Samuel Adams Utopias - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 4.78%
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Massachusetts, United States

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 templar316
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beutiful golden brown into a tiny brandy snifter to capture the aroma. It looks more like liquor then beer, and the nose is off the charts (and clearly more developed then the 07). Malt, port, caramel, dates...Seriously, every other time I lifted this to my lips just inhaling the delicious aroma was enough. And the flavor; a drop on the tongue spreads throughout the mouth a delcious complicated hoppy, malty, caramel magic. Being stranded on a desert island would be worth it if a bottle of this was along. I thought this beer would be all hype but it was worth every dollar. (586 characters)

Photo of mhewes
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was able to sample a 1 oz pour of this at Downtown Bar & Grill in Brooklyn. It was a nice dark bronze/copper color with no head or lacing (as expected). A very nice aroma with some sweet smells and vanilly. The flavor was very smooth which matched the aromas and you could taste the alcohol. It very much reminded me of a tawny port in both smell and taste. The mouthfeel was very smooth and syrupy. Even at the price, this is one that I would love to pick up a bottle of and slowly savor. It's definitely a sipper. (517 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty brew. Flat, yes, but pretty none-the-less. Dark reddish amber, and very Cognac-like in appearance, how can one turn away. The aromas jump out at you whilst you take in the colour of this brew. Yes, they are that strong and seem to shout things like Alcohol!, Sugar!, Raisins!, Sherry!, Port!, Cognac!, Malts, and Plums! The taste is burning and singing with alcohol, but in a good way like a fine strong port, or a nice French Cognac. The taste is all alcohol, molasses, other sugars, dark fruits, nuts, syrups, and more. Truly a "beer" to behold. Mouthfeel is liquor-like and coating and the drinkability is actually quite good for a beer that you drink by the shot, or snifter. Truly a one-of-a-kind brew. I hope every BA gets to try this, (758 characters)

Photo of TheViceBlog
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not just the best beer ever, it is not just the best fermented drink ever, but it is perhaps the best alcoholic beverage in the history of mankind. Let's just say, the long-dead American patriot shouldn't just be honored to have his name on this, he should be greatly worried that history will remember Sam Adams Utopias the beer before they remember Sam Adams the man.

Utopias comes in a bomber-sized, ceramic genie-bottle-shaped vessel that if you rub the side and unscrew the cap a spirit (luckily one NOT voiced by the insufferable Robin Williams) pops out, not granting you three wishes but instead telling you that if you have just a few ounces of this beer you will achieve nirvana.

Appearance: An absolutely gorgeous amber like what that dinosaur-blood-sucking mosquito was frozen in "Jurassic Park."

Smell: A bouquet of incredibly potent maple syrup, but this ain't Aunt Jemima, it's the good stuff you buy at a hippie farmer's market. The aroma goes up your nose as the Utopias' odorants bind with olfactory neuron cell bodies. Their axons synapse in the olfactory bulb region in your brain, making you go, "God Damn! I said God Damn!" like Mrs. Mia Wallace in "Pulp Fiction."

Taste: More full-bodied than Aretha Franklin. Maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, honey, several different types of yeast, caramel malts, and a whole lotta hops though not much bite. Earthy with some spice and hints of bourbon and sherry due to aging I believe. A creamy, chocolate and coffee-like finish. More sublime than "40 Oz. to Freedom."

Mouthfeel: Nearly indescribable. As complex as beer, if not any alcohol, can possibly get. God did not create a human with enough writing prowess to adequately discuss the Utopias's feel. It is absolutely unlike beer, lacking in carbonation and with no need for refrigeration. It would best be described as nearer to being a potent barley wine, a sherry, an aged port, maybe a bourbon, or most likely fine cognac as composed to a measly brew. The difference between the "beers" of Utopias and, say, Bud Light is more pronounced than the the slugging difference between George Herman Ruth and Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable though one will probably never consume more than an ounce or two in a sitting as it is like drinking money. Figuratively of course.

Consuming this beer will ruin you for the rest of the day (if not your entire existence on planet earth). Not cause it's that potent-remember, you're only savoring a few ounces of it max-but, rather, because everything afterward will taste so sub-par.

Utopias will change your thoughts about beer and imbibing for the rest of time. If you are ever lucky enough to find this beer, pay whatever is asked for it.

