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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 1544
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 11.66%


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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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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was very fortunate to have my brewing lecturer share a bottle of this and the Sam Adams Triple Bock recently on our residential week. This bottle was the 2009 edition, which weighs in at 27% ABV.

Pours a rather light reddish brown colour, thick, spiritous and volatile in the glass. The head is, unsurprisingly, nowhere to be seen, leaving the beer looking rather dormant or dead. Huge legs from the thickness in the body, however, leaving sticky syrup trails when the beer is swirled. Colour changes to a slightly translucent yellow at the edges when tilted. It looks very exciting.

The aroma is all based around the booze, which, again, is not surprising. Big heady aromas of port and spirits surround everything. The aroma is rather sharp, however, and actually doesn't subside into a strong sweetness. There are some chocolate and coconut notes, possibly more from the oaking than any intrinsic sweetness. But otherwise, it's boozy, redolent, heady and just full of ethanol. It's an intense experience.

The sharp booze continues on the palate. Spicy heat on the front, mellowing to let stacks of oak character come through towards the back. The spicy alcohol releases other sharp characters: orange peel, a little lemon and ground allspice, along with a feeling like burning sinuses. The wood holds it together and stops it from being too violent. It's big and unapologetic, but maintains a sense of civility despite this.

Feel, unsurprisingly, is also hot and spicy, with a burn and stab approach to negotiation.

This is hot and difficult, but very powerful as a result. It's certainly an exciting and unique beer: one which is worthy of all the respect you can manage to muster for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:58:09 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #400, better try and make it something special. How about a little '03 Utopias? Super huge thanks to Jeff for giving me a taste of this ten year-old beauty one night. I've been wondering if I'd ever get to try this, let alone the whale-ish vintage of it. Solid, copper-brown pour; silky, oily, and thick as it falls into the glass quietly - no carbonation at all. It just sits in the glass, motionless and menacing.

I don't even have to bring this to my face to smell it. I could have sat on the other side of the room and reviewed the aroma. It was SO goddamn strong, words can't even express its brute force. And not only was it strong, it was complex - the number of things present were insane, and it seemed like the aroma stretched on for miles. Licorice, cognac/brandy, brown sugar and molasses, candied dark fruits, grapes, plums, rubbing alcohol, maple, toffee, vanilla, wood... I could probably go on for days and you guys would say "bullshit!" but there's no bull here. The aroma is one of the most complex and intriguing on the market. Granted, a bit "hot" and stingy on the nostrils, but at 20%+ ABV, isn't that to be expected just a bit?

I was almost afraid to take a taste, just because I had no idea what to expect. I mean, a beer with over 20% ABV? How good can that really taste? It hits my palate, heavy and thick, smooth and far from cumbersome thanks to a lack of any real carbonation. Super, super sweet at first, and yes, the alcohol is VERY present and VERY apparent. But the intense sweetness does a remarkable job of retaining drinkability, when you consider how strong this stuff really is. Brown sugar, molasses, black cherries, plums, booze-soaked raisins, toffee cake, light rubbing alcohol, port, caramel.... Very nearly as complex as the nose and every bit as hot.

It's amazing that even after ten years, this beer has seemingly retained so much of its potency. I wonder how hot this was when it first came out? Maybe the effects of aging aren't quite as severe when you're dealing with alcohol content in this range. Despite being so hot (and understand that when I say "hot", I'm talking relative to beer - this still has nothing on real whisky or bourbon), it remained pretty drinkable, most likely due to the heavy sweetness that worked hard to balance out the burn. The finish left a hefty taste on the palate, full of dark fruity booziness and a thick, caramel and molasses coating. This is one of those things you could still be tasting in the morning if you don't brush your teeth good enough.

