. Basically this is just about everything you have ever smelled in a beer minus hops thrown at you at once.

T: The sweetness and booze are really powerful. Most of the elements of the nose are detectible in the taste but drowned out by the booze a little bit. This beer reminds me of a port or cognac. Totally different than anything else out there.

M: No carbonation at all. Super thick but somehow not heavy on the tongue.

D: Somehow really drinkable. Had a 2oz sample of this and that was more than enough. Then I had another 2 oz sample. The warmer this gets the better it gets. Just an amazing beer that really does push the limits of what beer can be. The cellaring potential on this beer is off the charts. I don't think it will ever get worse.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 16:49:13 | More by aerozeppl
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between red and brown in color with no head just a few bubbles.
Lots of alcohol but pleasant. Very nutty, mostly hazelnut with some maple syrup.
So much flavor. Pecan, Hazelnut, almond and vanilla are all in the body of flavor. Alcohol is definitely present but actually contributes to the beer. The finish a pleasant maple syrup.
Very syrupy, where I could expect and desire it to be.
This beer is delicious. Unfortunately I know have acquired a taste for a beer I am no where near being able to afford.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 07:11:10 | More by alovesupreme
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the 2009 night of the barrels panel on wood aging beers. Pretty cool tasting this while jim Koch is discussing how wood causes microxidation of the beer which gives it complexity. On to the review.
No head at all. A rich ruby-amber color. Lots of legs on my glass
Smell. A complex of sweet, vanilla, booze, maple syrup
Taste. Very sweet. Like a port or sherry. Booze warms the tummy. Sugar cane , butterscotch, vanilla.
Mouthfeel : what you would expect for a 25% abv spirit
Drinkability : one shot of this is enough for the evening. The sweetness of this is almost too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 15:55:18 | More by JonathanL7890
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Seanibus

California

3.43/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

At what point does beer stop being beer? That line lies, I think, somewhere between Extreme Beer and Utopia. This beverage may start out like beer, but on its trip to the brewing stratosphere, it winds up more like a poor cognac.

Pours a dark caramel with no head. Swirling it in a brandy snifter produces long, deep legs. The smell is a deep caramel, bourbon-like, perhaps a bit rasiny, with a slap of alcohol. The taste is brown sugar, creme brule, raisins, creme, vanilla, and bourbon. It suggests butter, praline, pecan, and walnut.The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, fatty around the mouth, very difficult to drink.

This is interesting to try, but it fails a key test: what is the point? If you want a beer, have a beer. If you want Cognac, have cognac. This is neither and therefore will satisfy nobody.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 00:09:44 | More by Seanibus
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I managed to get about 4 oz. of this at the GABF. I reviewed it on my phone. I will never pay to sample it straight from the bottle as I am not a rich man.

This beer doesn't come with a lot of head and lace, but that can't be expected from a beer like this. It has a nice dark and full color.

The smell is similar to scotch with some raisin, mint and licorice coming out.

The taste is surprisingly smooth. The strongest beer in the world is not overbearing, it's actually well balanced. Caramel comes out first with raisin and licorice overtones. Some mint comes out as the beer warms. This beer is wonderfully complex and I applaud the Boston Brew Company for making a well crafted beer this high in alcohol content. This beer is more than just 25% alcohol, it pushes the limits of what beer can do and I really admire the BBC for making it.

How could a 25% abv beer be any more drinkable? This beer is definetly a sipper, but considering it's 25% alcohol, it's a damn drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2007 23:46:12 | More by jasonjlewis
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. I got my hands on two samples worth (probably about 3-4 ounces) because my girlfriend wasn't a fan.

Pour: fiery, crystal clear amber/mahogany, no head of course, fairly viscouse in the glass.

Nose: can literally be smelled from several feet away, even outdoors in the middle of a crowd. Amazing notes of oaked bourbon, rich vanilla, brandy and cherry liquor.

Taste: tongue-numbing booze of course, at 25% you're essentially sipping distilled alcohol. A mix of vanilla-bourbon-oak aged brandy with notes of bourbon-soaked apricots, cherries and raisins. The most potent beverage I've ever sipped and enjoyed.

Feel: oily and slick, yet thinned and super dry due to the immense alcohol content. No carbonation to speak of. Burningly strong and warming all the way down the gullet.

Drinkability/Overall: an amazing experience that I am glad to have had a chance to partake in. Truly blurs the line between beer and spirits. Distinct and refined, this is the sipper of all sippers. Worth the money for a bottle? Not for a starving college student like me, unless I won the lottery, wherein this would become a staple in my liquor cabinet.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 02:05:40 | More by Golden2wenty1
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark, dark...no head but with high abv..who cares. Smell had distinct bourbon notes. This has the texture of an after dinner drink, syrupy, smooth, alcohol, but with a malt kick. Naturally, with a syrupy quality, the mouthfeel is chewy..mmmm. Natgurally, this is a sipper...smooth for the extreme abv. Evereyone should try this at least once in their beer tasting lifetime.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2006 01:43:09 | More by edchicma
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went to a “Big Beers Barelywine and Belgium” festival in Vail CO and Utopia was on tap. Well sort of. They had about a 5 gallon wooden barrel that they tapped directly and poured directly from there. So I sampled this beer on tap.

