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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 520
Hads: 2,315
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 25.85%
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Gots: 443 | FT: 15
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

24 oz bottle. 2 oz poured into a Snifter at room temperature. 2009 bottle. 05385 numbered in gold on the bottom.

A - With no carbonation the Utopias pours with no head and only a few bubbles trapped within that escape to the edges of the glass. The color is a beautiful nutty brown amber and totally clear. When it's swirled in the glass it leaves legs in the glass that cling and drip so slow it's almost like liquid lacing.

S - A deep whiff of the fresh Utopias results in heavy nostril burn from the insane amount of alcohol in this but the first thing that comes to mind? Tawny port. The malts are readily available if you can push past the alcohol. Lots of sweet caramel and maple syrup with tons of fruity notes too. Raisin, white grape, and a tiny bit of mango too. An incredibly potent aroma not rivaled by any beer available.

T - The initial reaction to this beer is sheer surprise at the difference between the perception of what the flavor will be based on the nose and what it actually is. It's a sharp right hook to the mouth with a ton of malt followed by an uppercut of sweet maple syrup. When you're dizzy from the incredible amount of nuances in this beer, if you can call it beer, you'll be tko-ed by the alcohol. Not hot, burning, spicy, or solvent-like at all, you wouldn't even begin to guess it was 27%. 16, maybe 18 tops. The maple syrup flavor is sweet but not cloying, followed by raw honey and a sprinkle of nutty shavings with a good helping of raisin and a light spritz of white grape. A lot of molasses flavor comes through too without being too rich. The alcohol really is, surprisingly, and afterthought in the flavor!

M - Smooth and rich with no carbonation, it's a good feeling beer that warms up my insides without a burning sensation. Lingering aftertaste that just gets better too.

D - This beer is so drinkable it's scary. A perfect night-cap and sipper for the winter season. If someone gave me a snifter full of this without telling me a) the percent and b) what it was I would probably be much more drunk than I'd like. A great sipper that is a fantastic beer and totally surpasses the hype.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 edition, 1.5 oz. portion from a bottle purchased by a group of BAs. Thanks to largadeer for setting up this group purchase of a bottle.

a - deep copper color, no head whatsoever, crystal clear, not surprisingly, big legs trail behind on the snifter sides after every swirl

s - caramel, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oak all make for a beautiful aroma mixed with the obvious heat, get a nice hint of citrus after it's been sitting in the snifter for awhile

t - caramel and maple syrup flavors make for a rather sweet taste up front, mid-palate has some citrus flavors mixed in with more maple syrup and some spice, finish is moderately sweet with a decent amount of caramel and toffee with more spice and a nice smooth oakiness, surprisingly devoid of harsh alcohol notes though the booze is definitely there, a whole lot more complex than I expected

m - full-bodied, coats the entire mouth very well, no carbonation, great deal of alcohol warming on the palate and in the throat

d - if there was ever a sipping beer, this is it, incredibly complex and an ideal choice for putting a few ounces in a snifter after a nice dinner, I wish I had a few more ounces to try and pick out the additional flavors that I know are there, I give this a good drinkability rating just because I want to keep sipping this all night long

I am pleasantly surprised by the complexity of this beer. I really hope I'm able to get another taste of this sometime soon.

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Photo of Lunch
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a copper 2009 Samuel Adams Utopias vessel into a mini-snifter (2oz. pour) at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD (11/18/09). I allowed it to warm for a bit to almost room temperature.

A: Pours a tawny amber with golden edges lacking any sort of head and lace. Legs are left on the side of the glass with each sip or swirl with a rich syrupy texture.

S: A wonderful aroma of maple syrup, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, and malt all wrapped in a complex bourbon blanket.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell as the palate is hit with maple syrup, alcohol, caramel, malt, and dark fruit again wrapped in bourbon. Extremely complex and unique with the alcohol never really reaching an obtrusive level. As this beer warms, one is able to pull even more nuances out.

M: Pure velvet with zero carbonation and a thick syrupy mouthfeel. The alcohol (27% abv.) is certainly present, but it is seemly used in place of carbonation to cleanse the palate.