So how do I rate this? It's so far from the realm of "beer" as we know it, that it's quite difficult to rate it using the same scale and criteria as I would rate other beers, even considering differences between styles. I mean, you wouldn't score a glass of Macallan 18 with the same set of standards you use for beer, right? The thing is, Utopias is far from the realm of most hard alcohols, too. It's much sweeter than your typical bourbon, scotch, whisky, cognac, etc, and in my opinion, contains a bigger array of overall flavors and nuances. It's almost in a world of its own - a strange limbo somewhere between beer and spirits, where no other breweries have dared to go.

Make no mistake about it, though, Utopias is damn good. I think it comes as no surprise that it's definitely a "sipper", and it's a highly enjoyable and tasty one at that. Is it worth the price tag? Hard to say. Is anything worth that much money? Depends on how much you want it, I guess. I'll tell you this - it makes for a great experience and a great time when shared among friends. A nice conversation piece in itself, and enjoyable for beer geeks of all types. Big thanks again to Jeff for letting me take a taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 11:59:46 | More by tectactoe
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

10th Anniversary Utopias with a Nicaraguan rum barrel added into the aging process.
Black ceramic bottle into a taster snifter.

Served at room temp.

Viscous dark maple syrup pour. Zero carbonation, zero lacing, Loads of alcohol stuck to the edges of the glass.

A massive alcohol presence in the nose. Behind that is smooth, sweet rum, maple syrup, port, caramel, toffee, a nice vanilla punch and some bourbon in the back. Oak presence from the casks is there but subdued in the overwhelming nature of everything else.

Rum, maple syrup, bourbon, caramel, maple again, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, a nice oakiness with a huge warming sensation as it goes down. There is some port in there but the overly sweet notes shine through. The alcohol in the taste is much more subdued than the nose leads it to believe. This is something to savor and enjoy and you just can't help but to do so with every sip.

Medium to full body with zero carbonation obviously. Sticky on the lips.

This is my second 1oz serving in two days and it is truly remarkable. Something I would have never imagined I'd ever have. I'm glad to be one of the many/few in Ontario to get a bottle and I will savor every drop.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:08:03 | More by korguy123
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tastymug

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I sampled the Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary, 2012 release.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red/ruby color with no head of any kind. Appears to be clear, but it’s dark in color so it’s difficult to see through.

Smell: Dark fruits. Rich, sweet, more like liquor than beer.

Taste: Follows the nose; sweet, dark fruits such as fig or raisin, slight maple syrup, vanilla, oak. The strength of the alcohol definitely comes across in this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, syrupy; flavors stay on the tongue, coating it.

Overall: I can safely say I’ve never had “beer” like this before. It definitely comes across more like a cordial than beer, and drinking it would follow suit. It’s meant to be enjoyed at room temperature and in small, savory sips. This batch has very complex flavors. I’ve read that oxidation is part of the appeal of this beer; in other words you open the bottle, screw the cap back on when done and leave it be (like most liquors). Since I can’t personally speak to how this may taste a year from now, I would risk a guess that it will be as equally tasty as it is from a recently opened bottle. If given the chance to try it (or any of the previous batches) you’ll definitely want to add it to your “tried beers” list.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:08:59 | More by tastymug
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to score a bottle of this last year. Served slightly chilled into a small snifter.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown with no head or lacing.

Smells of dried fruits, leather and of course alcohol.

Flavors explode on your tongue. Closest description I can think of is very strong brandied cherries.

Mouthfeel is sticky sweet with a crisp alchohol bite on the tongue and a lingering aftertaste.

As with others I had trouble rating this beer as it is a wholly unique beverage. I was extremely glad to have gotten a chance to try it. Would I shell out the funds for another, tough call. Would definitely go in on a bottle with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 03:00:43 | More by srhoadsy
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was treated to a sample today at Three Bling Monks in Garfield, NJ. In a single word ... "delicious"...and thanks to Brian for the sample. I would say though that to call this a beer is almost a misnomer as the taste is really more like a liquor or brandy. Tasty for sure, but difficult to call it a beer. The rating system for this is difficult cause I don't feel like I'm rating a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 01:50:02 | More by Odysseyalien
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing, it was most generous of you sir.

