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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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world-class

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 867
Gots: 288 | FT: 8
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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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this from my brother for my 30th birthday on Thanksgiving.

A- No carbination, or lacing, very oily slick in the glass. Copper in color and kinda thicker looking.

S- The smell is so complex, and changes as the glass warms up. Dark fruits, vanilla, cinnamon, figs, pear, apples. Very similar to a port and a cognac mixed and a huge alcohol hit.

T- The complexity in this beer is crazy, just so much going on almost a tastebud overload. Vanilla, dark fruits with lots of port flavors, boozy, caramel, and burnt sugar.

M- Burns the mouth a bit, especially the lips. Oily and very nice solid body feel.

O- This is great, tasty and quite enjoyable. Is it worth the money, not especially. Is it worth a try, if you can get a hold of it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 07:10:13 | More by Wetpaperbag
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MDF1IBetty


4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-24-2012 01:53:14 | More by MDF1IBetty
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BrokenStones

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-22-2012 13:32:42 | More by BrokenStones
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-21-2012 05:33:05 | More by Caterwaul
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chrismel

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-20-2012 23:54:11 | More by chrismel
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shick1

Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-20-2012 20:42:09 | More by shick1
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Pixachii

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-20-2012 18:18:12 | More by Pixachii
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tarheels86

California

3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small sample thanks to scotchzi. Pours a flat, clear, reddish amber with big legs dripping with a swirl. Nose is ultra starchy and rice wine like specifically huangjiu or yellow alcohol, Chinese rice wine. It’s tough to describe but heavy red bean starch, sweet toffee, not as much smoke and rice character as huangjiu and more savory soy and saltwater. As it opens up/decants you are rewarded with cinnamon and amaretto. Still, enormous umami character like porcini mushroom and beef bouillon. Interesting combo. Taste is sour lemon up front with mild alcohol heat ending with big starchiness and more lemon. Mild oxidized character. Interesting. Alcohol heat is not an issue. Palate seems decently viscous. Hard to compare to other barleywines as this is more like brandy and rice wine blended. I’m very grateful for the sample, but I think it is safe to say I would not spend $100 on a bottle...though you get to savor this over a long period like Scotch so maybe it is worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 17:44:10 | More by tarheels86
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-20-2012 03:59:45 | More by hansgruber
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 10th Anniversary bottle. 29% ABV. Poured in the Riedel designed Utopias glass. First tasting. I may come back and modify my review each year since I plan on drinking 2 oz each year on my birthday (Nov 18). Depends on how much it changes.

Pours a mahogany caramel color with no head. The nose is almost like amaretto and brandy together. Chocolate covered cherries, almonds, maple, pecans, definite booze heat (obviously), caramel, molasses and some slight red grape notes. The taste is very sweet. Maple, almond, oak, cherry, chocolate, booze, pecans, caramel and molasses. It is syrupy, sticky, sweet, very hot. It is definitely a lot different than a beer. It kind of deserves its own classification. It is fermented like beer but it is like drinking a liquor like cognac or brandy. I love it but I don't know if I can call it a favorite beer. Maybe my favorite liqueur...

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 03:24:21 | More by DonDirkA
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cosmicdebris

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-19-2012 14:14:49 | More by cosmicdebris
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vic21234

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating my 100th review on here with the last 6 or so ounces of this beer. 2009 Vintage, bottle number 08708. The bottle was opened in 2010 and sipped on occasionally. Here we go:

A- Pours a brown/ mahogany color. No carbonation or head whatsoever. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass which I expected at 27% ABV.

S- Obviously the booze comes hard on the smell. Once you get past the nose-burning from the booze, I get hints of dark fruits, figs, and raisins. Smells like a brandy or cognac to me. The bottle says brewed with maple syrup, but I really don't get any in the aroma.

T- First sip hits hard, and tastes much like the aroma. Dark fruit and raisins are big on the taste initially. Though I didn't get maple syrup on the aroma, I do get quite heavy hints of it in the taste. Drinks like a fine liquor.

M- Heavy, no carbonation, boozy, and smooth. Each sip warms the throat and stomach.

Hard to call it a beer, but this is great stuff. I've been sipping on this bottle for 2 years and it hasn't lost a thing. A great beer to try if you're willing to shell out the dollars.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:03:46 | More by vic21234
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mahogany colored body with no head to speak of. Sticky body clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Maple syrup, oak, bourbon, tobacco, red wine, molasses, brown sugar. Smells incredibly sweet and all of the aromas are huge.

T- Sugary sweet, but all of the flavors come through in their own way. Incredibly complex, very sweet, very interesting.

M- Very syrupy, no carbonation, impressively almost no alcohol burn.

O- Really a crazy beer. Flavors are ridiculous and it's different than anything I have ever tried. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:05:01 | More by stephenjmoore
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass. This one pours dark mahogany with a bit of a reddish hue.

He aroma is rich with caramel figs and dark fruit. Surprisingly not boozy on the aroma. Rich and woody with toffee. It been said but this smells like a congnac. The pallet gives some notes of toffe and bourbon with notes of oak and vanilla. Dark fruits and figs with a sweet edge.

The body is full and flat. No carbonation but full and smooth. Feels nice. Overall this is a nice treat. Real enjoyable but I just assume have whiskey or some other comperable spirit.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 01:15:05 | More by Bendurgin
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Rmatuszak2

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-16-2012 23:08:57 | More by Rmatuszak2
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BrittQ

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

11-16-2012 18:09:09 | More by BrittQ
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JRBecks

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-12-2012 16:09:51 | More by JRBecks
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funkyaudio

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-12-2012 03:43:59 | More by funkyaudio
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illini4x4


5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-12-2012 01:13:44 | More by illini4x4
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shrek806

New York

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany hue with no head.

Smells sweet and sugary like a Sherry Wine, Candied Figs, Maple, The smell is so sweet that its making my mouth water.

The taste is very smooth, not too boozy. nice sweetness with a slightly tart finish. There is definitely some Barrel aging going on.

The mouthful is really nice. Coats the mouth like a fine Brandy evenly with a very slight alcohol burn on the swallow.

The drinkability is moderate to high on this one. Pour it in a snifter and sip away.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:23:28 | More by shrek806
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Robdrinx

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

11-11-2012 01:28:18 | More by Robdrinx
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BanditoJunkie

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-10-2012 21:38:16 | More by BanditoJunkie
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valdieu2

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-09-2012 22:38:48 | More by valdieu2
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Auztan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-06-2012 17:54:51 | More by Auztan
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-06-2012 04:03:42 | More by smartassboiler
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.