D: Surprisingly this beer is far more drinkable than I would have ever imagined. Certainly a sipper, but one that never completely oversteps its bounds into a liquory mess. However, a couple ounces is enough for me.

Overall this was a very worthwhile experience and one that all should enjoy at least once. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of PJLukasik
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an exceptional experience. Was able to try it at a tasting event at Table & Vine in West Springfield, MA. There is no real effervescence at all to it. The taste is along the lines of a bourbon, with hints of maple syrup. For the high alcohol content it was incredibly smooth, with an almost velvety mouthfeel to it--very easy to sip on slowly. All and all, a bit difficult to describe, but a great experience to say the least.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a beautiful brown color with golden red highlights. no head or effervescence to speak. the aroma screams of roasty dark malt, dark fruit, and a bit of hops hiding in the alcohol. the taste is great with the dark fruit, the aging in the casks really paid off some really tasty sweet wood notes. the biterness and the alcohol bite and low carbonation make this a really amazing barleywine. damn near a whiskey. thanks for the beer weswes.

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Photo of WesWes
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with no head and a noticeable clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is awesome!! It has a killer warmth to it as well as a damn complex array of dark fruits and burnt toffee. The taste is perfect. It has an extremely complex mix of malt character and alcohol esters. The wood aging really adds a nice vanilla character that rounds out the flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It is a full bodied beer with no carbonation. This is an exceptional beer that's in a class of it's own.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition. Purchased and divided in cost by a group of BAs. Thanks to largadeer for setting it up.

A: Pours a clear tawny gold color with slight reddish tint in the glass. A beautiful color. No head, of course. Thick legs that, after swirling, look like the glass has a seam in it. Wow.

S: Smells just like a liqueur. Anise, caramel, oak, booze, coconut, orange, and maple.

T: Tasty, tasty, tasty. Syrupy grape-like character; I liken it to brandy but I can see a port comparison. Tobacco, light leather, caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, anise, maple, dates. Slight tannins and a hint of spice in the finish. The finish is an orange syrup that reminds me of a fine liqueur and specifically of a dessert wine whose name I can no longer remember. It's warm, but not hot; it's much smoother than the smell led me to believe. Very much like a well-layered port or brandy.

M: Malty, rolling finish that comes in waves. Just a slight warmth, as noted above. Coats the mouth. Full-bodied to say the least. No carbonation of course.

D: I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I expected it to be some ridiculous booze-bomb, so I flatly turned down the invitation to share in splitting this up. I'm glad I was talked into it afterward; this was truly worth the experience. I can see myself buying one in the future as a self-gift, if I can swing something slightly better than the $200 / bottle price.

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Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 bottle, 1 oz poured into a snifter. The beer is still in the glass, tawny in color with amber edges. It's beautifully clear, and swirling produces the most syrupy legs I've ever seen on a beer.

The aroma is huge and intoxicating, with an alcohol presence that's more like bourbon than beer. Behind the alcohol there's a huge backbone of malt and maple syrup. Barrel-aging is evident in the form of vanilla and spice, and there's an underlying fruitiness that makes me think of port wine.

While the aroma could fool you into thinking that you had a glass of brandy or port, the taste is surprisingly barleywine-like, albeit bigger and stronger. Alcohol is once again very noticeable up-front, but it's not particularly harsh. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, maple and dates are most prominent, and beneath that I get a light spiciness, port-like fruitiness and a touch of citrus. The body is incredibly full and syrupy, but surprisingly, it doesn't become too cloying; the alcohol seems to cleanse the palate between sips. The finish is fairly mellow for a beer of this strength, with a hint of oak and a kick of alcohol lending some dryness to an otherwise sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability is surprisingly high, and if not for the potency I'd be happy sipping on this for quite a while. This is a great beer, pretty much one of a kind at this point and more than just a gimmick, it's genuinely enjoyable.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The 2009 release pours from the bottle, rich dark walnut, syrup with ruby highlights, and becomes more chestnut with each sip. Totally without any head or carbonation. However, each swirl puts up amazing viscous legs, which continue to dance for a good long while.