I've had this three times now, mainly due to the generosity of others, and I can say it's not really my thing. Would much rather but a top shelf bottle of bourbon or scotch for the price, though obviously no comparison there.

Pours a tawny almond skin brown, zero bubbles, zero lacing, bright clarity in the glass.

Aromas are sticky sweet, big raisin and prune, nutty sweet tawny port. Flavors are largely the same, flavors linger long into the finish. Seems like any number of aged strong ales... Hardy's, JW Lees, etc, albeit with a nitro boost of alcohol. What mars the experience to me is the jarring astringent bite from the alcohol, which is more akin to sipping a whiskey neat. The complexity and flavors are there, it's just not as easy to sip as it could be, maybe 27% has something to do with it. Again, my personal preference is for beer and/or whiskey, not a hybrid, though this is an exceptionally unique product.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:26:27 | More by emerge077
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watsonmd

Georgia

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

Hard to believe this was born as a beer. Really is more in line with a cognac, port, or other cordial.

A: poured into a snifter, 2 oz pour. The only beer with "legs" that I have ever had.

S: Unbelievable, sweet, fruity, rich

T: Fruit: plum, cherry, rasin, with a nice smooth alcohol, some spices, and oak.

M: Sticky, smooth, thick, syrupy.

O: A rare experience, graciously extended by a local pub owner. Would have a hard time paying $300 for a 24 ounce bottle, but glad I tried it!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 16:37:14 | More by watsonmd
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ehammond1


4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012 - 10th Anniversary)

Thanks, JealousChalice!

Gorgeous dark coppers, amber, and caramels with zero visible carbonation, as expected. Nice clarity. Oily, alcoholic legs.

Perhaps the most complex aroma I've experienced in a beer of this style--though, granted, there is no beer in existence quite like this one to begin with. Vanillas, toffees, caramels, alcoholic kick, brandy-soaked cherry, and maple combine. This reminds me distinctly of a brandy or port. Lovely.

The flavor is even better than the aroma, though that almost seems impossible. Complex layers of maple, vanilla, brandy-soaked cherries, and port. The alcohol is less evident in the flavor than it is in the aroma, as well. Mind blowing.

Medium to full in body, with zero carbonation, though amazingly appropriate. Rich, coating, oily. Not too sweet, which was my worry.

Stupendous. One of a kind. There are no words, but I tried my best.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 05:06:54 | More by ehammond1
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popery

California

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, 7/28/11. Tried 2011 and 2007 versions. Vanilla, sherry, caramel, toffee and some booze make up the aroma. There are also notes of raisins, grapes and brandy. Lots of molasses. It’s complex and layered. Tons of barrel flavor. Very smooth feel. Little booze in the taste. Deep amber color and still. The ’11 had a better aroma and the ’07 the better taste, but they were fairly similar and it could have been bottle variation. Taste is fairly sweet but lots going on. Big molasses, fruit, bourbon and other spirits, oak, treacle, caramel. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:00:40 | More by popery
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potownbill

New York

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The smell of this beer is extraordinary. Cognac, bourbon, vanilla, .... This is the only beer I have ever tried that I could sit and sip all night. I was able to sample a few ounces as part of a split with friends. The beer pours deep brown/black, with no head. It leaves a nice oil slick in the mouth, which allows you to savor the flavor. There is no hint of beer in the flavor, as it tastes like a very smooth cognac. If you asked 1000 people (non beer geeks) to taste it, I doubt anyone would say it was a beer. It is certainly worth it to split the cost with some friends, but I can buy a few great bottles of single malt scotch and a bottle of Bourbon for less money.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 23:15:22 | More by potownbill
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d2daj


