Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.49/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
01-17-2013 00:56:30 | More by kdb150
4.33/5 rDev -2.9%
10th Anniversary edition. $300 for a black fermenter style bottle. #11814. a blend of several variations including the "infamous" 1994 triple bock. Served 12-31-12 in celebration of new year at room temp in a chalice.
A: Not as thick or viscose as i imagined, a sherry-cayenne tint that was poured with no head and no signs of effervesce, no shocker there. Not as menacing as i envisioned, a quiet refined wine in glass visual.
S: First impression was from the bottle directly and one that was more pronounced then in the glass itself. Dark fruit, raisins, sherry, chocolate souffle and hazelnut. From the glass of about a 3-4oz pour alcohol fusels were dominant. Scotchy caramelized malt hint.
T: There was an almost hesitation to drink this at first, paying $300 a bottle with a nostril full of alcohol fusels my hand trembled a bit with the first sip. Rich chocolate souffle and hazelnut were present with some sweet toffee, and merlot. Warm toasty oak and alcohol, scotchy caramelized malt, and maple syrup sweetness. Some warm orange-apple honey fruitiness, licorice, vanilla, and figs with a cask wood background and sweet rum highlights are just a few of the vast complexities this beholds. Flavor was very nice, have to say, and best of all no indication of the 1994 triple bock soy sauce, yeah. Honey caramel.
M: Mouthful was buttery and viscose with a motor oil slick texture, flat carbonation, high warming of alcohol on the tongue. Buttery caramel and alcohol fueled lacing but was fairly clean. It took alot to get a good feel for this and i knew i wasnt gonna get much of a second or third chance with the limited volume serving. soothing heat.
O: Overall analysis, a very good complexity that shows through even in limited volume. Would love to get a longer appreciation for this, but i guess thats what the multiple servings are for. To be consumed like a fine, very expensive wine, with each sip being gentle, small, with a long drawn out swallow. Very savoring. This is a once in a lifetime purchase for me. At $300 a bottle was it worth it? only for self satisfactor sake. The bottle is quite the appeal and makes for a good show piece. Best split with friends or experienced by the glass at an establishment if you want to experience this first hand. 27% abv was not as boozy as one would think, ive had beers 10% that seemed more potent then this, just take it easy with small mangable sips, to much and that 27% will smack some sense into you.
01-09-2013 02:04:04 | More by beerthulhu
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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