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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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1,778 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,778
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 884
Gots: 294 | FT: 9
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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wnh

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small ounce or so pour, courtesy of a local distributor rep.

Pours a bright golden amber with lovely long legs. Completely flat.

Aromas of golden raisins, maple, brown sugar that is somehow 'clean,' highly oxidized fleshy apples, butterscotch, alcohol, and God only knows what else. Smells a lot like a well-aged English old ale, intensified.

Smooth and rich on the palate, showing the same notes as the nose. Alcohol is warming but not hot or boozy, quite an accomplishment for a beer of this caliber. Certainly a sipper, in any case. An absolutely beautiful beer, one not to pass up if given the opportunity.

Not as un-beer-like as many BAs seem to think. Big and complex and certainly unique, but fits relatively well under the strong ale / old ale umbrella.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:33:40 | More by wnh
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JamesC7625

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

While at the Flying Saucer in Garland, Texas a friend and I ordered a 2oz. taster of the Samuel Utopias. They advertised the tasters for New Years Eve, however we tried it several days later. We wound up getting probably 4-5oz. in a snifter, which delighted the hell out of us.

A. Dark, ruby color. Almost no carbonation at all. Syrupy, but not as much as I have seen in other beers other this style.

S. Because of the high alcohol content, you need to treat this as if it were bourbon or brandy. Keep your mouth slightly open as you sample the smell of the beer to really gather in more of the notes and avoid burning your nose hairs.

The smell to me was right off very buttery with lots of caramel. Very robust and complex, yet at the same time not totally overpowering.

T. Caramel and raisins. From here it turned to joyful bliss and nirvana.

M. A little syrupy, but not so much as to be a nuisance, just right. Almost immediately coated my tastes buds with a lasting and delicious finish.

D. Well, it is 27% ABV, and it is quite pricey. For a taster it cost us $25.00! However this a wonderful beer for anyone who has the funds and appreciation for what it is. This is one you have to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 22:00:13 | More by JamesC7625
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drgonzo3705

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice chestnutty carmel color with only a few bubbles popping up.

S: Caramel, soy sauce, port, brandy, cognac with a hint of a Chuck Norris roundhouse kick or a slight alcohol burn however you want to look at it.

T: Much like it smells. Many liquors from the barrels are evident. Big caramel maltiness some port, brandy, cognac.

M: Still with a full body and light creaminess.

D: surprisingly well for the ABV. Definitely a sipper. This was split amongst a small group. Definitely the way to go with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 02:13:22 | More by drgonzo3705
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 300. 2009 vintage. This beer is difficult to pinpoint as it is not really like anything else I have had in the beer world. But with that said...here goes nothing. Poured 3oz glass.

A- Pours a clear deep copper amber color. This beer has no head which I expected. No lacing which once again I expected. Swirling it around in the glass I could see it coating the sides of the glass I used.

S- This is a very complex beer to sniff. There are a lot of hot alcohol qualities in this beer. But under that there is a light hint of vanilla along with some oak. Sweet caramel malts are in here along with a slight soy smell. Bourbon hints here and there as well.

T- Interesting beer to sip on. Overripe fruits tossed into a caramel sweetness is the first upfront flavor I get. This tended to go right into a bourbon style alcohol taste along with the hints of vanilla, some woody flavor, and a light sugary sweetness. Light burn throughout I thought. This is a monster of a beer which I am not sure if it could be actually called a beer.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is well...not really there at all...dead flat. Alcohol and a sugary sweetness is left on the palate and in the aftertaste. My lips had the same two things left on them after each sip. It's hard to say the beer was crisp or clean with the alcohol in it being so high. Dryed the mouth with each sip.

