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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 1,971
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 994
Gots: 332 | 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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Photo of tewaris
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tewaris, Jun 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

acorre08, Jun 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

gueuzegossage, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jun 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

leschkie, Jun 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

h2opunk182, Jun 14, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1344th Review on BA
Bottle to Flask to Utopias Glass

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.

FosterJM, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

RuckusDu, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ccozzi, Jun 11, 2012
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vrbulldog22, Jun 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77.6%

UncleJon206, May 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

mctizzz, May 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

StPaulSuds, May 30, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -66.4%

OriolesFan1008, May 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle number 13361, poured into a tulip glass. Major thanks to Etan for sharing this.

A- Pours a dark plum/brown color, produces absolutely zero head, leaves no lacing but does leave big sticky, viscous legs on the glass when you swirl it.

S- Big sweet boozy aroma, lots of molasses, brown sugar, plums and figs, caramel, also has nice wood and cognac/brandy aroma.

T- Sweet fruity flavor, lots of dark fruit, brown sugar, wood and vanilla, brandy alcohol burn on the finish.

M- Full-bodied, sticky, viscous feel, moderate but not extreme alcohol burn.

O- An interesting beer, very complex and boozy.

WillCarrera, May 29, 2012
Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this over to Willcarrera's for a tasting along with Agold. 2011 bottle (#13361). Poured from a 24oz ridiculous-looking bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a dark, dark ruby brown. No head or lacing whatsoever, as expected.

S: Huge brown sugar, molasses, slight chocolate, pungent sugary alcohol. Incredibly strong nose.

T: Molasses, brown sugar, fig, prune, raisin, maple, little bit of chocolate, vanilla and huge toffee in the finish with some more raisin notes. Mild bourbon, brandy, and a bit of wood from the barrels.

M: Syrupy but not too thick. No carbonation.

O: Alcohol is surprisingly well-integrated. It's like a gigantic sweet English barleywine on steroids. Better than expected.

Etan, May 28, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big huge thanks to etan for cracking this open. Dark brown with highlights of Ruby. Nice legs. Aroma is very raisin brandy rum plum prune and a lot of vanilla brown sugar burnt sugar and molasses. Some honey as well. Extremely complex aroma with so much stuff going on. Flavor was really sweet but not unpleasantly so. Lots of raisin and brandy with a nice heat from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky and viscous, almost like a liquor. I really don't know what to make of this "beer". Its really enjoyable but I don't know how to think about it.

Agold, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

resistdefy, May 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Havion383, May 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

stxSS07, May 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Mag00n, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

trxxpaxxs, May 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

seeswo, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

vonnegut21, May 04, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the infamous Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams). Jason Richard sent me a sample of the 2011 vintage this beer in a pouch to review. Thank you so much Jason!
Score: 94

2011 vintage sample served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparent dark caramel brown color that looks like a shot of whiskey. Absolutely no head, no lacing, and, by extension, no retention. Tilting the glass to inspect the color for a minute left an oily line across the middle of the side of the glass that slowly oozed its way down, back into the beer. This beer looks incredibly menacing. 4/5

Smell: Hoo boy! Upfront is a fiery, vodka-like alcohol aroma that singes nose hairs, but quickly behind it is a pleasant mix of brown sugar, smooth caramel, and maple. There is raisin, fig, peanut, walnut, leather, tobacco, and vanilla too. This is easily the "hottest" aroma I have experienced to date, but the nuances behind the fiery spirit smell are pretty awesome. 4/5

Taste: Whoa. For as fiery as the aroma is, the taste is substantially smoother. Sweet grape, vanilla, and brown sugar upfront, with a lingering brown sugar sweetness. Lots of sweet raisin, cognac, oak and dark fruit on the midpalate. Further sips reveal sugary molasses, whiskey caramel malt, vanilla, and cognac flavors. There's a distinct booziness and alcohol warmth on the palate (at 27% ABV, this is quite expected), but it is surprisingly well mixed with rest of the flavor components. This tastes almost like a smoother, sugarier brown spirit with a red wine and raisin twist. This brew is very complex, and it's fifteen year aging process in everything from port and cognac to whiskey barrels is apparent. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, no carbonation. Thick, chewy, syrupy and sugary. Finishes sweet. 5/5

Overall: Big, bold, delectable and sweet. This is a heavy sipper that should be enjoyed a few ounces at a time (there is no way in heck I could enjoy a full glass of this stuff, even at a lower ABV). The beer is not too sweet for me, but it's certainly one of the sweeter beers that I have enjoyed. Those that think Dark Lord is a diabetes-laden sweet bomb should be forewarned.

Recommendation: Priced at $8 per ounce if you can manage to get your hands on a bottle, or $20 for 1-2 ounces at those rare bars that carry it on their top shelf, this one is definitely overpriced for what it is -- but it is absolutely worth trying once. Find a bottle and split it with your friends.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes or Crème Brulee.

Cost: Retails at approximately $200 for a 750 ml bottle that looks like a brew kettle. That is, if you are lucky enough to find a bottle at the price.

jegross2, May 01, 2012
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,971 ratings.