I don't believe in a higher power but I still love Ben Franklin's famous saying, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." He could have easily been referring to Utopias.

My absolutely highest recommendation. A masterpiece.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com (3,005 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark copper, amber, no bubbles

Smell- vanilla, oak, maple syrup, alcohol, like a sweet port wine

Taste- sweet, warming notes of vanilla, syrup, oak barrels

Mouthfeel- thick coating of the mouth

Drinkability- sip all night long, great for breaking out for celebrations, (like when the Giants won the super bowl) (327 characters)

Photo of dewalt
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at room temperature, out of a snifter. It's slightly thick and syrupy, with a pleasant mouth feel. It's sweet and warming, with flavors of maple, vanilla, oak and caramel. It's a wholly unique experience -- it doesn't taste much like beer, or for that matter scotch or anything else. Absolutely worth trying, and worth the price, but not the sort of thing I'd want to regularly indulge in. (396 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I was lucky enough to get to try this one from a wonderful BA who capped a few ounces for me to enjoy. I had been dying to try a bottle but have never been able to land one personally so it was a good day for me to say the least to be able to finally try this. Let it chill out in the fridge for a couple days before pouring it into a small snifter to take a taste. The look was much like a strong barley wine for me. Rich and very hazy copper colored amber with a very dark and menacing look to it. No real head to speak of, nor any lace. Utterly motionless and menacing, this was really going to be a fun nightcap.

So I really did not know what to expect from this one, but went in for the smell and was blown away by how sweet it was. Really just tremendously rich in maple syrup like aroma. Lots of brandy like alcohol smell as well. Really complex, some light honey or caramel in there, quite nice overall. The flavor was more of the same with a rich and very sweet maple syrup like cognac taste. Huge profile here, with subtle hints of honey and anything else sweet you could think of. Fine spiciness with a deep warmth coming up from the bellows on this one. You could definitely feel the alcohol all the way, but it was not harsh at all and surprisingly quite mellow. The consistency of syrup, it was really quite nice. I had no issue sipping he few ounces I had, but that would be probably it for a session to really enjoy what this one can bring to the table.

Overall this was really unlike anything I had before. It is in a class of its own, as it should be and something that everyone should get to try. For 120.00 I would buy a bottle with no issues asked. I would love to have this one sitting around waiting for me every night! (1,747 characters)

Photo of Edgecrusher
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very deep, dark copper color. No head present. Very clean and clear looking.

Smell: Holy Maple Syrup!! Vanilla and oaky aroma are also present.

Taste: Once again- Holy Maple syrup. Very sweet. Slight vanilla taste also.

Mouthfeel: Just incredible. Silky smooth. Slight alcohol taste with the first few sips-warms all the way down.

Drinkability: Take it slow and easy with this one! A true sipper and great for after dinner.

This is a def must try- a holy grail of beer if you will- enough said. (511 characters)

Photo of gkatsoris
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear oak. No head. Super inviting; alluring.

S: Even though there is a strong alcohol odor, the other aromas more than make up for it. MAPLE SYRUP, Vanilla, and oak.

T: Delicious. Wow. Maple syrup and vanilla. Warms the body and belly. The very last taste is when the hops are tasted.

M: Alcohol, and warming. BUT extremely smooth, extremely smooth.

D: Absolutely a sipper. Very complex and even more delicious.

I wish I could put this on waffles. (456 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

***2007 Vintage***

Big thanks to Mudpuppet for helping me knock off one of my holy grails.

I wanted to save this one for a quiet moment so my wife & i could savor it. Last Saturday, my daughter was babysat at my parents, so, perfect occasion to enjoy this. My wife pitched in this review.

Poured from a hand-bottled bottle, 2-3 oz.

Appearance: Pours a leather-brown body. No head or carbonation, which is to be expected.

Smell: High-octane alcohol which reminds me of a good whiskey. Heady & delightful!

Taste: Reminiscent of a good sherry or porto, strong in the forefront, kind of whispers at the end. Balanced through & through.

Mouthfeel: Warms the mouth, cloves & cherry in the palate with a dry, mild fruit-like (woodland berries) finish. A wood-like character permeates the taste but not overwhelmingly so. Definitely has a porto vibe to it. Sweet notes are also there but not sugary sweet, more of a warming, fruit-like sweetness, not artificial sweetness.