D- Nice drinkable beer at 3 to 4 ounces. Anything more than that and I think I would have a problem. This beer isn't made to be drank in huge amounts. Very interesting beer to say the least which I am glad I got to try. I don't think it was worth the price I payed (overall) but I went in on this with a couple of friends. Worth trying at least once in your beer drinking life.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 14:34:30 | More by alleykatking
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StevenBilodeau

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

To be honest I was not too impressed with this beer. While I am a Samuel Adams fan, this beverage did not hit it with me. First off, its very expensive which is the biggest turn off. Second, it drinks closer to a tawny port or port wine, maybe sherry. In some cases it's not classified as beer because of it's fermenting methods, and ABV Levels. Good taste, very good for sipping on. Don't get me wrong, it tastes great, it just doesn't remind me of what a beer should be. Plus, it's not worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 09:47:46 | More by StevenBilodeau
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Pours deep tawny in color with no head. Get a nice sized sample because when you swirl it about half of it sticks to the sides of the glass.

This is one of the best smelling beers i've encountered. It reminds me of a nice stack of pancakes with melted butter and hot maple syrup on top. Raisin, alcohol, and vanilla come out as well. I'm sure there is a lot more going on in here that I can't pick out.

The flavor is a little more bourbony to me, not quite as strong, showing the maple, brown sugar, and vanilla notes. No carbonation, it doesn't need it, and a just slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very rich and complex, one bottle of this could be shared with about thirty people.

This is a great beer that everyone should try if given the opportunity. If you find one, try to have a few friends go in on it with you and it'll be more fulfilling and won't bruise the old wallet quite as much.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 00:21:44 | More by brownbeer
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best of traders, largadeer, saved a couple of oz of the 2009 release for me. Thank you, Chris

The pour is quite excellent, a beautiful reddish brown color with immaculate legs. The snifter really shows this beer off.

The nose is rich, deep and complex. A blend of caramel, maple syrup, toffee dominate, but behind it, there's no mistaking the vanilla. The alcohol is quite dominant too, lending a spicy character. Mellow oxidation is noted, with a pleasant soy-like character. Fruity and vinous, this beer is like a blend of a liqueur and a port.

The palate is pretty amazing. Rich and complex, all the flavors on the nose are replicated, with the vinous character being boosted. Vanilla, maple, caramel, toffee, dates are all noticeable, and the fruity vinous character is just outstanding. While sweet, this is far from cloying, with the noticeably high alcohol helping to cut through the sweetness. A little hot on the finish, but it's thoroughly appropriate for a beverage like this. As expected, the tannic character is low. The oxidation I picked up on the nose isn't as noticeable too. Big in body with non-existent carbonation, this beverage is remarkable. I'm glad I got a chance to revisit this beer, I'm definitely picking up a bottle at the next release, price be damned. This is just too unique to pass up on.

*** Original review dated 01-28-2008 ***
Boy, I'm grateful i work with the people i do. We brewed beer today and my co-worker brought out a bottle of this year's Utopia(2007)!

A: It looks gorgeous, a deep ruby red with no carbonation. Swirling the glass revealed gorgeous legs. 4.5/5

S: Caramel, toffee, maple syrup. I smell some grapes too. This is a very different beer (You can't stress that enough) - more reminiscent of the port i had on new years than any beer i had. 4/5

T: Same as the nose with a mild nutty flavor. The alcohol is definitely present 4/5

M: Similar to a port or a dessert wine - thick, sweet and a sipper4/5

D: How do you rate the drinkability of this beer? A couple of ounces after a meal is all you really need. In that respect - it's good. 4/5

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 05:47:16 | More by DefenCorps
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dpg02633

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ego-project for Jim Koch. He and his comrades really challenged contemporary beer. Many tasters would probably compare this to a cabinet liquor to be poured over ice, however when you label it beer your mind starts to search and eventually locate the characteristics of a brave brew.

The smell was by far the best part of the beer. It smells of smokey oak vanilla. The taste is foreign for beer. It is very sweet, and heavy. You immediately pick up on the caramel and finish with burning sensation, similar to that of whiskey. The flavor reminds me of my Aunt Ethel's Christmas rum ball cookies. They were not her best, but we ate them. This is not for a weak-palate. Do not be afraid to move around in your mouth. The syrupy texture sticks and resonates in your mouth to cause a true flavor explosion. My advice is to drink this beer as directed. Two ounces at a time, once a decade.

I am sure many main stream beer drinkers would like take a shot of Utopias and chase it with Bud Light, or even drop a shot of this into a pint of Guiness, but please hold back the fratboy-horses and enjoy the complexity of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 21:13:09 | More by dpg02633
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Review number 700.

