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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,053
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1,125
Gots: 367 | FT: 15
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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Photo of drowland
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear ruby brown with no head, obviously. The aroma on this puppy can be smelled from a mile away. The aroma is a ton of dark fruit from the start - a huge dose of prunes and raisins. There is a caramelly sweetness that reminds of candied raisins and the malt is laughing and dancing in the background. One can also find sour cherries and a huge alcohol burn. This tastes like a million things. The flaovr is extremely sweet up front like glazed prunes and cherries mixed with fresh caramel and cream with a dash of vanilla. The malt is also quite present, adding layers of flavor and even roast and a dash of coffee if you really search. The mouthfeel is really unique - creamy and thick, coating the mouth, along with a burn from the alcohol, but you don’t taste so much as feel it. This is awesome stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goodness, 1190 SEK (about $170) for a bottle of beer...

A: Pours warm amber with a very small tan head. No lacings.

S: Vineous galore. Smells more like a nice Port than a beer. Lots of dark dried fruits, very sweet. Some oak in the back though. Surprisingly little alcohol in the smell.

T: Follows the smell; molassess and dark dried fruits. Vineous but also with a Cognac-vibe.

M: Aftertaste lingers with sweetness but also a warmth from the high ABV. Body is sticky full while carbonation is well hidden. Boozy.

O: Well, this is a very nice beverage, but I'm not sure if it's more like Port than beer. Worth the money? Of course not.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of billab914
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to siege06nd for giving me a pour of this. Poured into a snifter glass. It poured a dark caramel brown color with a little bit of tiny bubbles scattered across the top at first. It's a little slick looking as it leaves some nice legs on the glass. Great looking color to it.

In the aroma the first thing I notice is the alcohol. It definitely lets you know right from the start that this is a very strong beer. I get some bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla all present but what I really like are the notes of maple and sherry I'm getting. It's got a ton of really great flavors going on in it, and they all come together very well.

The taste has a warming alcohol heat to it that is bigger than any other beer I've ever had. I get toffee and caramel mixing with a little chocolate as well as some of the barrel aged, bourbon, vanilla and oak character to it. I start to notice some maple in it with some leathery notes as well as I continued to drink it. It really has some great flavors to it.

The mouthfeel is heavy and somewhat slick with carbonation being very low to non-existent. Great mouthfeel fir what it is.

Overall it was such a unique and delicious beer. Very complex with a lot of really great, bold flavors to it. It was a little hot and boozy, but that was expected for what it is. Wonderful beer overall.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ShanePB
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011, served to some good friends on New Years Eve. Poured into the signature Utopias glassware that comes with the bottle.

A: For not being carbonated and expecting a sort of liqueur-type of beer, this is spot on. Clear ruby/brown/copper colored body with naturally no head. Brilliant alcohol legs coat the sides of the glass as you swirl it a few times, like a fine distilled spirit would. This is what I expected and it looks wonderful.

S: Tons of sweet maple syrup notes, brown sugar, alcohol, caramel, raisin, oak and burnt sugar. This smells like no beer you've had before. It's most comparable I can think would be to a brandy of sorts, I've heard some people say cognac though I've never had that spirit. You can literally smell the booze on the pour, this could bring a bit of heat.

T: Wow, that is remarkable. Again, tons of sweet maple syrup coat the mouth, brown sugar, vanilla and huge oak barrel notes eventually break through. This is sweet, and a bit boozy at first. The more you sip, the less heat you notice, though it does come back to remind you with the warming sensation in your chest. Melted caramel and some dark fruits come back towards the end, but the maple syrup sees this beer through and through.

M: Sticky, smooth and full-bodied. This drink is like no other beer. See a common theme? Again, this drinks like a nice full-bodied spirit, a fine brandy or whiskey. Hot in the chest after the swallow.

This is a serious treat to have. I'm very glad I pulled the trigger on this large purchase, however I'm not sure I'd do it again. Sure, it's unique, it's delicious but it's pricey as hell. One to absolutely make sure you experience in your life but something not needed to always be on hand.

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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