Drinkability: Top notch as this is a great sipper, perfect for the end of the evening. A couple of ounces is enough for one sitting.

Overall: Drop all preconceived notions of beer when tasting this. Treat it as you would any hard liquor of your choice & you'll be fine. Though i probably won't splurge 120$+ on a bottle, i definitely love this brew & was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to try it. You should try this at least once. (1,418 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a while ago I had the unfortunate experience of trying over and over again to like Sam Adams Triple Bock. I tried multiple bottles, both fresh and aged over 5 years. None of them worked for me. I could never get over the taste of soy sauce and dead yeast. Happily, this attempt at creating a super strong beer fares much better. First off, the bottle is beautiful- I love the copper sheathing. The pour itselff looks like a cognac or something, but slightly more viscous. No head at all, but excellent clarity and it sticks to the glass. The aromas are not at all beer like. Instead I get maple sweetened brandy, but nicely balanced and not too sweet. The taste is even nicer, for what it is. Long brandy like heat, but fairly smooth and tempered somewhat by clean-tasting relatively dry maple syrup flavors, and some vinous qualities. Extremely smooth in the mouth, and although surprisingly dry, the sweetness and feeling of alcohol build as you drink and necessitate only having a single small pour. Very interesting, and very much a beer digestif. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Spills out a clear, dark mahogany body. No head, but there's some legs to it. Oh, and what a classy-looking bottle.

Smell: Some toasty, carmelly malts along with dark fruits soaked in three parts cognac and one part Golden Grain.

Taste: It's sweet! Sugar-caoted dark fruits tossed into syrup. It's that sweet, people. Ah, caramel candy, too. Along that first taste you get a hit of very hot, throat-scalding alcohol, but with each consecutive sip it gets more and more creamy (or your tongue gets more and more numb). Warming finish, baby!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. No carbonation. Coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A super slow sipper for sure, and one that's made even more enjoyable when you weren't the one who actually paid for the bottle. (762 characters)

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a couple ounce pour of this from tpd975 in a recent trade. I sampled this about three weeks ago while in Boise with my old roommates. Drank from a small generic snifter.

Appearance- Pours a dark caramel brown with a very syrupy, thick feel. Zero on the head along with any sort of cap and collar. I don't know if I can really review the appearance of this based on what a normal beer is supposed to look like.
Smell- Loads of caramel sweetness that seemed to jump out of the snifter. It's quite a bit sweeter in the nose than a whiskey but it smells a lot like one. The alcohol is definitely there but not near as prominent as straight 80 proof whiskeys. Vanilla, oak, tree bark, and burnt brown sugar are all detectable along with a light maple syrup pulling everything together.
Taste- Much like the nose the first thing that grabs me is the sweetness. Full of toffee and vanilla the oak really shows leaving a very rich pleasing flavor. Very whiskey/brandy-ish in flavor if you added a sugar cube to a 2 oz pour of either (like you would with Absinthe). A bit of a lingering maple syrup aftertaste that is a bit nutty and hot. The alcohol definitely wasn't shy.
Mouthfeel- Thick and syrupy with a smooth creaminess and zero carbonation. Very warming.
Drinkability- Well there's no way I could drink more than a couple ounces of this at a time but it's definitely tasty. I am a fan of a nice whiskey over a couple cubes and this was sort of in the same breath. I'm sure it was more of a cognac or brandy but I don't drink that stuff. Pretty darn good and big thanks again to Greg! (1,592 characters)

Photo of slvrmon82
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had a treat to trade some 120 for some of this amazing beer. If you can call it beer.

The appearance is a deep dark brown which pours exceptionally syrupy. There is no carbonation and no head. The lace is very whiskey style.

The smell is of pure whiskey. It doesn't have the strong alcohol smell that whiskey does.

The taste was amazingly complex. It was extremely whiskey flavor. Without the big alcohol taste at the end. Instead the end was very smooth with vanilla hints coming out.

The mouthfeel was extremely syrupy. It was almost a liquor. It smelled and tasted and felt like whiskey.

The drinkability is good. It was a sipping liquor almost more than a drinking beer.

