Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.7/5 rDev +5.1%
A few of us combined assets to share a bottle.
Utopias 2012 is, as Jim Koch suggests, more of a cognac than a beer. It’s very tasty and unique, but (for me) not really worth the price.
A: 5.0. A clear, beautiful dark amber. No head, no carbonation, but plenty of the legs you see in red wine.
S: 5.0. Rich vanilla and dark fruity sweetness, but no hops.
T: 5.0. Coats the mouth with the lip-smackin’ sweetness of a host of dark fruits and heavy vanilla. Again, no hops anywhere in the building. Nice and warming, with quite an alcohol bite. I strongly suggest visiting the Sam Adams website to read about this beer; I found all the flavors mentioned in the explanation.
M: 5.0. The sticky sweetness lingers until you suck every sugar off your lips and out of your month. The coating is such that a slight numbness settles over your lips until you clear Utopias off. It is amazing.
Overall: Even with all the 5.0 scores above, I still must give Utopias 2012 an Overall Score of only 3.5 because of its price. It was probably worth this one-shot group purchase, just to see what all the fuss is about. But if Jim Koch wants me to buy future editions, it’d need to be priced closer to $50 retail. Its production economics probably wouldn’t cooperate with that price point, though. Oh, well. I can still buy plenty of super-tasty other beers with what a single bottle of Utopias costs.
12-01-2012 01:48:18 | More by TucsonTom
4.33/5 rDev -3.1%
A - transparent, copper hue, no head.
S - nutty, raisins, booze.
T - smooth yet boozy! Dried fruit, raisins, pecans.
M - alcohol burn, light body, very dry - this brew dries out the tongue and no carbonation whatsoever.
O - Very delicious. But not worth the cost, effort or hype. This ceases to be a beer to me. I've had dessert wines that have had almost the exact same taste.
11-25-2012 01:04:09 | More by josephwa
4.55/5 rDev +1.8%
Vintage 2012 10th Anniversary. Thanks Jonnie!
Muddy looking brown color with zero carbonation.
Smell is complex, boozy and sweet. Notes of vanilla, bourbon and maple syrup with rum and oak.
A major slap in the face with flavor. Huge sweetness and moderate sourness up front. Flavors of maple syrup, vanilla, spiced rum, bourbon, oak and of course hot alcohol. Really does taste like a souped up barrel aged beer though. So complex.
Flat, syrupy slick and full bodied. Perfect feel for what the product is.
Overall, it's more than a beer. It's an experience for sure. Is it worth the price? I would say if its divided up among several people it is. Definitely something to try once in your life. Personally loved having it.
11-24-2012 14:37:20 | More by jera1350
4.93/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
11-24-2012 07:10:13 | More by Wetpaperbag
3.98/5 rDev -11%
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.
11-20-2012 17:44:10 | More by tarheels86
4.4/5 rDev -1.6%
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...
11-20-2012 03:24:21 | More by DonDirkA
4.58/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-19-2012 02:03:46 | More by vic21234
4.68/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-18-2012 23:05:01 | More by stephenjmoore
4.3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-18-2012 01:15:05 | More by Bendurgin
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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