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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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world-class

2,070 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,070
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 1,146
Gots: 372 | 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: GClarkage on 07-09-2005

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a mahogany color with no carbonation.

S - Utterly stunning - unlike any other beer. Sherry, cherry, cognac, port, extreme barrel aged notes. Just an insane bouquet of dark fruits - cherry, dates, a bit of wild dark berries. A bit of caramel malt and vanilla.

T - Just wow. This hits you so hard with the barrel aging - it is so incredibly smooth even with the high abv. Taste follows the nose but it is even more amazing. The taste lingers forever, which is amazing.

M - No carbonation, but it doesn't need any. Lingers in your mouth for an eternity (1+hour) long after you have swallowed it. It made me smile so much; I couldn't believe what my taste buds were experiencing.

O - Incredible. If this beer isn't perfect, then nothing is. If you can appreciate a barrel-aged beer, take that times infinity and you have Utopias. Kind of pricey but I can totally understand why. Save this for special occasions, and you won't be disappointed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe it's taken me two years to write this review. Acquired one of the very few '09s that made it to Texas, thanks to nate8767. Opened it in Dec '09 with friends, have sipped an oz or two here & there since, but left myself a small pour knowing I'd review it one day. Here goes review #300:

Bottle #14364 served at room temperature, as it should be.

Dark mahogany hues beam out from an amber base. Pours completely flat with zero head, just as it did the night I opened it. Sticky veins of lace drape down towards the liquid after each swirl. I know very little about high-end brandy & cognac, but others more familiar with those spirits tell me they share this same characteristic.

Aroma remains very hot. There's really no getting around the booze content here: at 28%+, this one's gonna smell strong. But there's treasure beneath that heat. Rounded fruits are prominent amongst the rich caramel, smooth vanilla, and maple. What's here is out of this world, though.

A multitude of flavors blossom from this liquid as it reaches your tongue. Deep, dark fruits; luscious caramel from the aged, boozy base; fresh maple syrup. Brighter fruits come in at the end alongside the alcoholic warmth. Finishes a touch sweet with lingering maple & fruit. Leaves a sticky resin in your mouth and throat, tempting you to savor another ounce. Unique! Marvelous! I want more...

Utopias boasts a surprisingly thick, chewy, creamy body that works wonders for the brew. I still remember the shock I experienced after taking my first sip more than two years ago: "Woah, how is this so robust and creamy?" Years later, I'm still in awe of its heaviness. Did I mention it's sticky as hell?

This is the very definition of a sipper. Very glad I chose to spread the enjoyment of my bottle over a number of years. That said, it's about the same as I remember from 2009; maybe slightly more caramel-y given the added age.

Bottom line, this beer is absolutely fantastic and worth seeking out. Birth a child to trade for a bottle. Mortgage your grandmother. Or just chip in ~$30 with six of your best friends and split a bottle. Utopias is no bargain, but it's easily one of the best beers on the planet. And certainly the most unique.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the utterly gorgeous bottle into a Glencairn whisky glass. Served at room temperature. From notes. Reviewed 8 July 2011.

A: Gorgeous beer. Wine-dark brown. Clear and brandy-like. No head.

S: Such smells! Brandy. Hugely alcoholic (far beyond what the ABV would suggest) with a whiff of fire. Chardonnay? White grapes. Big and boozy, with so much going on.

T: This does *not* taste like beer. It tastes like liquor. Nutty, sherryish, and very alcoholic sweet. Loads of fruit. Warming and pleasant. Flavour-dense, hard to describe, and pretty great.

M: Warming, smooth, and clean. Despite its fearsome moments, it veritably slides down the throat. Very enjoyable.

O: Fantastically interesting. Almost certainly not worth the money, but what a bottle and what a 'beer'. I highly recommend you try some.

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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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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.

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 2,070 ratings.