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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 478
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,091
Gots: 357 | FT: 12
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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10 Anniversary Edition.

A: Color is dark raisin brown. Clear, still, and flat. Appears to be more like liquor than beer.

S: Aroma is sweet and complex, with notes of raisin, port, tawny port, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and lots of alcohol.

T: Flavor is very similar to the aroma, though doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. Raisin and port with molasses, but there is also an earthy woodsy component as a well as a slight creaminess.

M: Thick, viscous and flat! But it all seems to work for this beer.

O: This is a very good drink, though it's not exactly beer in the classical sense of the word. Sure, it's technically beer, but this one is more in line with a sherry or a port than a beer. If you like those drinks and can appreciate this brew for what it is, you'll find this beer to be quite complex, incredibly balanced, and easily drinkable.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2oz pour into the riedel glass that came with it. This was a 2011.

A copper, thick, clear, no carbonation, no lacing, no head, long thick legs, Beautiful.

S dried dark fruit, booze, sweetness, maple, oak, plum, figs, cinnamon, vanilla, bakers chocolate, dried apricot, lemon, dark cherries

T a blend of dried dark fruits, rich port and sherry flavors with a fantastic sweet aftertaste, not much booziness, or a lot less than I thought. Lots of vanilla, oak, cinnamon, cherries, vanilla, figs, dried apricot, lemon peel, dried plums, raspberry, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, light and dark malt, baking bread, licorice,

M thick, rich, no carbonation

O amazing, one of the best things I've ever had before and I will buy a bottle every year it comes out. I'm going to say this is my favorite beer ever!!!

Greta to try and if I could afford it I'd buy it more often.

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A: poured a dark brown in color with slight burgundy highlights and absolutely no head that left no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very very boozy upfront on the nose where it almost burns the nose hairs after every whiff, besides that I was able to detect some dark fruits, hints of vanilla, and very little oaky barrel character.

T: There was vanilla, dark fruitiness, oaky character, quite a bit of caramel flavor, brown sugar notes but was very muted due to the overwhelming amount of brandy like booze heat battering the palate.

M: the brew was medium in body with virtually no carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, mild dark fruity, very boozy and sticky finish.

O: very interesting beer all around, but have to say it was pretty tasty considering the heat on this booze bomb.

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Metal bottle served into a sampler glass at the Surly Goat in Hollywood, California. Reviewed from detailed notes. It hit the wallet hard at $16.00 for about two shots worth. I savored it and had very high expectations given the hype and its current rating.

A: There's absolutely no head whatsoever, not even a floater. I'll write this off to the monstrous ABV. Colour is a chestnut copper. Nontransparent. Nonopaque. No yeast particles are visible. Not real vibrant. Leaves a viscous clear lacing that slides down the glass sides. Appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Heavy alcohol, whiskey, and strong port influence. Some vinegar and wine notes make it in as well. Dried grape, raisin, and hints of fig. Other dried fruit esters. Aroma gets better as it warms.

T: Heavy dried fruit - raisin is there, as is dried cherry. A bit strong but the sweetness is tame. Comes across as very sugary. Wow. Warms the stomach but the alcohol is nicely concealed. Apple, grape, and hints of cognac. Some whiskey burn on the climax. Lilac on the finish. Nicely balanced and built. Rich and decadent. The alcohol is present more on the backend, lending it a nice heat.

Mf: Very viscous and slick, but also nicely smooth and wet to aid delivery. Slight undercarbonation, aiding the general tone of the flavours as well as delivery. Quite thick. Complements the flavour nicely.

Dr: She's a sipper to be sure. Nicely drinkable for the monstrous ABV though. Drinks like a fine cognac or bourbon. I wouldn't buy a bottle of it at its ridiculous price point, but it's lovely to try once. I did expect better, but it lives up to its hype to an extent. It's certainly a quality sipper, anyway you slice it.

I love the bottle itself; it'd make a good souvenir or home bar piece. I remember the Mikkeller Bar has one laying about.

Best consumed warm, hands down.


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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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