2009 Vintage.

Pours a beautiful deep clear burgundy color sticking nicely to the side of the glass.

Scent of vanilla, sweet brandy, strong sugars, maple syrup, molasses, oak, burnt caramel, a hint of smoke, and a nice warming alcohol. Deep, rich, and complex, surprisingly balanced for being so fresh.

Taste of sugars, caramel, molasses, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, brandy, charred oak, and strong alcohol. Sweet and boozy, this is some very tasty stuff. The bitter alcohol and sweet sugary flavor blend together very well.

Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, with a slick syrupy consistency. The strong alcohol content adds a powerful bite to the mouthfeel adding to the slick oiliness, the mouthfeel is simply sublime.

It is somewhat hard to rate a beer like this in terms of drinkability, but this stuff does go down pretty easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 06:00:44 | More by paco1029384756
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to my buddy for giving a tipple. Wasn't expecting it, a very pleasant surprise. Enjoyed with good company.

Appearance- Very nice light brown color. Almost a chestnut. No head at all. Not even a bubble. Very nice legs on the glass.

Smell- Very pleasant. Like a port or a brandy. Some raisin, some vanilla. Plenty of maple syrup. Lots of alcohol fumes, which was unexpected. Leather.

Taste- Fascinating. Definitely the maple syrup, it's got a nice sweetness. Which is balanced by the booze. Hint of cherry and raisin. Touch of vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Very pleasant. Carbonation would be misplaced. However, it's a little syrupy.

Drinkability- Pretty good given the abv. I finished my pour faster than anticipated and certainly wanted more.

This isn't really a beer. It's incredibly hard to rate "within style" because I'm not sure there's really a style here. It's a wholly unique creation. It's almost like a maple syrup port liqueur. But not overly sweet. Glad for the opportunity. Probably wouldn't buy a bottle, but would be happy to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 05:43:31 | More by callmescraps
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Richardberg

New York

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - looks like brandy in color and body. Poured into a Kahlua tasting glass, it's quite sticky and leaves tons of fingers & ropes on the rim when swirled.

S - whoa - vanilla, raisin, bourbon/oak, alky, toasty sweet caramel

T - similar to a sherry, with all the added complexities from the smell

M - very smooth, medium to full body, no fizz obviously, surprisingly little bite

D - quite drinkable -- err, sippable -- considering the gravity. But let's be real, it's not the first thing to come to mind when you think of drinkability, no matter how enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:45:58 | More by Richardberg
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.8/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucky enough to procure a bottle of this 2009 vintage on christmas eve.

Poured into a snifter at room temperature (just couldn't wait for my "free" utopias glass). 2 or 3oz for starters. Pours a dead flat (as expected) ruby brown color with legs like a fine liquor.

Nose is loaded with sticky malt sweetness and some slight soy like twinge. Lots of booze in the nose, and some caramel.

Wow. Certainly an excellent beverage. Big sweet dark fruit notes like booze glazed plums, vanilla raisins, and a brandy like body and base. Really like a huge, colossal, monstrosity of an english barleywine. The booze profile is certainly high in this one, but when you think of it as what it really is, a liquor, its not bad at all. Malt sugar is apparent, but not overly cloying or anything. Even in this beer, you can taste that typical high abv sam adams tweak. The finish is not bitter at all, goes down pretty easily, and then a brandyish cognacey nip followed by nearly booze like alcohol burn sets in, but doesn't give that solid stomach flame you find in good booze. Basically a gimungous hunormous english barleywine.

Mouthfeel is pretty viscous, but certainly not overly so, about right for what it is...booze. No carbonation whatsoever, but that is intended so i can't really take any points away here for that.

Drinkability, well, its good...for booze. haha. Beerwise its fuckin terrible, but really, come on, this is beerbooze. And for booze, it drinks scarily easy, as it is low in abv.