The aroma reached out form the snifter glass from at least ten feet away, with a strong bourbon or cognac. The alcohol fumes are powerful, just as expected. Underneath this are cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ground pepper, ginger, dark dried fruits, truly a wonderland for the olfactory. There is little progression, as it is served relatively warm, but noting is lacking here.

Once the initial burn of alcohol leaves, each sweet sip reveals more complexity and layers. Maple/bourbon turns to raisins and figs. Molasses turns to vanilla with a particular nuttiness. Comparisons with distilled spirits weave throughout. There may even be a fair comparison to a fine Chianti. The finish is more hot spirits, but lacking the typical beer experience. I admit to licking $1 worth, from the wall of the glass!

Rich and smooth, with the texture of syrup, no carbonation, but the alcohol cleanses the palate rather well. One of the better full bodied beers, this is highly satisfying.

Utopias should be reserved for a life altering celebration or an occasion where it is the focus. While this is an amazing beer, it has few of the standard qualities of beer. One or two ounces at a time is plenty. So, amazing as it is, I find it difficult to say this is especially drinkable. I hope to have another someday, and certainly expect to enjoy it just as much. As for cellaring, I wonder how much it can progress beyond its current state. Oh, and it floods back Autumn memories, sitting on the porch with Grandpa, his cigar, and evening drink.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

09 Vintage

Appearance: Straight from the beauty of a bottle into a snifter it had a translucent copper honey hue with touches of red highlights. There was absolutely no head, not even a fizz as expected from this viscous brew. It did however have legs for days like a thin layer of glue down the side of my glass. Looks akin to a fine cognac than a beer.

Smell: The aroma is worth its weight in gold alone. It assults your nostrils with a sting up front with the fumes from this weighty abv and as it burns its way through it gives you a bouquet of perplexities to make up for such a brutal assault. The balances of just the scent are worthy of a review and are a great precursor to this one. A thick dense dry wood starts off with a bit of vanilla creaminess. There is a light velvet of cinnamon and cedar to give it just the right touch of spice. The oak aged malt really swines through as the underlying backbone scent.

Taste: Opens for business like its it's job. Palate quenching and drenching flavors abound and somehow the diesel fuel fumes arent present at all that were hinted at from the nose. There are copious amounts of vanilla, hazelnut, burnt/roasted malt, dark fruits such as figs and dark cherries, silky chocolate and riddled with a good amount of butterscotch. The malt takes a backseat to a hammock of maple that encompasses all of the nuances in this entirely.

Mouthfeel: Really is liquid velvet as if it were a thing, coats the mouth like oil and had a subtley sweet after taste that you really never want to leave.

Drinkability: If money were no object this would be a staple in my collection. Loses a .5 of a point because the abv is ridiculous but it is still insanely drinkable but obviously among others and with a celebration at hand. Comparing this to beer is just ridiculous but when compared to brandy/sherry/a fine cognac it ranks right up there with how smooth it goes down.

Overall: Its delectable and when you drink it you understand the price because this is the definition of finely crafted beer (if you can even call it that) but truly is an artfully developed masterpiece by Jim. Perfect showcase of my venture into the beer world as this is my 100th review; i've come along way from being a beer noob to knowing/respecting the likes of this one.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage:

I had a bit of a hard time rating this one because I really feel that it isn't beer. By no means does that mean it is bad (it's actually quite good), but it does mean that it's somewhat difficult to apply "beer" rating procedures to it.

Had a small glass of this at the Tap and Mallet tonight (1-2 oz). I've been wanting to try it for several years now and am excited that I finally have. Served in a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown, no carbonation or head. No lacing, but lots of legs down the sides of the glass like wine.

S: Sherry immediately came to mind. Also cinnamon, maple syrup, and some subtle chocolate. All these aromas are also mixed in with a very strong alcohol - like whiskey. Really impressive nose.

T: Despite the very strong alcohol nose, this doesn't burn at all. It's very sweet like an after-dinner liqueur. Hints of maple syrup, sherry, dark, sweet fruits (plums, dark cherry), oak, and of course alcohol. Very little resemblance to beer.

M: Very thick and syrupy, a bit like a schnapps. Lots of warming in the throat and chest. It is pretty boozy, you don't want to keep it in your mouth for too long.

