Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4/5 rDev -10.3%
Thanks Chris for sharing, it was most generous of you sir.
I've had this three times now, mainly due to the generosity of others, and I can say it's not really my thing. Would much rather but a top shelf bottle of bourbon or scotch for the price, though obviously no comparison there.
Pours a tawny almond skin brown, zero bubbles, zero lacing, bright clarity in the glass.
Aromas are sticky sweet, big raisin and prune, nutty sweet tawny port. Flavors are largely the same, flavors linger long into the finish. Seems like any number of aged strong ales... Hardy's, JW Lees, etc, albeit with a nitro boost of alcohol. What mars the experience to me is the jarring astringent bite from the alcohol, which is more akin to sipping a whiskey neat. The complexity and flavors are there, it's just not as easy to sip as it could be, maybe 27% has something to do with it. Again, my personal preference is for beer and/or whiskey, not a hybrid, though this is an exceptionally unique product.
02-17-2013 01:26:27 | More by emerge077
5/5 rDev +12.1%
Hard to believe this was born as a beer. Really is more in line with a cognac, port, or other cordial.
A: poured into a snifter, 2 oz pour. The only beer with "legs" that I have ever had.
S: Unbelievable, sweet, fruity, rich
T: Fruit: plum, cherry, rasin, with a nice smooth alcohol, some spices, and oak.
M: Sticky, smooth, thick, syrupy.
O: A rare experience, graciously extended by a local pub owner. Would have a hard time paying $300 for a 24 ounce bottle, but glad I tried it!
02-14-2013 16:37:14 | More by watsonmd
4.85/5 rDev +8.7%
Bottle (2012 - 10th Anniversary)
Gorgeous dark coppers, amber, and caramels with zero visible carbonation, as expected. Nice clarity. Oily, alcoholic legs.
Perhaps the most complex aroma I've experienced in a beer of this style--though, granted, there is no beer in existence quite like this one to begin with. Vanillas, toffees, caramels, alcoholic kick, brandy-soaked cherry, and maple combine. This reminds me distinctly of a brandy or port. Lovely.
The flavor is even better than the aroma, though that almost seems impossible. Complex layers of maple, vanilla, brandy-soaked cherries, and port. The alcohol is less evident in the flavor than it is in the aroma, as well. Mind blowing.
Medium to full in body, with zero carbonation, though amazingly appropriate. Rich, coating, oily. Not too sweet, which was my worry.
Stupendous. One of a kind. There are no words, but I tried my best.
02-14-2013 05:06:54 | More by ehammond1
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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