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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,859 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 935
Gots: 311 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  29.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-09-2005)
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

hefferee, Jun 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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5/5  rDev +12.1%

minnesotaryan, Jun 15, 2013
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4.54/5  rDev +1.8%

Let's start by saying Utopias changes from batch to batch. That aside, the first Utopias I sampled was 24% ABV. The next weighed in at 25%, the 2nd to last one from 2009 (this review) topped out at 27% ABV. The latest storms in at 29%!
Poured in a Utopias glass (a gift from A Taste for Wine and Spirits in Cohasset, MA)
It pours a very deep amber teak color with no head at all. When held to light the rich viscosity oils are admired.
The smell is port-like in its depth, although that's where similarities end. Big whiffs of strong dark rum come to mind, as does the smell of Sherry. There's also maple syrup, cola, cocoa and spiced brandy in the mix. The aromas last throughout.
The flavors of Sherry, creme brulee, rum, cherries soaked in rum, then bathed in port barrels roll across the tongue, mouth and throat. A minor taste of Grand Marnier peeks in, real or imagined.
I tried sipping, swigging, then gulping some. Swigging works for me!
Look forward to sampling the newest Utopias...when it can be afforded.

BeerResearcher, Jun 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

ArchEnemyBrew, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

sarge27, Jun 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

flip387, Jun 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

tinypyramids, Jun 10, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -7%

This isn't a normal beer, or even an abnormal beer, and I will review it as such.

A - I really like this. Its mahogany in color with ruby highlights throughout. The light coming through the beer is fantastic. Looks like the liquor it more closely resembles.

S - the alcohol knocked me back initially. Normally I can taste and smell anything approaching 10%. Additional attempts yield vanilla, carmel, and maybe a little dark fruit.

T - follows the nose. Also some nice oakiness detectable. Strong alcohol, but the flavors still carry the day.

M - relatively thin, with a calming burn and slight tingle on the finish.

O - enjoy this an ounce or two at a time. I had mine after a nice thick steak and wanted to fall asleep shortly after. Make sure to share this with friends.

Andrew041180, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

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pmoney, Jun 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

itsiilegal, Jun 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

Freddy239, Jun 01, 2013
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JayAre46, Jun 01, 2013
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.