4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super Deli Mart (yes, I know- what?)- Samuel Adams Beer tasting
Serving - Brandy Snifter glass
Smell- Wow-a blending of rich cognac/bourbon with sweet caramel wafting over olfactory nerves
Price $$$$ - spendy $30+
$160+ retail price tag with very limited offering for 10th year anniversary, raffle drawn for empty bottle that you want to suckle on after
I can't describe how this doesn't even resemble a beer, none existant bubbly action/head for pour
Severe Legs- when you think of lines for bourbons/wine pour in the glass, swirl it around and take a whiff- feels warming, good fire/snow capped mountains outside with frost-
Sip- feels like a smooth cognac, and although anti- some of the threads, I would pay the retail for this bottle, since it is unlike anything I've had...smooth ness of caramel/vanilla, hint of cherry/oaken (awesomeness) Can't get over that most people in the place to get a "feel for the "taste" were constantly sharing the "smell" - huge winner at this tasting!
I feel priviledged to have sampled this and although I sampled twice, certainly memorable and worth it. Definitely have my eye on Utopias from now on...

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:11:30 | More by d2daj
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huxcrunner

New York

4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

At DeCiccos

Served in a glass

Fantastic no lacing rather more of a legging similar to a fine spirit the aromas are very sweet and carmel note and undertones of fruit the mouth feel is smooth and filling with a smooth alcohol feel. Among the best beers ever and does not faulter from beer root.

Kudos Sam Adams!

Serving type: cask

01-19-2013 20:38:40 | More by huxcrunner
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Had at ChurchKey from the bottle into a small snifter, 2012 version.

A - Still and brown, as expected. Not surprisingly, this has huge legs on the glass when swirled.

S - Fine brandy is the overwhelming note up front, while caramel and toffee malt is in the background. Slight hint of alcohol.

T - Follows the nose with big brandy flavor up front. Toffee comes through in the middle. Finishes long, sweet, and smooth, with caramel taking over towards the back. This tastes wonderful, the layers of flavor unfold beautifully throughout each sip. Very well done.

M - syrupy, but balanced by the alcohol content. The feel is great, and the finish is impossibly long and smooth, but it gets cloying towards the end of the pour. I don't think one could drink more than a couple of ounces before crying uncle.

O - An excellent experience trying this, it is a very complex brew. The various barrels work really well together, presenting an up front flavor which is more like a fine spirit than a beer. The finish, however, is pure malty delciousness, reminding you that you are drinking a beer. I very much recommend seeking out a pour, but be warned - the server at ChurchKey said it lasts 3-4 weeks after opening before succumbing to noticeable oxidation, so purchasing a whole bottle is probably not a good idea unless you have several friends to share it with.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 00:56:30 | More by kdb150
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10th Anniversary edition. $300 for a black fermenter style bottle. #11814. a blend of several variations including the "infamous" 1994 triple bock. Served 12-31-12 in celebration of new year at room temp in a chalice.

A: Not as thick or viscose as i imagined, a sherry-cayenne tint that was poured with no head and no signs of effervesce, no shocker there. Not as menacing as i envisioned, a quiet refined wine in glass visual.

S: First impression was from the bottle directly and one that was more pronounced then in the glass itself. Dark fruit, raisins, sherry, chocolate souffle and hazelnut. From the glass of about a 3-4oz pour alcohol fusels were dominant. Scotchy caramelized malt hint.

T: There was an almost hesitation to drink this at first, paying $300 a bottle with a nostril full of alcohol fusels my hand trembled a bit with the first sip. Rich chocolate souffle and hazelnut were present with some sweet toffee, and merlot. Warm toasty oak and alcohol, scotchy caramelized malt, and maple syrup sweetness. Some warm orange-apple honey fruitiness, licorice, vanilla, and figs with a cask wood background and sweet rum highlights are just a few of the vast complexities this beholds. Flavor was very nice, have to say, and best of all no indication of the 1994 triple bock soy sauce, yeah. Honey caramel.

M: Mouthful was buttery and viscose with a motor oil slick texture, flat carbonation, high warming of alcohol on the tongue. Buttery caramel and alcohol fueled lacing but was fairly clean. It took alot to get a good feel for this and i knew i wasnt gonna get much of a second or third chance with the limited volume serving. soothing heat.

