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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,081
Gots: 357 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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