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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,148
Gots: 376 | 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

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Beer added by: GClarkage on 07-09-2005

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

Served in a snifter and shared with two dear friends, Rhettroactive and IrishColonial.

A: It's just gorgeous. A brilliant and crystal clear copper, ruby, brown, tobacco sunburst color that practically radiates in the glass. Lacing, head? Hell no. This is a 27% ABV beer. Don't expect it, because you sure as hell won't get it. Beautiful oily legs absolutely coat the sides of the glass. Incredible.

S: I can smell the maple barrels from 3 feet away. Hot damn this thing is hot. Loads of maple syrup, raisin, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and a metric crap ton of booze. Seriously, this burns. But it burns in a delicious, sexy way. It's delicious smelling. Great.

T: Wow, this is a sipper indeed. Thick, sticky maple syrup, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruit, oak tannins, and loads of booze. Significant alcohol burn here, but it somehow manages to be enjoyable and, dare I say it, smooth? Goodness gracious this is an amazing beer, if you can call it a beer. It's definitely more of the cognac, sherry, brandy, port vibe. This is a "holy sh*t" moment. Absolute, no doubt, grand slam.

M: It's boozy, but the maple, dark fruit, vanilla, and raisin flavors absolutely crush. Flavors are perfectly integrated and makes this the perfect after supper sipper. Great.

O: I mean, it's a $200 bottle of beer. Can I tell you to buy this with a straight face? Hell yes I can. It's worth it. Team up with your buddies, split it 10 ways, I don't care what you do. Just make sure you get your hands on a 2 oz. pour of Utopias while you are still a beer fanatic. It is unlike anything I have ever had before. It truly is a port, but man is it lip-smackingly tasty. It definitely drinks boozy, but somehow maintains a pleasantness and smoothness that is unbelievable. If you have the budget, grab this one. Sort out the details later, up to and including charging your bestest buds $20 a pop for their pours.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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