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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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99
world-class

1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 907
Gots: 303 | FT: 9
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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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Germany

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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California

4/5  rDev -10.3%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Michigan

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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Connecticut

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

A delightful, complex, and stimulating long sipper.

Presentation: 22 oz copper custom capped ceramic decanter. Shaped like a boiling kettle, the kettle opening offers an image of Sam Adams that breaks a bit the otherwise bright design. It is a nice touch but adds a common Boston Beer tacky sense to the design. Label with lengthy description of the special offering and code to redeem a custom snifter. Notes limited 2011 edition, bottle #03733. Poured into a custom Utopia snifter.

A - Clear deep amber small pour. The dark crimson waves slide with a sticky wave to the side of the glass. For a brew of this depth it is a rather beautiful serving.

S - Long nose, rich and very aromatic with plenty of caramel, dark fruits, molasses, sherry, long brandy, soft alcohol. Very complex, pleasing, and never overwhelming.

T - Delightful notes of candied fruits over the brandy structure, where dates, raisins and prunes shine over wood, vanilla, caramel, slight spicy hint in the background, touch of nutmeg and soft pepper. Toffee, and caramel, long distant notes of chocolate and leather make a dent as one progresses through the small serving...

M - Medium-full body, very smooth, with a soft stickiness, and a final warmth touch that lingers, and lingers holding up all the complex palate of flavors.

O - Delightful sipper, very complex and full of layers.

Notes: What a treat… This really reminds me of Spanish brandies and other local blends like quinas. They were in the mix of barrels for this 2011 edition, and they do shine beautifully. Memories of a Cardenal Mendoza, so this is something that may appeal to anyone keen on that sweet complex brandy range, it has some of that Carlos I and Duque de Alba range but the final sweet complexity puts it closer to Cardenal Mendoza than anything else I've ever tasted. If one can afford it, at the suggested retail prize, this is a delight to have and share with people either intrigued by the limits of beer, or this complex Brandy, Cognac, solera blends… Pushing the price at the retail point I guess might develop part of the legend but hurts the accessibility to something that is already pretty pricey. At this price range, if I can afford it then, I'd love to have access to a bottle of the next vintage… in 2013? Thanks Luke, and Manning for making this possible.

07-14-2012 01:39:27 | More by Daniellobo
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Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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Pennsylvania

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Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -27.1%

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Washington

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Colorado

4/5  rDev -10.3%

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tewaris

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks Josh (Sender) for sharing this great beer.

Pours still, looks deep. A rich copper brown hue. Legs are seen upon swirling. Smells amazing, although it's well into the liqueur/liquor territory: dark fruit, figs, dates. Nothing uncommon, but very bold and yet smooth.

Drinks flavorful and sweet but exceptionally clean at the end. Sherry is the best adjective I can use to describe it. Doesn't have the same burn as Macallan but damn, it comes close in taste. Of course it is much sweeter.

A great beer and very glad to have tried it.

06-21-2012 01:55:13 | More by tewaris
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Florida

5/5  rDev +12.1%

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California

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California

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California

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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FosterJM

California

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%

1344th Review on BA
Bottle to Flask to Utopias Glass
6oz

2011 Vintage

Thanks to my buddy Will for sending a late birthday present and glass wale.

App- Really to me poured out like a sherry mixed with some bourbon. Its not the color that gets you its the reflection in the glass. Shines like a diamond with multi facets to it. A little lighter around the edges with some yellows.

Smell- What stuck me was how each time I brought it up to take a sip or smell, I got something different. Oaky, barrel, vanilla, malty, boozy, dark fruits, sugary, sweet. A little mish mash of them all but works so well.

Taste- The flavor of this cant really be described if you havent had it. It starts off really hot and you can only take a small sip. The vanilla comes in and brings a little sweetness. Next comes some of the dark fruits and maybe a bit of brown sugar like a cordial. Last flavors come up are the earthy barrel and some oak.

Mouth- Almost gave it a tad higher but I pulled back. For a beer this complex, I felt it was just a bit too thin. Needed a bit more creaminess behind it. A solid medium body with a low carbonation. Just needed like I said a touch more creamy flavor. Residual heat and oak with a touch of a vanilla brandy cordial note.

Drink- I am still not sure how this qualifies as a beer. I had this in 2009 and just didnt appreciate it as much. I hope one day I can buy a bottle and take little sips each year to see how this changes. I am sure it would be just wonderful.

06-13-2012 01:32:29 | More by FosterJM
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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