O: Overall analysis, a very good complexity that shows through even in limited volume. Would love to get a longer appreciation for this, but i guess thats what the multiple servings are for. To be consumed like a fine, very expensive wine, with each sip being gentle, small, with a long drawn out swallow. Very savoring. This is a once in a lifetime purchase for me. At $300 a bottle was it worth it? only for self satisfactor sake. The bottle is quite the appeal and makes for a good show piece. Best split with friends or experienced by the glass at an establishment if you want to experience this first hand. 27% abv was not as boozy as one would think, ive had beers 10% that seemed more potent then this, just take it easy with small mangable sips, to much and that 27% will smack some sense into you.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 02:04:04 | More by beerthulhu
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Treebs

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #600. 10th Anniversary Edition served in the accompanying Riedel glass.

A: Pours completely still. Clear brown in color with some ruby highlights intertwined. Some massive legs and stick draping along the side of the glass.

S: Very hot and boozy up front. Overt alcohol and spirits with some hotness to it. Underneath that you get some maple sweetness and burnt sugar. Some caramel and toffee notes are present as well. Dark fruit complexities show themselves as well when it starts to hit room temp.

T: Caramel sweetness with a ton of vanilla. Oak with a great malty backbone. The alcohol doesn't compete with the complexities of this beer even though it's over 27%. Heat on the finish with a mix of toffee, roasted figs and raisins.

M: Incredibly smooth and rich with a warming finish. Devoid of carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

O: This is the pinnacle of sipping beers. Sweet, complex and warming. This is a beer I will savor for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 20:05:46 | More by Treebs
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: no head on a clear deep amber body. no lacing as expected.

S: oak, toast, caramel, bourbon, lots of booze. smells like a shot of whiskey/bourbon, lots of sugar, maple syrup.

T: wow this one hits hard at first. the booze and sugar combine to make this one hard to sip. Basically tastes like severly boozy maple syrup with some caramel. very oak.

M: thick chewy body and no carbonation.

Overall: glad i tried this one but not wanting it again. even more boozy than the 29% or whatever it is would suggest. the sweetness I think is what makes it a little too unbareable.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:43:29 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with no head and an opaque, black body.

S - Chocolate, bourbon, smoke, leather, and a touch of spicy rum.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with rich chocolate and maple syrup. Rum, bourbon, and alcoholic warmth in the middle. Finishes with much more of the same as well as spicy notes of leather, pipe tobacco, and more rum and maple.

M - Medium body, no carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Drinkable in the traditional sense is not something nth at applies to a beer like this. The aroma is spectacular, the flavor is excellent also, but with a sweetness that is still slightly excessive. Oddly pleasant for such an over the top drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 04:24:34 | More by nickfl
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Rau71

California

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this beer since it first came out and finally had the funds to buy a bottle. This is the 10 year anniversary edition (2012).

Pours a solid brown with some light on the edges. Completly flat with no head.

Smells like a brandy, dark fruits really dominated for me. Could also get a small bid of bready yeast

Taste was more dark fruits, some toffee/molasses, oak, breadyness, very complex, seemed each sip I was picking up a different combination. Booze was present, but I expected that.

Overall this is a wonderful "Ale". I see it more of a brandy, something to sip on among fiends, but very much worth the experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:02:15 | More by Rau71
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

10th Anniversary (2012 Vintage) Bottle #03727

A: The beer pours out of the fancy bottle and into my "free" Utopias glass a viscous brown color without any head at all. The liquid thins at the edges, allowing some light through, and has hints of red and yellow as well. 4.5

S: The nose is extremely boozy. Notes of bourbon and red wine are there, but the run really comes to the forefront to me. Spicy and sweet, the barrels are deep and assertive. I can't wait to dive into this beer. 4

T: The first taste really blows me away. I've waited for so long to try this beer, and it has absolutely lived up to the hype. The maple syrup is extremely apparent, which wasn't the case on the aroma. It's hugely sweet and syrupy, with some roast as the base for the barrels to shine. The rum and bourbon are big time players, but the very sweet port and some red wine come out as well. It's absurdly complex and deep, seemingly each taste brings a new experience. It seems to progress from bourbon/rum to wine to maple syrup. 4.5