Well, i dont know if i've said this or not yet, but this is BOOZE! Yeah, the base is beer, and its really cool, and its beer-like englishbarleybooze, and a fine beverage, but this is more of a malt liquor (I mean that literally, not in the steel reserve way). The closest beer this resembles is a fatass gigantic english barleywine. Certainly worth the experience, but given the option of spending $180 on this again, or buying a $180 bottle of fine scotch or other whiskey...i can't see purchasing this again. Definitely not upset with the purchase though, a tasty beverage that i would certainly drink again, and buy again if i could just buy a shooter of it or a snifter at the bar. There is really no way to accurately rate this as far as a numeric score, but i have to to post this, so i will...i guess..

Many have questioned whether or not this can be opened and enjoyed over time rather than all at once. I will see over time, because there is no damn way im drinking this bitch all tonight, but my first impression is that you could recap this and let it sit just like a bottle of booze. What gives me this impression? Oh i don't know, maybe the fact that this IS a bottle of booze!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:47:29 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This particular bottle is the 2009 batch, bottle number 437. Pours into the Sam Adams Utopias glass as a brownish/red or deep copper color. Swirl the glass gently and it sticks to the sides like a viscous, syrup; this stuff is THICK! There's no carbonation and no lacing. Smells of maple, cinnamon, whiskey, bourban, vanilla. Perhaps a slight hint of butter? (very, very faint, though.) The taste is, well...good gawd, is this really beer? I sip this and think I'm drinking a fine cognac, it doesn't taste like beer, it tastes like a cordial. Picking up nuances of vanilla, cinnamon, maple, massive amounts bourban, sherry, and whiskey. In fact, there's so many different layers of complexity that I can't even detect them all. There's a huge burning sensation in the throat for an extended period of time after the sip. The texture is amazingly velvety smooth on the tongue. This is more of a cognac than a beer and I'm blown away by this beer, it's so incredible, different, and pushes the envelope to such extreme measure that the line between liquor and beer has now been fogged. I'm fortunate to have gotten a bottle of this through a family connection, I hope to experience this again before I die! The big down side is because of the 50 barrel quantity, it's darn hard to find and when you do, who can really afford it? My father in law works for Sam Adams so I'm blessed. (Go ahead, punch me!!)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 00:47:16 | More by jzeilinger
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GarthTaargus

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After visiting a bottle shop in Amesbury MA and wishing I could afford the last bottle of Utopias they had on the shelf, I was pumped to see this on the list at the Ale House down the street. Paid $18 for a two ounce pour, which seems fair, judging by some other reviews.

A: Amber, thick, with legs like a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Golden on the edges, dark wood in the center: viscous yet refined looking.

S: Obviously tons of maple, citrus, walnut, pecan, amazing!

T: Maple, butter, milk chocolate, and oranges. Finish keeps going and going, a second burst of maple and walnut hits a few second after the beer leaves the mouth. Pleasant warming sensations abound. Not so hot as one might think!

M: Thick and oily. Weird for a beer, but as a cordial or whatever, very nice. Zero carbonation.

D: 27% abv, what do I say? Goes down easy for what it is. I'm just giving it an "average" (3.0) because there really is no precedent for a "beer" like this. As it is, it is very tasty and I am grateful to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 02:10:07 | More by GarthTaargus
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Jesstyr

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently cracked open my 2007 version for a special occasion. Poured into the special utopias riedel glass.

A: Pours smooth, dark amber, similar to a scotch. No head or lacing.

S: Deepest smell I have ever gotten from a beer. Deep toffee and oak-like.

T: This is not a beer, its like a cognac on steroids or a great smooth scotch. Would stand up to the best cognac, even at the $150 price. Chocolate, toffee, perfect fit for a cigar.

M: Very smooth, but with a fairly strong alcohol-burn follow through.

D: Very easy to drink for a "cognac", but it doesnt take much to get toasted.

