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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,916 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,916
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 969
Gots: 324 | FT: 10
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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4/5  rDev -10.3%

dragomni, Jan 02, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Utopias
2011 vintage

A generous pour yields a cognac like liquid, still and a brownish/copper/amber color. Aromas of Madeira wine, brandy, butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, vague fruits. A complex nose that boasts a lot of character. In the taste, concentrated Munich malts, chocolates, vanilla, dry oak, generic fruits, bourbon, sherry, brown sugar, alcohol, toffee, maple, candy, and butterscotch. Mouth-feel is slick, chewy, right around medium bodied but no carbonation. Like a fine liquor. Overall, Utopias is a beast of a beer, and pushes the boundaries of what beer really is and can be. I recommend trying this, but a whole bottle would last me a long long time. Boston Beer Company can consider this one a success and a brew worthy of a great celebration. I say force carbonate this and see what happens.

Stinkypuss, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

IrishColonial, Jan 02, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a deep amber/caramel color. Looks like you are pouring a brandy. Sticks to the side of the glass.

S- the smell is what pulls you in. As soon as you open the bottle, you are immediately hit with the smell is caramel, oak and vanilla. It is delicious!! You can smell the booze but the other aromas are much more apparent.

T- tastes like it smells. Right away you pick up on the sweetness, very oaky with vanilla notes. On the back end you get the caramel that coats your mouth. At 27% alcohol you can taste the booze but I have beers with a third of the alcohol level as this where the boozy taste is overwhelming. Complex flavors that mingle very well together.

M- very smooth feel. Coats your mouth at the end with the caramel flavor. Certainly feels more like a brandy or another type of liquor.

O- I have wanted to try this for a long time. This is one of the best beers I have tried this year. Very unique beer. Love the smell and flavors of this beer.

Cord018, Jan 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

emdawg, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

dawgnation51, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

diskoduk1, Dec 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

greg4579, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

arkansastroy, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

hurfer, Dec 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Callmecoon, Dec 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Bobbydigi, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

whartontallboy, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one twice, not sure what years. Something like 08 and 09. Although, I do not care for sam adams one bit, this was a rare treat to try. I of course would never pay to try this, but never turn down free samples. I actully had a large serving of this both times and enjoyed it very much. Very Dark and heavy. My bes comparison would be, a nice port that is less sweat and more of a bourbon flavor. Both of which I love, so this was right up my alley.

richalexander78, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

angelmonster, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

CelticAleMan, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -32.7%

NFStaproom, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

MaddogOrlando, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Scottz5, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Oneinchaway, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

jwelsh, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

phisigben, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Samuel Adams Utopias

Cracked this beauty after finding out I passed the first step in my Engineering licensure.

Poured into the official Sam Adams Utopias snifter. From an awesome looking ceramic bottle shaped like a kettle.

A – Pours a very nice and rich copper color, almost a darker copper with some slight golden edges. Absolutely no head at all but definitely some nice alcoholic “tear drops” form on the side of the glass as it is twirled. Very nice looking beer? (4.5)

S – Wow. I was note expecting this nose. Sweet smells of Bourbon and molasses. Sweet slightly roasted caramel notes with very sweet and malty grain. Dark fruit notes with some raisins and some prunes. There is some slight vanilla and maple syrup as well. The nose is pretty amazing. Definitely some boozy notes. Ahh, sweet alcohol. Very complex. (4.5)

T & M – Very sweet and complex! Wow. I’m quite impressed because I didn’t know what to expect. I get some sweet bourbon aged notes. There is molasses, melty caramel and some slight vanilla notes. Maple syrup and raisin pop up during the middle portion of the beer. There was some slight alcoholic burn beginning in the middle and following the brew all through the end. However, this feeling wasn’t overwhelming or too hot. It was just warm enough to please the palette. The raisins really pop in this one and so do the slight vanilla hints on the back end. Mouthfeel is nice and oily, like melted syrup or honey. Very nice and smooth like velvety liquid goodness. (4.5) (4.0)

O – I was always kind off intimidated by the brew especially because I thought that for the price I would not enjoy it. I must say I’m very surprised, pleasantly. It is very delicious. I don’t know If I would drop the 150 on the bottle every time but I know that this bottle will last me a while and I will enjoy it thoroughly. Very complex, delicious and well crafted. Nice job BBC. Definitely my fave of your brews. (4.5)

JoEBoBpr, Dec 18, 2011
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,916 ratings.