O: Obviously a sipper. It gets a little too sweet after drinking a few ounces - but a few ounces will go a long way. This was very good and I'm glad I had the experience, but at $14/ounce or $150+/bottle, I really don't think it's worth it. As I mentioned above, this really isn't beer either. I definitely wouldn't think it was beer if someone just served it to me without telling me what it is. You can probably get some nice liqueurs for $30-40/bottle that achieve basically the same thing that this does.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to try this at an event last night...so this review is based on a 2-3 oz pour, which is as close to a full glass as I will ever come!

A= Poured a flat looking murky brown with some reddish highlights around the edges. No carbonation or head at all.

S= Really, really, really intensely alcoholic but that is to be expected in a 54 proof beer I guess. I actuall thought this smelled like whisky (not necessarily a bad thing). There were also some hints of vanilla, leather, and oak in there too.

T= I found the taste to be the high point of this beer. Though its all hot alcohol in the nose, the taste was surprisingly smooth and didn't burn at all. Some big complex flavors of caramel/toffee malt, vanilla, and oak.

MF= Not as thick as I imagined it would be. Just sort of heavy medium in body, with a really incredible warming finish. Totally warmed my chest and belly!

D= Obviously a sipper, but I sort of understand the price better now. This is a beer that drinks like whisky, so the bottle will last a long time if you have an occasional "shot". Could be nursed for months!

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Photo of champ103
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a ruby brown color. No head and no lace. Really viscous looking.
S: There are layers and layers in the nose. Sugary caramel malt at first. Some vanilla and oak are strong. Lots of dark fruits of raisins, plums, dates. A dry almond aroma. Plenty of alcohol. This is really complex and amazing.
T: Sweet sugary malt. Caramel and toffee. Dark fruits that follow the nose. Dry wood. I can tell that some subtleties are a bit overpowered by the huge alcohol presence. Though still, very Sherry like, and absolutely a treat.
M/D: Thick, sticky, and syrupy. As expected pretty much no carbonation, but overall really decadent. An absolute treat to drink.

I don't really know how to review this beer. It is what it is. An intense aroma and flavor profile. Obviously meant to be an after dinner drink. I love Port and Sherry wine, and this is very similar. I really enjoy this, and worth a purchase if you can get a few friends to go in with you (like I did). If you have the means and opportunity, pick it up because it is like few others.

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Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was fortunate to try a snifter of this at a Sam Adams beer dinner recently. Pours clear caramel with no head. Smells amazing - not like beer at all, but rather like port or sherry or some other similarly delicious alcoholic beverage. Smell stings your nostrils in a good way with caramel, vanilla, oak, and alcoholic heat. Taste follows the smell - and leaves that same bite in the back of your throat as would brandy or sherry. Extremely sweet. Body is very thick and there's no carbonation whatsoever. Overall, a very delicious beverage, but I would not spend $150 on a bottle.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage sampled at the 2009 GABF.

Portions of this batch were aged in Buffalo Trace barrels and finished in muscatel and port casks. Some SA Triple Bock has been blended in. It clocks in at a record-setting 27%, making it the strongest commercially available "beer".

The pour leaves a copper colored, viscous liquid with no carbonation. The aroma shows notes of maple syrup, vanilla and dark stone fruit. The flavor is similar, but more complex. Maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, plums, prunes, raisins, oak and notes of sherry and brandy. The body is very rich and syrupy.

Say what you will about the price tag, this is an excellent beverage. I think calling something so high in alcohol that it forces CO2 out of solution a beer is a bit of a stretch. Though it may technically be a beer, it drinks like port and that is how it should be viewed. In any case, I enjoyed it and if you're buyin, I'll have another!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice. 2005 batch.

It pours a light to medium brown with no head, carbonation or lacing.

The aroma is very strong with notes of brandy, vanilla, maple syrup and lots of alcohol.

The taste is very strong with a big taste of alcohol and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy and lasts for several seconds. It coats your throat like robutussim. Flavor comes back up on the back end tingling your throat.

Pretty good, but you can't drink a ton of this.