I've got 2 bottles for my bachelor party in January - looking forward to another great drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 02:31:39 | More by Jesstyr
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roblowther

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Props to my buddy Jake for finding this. We cracked it on a crisp, sunny fall day. Pours into the glass like syrup, a deep reddish-brown, obviously thick. No carbonation but I'll be damned if it doesn't leave legs on the glass like a fine wine. Lots of greasy ones. It smells of alcohol (makes it hard to smell, really), prunes, and honey. Tastes of molasses, maple syrup, prunes, honey, vanilla, and oranges with a peppery and strong warming alcohol finish. It has an oak-like aftertaste and long after the fact it tastes like sherry. Maybe it just takes me a while to identify that. The mouthfeel is syrupy but slippery, absolutely flat. It coats your tongue and seems to be settling in to stay like an unemployed in-law. I can't call it drinkable, really, but then again its not that you don't like it, its just that its very clear that a small amount is all you need or want in a session. Really unusual, really sweet, very complex, and very, very good. A fantastic experience, cheers to Jake for the opportunity!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 21:29:57 | More by roblowther
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cleeze

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to give this one a whirl @ Novare Res's "It Feels Like Christmas". 20$ for a 2 ounce bottle pour. I split it with a buddy of mine.

Poured a dark amberish hue with no head that I saw. Almost had a cognac appearance to it with killer lacing.

Smell was very strong. I was a few feet away and I could smell it as soon as he opened the bottle. Again strong cognac sents blended with port wine hints. Also some woody oak aromas up in the mix as well. Lots of different sents.

Taste was way to complex to be observing it after a few Life and Limbs. Again loads of alcohol burn. Bourbon and oak and loads of cognac like aspects to this strange brew

Sticky mouthfeel with alcohol burn.

Not my cup of tea at all but really glad I had the chance to try it. My hat is off to the people at Sam Adams for constructing such an innovative and unique brew

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 19:01:12 | More by cleeze
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CampusCrew

Florida

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

had this courtesy of Total Wine.

appearance: dark in color and a brady like appeareance

smell: tons of heavy caremel and toffee, some oaky woody notes as well.

taste: of course liek many others says, it's like drinking a cognac with more body. I was drinkign a 3-4 year old so it was smooth and the alcohol burn was not there at all.

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: what a treat and definitly worth the expereince. Much better than triple bock.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 18:19:00 | More by CampusCrew
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head is non-existent.

Aroma is hot with an alcohol burn. Sweet and sticky with generous caramel and toffee. Nice bit of alcohol infused dark fruit. Woody earthy quality with noticeable oak notes.

Taste is initially quite sweet. Many of the notes from the nose make an appearance. Bourbon soaked oak and dark fruit. Earthy with a generous alcohol burn. Finishes with a cognac like perfume quality that lingers.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and slightly sticky.

This is beyond beer in the traditional sense. Massive alcohol burn with a surprising amount of subtle earthy and and dark fruit character. Wonderful bourbon oak character. Rich toffee and caramel. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:59:35 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark copper with no carbonation, looks very much like deep dark whiskey.

Has a nose like a very good tawny port. Sweet with molasses, oak, and vanilla. The nose is huge and complex, can enjoy it for hours.

The flavor a found to be mild in contrast to the overwhelming smell. Very smooth and supple, big vanilla and dark sweet fruit notes - Cherry, dates, and grapes along with rich cedar and oak along with some nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is thick and very warm, leaving a nice scotch like burn as it goes down.

Excellent, great snifter drink especially on a cold night. Very much reminds me of great tawny port. If it wasn't so pricey and rare I would drink this semi regularly.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:57:16 | More by bashiba
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realmpel

California

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing drink, and I don't regret springing for it. Wish I could have gotten a six-pack! That's just out of range.

I can taste that there's a beer hidden in here. If you scaled back the sweetness and powerful woods, you'd have a nice strong ale. Souped up as it is, you get a powerful warmth of bourbon and oak, mellowing out to vanilla on the finish.

Appearance is just like a cognac. The smell is out of this world with vanilla and bourbon. It singed my nose hairs a little with the strength.

Pick up a sixer and kick back with a pint! ;)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 04:48:16 | More by realmpel
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AMo

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sam Adams Utopias pours a smooth amberish red liquid with brilliant orange highlights. No carbonation, and pure liqueur in appearance. Smell is strong. Wonderfull blend of bourbon, nice wood, and other whiskey notes. Complex as any nose can note. Taste has a mixed whiskey flavor thats smooth, strong, and slightly sweet. The strength is exeptional, but far more smooth than I ever expected. Feels like a fine Cognac in texture and density. Fine barrel wood types of Bourbon linger in the aftertaste with a slight sweet note of Brandy. This is one fine drink of some strong booze. My taste loves this, but its not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:40:00 | More by AMo
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've now had the opportunity to try this behemoth two times and this second time it was the perfect opportunity to put together this review. Basically, if you didn't tell someone this was beer, they would never know. But they would know it was amazing. And it is.

