Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,006
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,026
Gots: 341 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005)
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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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Killed the bottle with Steve and crew for his birthday, 2009 vintage into a whiskey tulip.

Reddish brown colour, without any head. Huge legs. Nose has a big layer of alcohol over everything, butterscotch, brandy, cognac is quite prominent, caramel, toffee, oak - too complex to accurately describe, held my nose to this for ages before digging in. Incredible. Again a layer of alcohol veils everything just a bit on the palate, but tofee, nuts, oak, butterscotch, brandy, cognac, brown sugar and some sweet chocolate. Sweet and extremely 'desserty' - dense body with a lingering flavour. Thick, alcoholic but a great warmth in the finish. The smoothness at which the alcohol is applied is fantastic. A spectacular offering, and unlike any 'beer' I've ever had before. Certainly something I could smell all day.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who, but thanks to the generous soul who brought this to the March Madness 2012 bottle share.

Pretty flat looking appearance, nothing resembling head, lace or retention, looks like someone left an amber/old ale out for a few days to let all the carbonation out of it. But it is clean looking, no chunky sediment or whatnot, color is like equal parts burnt orange, red and light brown. Aroma, not bad, definitely more on par with a liquer than most beer aromas, sticky, and the positive kind of oxidation.

A lightly sweet, thick, syrup and molasses like flavor and texture is evident. Should definitely appease those who like scotch and cognac. Plenty of vanilla, oak and caramel to compliment the flavor profile, making out for a good experience as a result.

Complex enough to not simply be a drink that the lowest common denominator would flock to (given its price, probably not a problem) but overall, a neat and good experience, but eh, could never see drinking more than 3oz of this.

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 2,006 ratings.