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Photo of treyrab
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one goes out to my main man Dave, who resides directly above the center of the earth. Never thought I would get to try this beauty. Poured discretely from a magnificent, shiny, copper bottle into a tasting glass.

A: Pours a nice copper and completely still -- flat. Really not much can be said about this. It is gold, copper and great looking.

S: Wow. Is this a beer? A brandy? A whiskey? Not sure, but it is a delicious beverage. Smell is abundant with creamy vanilla, deep, robust caramel and toffee. The alcohol is apparent, but it is that of a fine brandy, not astringent alcohol.

T: Wow, this is really special. It really tastes like a fine brandy or liquor, not necessarily a beer. Strong. I could only have 2oz, but the flavors are so robust with vanilla, caramel, alcohol, brandy, bourbon, toffee, and some chocolate. Just remarkable.

Overall, this was amazing. I could sip on this all night. The epitome of a sipper for sure, but the flavors are very complex.

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Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Review #100 on BA. Figured I'd get there before I hit 1000 over on RB. This review is transcribed from an RB review, consumed in 2007. Paid $12 for a 1 ounce pour at House of Brews on 46th St. in NYC. This is very overpriced, but less so if you think of it as a nice sipping liqueur.

A - Brilliant orangish caramel color with no head.

S - Aroma is caramel, port, Courvoisier, dark fruits, vanilla, and alcohol (obviously, it is 27%).

T - Tastes a lot like a nice port - sweet with vinous notes as well as caramel, vanilla, and cherry. Alcohol definitely there, but what do you expect from a 27%er?

M - Fairly thick and syrupy with almost no carbonation, which is actually nice for this one. Liqueur-like. Nice alcohol warmth without the burn.

D - Well, it's meant to be a sipper and it is. Really awesome stuff, but way overpriced of course. Nice novelty beer.

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Photo of MPLS
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend busted a bottle of this out, to my surprise, at a housewarming bottle.

A: Poured from the gotti copper bottle into some glass, dark brown in color, no carbonation, think enough to leg up the glass.

S: Big smell, actually bigger than the taste. You can smell the high ABV, but it's pleasant. Cinnamon maple dominates this one, but hints of caramel, alcohol, and raisins.

T: Yum. Not something one could drink in large quantities, but a very sweet and malty beer. Much like the smell, the maple dominates, but also caramel and raisins come to mind. Not overly sweet, but a lot of bold flavors that meld together nicely.

M: Pretty thick, no carbonation on the tongue.

D: The biggest deterrent is the $price$tag$, but one hell of an adventurous beer on Sam Adams part. The high abv makes this impossible to drink in large quantities, but when savored it's a great liver warming beer.

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Photo of DannyS
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A vintage 2007 bottle I purchased at community beverage in Elmhurst, NY. Opened it for the first time two days ago when my cousin proposed to his girlfriend. For this tasting, I poured a modest 1-2 oz serving into a brandy snifter.

A - A glimmering, crystal clear dark golden amber, with a viscosity that leaves legs when swirled in the glass. Remniscent of a top shelf whiskey.

S - If you're familiar with lots of DIPA's, you will be able to discern the hop aromas from the malt, but to the uninitiated, this will not seem like a beer at all. Among the myraid of aromas that burst forth into my nostrils was toffee, oak, chocolate, dried fruit, and a very fine malty backing to it all. I'd give it a perfect 5, but the strong alcohol that comes with the lovely smells swoops in alongside and burns your nostrils. I would not castigate someone if they mistook this for bourbon.

T - A pervasive yet not obnoxious sweetness outlines the jarringly intense flavors of this beer. Dark maple, jammy dried fruits, chocolate, heady vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee...even a faint note of hops. To say this is an experience is a gross understatement.

M - Like a cascade of flaming velvet on the tongue. The high alcohol gives off a cooling burn as the beer rolls around in the mouth before feeling the familiar liqueur heat in your throat as it goes down.

D - It would be unfair to judge this one's drinkability compared to the norm 5-10% ABV for any other beer. One must really think hard liquor when judging it. By those standards, it is oh so smooth and easy sipping. But still, even when adjusting expectations, it is still a strong beer by puire definition, so the astronomical ABV does have to factor into the decision. It should be illegal to drink this one in anything other than small sips, in order to get every ounce of enjoyment one can out of it, especially considering the price.