MF: Thick, syrupy body without any carbonation at all. The finish is actually pretty clean. The alcohol is present and dominating throughout the taste. 3

O: This absolutely lived up to the hype and I can't wait to see what happens to it over the years. If you've been thinking about dropping the amount of money it costs to taste this, don't wait any longer. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:33:12 | More by russwbeck
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OF001


4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served at room temp

dark brandy, bourbon colour. clear No carbonation, no head.

Smells of the best sweet black strap molasses, bourbon barrel and heavily cooked sugars (not overly sweet considering, with much in the way of residual sugars.)

Uber black strap molasses, light rye whisky and other distilled liquors. anise and some other winter spices (vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg & mace) A good depth of sweetness and residual sugars without being sickly. All of this is super condensed and difficult to pick out accurately.

Mouth feel is very smooth and flat, no carbonation what so ever. Not nearly as boozy as the 27% would suggest.

Great for what it is. The nose is a little simple, likewise the mouth feel. I would just as well have had a good dark brandy or cognac. That being said it is one off my bucket list and amazing for a beer the achieve this level of smooth complexity and malty depth, thoroughly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:22:54 | More by OF001
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nakalakaboom for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 04542.

Pours a clear brown with no head. Legs of beer form on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, sherry, and port. Taste is much the same with some wood and maple flavors as well. There is an alcohol burn in the throat after each sip. This beer has no carbonation but there is a smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is extremely strong and extremely rich but super tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:49:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Johnnyhitch

New York

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

2011 Vintage Bottle #10243

A - Dark mahogany hues in front of rich golden striations

S - Caramalized dark figs raisons malted barley brown sugar slight booze like one would expect but not like anything i was expecing at all. Very pungent

T - Big dark fruits sweet boozy pancakes fill the mouth almost like a fruitcake. Oaken cherrys almonds bready malts vanilla very deep and complex very hard to narrow down any one flavor. Maple syrup really shines as it warms. (Used in a brandy warmer) I guess you can taste what could be hop earthiness but may just be the tannins from the wood.

M - This is where it really goes crazy. The alcohol hits first numbing the palate over sweetness and makes it crazy smooth in balance. Syrupy mouthfeel also adds to the brown sugar. Very thick....Awesome.

O - Ive had the 09 and think 11 goes crazy over the top of it. The 09 had to many sherry vinous flavors to it where the 11 has that rich malted palate that lets you know its a beer. Much better than expected and will be aging for a while. Can only imagine what this could turn into. Perfect in my book. Not much room for improvement at this high of an ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:09:43 | More by Johnnyhitch
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krl2112

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Being that I am also a wine lover, the best way for me to describe the 10th Anniversary Utopias is as a bad Port wine. It smells and looks similar to a port with dark brown cognac like features and tastes like one, unfortunately a bad one. Very heated in the mouth and all sorts of flavors but they are subdued by the bad alcohol taste. I had the 2009 earlier this year and it was much better thn the 10th Anniv. IMO you are much better off buying a $30 Warres Port if you are looking for this taste. I was very much looking forward to this one with all the hype it had around and since I very much liked the 2009 but this one was just a diasppoinment unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 23:28:31 | More by krl2112
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some friends all chipped in to buy a bottle to drink at our company Xmas party. We poured the entire bottle into 14 small tasting glasses. Dark brown body. No carbonation; totally still. Smell was ripe with rum barrels and booze. Taste was intense and powerful. Rum, port, caramel, raisins, toffee, sugar cane all came to mind. Mouthfeel was silky smooth and luscious like a nice cognac. This "beer" really stretched the definition of what beer is, even even though it was high priced, it was worth it. I though that this was better than some top shelf rums or bourbons I've ordered before.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:40:44 | More by morebeergood
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.