I am amazed that this bottle cost $160 and a bottle of 120 is only $10. It is a great beer experiment. But the beer obviously taken on alcohol from the whiskey. (844 characters)

Photo of dnichols
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from the unique copper bottle into the crystal utopias glass. I had a portion of the bottle at an extreme beer tasting event held on a dock on the Columbia River.

A: It poured a thick, sticky and deep amber body with no carbonation, head or lacing. As it poured it seemed more like maple syrup than beer. This is difficult to rate as there are no others like it, however, rate it I will.

S: It emitted a boat load of sweetness and alcohol. The sticky sweetness had its roots in brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. There are hints of smoky oak and caramelized maple syrup.

T: This is all about the sweet malts and sugars. It's sticky sweetness coated my mouth then melted like butter. It had flavors of caramel and vanilla and a back of alcohol that left a warm and clean palate.

M: It was full-bodied, thick and sticky. It was like drinking a beer brandy with rich flavors and pronounced warming from the alcohol.

D: This is a sipper. At a couple of ounces at a time this makes for a wonderful after dinner or before bead treat. I doubt much more than a few ounces in any one setting would be able to be appreciated. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Pencible
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was quite an exceptional treat to sample. It's technically a beer, although its characteristics are more like a scotch or cognac. It poured a clear, dark copper with no head. It had an extremely strong and complex scent of brown sugar malt, cinnamon sugar, wheat, and alcohol. Its flavor was even stronger, blending super sweet honey, maple syrup, hazel nut, refined wheat, and delicate malt. It was oily and very smooth with no carbonation, and a very strong and lasting aftertaste of bitterness and alcohol warming. Overall this was just about perfect - one of the best alcoholic beverages of any sort that I've tried. It was very simple at first, but the more you thought about it, the more complex it became. It had chameleon-like characteristics, in that you could discern hints of practically any flavor you thought about. Despite the ridiculous price tag, this is worth it. (885 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Utopias glass at the Yard House in Rancho Cucamonga tonight, two ounces cost me twenty dollars which was not too bad, it was better than spending two hundred dollars plus on a full bottle of it, heard they had it from a friend today and asked my girlfriend take me down there immediately, bought her dinner afterwards of course, bartender told me he did not recommend it but that was never going to stop me from trying this highly hyped brew from Boston Beer

A-Ruby red with brown accents, when held up to the light it appears to still be rather dark, absolutely no carbonation, not a drop of head or lacing, just flat liquid sitting in a small glass like a shot of whiskey would or a flat soda

S-Vanilla, floral accents, cinnamon, pine hoppiness, apricots, tangerines, oranges, brandy, almonds, plums, toffee, caramel, sweet malt, teriyaki, ripe dark fruits, port, bourbon, scotch, and lots of booze, did not lack complexity

T-Taste was full of molasses in the first sip, each drink I took from my glass, probably about eight total, were complety different, tasted some chocolate after that with a large amount of dates, next sip tasted like straight cognac, surprisingly some hops too that providing some dryness in the finish to separate the strong alcohol burn going down, tons of vanilla and toffee after that, realized the beer is probably too strong to have any carbonation to begin with, last few sips had a variety of things going on that consisted of both dark fruits and citrus flavors, some nuttiness, loads of hard alcohol, burned malt and a big bourbon and brandy aftertaste, nobody would ever be able to figure out this was beer if they did not know better, sipped on for over thirty minutes and really savored it, quite enjoyable even though the taste was very harsh at times

M-Probably the fullest body I will ever see, completely flat because of its alcohol by volume, mouthfeel was all over the place but it was definitely strong, boozy, spicy, stinging, and dry, weird sensations on the tongue and burned the chest going down

D-The only reason this did not get a one in this category is because I was able to finish my super small glass, it is way too heavy to think about drinking another drop though, too strong to say the least, twenty-five percent is overkill in my opinion but it did not taste too bad, alcohol is not even close to being hidden, puts hair on your chest, packs the biggest punch of any other beer out there I have tasted

This could easily be called a cognac or several other different types of hard alcohol, tasted much better than their Triple Bock even though it was much stronger, cannot imagine what Hair of the Dog Dave tastes like it has three or four percent ABV on this one, only twelve thousand bottles of this worldwide, aged in four different barrels throughout the year it is brewed, lots of time and effort go into making this rarity, truly one of the most unique beers I will ever have, glad I tried it even though it was the most expensive couple ounces of beer I will probably ever have, recommended if you do not mind pulling out the credit card (3,137 characters)

Photo of BillyB
3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has to be the most hyped beer in America. For years I've heard about it but would never pay $125 for a 22 oz. bottle. I just thought, maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to find it being poured at a tasting somewhere. The moral to this story; If you go to enough beer tastings . . .

