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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
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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: GClarkage on 07-09-2005

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Photo of tarheels86
3.97/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small sample thanks to scotchzi. Pours a flat, clear, reddish amber with big legs dripping with a swirl. Nose is ultra starchy and rice wine like specifically huangjiu or yellow alcohol, Chinese rice wine. It’s tough to describe but heavy red bean starch, sweet toffee, not as much smoke and rice character as huangjiu and more savory soy and saltwater. As it opens up/decants you are rewarded with cinnamon and amaretto. Still, enormous umami character like porcini mushroom and beef bouillon. Interesting combo. Taste is sour lemon up front with mild alcohol heat ending with big starchiness and more lemon. Mild oxidized character. Interesting. Alcohol heat is not an issue. Palate seems decently viscous. Hard to compare to other barleywines as this is more like brandy and rice wine blended. I’m very grateful for the sample, but I think it is safe to say I would not spend $100 on a bottle...though you get to savor this over a long period like Scotch so maybe it is worth it.

Photo of hansgruber
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

2012 10th Anniversary bottle. 29% ABV. Poured in the Riedel designed Utopias glass. First tasting. I may come back and modify my review each year since I plan on drinking 2 oz each year on my birthday (Nov 18). Depends on how much it changes.

Pours a mahogany caramel color with no head. The nose is almost like amaretto and brandy together. Chocolate covered cherries, almonds, maple, pecans, definite booze heat (obviously), caramel, molasses and some slight red grape notes. The taste is very sweet. Maple, almond, oak, cherry, chocolate, booze, pecans, caramel and molasses. It is syrupy, sticky, sweet, very hot. It is definitely a lot different than a beer. It kind of deserves its own classification. It is fermented like beer but it is like drinking a liquor like cognac or brandy. I love it but I don't know if I can call it a favorite beer. Maybe my favorite liqueur...

Photo of cosmicdebris
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of vic21234
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrating my 100th review on here with the last 6 or so ounces of this beer. 2009 Vintage, bottle number 08708. The bottle was opened in 2010 and sipped on occasionally. Here we go:

A- Pours a brown/ mahogany color. No carbonation or head whatsoever. Lots of lacing along the sides of the glass which I expected at 27% ABV.

S- Obviously the booze comes hard on the smell. Once you get past the nose-burning from the booze, I get hints of dark fruits, figs, and raisins. Smells like a brandy or cognac to me. The bottle says brewed with maple syrup, but I really don't get any in the aroma.

T- First sip hits hard, and tastes much like the aroma. Dark fruit and raisins are big on the taste initially. Though I didn't get maple syrup on the aroma, I do get quite heavy hints of it in the taste. Drinks like a fine liquor.

M- Heavy, no carbonation, boozy, and smooth. Each sip warms the throat and stomach.

Hard to call it a beer, but this is great stuff. I've been sipping on this bottle for 2 years and it hasn't lost a thing. A great beer to try if you're willing to shell out the dollars.

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mahogany colored body with no head to speak of. Sticky body clings to the sides of the glass.

S- Maple syrup, oak, bourbon, tobacco, red wine, molasses, brown sugar. Smells incredibly sweet and all of the aromas are huge.

T- Sugary sweet, but all of the flavors come through in their own way. Incredibly complex, very sweet, very interesting.

M- Very syrupy, no carbonation, impressively almost no alcohol burn.

O- Really a crazy beer. Flavors are ridiculous and it's different than anything I have ever tried. Try it if you can.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass. This one pours dark mahogany with a bit of a reddish hue.

He aroma is rich with caramel figs and dark fruit. Surprisingly not boozy on the aroma. Rich and woody with toffee. It been said but this smells like a congnac. The pallet gives some notes of toffe and bourbon with notes of oak and vanilla. Dark fruits and figs with a sweet edge.

The body is full and flat. No carbonation but full and smooth. Feels nice. Overall this is a nice treat. Real enjoyable but I just assume have whiskey or some other comperable spirit.

Photo of Rmatuszak2
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BrittQ
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of JRBecks
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of funkyaudio
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of illini4x4
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of shrek806
3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany hue with no head.

Smells sweet and sugary like a Sherry Wine, Candied Figs, Maple, The smell is so sweet that its making my mouth water.

The taste is very smooth, not too boozy. nice sweetness with a slightly tart finish. There is definitely some Barrel aging going on.

The mouthful is really nice. Coats the mouth like a fine Brandy evenly with a very slight alcohol burn on the swallow.

The drinkability is moderate to high on this one. Pour it in a snifter and sip away.

Photo of Robdrinx
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of BanditoJunkie
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of valdieu2
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Auztan
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rudzud
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 2012 pour at Julio's New England Beer Fest. Soo, according to the rep this spend 23 years in barrels. Not sure if thats true or not, but lets drink this. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a crystal clear chestnut/mahogany hue with no head at all but plenty of lovely, lovely legs. Seriously, this stuff is over 28% do you really expect a nice creamy head with this?!

S - Sweet, sweet zombie Jesus. My goodness is this awesome. Sweet, but not overly so with simply mind blowing maple notes. This SCREAMS maple and sherry. Considering this is higher than the usual 27% this is awesome, very little alcohol on the nose. Seriously, this is a maple and sherry bomb.

T - More HUGE maple sweetness notes again with some nice Toffee. Good, light earth and almost butteryness from the oak barrels. Not much alcohol again in the pallet. So much goddamn maple syrup. Shocking.

M - Mouthfeel is not as boozy as I thought it would be. Not heavy or syrupy either. Excellent barrel and maple notes with a light sherry/cognac feel. Smooth with hardly any carbonation.

O - Overall this far exceeded my expectations. Stuff is absurdly good. It really is worth the $160 as far as I'm concerned. Man oh man...

Photo of standardcherry
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of tbone1384
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Tarheel4985
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of welldigger888
3.61/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #019700 2009 Vintage, awesome vessel containing this beverage.
Got a special invite for tasting, The 2oz pour had no head and no lacing, crystal clear elixer with a few little chunks, maybe cork or something.

Definitely a huge booze on the nose, I mean hot. Very nice subtle maple vanilla raisin aromas come through the heat.

Taste is very smooth, not at all hot. Follows the nose with the maple vanilla raisin with an appropriate amount of booze. Not at all strong or overpowering booze, smooth.

Very much a full bodied thick chewy beverage.

Not sure this is really a beer but hey it was nice to try.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of wdarcy77
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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