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Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

1,857 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 934
Gots: 310 | 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%

GRE680, Apr 08, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +7.2%

2013 Edition
The beer pours no head and leaves no lacing except for traces of alcohol. The beer itself is a lovely brownish red that is see through. The beer has a very strong maple syrup smell that mixes with hints of oak barrel and vanilla. Other notes that make a strong appearance is toffee with a bit of the alcohol smell as well as tiny notes of cherry. The smell is interesting in that the smells are, at best, balance and, at worst,, complementing each other very well. The taste is strong and sweet with maple syrup dominating the tongue. The beer has a cherry flavor and very noticeable funk from their KMF line. The taste also has hints of vanilla as well as bits of alcohol. The 2013 edition definitely has a tartier taste than the 2012 edition. The aftertaste is very sweet and sugary. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth bordering on slick but with body. No carbonation but definitely heavy. The beer has a tiny bit of alcohol burn at the beginning but goes out towards the end. Overall, a fantastic beer and one that I will continue to look out for every year.

HattedClassic, Apr 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -43.9%

EnronCFO, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

LOCAL, Apr 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JSBILK, Apr 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Howlader, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Hultkrantz, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ComRock12, Apr 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

hoppymcgee, Apr 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

auhwfm, Apr 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
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4.71/5  rDev +5.6%

10th Anniversary Edition. Poured in to Utopias glass.

A - Deep ruby in colour with an amber glow along the edges. As expected, no head whatsoever.

S - A huge port aroma up front. Charred oak, bourbon, toffee and dark caramel aromas with a big sweetness are complimented by a big noticeable alcohol presence.

T - Port, bourbon and toasted oak flavours in the forefront give way to toffee, dark caramel and spiced rum noted. Some grape and raisin flavours in the background and a huge warming alcohol presence throughout that cuts through the massive sweetness. Given the 27% ABV, the alcohol is somewhat well hidden. Incredibly complex.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. Next to no carbonation but that doesn't detract from thsi beer at all; in fact it is complimentary.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

LockeSD, Apr 01, 2013
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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%

2009 vintage sampled at Mikkeller bar in May 2012. Review fro notes.
A: Pours a clean, dark copper with no head at all. This looks like a heavy barleywine.
S: Nose is mostly the one of an English Barleywine with chocolate, caramel, dried fruits. Surprisingly, I couldn't detect any alcohol at all. Deep and very nice smell.
T: The taste mainly follows the nose but is deeper, with some bready malts, also fruity, strong but with a low alcohol presence despite a small kick on the aftertaste.
M: The mouthfeel is similar to a liquor, a bit flat, but smooth and still very drinkable given the ABV.
O: I was really impressed with this one. It's definitely a sipper but I would never have guessed the alcohol content. So deep, so rich. Awesome!

Fux, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

--Dom--, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Holy cr@p this "Strong Ale" kicked my arse. I bought a 2007 from my local bottle shop and I've yet to drink it. The owner of the bottle shop mentioned that a place down the street was serving it in a shot glass for $15.00 per sniffer. We made or way down to the bar and had a chance to taste it and, fheew, this beer was strong, maple syrupy and really well balanced for a 29% beer.

chrisgalvin, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Auror, Apr 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

gjoker321, Apr 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mtrog313, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

griffeyb, Mar 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

ejimhof, Mar 30, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +1.1%

A- Looks like a nice 10-20 year old tawny port. Nice brown, redish hues throughout.

S- Smells like a port for sure, a little oak in the nose as well.

T- tasted just like a tawny port, a little less sweet, but a little more full bodied. Very complex. Lots of flavors coming through. Vanilla, oak, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, definitely didn't taste like a beer.

M- Thick, heavy, warming sensation from the alcohol.

0- This was my first time having the legendary Utopia and after hearing some grave reviews I was pleasantly surprised. I am a huge port fan so this was a nice treat for me. I definitely enjoyed this beer. Would I pay $200 for my own bottle? Probably not. But an ounce an a half was enough for me to experience something great and finally know what it tasted like.

Zbyler, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

davistabuff, Mar 29, 2013
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
99 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.