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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,735 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 867
Gots: 287 | 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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RyanBeer13

Virginia

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-03-2011 11:17:06 | More by RyanBeer13
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JerseyKirk

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle (MII) poured by my buddy at the local homebrew shop.

A: Copperish brown much like a scottish ale or lighter bock. Almost not head. Coats the glass with a viscosity much like a great red wine.

S: Cognac and sweet malt. Not much like beer.

T: Very sweet up front. The best tasting Cognac. Good. Really smooth and drinkable. Way better than any other high abv beer I've had. Smoother than most 11% abv barley wines.

M: Very sweet and fully bodied. Alcohol is present but not harsh. Sweetness helps mask most of the alcohol.

O: Fantastic beer. Really only would drink on special occasions. Felt sophisticated drinking it. Would want more and more if it wasn't so damn expensive.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:49:22 | More by JerseyKirk
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Diomede

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-01-2011 06:56:38 | More by Diomede
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teamizm

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-01-2011 06:26:17 | More by teamizm
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +12.1%

12-01-2011 05:04:02 | More by mhenson42
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brew kettle shaped bottle to snifter on 11/29/11
*From notes

-- I can't thank you enough John, for breaking into this treasure and sharing it with me. --

Vintage 2011

A: A good pour yields no head and no lacing. It pours like a brilliant liquid resin liquor.

S: Alcohol esters and warm creamed caramel. It's condensed and jam packed with dried vine fruit. Absolutely stunning.

T: This is simply on another level. I can honestly say that I've never had a beverage quite like it. It reminds me of the finest madeira, or a thirty year old tawny porto. The smooth fruit here is unmatched. It's boozy, but in a way that compliments every facet. If I hadn't been told this was a "beer", I wouldn't have believed it.

M: Smooth as a baby's ass. It sips like million bucks, as it's got a silky texutre I'ver never before experienced in a beer. The weight is magnificent, yet it's not cloying. A pleasure to drink.

O: What more can I say about Sam Adam's Utopias? This is a jaw dropping achievement. It's perfect in most every way. Is it worth the lofty price tag? Maybe not, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most memorable libations on planet earth.

Thanks again, Señor Siege. Your generosity is unrivaled.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 19:02:46 | More by Rhettroactive
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-30-2011 18:08:21 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-29-2011 23:40:42 | More by brandoman63
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-29-2011 19:03:23 | More by nanobrew
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-28-2011 05:05:48 | More by InspectorBob
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bbadger

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

11-28-2011 03:24:42 | More by bbadger
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-27-2011 23:33:45 | More by OneEyedJack
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generallee

New York

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-27-2011 12:59:44 | More by generallee
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JMBSH

Colorado

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-27-2011 01:32:35 | More by JMBSH
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-26-2011 18:33:28 | More by kayrex
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homerbunker

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-26-2011 16:23:48 | More by homerbunker
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-24-2011 14:34:37 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Joecaddie

Delaware

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-24-2011 13:32:15 | More by Joecaddie
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

2011 bottle poured from an elegant copper coated ceramic bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: As were my expectations, this has a look I am more accustomed to seeing in a brown liquor, maybe a cognac. A few stray bubbles very briefly collected for a moment before quickly vanishing.

Smell: Wow, a ton going on here. There is a lot of sweetness, with aromas ranging from vanilla to molasses. Some caramel and other sweet malts are noticeable, as well as oak, some general dark fruits, and maple.

Taste: The flavor has an incredible presence. The sweetness includes caramel, molasses, vanilla, maple, and dark fruits, with a malt that drags on through the finish. Other notes of port and cognac, as well as a general oak character, are present as well.

Mouthfeel: A huge body, with almost no carbonation and a fairly sticky nature. This is actually one of the few things that clues me in that it is not a liquor; it is sticky instead of dry. It goes down surprisingly smooth with an alcohol presence of a much lower ABV beer.

Overall: When a beer can be opened and still stored for weeks (or months), the line between beer and liquor has justifiably become blurred. There is just an incredible amount of complexity involved with this beer that makes it very difficult to judge. Did I really enjoy it? Yes, it was amazing. Could I drink more than 4 oz.? That would be tough. Do I regularly want to pay $165 for a bottle of it? Probably not. Scoring this beer is difficult.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 10:32:24 | More by KickInTheChalice
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cbanker

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-22-2011 23:08:31 | More by cbanker
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harrymel

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

11-22-2011 18:32:48 | More by harrymel
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper brown color with no head. The nose has a fair bit of whiskey up front, notes of roasted barrel and some untertones of vanilla, sweet caramel and an earthy root type aroma. The taste is similar, sweet caramel, root beer, a piney syrup, earthy and root like with some notes of chocolate. Strong whiskey/bourbon notes, lots of heats with a fair bit of sugar left over. Syrupy feel, chewy and viscous, well carbonated and a touch of driness in the finish. Lots going on, spirit like, a touch all over the place.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 13:51:27 | More by cpetrone84
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placlair

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -10.3%

11-21-2011 19:08:45 | More by placlair
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +12.1%

11-21-2011 17:50:53 | More by cowboy83
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of a 2011 bottle at Prime 16, poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, clear rubeous copper body that leaves tremendous legs. For an intentionally flat, spirituous beer, I couldn’t imagine it being any prettier.

S: Whoa. I expected it to be huge, but it still blew me away. Wood, maple, port, sherry, raisins, whiskey, caramel, leather, tobacco, and piercingly sharp alcohol are all present in relatively equal measure. The overall effect is deep, sweet, and rich, all while being hugely aromatic and piquant. I find the booze to be a bit over the top, though, more akin to an 80-proof whisk(e)y than a 54-proof beer. Still, this must be approached as a spirit rather than a beer, and as such it’s pretty solid.

T: Sweet and hot; caramel, toffee, rum-raisin, sherry, maple, vanilla and oak. Brown sugar and booze on the immensely long finish. Tastes like someone blended two-parts dessert wine, one part whiskey, and one part maple syrup. Fascinating and delicious, but a trifle overbearing with its sweetness.

M: Thick, sticky, and mouth-coating. Some alcohol tingle as well. A bit too sticky for me, but nicely substantial.

O: Insane. I can’t believe that this is beer, and I especially can’t believe that it was made via natural fermentation. If the booziness of the aroma hadn’t been quite so strong, it would have been truly amazing – the flavors were big, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable. I still don’t think I’ll shell out for a bottle any time soon, but it’s more tempting than ever now that I’ve tried it.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 03:33:24 | More by woosterbill
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.