Found it being poured at the GABF by Jim Koch, no less. I sampled several glasses while chatting with the brewer. A nice experience.

As for the beer; it poured a deep brown color with some faint ruby highlights. No head. No carbonation.

Aromas of oak, mollasses, maple, vanilla and alcohol. A sweet cognac-like alcohol.

Tastes are similar. Big maple, mollasses flavors. Strong alcohol. Vanilla, even a hint of toffee.

Extremely full bodied and chewy. Flat. No carbonation at all.

Overall, it was fun to finally try this beer with Koch as my bartender. It was interesting and complex. A strong/old ale type beer with massive alcohol. The most impressive thing about it was the drinkability. Was I blown away? No. Would I pay $125 for it. No. But I'd definitely drink it again for free. (1,078 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml bottle, of which I was given 2 oz, poured into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish brown color, completey flat so no carbonation or head to mention.

Aroma: Hints of vanilla, maple, oak, and chocolate, but the alcohol overpowered everything else.

Taste: A little vanilla, chocolate, and maple up front, then the alcohol takes over and dominates through the middle. The finish is sweet with the maple and vanilla making a comeback.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, thich and chewy, almost syrupy. Even with all that in mind I was amazed at how smooth it was.

Overall: I managed to find a bar that was offering the 2 oz. shots of this. I'm glad I paid the money I did for the shot, but I'm also glad I didn't buy the whole bottle at a store. In that end I'd recommend it, but only to those who seriously like the high gravity barley wine style beers, or port, or whiskey. (907 characters)

Photo of Keith238
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice dark color, but since it's not carbonated there was nothing else to really observe.

S- Scents of vanilla and maple were very pronounced.

T- Those vanilla and maple flavors were everywhere and were very pleasing to say the least. Stong alcohol content was evident, even if you didn't know that it's 25% going into it. Sweetness of the brew tamed the high alcohol so you didn't get too much burn.

M- Like a nice cognac, velvety and smooth.

D- The only thing that will keep you from having another is if you're buddy owns the bottle and won't part with any more. 2 maybe 3 short glasses of this will suffice. (618 characters)

Photo of MYJELLOMISFIT
4.01/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't really know how to review this but here goes...

Appearance: hazy dark brown more along the lines of a single malt. No head. No carbonation. Small grain matter at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Strong. Chocolate, Apricot, Raisins, Yeast, Alcohol, Nice dryness hidden among the sweet overtones.

Taste: Raisins, Bold alcohol on the front with a nice layer of sweetness in the finish. Taste is more in the rear of the tongue and on the sides. Really complex after you dig your way through the alcohol. Maple syrup, yeast, and again some fruit (apricot or cherry).

Mouthfeel: Heavy and syrup like.

I see what all the fuss is about. Good and calling this an "extreme beer" is a good thing. Drink-ability is diminished purely of the alcohol content. Sip don't rip it. Enjoy just like a cognac. (798 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- No head, clear deep amber body.
S- Big amount of port, scotch, whiskey, even a little hint of bourbon, and of course a huge amount of oak and vanilla. Faint hints of chocolate, and even just a hint of grass hops.
T- Huge alcohol with a nice big chocolate body to back it up. All the aromas come in and a sweet dominating caramel body. Big oak and tons of vanilla, with lots of dark sweet, almost candy, fruits. Very nice and complex.
M- Full chewy body that is really oily with no carbonation at all.
D- I think it is really good but not easy to drink. It is more like a hard alcohol instead of a beer (of course). I doubt I would spend $150 on a bottle but to try a ounce of it (like I have) it is good. (709 characters)

Photo of Kallessin
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used the Sam Adams Utopias glass. It has a very deep red/brown color. No carbonation. Very clear.