The pour was very thick with a very hazy amber to bronze color. I would say it seemed thicker then motor oil. Like watered down syrup. There was no foam or lacing as I would have expected. The smell was super rich and very similar to port. I was expecting more of a phenol aroma but instead got more of a toasted almost caramel nose.

The taste was thick as well. The flavor coats your mouth. A big caramel flavor with a molasses aftertaste. Reminds my of cough syrup. The alcohol is noticed but doesn’t burn as it goes down. Malty is the best word to describe it.

The drinkability of this is much easier then I would expect. You could almost say it was smooth. It is not a liquor-esk taste but still demands your attention with the malty, syrupy, alcoholic bomb.

Overall, I’m glad I got to try this but I don’t think I would ever want to buy it. $25 for a entry fee beats $150 for a bottle any day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2006 06:02:49 | More by Oxymoron
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 version, in a 24oz, um, bottle? I suppose a case could be made for this as a can, given all the metal encasing this copper kettle replica. One hard to come by offering for this brewery around here, as they are indeed repped locally, but finally I got my hands (for a mere ~150 dollars) on one. My infant son spent his first birthday today out and about with his mom, and even visited dear 'ol dad at work. Now that he's well and down, here we freaking go.

This beer pours a (what, a simple cap? no cork, really?) mostly clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with zero head, zero lace, and zero sound, save the mild glugging of the er, liquid, as it hits the glass - weird, man. Not a particularly appealing looking offering, IMHO.

It smells of ridiculously pungent maple sap, port fruitiness, sherry Flor, vanilla and caramel that have spent serious time in a Kentucky whiskey barrel, tanned leather, more rather tannic warmed red wine, rum-filled holiday chocolates, and a slight musty funk, one that seems more capable of cutting through the mire than any hops in the mix. The taste is more decadent and super-heavy caramel malt and its bourbon barrel equivalents, thick natural vanilla, maple doughnuts, rich port and fruity sherry, a reduced brown sugar rum booziness, concentrated sour stone fruit, hints of bittersweet cocoa, and a somewhat surprising leafy, musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously not the main point of this affair, as it is pretty much unheralded and non-existent, the body a sickly viscous, thick and chewy, full as full can be weight, and smooth like your favourite single malt (and ethereally creamy, by the same metric). It finishes sweet, hell to the yes, but with a noticeable attempt at moderation, the fruit, latent, but still weak-ass funk, and yes, hops doing enough to keep me from scraping both my tongue and teeth at the same time.

A whole lot of acclimatization is required to actually get into this one at first - but once you're past that initial palate gang-bang, the teetering balance of malt, bourbon, port, rum, funk, maple, sugar, and hops starts to make more and more sense, and that's only due in small part to the 54-proof alcohol. One of the few end-points of beer fandom, this is almost worthy of its sticker price (I'd say shelf tag, but, heh, it never actually made it there, around here). My only real beef here, is that I can only make an educated guess as to how much I have left in the 'bottle' - I'm thinking at least 12oz, as this kind of thing surely engenders more writing than imbibing, eh?

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 05:08:41 | More by biboergosum
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Beejay

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks goes to Lee for sharing this bottle.

A: Medium brown, like maple syrup. No head, no sign of carbonation.

S: Sweet and malty, with aromas of Molasses, Raisin and brown bread.

T: Malty, smooth at first with tart cherry and molasses. Caramel and bread flavor follow. Alcohol finish.

M: Syrupy and thick in body. No carbonation. Lots of heat from the abv.

O: Overall good, although less than amazing. Pretty smooth considering the abv. Tasty but not necessarily outstanding, however an awesome experience to share with beer buddies.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:59:12 | More by Beejay
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a big Winter Party with this beer for Snobs United. I poured the 10th Anniversary bottle, but I also sampled a wee bit of the 2013 bottle.

Poured 3 ounces into a Tulip glass.

Clear Amber liquid with beautiful alcohol legs when swirled in the glass.
Not too thin and not too thick in the glass. Looks really good.

Nose is robust. Big sweetness, dark mulled fruits, oak and barrel character, leather, tannins, pepper and dark malts and of coarse alcohol.

Taste follows the nose really well with a very nice mouthfeel however it could have been fuller given the alcohol. Still quite an experience.

Has to be one of the best Sam Adams Beers that I'm aware of.

This one is a real treat if you like big boozers and you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 23:53:37 | More by cooch69
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timc100

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011

Murky dark brown, big alcohol legs of a spirit. Burnt brown sugar, toffee, caramel, booze, melange of spirits - brandy, bourbon, port - and toastedbut one note, each does not jump out. Very boozy but drinkable - nice fuller mouthfeel, kind of sticky.

Been wanting to try this but at that price point you could land a world class bourbon alone, so very hesitant. Shared a pour from someone - very good but not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 20:24:10 | More by timc100
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hillvt4me

Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +4%
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

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