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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,000
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,019
Gots: 338 | FT: 11
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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4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this beer since it first came out and finally had the funds to buy a bottle. This is the 10 year anniversary edition (2012).

Pours a solid brown with some light on the edges. Completly flat with no head.

Smells like a brandy, dark fruits really dominated for me. Could also get a small bid of bready yeast

Taste was more dark fruits, some toffee/molasses, oak, breadyness, very complex, seemed each sip I was picking up a different combination. Booze was present, but I expected that.

Overall this is a wonderful "Ale". I see it more of a brandy, something to sip on among fiends, but very much worth the experience.

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10th Anniversary (2012 Vintage) Bottle #03727

A: The beer pours out of the fancy bottle and into my "free" Utopias glass a viscous brown color without any head at all. The liquid thins at the edges, allowing some light through, and has hints of red and yellow as well. 4.5

S: The nose is extremely boozy. Notes of bourbon and red wine are there, but the run really comes to the forefront to me. Spicy and sweet, the barrels are deep and assertive. I can't wait to dive into this beer. 4

T: The first taste really blows me away. I've waited for so long to try this beer, and it has absolutely lived up to the hype. The maple syrup is extremely apparent, which wasn't the case on the aroma. It's hugely sweet and syrupy, with some roast as the base for the barrels to shine. The rum and bourbon are big time players, but the very sweet port and some red wine come out as well. It's absurdly complex and deep, seemingly each taste brings a new experience. It seems to progress from bourbon/rum to wine to maple syrup. 4.5

MF: Thick, syrupy body without any carbonation at all. The finish is actually pretty clean. The alcohol is present and dominating throughout the taste. 3

O: This absolutely lived up to the hype and I can't wait to see what happens to it over the years. If you've been thinking about dropping the amount of money it costs to taste this, don't wait any longer. 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served at room temp

dark brandy, bourbon colour. clear No carbonation, no head.

Smells of the best sweet black strap molasses, bourbon barrel and heavily cooked sugars (not overly sweet considering, with much in the way of residual sugars.)

Uber black strap molasses, light rye whisky and other distilled liquors. anise and some other winter spices (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg & mace) A good depth of sweetness and residual sugars without being sickly. All of this is super condensed and difficult to pick out accurately.

Mouth feel is very smooth and flat, no carbonation what so ever. Not nearly as boozy as the 27% would suggest.

Great for what it is. The nose is a little simple, likewise the mouth feel. I would just as well have had a good dark brandy or cognac. That being said it is one off my bucket list and amazing for a beer the achieve this level of smooth complexity and malty depth, thoroughly enjoyed.

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Thanks to nakalakaboom for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 04542.

Pours a clear brown with no head. Legs of beer form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, sherry, and port. Taste is much the same with some wood and maple flavors as well. There is an alcohol burn in the throat after each sip. This beer has no carbonation but there is a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely strong and extremely rich but super tasty.

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

2011 Vintage Bottle #10243

A - Dark mahogany hues in front of rich golden striations

S - Caramalized dark figs raisons malted barley brown sugar slight booze like one would expect but not like anything i was expecing at all. Very pungent

T - Big dark fruits sweet boozy pancakes fill the mouth almost like a fruitcake. Oaken cherrys almonds bready malts vanilla very deep and complex very hard to narrow down any one flavor. Maple syrup really shines as it warms. (Used in a brandy warmer) I guess you can taste what could be hop earthiness but may just be the tannins from the wood.

M - This is where it really goes crazy. The alcohol hits first numbing the palate over sweetness and makes it crazy smooth in balance. Syrupy mouthfeel also adds to the brown sugar. Very thick....Awesome.

O - Ive had the 09 and think 11 goes crazy over the top of it. The 09 had to many sherry vinous flavors to it where the 11 has that rich malted palate that lets you know its a beer. Much better than expected and will be aging for a while. Can only imagine what this could turn into. Perfect in my book. Not much room for improvement at this high of an ABV.

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2.8/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Being that I am also a wine lover, the best way for me to describe the 10th Anniversary Utopias is as a bad Port wine. It smells and looks similar to a port with dark brown cognac like features and tastes like one, unfortunately a bad one. Very heated in the mouth and all sorts of flavors but they are subdued by the bad alcohol taste. I had the 2009 earlier this year and it was much better thn the 10th Anniv. IMO you are much better off buying a $30 Warres Port if you are looking for this taste. I was very much looking forward to this one with all the hype it had around and since I very much liked the 2009 but this one was just a diasppoinment unfortunately.

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Some friends all chipped in to buy a bottle to drink at our company Xmas party. We poured the entire bottle into 14 small tasting glasses. Dark brown body. No carbonation; totally still. Smell was ripe with rum barrels and booze. Taste was intense and powerful. Rum, port, caramel, raisins, toffee, sugar cane all came to mind. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and luscious like a nice cognac. This "beer" really stretched the definition of what beer is, even even though it was high priced, it was worth it. I though that this was better than some top shelf rums or bourbons I've ordered before.

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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