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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 367 | FT: 15
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10th Anniversary edition. $300 for a black fermenter style bottle. #11814. a blend of several variations including the "infamous" 1994 triple bock. Served 12-31-12 in celebration of new year at room temp in a chalice.

A: Not as thick or viscose as i imagined, a sherry-cayenne tint that was poured with no head and no signs of effervesce, no shocker there. Not as menacing as i envisioned, a quiet refined wine in glass visual.

S: First impression was from the bottle directly and one that was more pronounced then in the glass itself. Dark fruit, raisins, sherry, chocolate souffle and hazelnut. From the glass of about a 3-4oz pour alcohol fusels were dominant. Scotchy caramelized malt hint.

T: There was an almost hesitation to drink this at first, paying $300 a bottle with a nostril full of alcohol fusels my hand trembled a bit with the first sip. Rich chocolate souffle and hazelnut were present with some sweet toffee, and merlot. Warm toasty oak and alcohol, scotchy caramelized malt, and maple syrup sweetness. Some warm orange-apple honey fruitiness, licorice, vanilla, and figs with a cask wood background and sweet rum highlights are just a few of the vast complexities this beholds. Flavor was very nice, have to say, and best of all no indication of the 1994 triple bock soy sauce, yeah. Honey caramel.

M: Mouthful was buttery and viscose with a motor oil slick texture, flat carbonation, high warming of alcohol on the tongue. Buttery caramel and alcohol fueled lacing but was fairly clean. It took alot to get a good feel for this and i knew i wasnt gonna get much of a second or third chance with the limited volume serving. soothing heat.

O: Overall analysis, a very good complexity that shows through even in limited volume. Would love to get a longer appreciation for this, but i guess thats what the multiple servings are for. To be consumed like a fine, very expensive wine, with each sip being gentle, small, with a long drawn out swallow. Very savoring. This is a once in a lifetime purchase for me. At $300 a bottle was it worth it? only for self satisfactor sake. The bottle is quite the appeal and makes for a good show piece. Best split with friends or experienced by the glass at an establishment if you want to experience this first hand. 27% abv was not as boozy as one would think, ive had beers 10% that seemed more potent then this, just take it easy with small mangable sips, to much and that 27% will smack some sense into you.

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Review #600. 10th Anniversary Edition served in the accompanying Riedel glass.

A: Pours completely still. Clear brown in color with some ruby highlights intertwined. Some massive legs and stick draping along the side of the glass.

S: Very hot and boozy up front. Overt alcohol and spirits with some hotness to it. Underneath that you get some maple sweetness and burnt sugar. Some caramel and toffee notes are present as well. Dark fruit complexities show themselves as well when it starts to hit room temp.

T: Caramel sweetness with a ton of vanilla. Oak with a great malty backbone. The alcohol doesn't compete with the complexities of this beer even though it's over 27%. Heat on the finish with a mix of toffee, roasted figs and raisins.

M: Incredibly smooth and rich with a warming finish. Devoid of carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O: This is the pinnacle of sipping beers. Sweet, complex and warming. This is a beer I will savor for a long time.

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.