It has a very sweet maple, brown sugar aroma. The alcohol is very strong when you stick your nose down in the glass. The oak barrel smell is very strong. When all the smells mix together it almost smells a little like cotton candy.

The first thing you notice is how it warms you up when you drink it. It's very sweet. It taste very much like it smells - maple syrup, brown sugar. The alcohol is very strong, but it adds that candy taste to it when mixed with the other flavors. The oak flavor is more prominent when you swallow.

Very smooth and light texture when it's first on your tongue. If you leave on the front of your tongue you get all sweet flavors, but as you swallow you get the very sharp alcohol burn.

This was one of best Christmas presents ever and it took me until now to drink it. I first had it a couple years ago at Sam Adams Beer Dinner. I would highly recommend everyone try it at least once. A couple ounces is more than enough. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Asher1982
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift from my wife for Christmas. I was so anxious to try this beer that I was almost nervous. I figured for the price, this beer must be something special. The first thing to hit me was the smell after opening the bottle. It smelled strong of alcohol, oak, and a sort of molasses sweetness. Poured out with no carbonation, but still looked nice in the Utopias snifter. The color was of a deep copper. The taste was smooth in comparison to ports and cognacs. It definitely can't be compared to most other beers. There are notes of oak, burnt caramel, vanilla, and fruits; but none of them overwhelm eachother. Part of the enjoyment of this beer probably comes from the experience of drinking a beer that is more expensive than a lot of fine wines and spirits. Athough it is smooth, this beer is definitely a sipper. Two ounces is just enough to make each tasting special. If you can find a bottle, or a bar that will sell it by 2 ounce shots, taste it. You'll be drinking a part of new beer history. (1,038 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extreme beers don't get any more extreme. ...or higher in quality. ...or more sultry or savory. This year's 10th Anniversary edition satisfies all the sophisticated taste, texture, and pleasure of anyone who believes they have a discerning palate. If, as a craft beer enthusiast, you enjoy the better things in life, then do yourself a favor.

An ounce and a half poured into a small brandy snifter proves to be all of the beer that's needed for full appreciation in taste. Its dark tawny redish brown hue and absolutely stillness allows the beer to relax and mirror port wine in appearance. A casual swirl of the glass allows the brandyish legging to climb up to the glass with a glossy sheen. No carbonation or foam character is necessary- all the complexities are built in to the aroma and taste.

Incredibly strong aromas of brandy-like alcohols weave into a savory mix of maple syrup, molasses, and rich dark fruit. Bordering on sherry, the mouth watering aromas waft over the palate with concentrated red grape, raspberry, plumb, dates, figs, and cashews. Aged oak becomes the common thread that ties all the dense fruit, peppery alcohol, and savory sweet notes together.

Insanely complex flavors of maple, toffee, and sorghum coat the mouth with a film of mature sweetnesses that's toasty and slightly seared to bring out a buttery taste that's devilishly seductive. The sweetness merges with fortified alcohols that stop shy of overly boozy distilled spirits. It's result is a port-like brandy taste that's even more captivating with the oxidized fruits- rum soaked cherries, raspberries, grapes all seem concentrated in taste even as complex sherry, cognac, bourbon, and scotch flavors emerge with each alternating sip. Mild herbal hops give a tea-like roundness to the taste, even as vinous tartness balance the sweet. Dried aged oak and even savory soy sauce and chocolate tastes emerge with elegance, grace, and an obviously masculine quality. This beer begs a pairing with a fine aromatic cigar.

Thin alcohol sweetness seeps into the mouth without the lift of carbonaiton to brace from its full brunt of tooth. Lightly oily and chewy at the same time, the beer's coat is like a rich dessert that's meant for sipping and savoring rather than drinking. Extremely warm, the beer is surprisingly balanced from the fusal heat and rounded off nicely for a smooth and peppery finish. Its closure of alcohol-sweet texture keeps rewarding the taste buds well into the next sip.

After recently having the past five vintages of the beer, its quite obvious that these beers get better and better with each subsequent release. Even as earlier versions are lesser in alcohol, they portray an overall rougher alcohol taste. The more recent versions are smoother, stronger, and more sophisticated in taste- and yes... worth every penny! (2,836 characters)

Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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