Overall - The fancy, after-dinner liqueur for the beer drinker that doesn't like liqueur. If Millennium and Triple Bock challenged what a beer could be, Utopias downright defies it. Is it the ultimate evolution of beer? Or is it just a snooty pet project from the nutjobs in Boston? Does it really matter? This beer is awesome, and that's all that matters. Grab a few snifters and a few really good friends, and enjoy.

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Photo of ricke
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2007. The bottle was opened for the first time about a year before I sampled it.

A: Shiny amber color, clear liquid. Obviously no head.

S: Lots of sweet fruit aromas (apples, plums, cherries), raisins, brandy. Notes of wood and a hint of dusty cellar. Big alcohol fumes, but they are well integrated and the smell is actually quite balanced. Very rich.

T: Intensely sweet with notes of fudge and toffee, chocolate, nuts and rich aromas of ripe fruit. Boozy raisins, brandy and barrel notes. The taste is richer than the smell and more complex. A faint cellar character is detectable, but not as clearly as in the smell. The finish is really hot with lots of spicy and sweet alcohol and lingering liqueur-like sweetness.

M: A great mouthfeel. Big body with a very sticky and chewy texture. Completely flat.

D: I actually like this one. Of course, it's more reminiscent of a fortified wine or liqueur than a regular beer, but that's how it's supposed to be. A great sipper with a sophisticated yet cocky character.

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Photo of DrDCon
3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. Found at a liquor store in Hammond, IN on the way to Dark Lord Day...Poured 2 oz. into a snifter with some friends. A tan-creamy brown with no head. Smells of an aged scotch whiskey with maple syrup around the edges.

I am impressed with the smooth Hazelnut and vanilla-extract taste. Reminiscent of pancakes with hazelnuts and maple syrup, doused in whiskey. There is a very warm-alcohol mouthfeel.

For being so high in alcohol this is really a shockingly smooth beer. Must be enjoyed in a room of beer lovers, because this is intense, exploding all over the place with conversational quality.

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Photo of sonicstylee
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

first HUGE THANKS to Schulzy1 for sharing this beast. pours out a slightly dark caramel color and immediately the aroma fills the nose. maple syrup and cognac smells. taste is enthralling!! notes of caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and alcohol. this is truly a wonderful elixir. if you like sweets and alcohol, you will like this, but first, you have to get it...simply amazing and hard to believe it's a beer. also, this one is a sipper

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

WHOA, MAJOR thanks to Alex (MasterSki) for making me feel totally inadequate for letting me have several ounces of this out of his copper kettle shaped 2007 bottle.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish edges and zero head just like a liqueur. You can tell it coats the glass when swirling it around the glass.

S: Yes, there is a huge amount of booze scent like I'm smelling a hard liquor, but if you look closer, there's lots of woodsy, vanilla, oak, molasses, brown sugar

T: WOW, is the best way I can explain it. I didn't expect the flavor after what I smelled. Tons of heat...I picked up lots of dark berry and fruits, vanilla, oak, woodsy flavors, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, caramel, raisin, bourbon

M: Very syrupy, coats the palate, oily and smooth

D: Hardly drinkable due to the amount of heat, but I did find that with every sip I took the next one came quicker.

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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel color, very syrupy and oily.

Smells like caramel, butter, vanilla, oak and cinnamon create a robust aroma.

Tastes like I would imagine vanilla butter liqueur to taste like. There is also a nutty flavor which I usually don't like but it welds the different flavors together nicely in this beer. Caramel butternut.

Mouthfeel is silky, oily and heavy. Very much appreciated.

Drinkability is high. I would imagine most reciting this as a sipper, but I could finish a bottle possibly to myself, definitely with a friend.

Think a beer that tastes like a liquid Werther's Toffee, intertwining complexities and profiles seamlessly and balancing the liquor/beer nicely. Hard to make a a beer taste like a beer when it has no carbonation. That mission was accomplished here.

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
98 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.