Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 1,027
Gots: 341 | FT: 11
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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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4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the brew kettle shaped bottle to snifter on 11/29/11
*From notes

-- I can't thank you enough John, for breaking into this treasure and sharing it with me. --

Vintage 2011

A: A good pour yields no head and no lacing. It pours like a brilliant liquid resin liquor.

S: Alcohol esters and warm creamed caramel. It's condensed and jam packed with dried vine fruit. Absolutely stunning.

T: This is simply on another level. I can honestly say that I've never had a beverage quite like it. It reminds me of the finest madeira, or a thirty year old tawny porto. The smooth fruit here is unmatched. It's boozy, but in a way that compliments every facet. If I hadn't been told this was a "beer", I wouldn't have believed it.

M: Smooth as a baby's ass. It sips like million bucks, as it's got a silky texutre I'ver never before experienced in a beer. The weight is magnificent, yet it's not cloying. A pleasure to drink.

O: What more can I say about Sam Adam's Utopias? This is a jaw dropping achievement. It's perfect in most every way. Is it worth the lofty price tag? Maybe not, but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most memorable libations on planet earth.

Thanks again, Señor Siege. Your generosity is unrivaled.

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured from an elegant copper coated ceramic bottle into a tasting glass.

Appearance: As were my expectations, this has a look I am more accustomed to seeing in a brown liquor, maybe a cognac. A few stray bubbles very briefly collected for a moment before quickly vanishing.

Smell: Wow, a ton going on here. There is a lot of sweetness, with aromas ranging from vanilla to molasses. Some caramel and other sweet malts are noticeable, as well as oak, some general dark fruits, and maple.

Taste: The flavor has an incredible presence. The sweetness includes caramel, molasses, vanilla, maple, and dark fruits, with a malt that drags on through the finish. Other notes of port and cognac, as well as a general oak character, are present as well.

Mouthfeel: A huge body, with almost no carbonation and a fairly sticky nature. This is actually one of the few things that clues me in that it is not a liquor; it is sticky instead of dry. It goes down surprisingly smooth with an alcohol presence of a much lower ABV beer.

Overall: When a beer can be opened and still stored for weeks (or months), the line between beer and liquor has justifiably become blurred. There is just an incredible amount of complexity involved with this beer that makes it very difficult to judge. Did I really enjoy it? Yes, it was amazing. Could I drink more than 4 oz.? That would be tough. Do I regularly want to pay $165 for a bottle of it? Probably not. Scoring this beer is difficult.

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3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent copper brown color with no head. The nose has a fair bit of whiskey up front, notes of roasted barrel and some untertones of vanilla, sweet caramel and an earthy root type aroma. The taste is similar, sweet caramel, root beer, a piney syrup, earthy and root like with some notes of chocolate. Strong whiskey/bourbon notes, lots of heats with a fair bit of sugar left over. Syrupy feel, chewy and viscous, well carbonated and a touch of driness in the finish. Lots going on, spirit like, a touch all over the place.

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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of a 2011 bottle at Prime 16, poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, clear rubeous copper body that leaves tremendous legs. For an intentionally flat, spirituous beer, I couldn’t imagine it being any prettier.

S: Whoa. I expected it to be huge, but it still blew me away. Wood, maple, port, sherry, raisins, whiskey, caramel, leather, tobacco, and piercingly sharp alcohol are all present in relatively equal measure. The overall effect is deep, sweet, and rich, all while being hugely aromatic and piquant. I find the booze to be a bit over the top, though, more akin to an 80-proof whisk(e)y than a 54-proof beer. Still, this must be approached as a spirit rather than a beer, and as such it’s pretty solid.

T: Sweet and hot; caramel, toffee, rum-raisin, sherry, maple, vanilla and oak. Brown sugar and booze on the immensely long finish. Tastes like someone blended two-parts dessert wine, one part whiskey, and one part maple syrup. Fascinating and delicious, but a trifle overbearing with its sweetness.

M: Thick, sticky, and mouth-coating. Some alcohol tingle as well. A bit too sticky for me, but nicely substantial.

O: Insane. I can’t believe that this is beer, and I especially can’t believe that it was made via natural fermentation. If the booziness of the aroma hadn’t been quite so strong, it would have been truly amazing – the flavors were big, complex, and thoroughly enjoyable. I still don’t think I’ll shell out for a bottle any time soon, but it’s more tempting than ever now that I’ve tried it.


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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage- big thanks to my buddy sean for getting a bottle. poured into a taster/ snifter.

pours out a clear reddish brown color, obviously no head or lace but the thickest, drippest legs ive ever seen.

real big solvent alcohol, almost nail polish remover like. tons of heat felt through the nostrils, like smelling a straight whiskey or bourbon. behind that i detect mostly maple and some dark fruits, molasses, port like wine character, a bit vinious. but that heat is hard to get over in the aroma.

very thick, rich maple sweetness, very nice. boozy, but not nearly as boozy as the aroma might suggest. lots of complexity, dark fruits, vanilla, molasses, burnt sugars, port like wine, a bit of bourbon and charred oak, very nice. each barrel used in the making of this beer is detectable. i exspecially love the very sweet maple syrup character, prolly the most obvious taste.

obviously a big, huge mouthfeel, super thick, sticky almost, intensely sweet. definatly super warming.

great taste, but i wasnt too crazy about the aroma, way too hot. still, to me this kind of takes away the whole beer drinking expierence at 27%. id love to drink this again, but thats not going to happen with the insane pricetag. an amazing beer non the less, but id prolly take a matt, deliverence, or black tuesday over this. the same big sweet flavors with minimal booze. still...cheers to sam adams for this insane offering!

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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