The beer has no head and is a bright copper/amber color with perfect clarity. No lacing, no visible carbonation. Looks like an after dinner drink. (Scotch, bourbon, Amaretto with the thickness) Absolutely has legs when you swirl the snifter.

The aroma is really nice. Sweet, dark fruits and maple.. some vanilla as well. Of course, some alcohol, but in a nice warming way and not too hot.

Depth, complexity and balance. Can I leave it at that? What a joy to drink. I am so happy that it's as good as I remember tasting at last years EBF.. Drinks like a brandy. Vanilla, maple, slight wood, sweet, but not cloying. Even some honey.

Not sure there is any carbonation, perhaps a pin prick. Almost syrup like. Obviously a sipper. Smooth and slightly warming. Not too hot at all.

I find this wonderfully drinkable and am planning on getting a bottle.

A special treat. Hats off to the folks at Sam Adams for creating this gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 17:07:10 | More by Reagan1984
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Utopias Riedel Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009 BOTTLE NUMBER: 07211
Super thanks to deliriumfest for helping me get this one!!!

This pours a translucent maple color with dark ruby highlights. There is no head and no lacing. However, it is quite viscous, oily even, and has legs for days. Just tilt the glass a little bit and watch the liquid slowly slide back down to the surface. You'll fall asleep before it all comes back down.
Beautiful.

Lots of maple syrup presence, along with a big nuttiness. Tons of oak coming through. Dark fruits, like figs, dates, raisins and cherries. Nice presence of honey and some traces of caramel.
The alcohol presence is definitely unavoidable, though it is not as overpowering as I'd anticipated. It reminds me of somewhere between a scotch and a port.

The taste follows the nose in a wonderfully beautiful way. This is absolutely delicious. Huge notes of maple hit you first. This is followed by that massive oakiness. Then it all bursts open, into a flavor explosion in your mouth. Dates, figs, and tons of raisins. Lots of honey and vanilla. Light caramel and brown sugar notes. Hints of leather and tobacco. Very light traces of coffee and chocolates.
The sweetness level is like mixing a fine rum with maple syrup. It's absolutely decadent.
The high abv is actually much more toned down than anticipated. Oh, it will warm you up, alright. It's just not nearly as hot as I thought it would be.

The mouthfeel is beyond full-bodied. It's thick. It is totally viscous and oily. The liquid just coats the entire surface of your mouth and hangs around for several minutes after you swallow.

This is very drinkable, but it is definitely an 'occasion' drink. It is just way too rich and decadent to have on a regular basis. But on the occasion that it does get poured, it shall be enjoyed, thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 02:19:22 | More by coldmeat23
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtaining this beer can be quite an adventure. So I must give huge thanks to BeerFMAndy for doing the leg work on getting this one.

Poured into a snifter the beer is crystal clear orange amber with red edges. No head no lace. However the legs this beer leaves with each swirl are ZZ Top worthy. It simply clings to the glass like its life depends on it. Slowly dripping down like syrupy tears. Absolutley beautiful.

The aroma is straight up bourbon. Wow this stuff is potent. It burns my nostrils with every whiff. Once you get past the booze you can find a array of dark fruit, caramel, roast nuts and smoked oakwood.

The flavor is ahuge suprise after getting through the nose. It's so smooth and flavorful. Sweet candied fruit, brown sugar, maple syrup, oak barrel, toasted nuts, toasted bread and slight bitter cherry in the finish. This is the most complex beer I've ever had the chance to enjoy.

The body is pure velvet smoothness. Just like a fine scotch with less burn. Not a trace of carbonation.

Overall this was the most unique beer to ever touch my lips. I'm so glad Andy was able to score a bottle and split it with me. I look forward to sipping this beer on cold Wisconsin nights. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 19:29:37 | More by beerwolf77
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,778 ratings.