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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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99
world-class

1,763 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,763
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 878
Gots: 294 | 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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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +12.1%

04-24-2012 23:54:15 | More by HamGlade10
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mrsdrabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -10.3%

04-19-2012 05:10:39 | More by mrsdrabmuh
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who, but thanks to the generous soul who brought this to the March Madness 2012 bottle share.

Pretty flat looking appearance, nothing resembling head, lace or retention, looks like someone left an amber/old ale out for a few days to let all the carbonation out of it. But it is clean looking, no chunky sediment or whatnot, color is like equal parts burnt orange, red and light brown. Aroma, not bad, definitely more on par with a liquer than most beer aromas, sticky, and the positive kind of oxidation.

A lightly sweet, thick, syrup and molasses like flavor and texture is evident. Should definitely appease those who like scotch and cognac. Plenty of vanilla, oak and caramel to compliment the flavor profile, making out for a good experience as a result.

Complex enough to not simply be a drink that the lowest common denominator would flock to (given its price, probably not a problem) but overall, a neat and good experience, but eh, could never see drinking more than 3oz of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 23:11:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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RespetoCerveza101

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-04-2012 05:24:16 | More by RespetoCerveza101
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EZE123

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-31-2012 04:33:18 | More by EZE123
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texasclimber

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-28-2012 16:48:23 | More by texasclimber
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IPx

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-26-2012 15:49:06 | More by IPx
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HopHeads1506

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -10.3%

03-26-2012 15:03:17 | More by HopHeads1506
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am clearing out some older reviews that were on my phone. Unfortunately I have lost all the date stamps, but I am pretty sure this is from Februrary.

Utopias pours a very attractive reddish mahogany color. It is super bright with no head, but major legs.

Aroma is very spirit like with plenty of warmth and straight up alcohol. Unlike a spirit though, it has a more beer like backbone to the aroma that I can only think to describe as being more substantial than say a scotch or brandy. Other aromas include caramel, leather and raisins.

The flavor has even more raisin like qualities with a lot if caramel flavors as well. Toffee, leather smoke and maple are all present. Despite the alcohol heat, the flavors of the malted barley come through quite well with their bready caramel character.

The mouthfeel is quite full and a bit chewy. It is interesting drinking a beer that is supposed to be dead flat. I almost wonder how much less substantial the body of this beer might be if it was carbed up. The finish is very sticky and to me, more of a hindrance to the drinkability than the alcohol.

Obviously, Utopias is not your average beer and is hard to rate on the same scale as the others I have reviewed on this site. As I alluded to earlier, this is a sipper of a beer that is certainly meant to be enjoyed like a fine brandy or scotch. I also enjoyed mine with my awesome beer nerd friends (TChopcraver, TCGoalie & Buckyfresh) which is something that I also recommend if you are able to track down a bottle of this. Ultimately, I found this beer to be quite tasty and if money were not a concern I would probably try to buy it every time it came out and pop one open for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 20:52:21 | More by zoso1967
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galapas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

03-25-2012 19:51:10 | More by galapas
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nknauz

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

03-22-2012 22:44:10 | More by nknauz
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CPditka

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-18-2012 14:12:46 | More by CPditka
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Jimbolikesbeer


4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-17-2012 05:13:15 | More by Jimbolikesbeer
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

03-12-2012 17:46:53 | More by DSlim71
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jkane101

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

03-10-2012 18:34:29 | More by jkane101
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PhillyP

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

03-08-2012 21:32:03 | More by PhillyP
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tjfilippo

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-08-2012 03:02:09 | More by tjfilippo
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jamescain

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a sniffer. Big thanks to pwsoldier for sharing this one!

Pours a cloudy dark brow-mahogany with no head. The initial aroma that I detect is nutty, pecans, with vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, some port like qualities, and a touch of alcohol. The taste has amazingly very little alcohol perception! Dark fruit and port qualities dominate the flavor, figs, plums, raisins, oak, bourbon and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is very syrupy and viscous with no carbonation and a sweet lingering finish. Overall this is an exceptional beer and I’m very glad that I finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 17:10:21 | More by jamescain
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.1%

03-02-2012 22:07:38 | More by heddar33
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Homebrewjason


3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

02-29-2012 22:52:50 | More by Homebrewjason
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LukeONeill


4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-27-2012 04:32:56 | More by LukeONeill
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firehousebrew


5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-25-2012 22:46:28 | More by firehousebrew
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Cookierachas

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

02-24-2012 19:54:43 | More by Cookierachas
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

02-24-2012 18:37:10 | More by oldp0rt
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gregy55902

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a mahogany color with no carbonation.

S - Utterly stunning - unlike any other beer. Sherry, cherry, cognac, port, extreme barrel aged notes. Just an insane bouquet of dark fruits - cherry, dates, a bit of wild dark berries. A bit of caramel malt and vanilla.

T - Just wow. This hits you so hard with the barrel aging - it is so incredibly smooth even with the high abv. Taste follows the nose but it is even more amazing. The taste lingers forever, which is amazing.

M - No carbonation, but it doesn't need any. Lingers in your mouth for an eternity (1+hour) long after you have swallowed it. It made me smile so much; I couldn't believe what my taste buds were experiencing.

O - Incredible. If this beer isn't perfect, then nothing is. If you can appreciate a barrel-aged beer, take that times infinity and you have Utopias. Kind of pricey but I can totally understand why. Save this for special occasions, and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 06:33:24 | More by gregy55902
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,763 ratings.