Samuel Adams Utopias
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #1
ABV:
28%
Score:
100
Ranked #110
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
586
Ratings:
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Notes: Truly the epitome of brewing's two thousand year evolution, Samuel Adams Utopias® offers a flavor not just unlike any other beer but unlike any other beverage in the world. Each release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 16 years in the barrel room of our Boston Brewery, in a variety of woods. We aged a portion of the beer in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. Some of the latest batches also spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, as well as sherry, brandy and Cognac casks. This flavorful, slightly fruity brew has a sweet, malty flavor that is reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage port, fine cognac or aged sherry.

2019 Vintage aged in Buffalo Trace barrels and finished in Aquavit, Caracavelos, Ruby Port, Cognac, and Medeira Barrels.
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4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There is a great balance between a raisiny and balanced sweetness as well as a barleywine type flavor. This comes with a screwtop so is almost like drinking a bottle of scotch or bourbon.

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npolachek from New York, May 04, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 2016 Vintage bottle in a Seventh Son taster via Bluejacket---Cheers!

This bucket list brew pours a lovely peach tinged cognac color with a
nice set of fantastic legs with a slight swirl.....ZZTop would be proud!
Nose of brandy, cognac, subtle cherry, raisin, strong astringent booze,
peach, and pear.....exceedingly complex, hard to describe. Almost buttery.
Flavors excel with spiced pear and peach brandy doused in cognac and
subtle bourbon flavors with touches of oak and hints of vanilla. Orange
zest and wine arise and fade on the rear with touches of apricot and
faint herbal hop notes with tart cherry notes. Mouth feel is warming, smooth,
no carbonation (duh!), medium body that coats, and a dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic brew worthy of a taste, but only a taste....too much
would set one over the edge.

Complex, interesting, and highly unique.

Thanks Bluejacket!

Cheers!

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4.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a tiny snifter. Dark amber with no carbonation or head. Smells of a fine tawny port, caramel, toffee. Taste is the same with a hint of vanilla.

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WormGod from New York, Jan 06, 2020
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4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an awesome experience, Finding the unicorn and then getting to taste it made my New Years Day extra special. I never thought that I would ever have this and then i did, The flavor is rich and delicious. I tasted a hint of fruit/caramel maybe, definitely decadent. This has made it's way to the #1 all time spot on my list. I don't believe anything will ever come close.

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Beerfather from Michigan, Jan 02, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019-12-29
2017 bottle served in tiny snifters. Pours a Clear caramel Amber color with no head or carbonation. Smell is alcohol, toffee, dates, oak. Taste is all that plus sweet, fruity, and alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is light and and smooth. Overall, really interesting, tasty beery that is more Sherry than beer.

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snaotheus from Washington, Dec 30, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours light copper. Clear. No head or lacing. Looks more like a cognac than a beer.

Aroma of raisins, currants, figs, oak, bourbon, rye, brown sugar, molasses, maple, caramel, vanilla.

Taste follows nose.

Medium to full bodied, no carbonation. Warm, semi-sweet finish.

This must be nectar, drink of the gods. A truly unique experience. Try it at least once in a lifetime.

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Peach63 from New York, Dec 28, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a dark amber color with no head or lacing
A-Aroma has oak and smoke hints
T-the taste follows the nose with oak and smoke flavors
T-A heavy bodied beer not unlike a brandy
O-A great American Strong Ale

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VABA from Virginia, Dec 25, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a beer, but an experience. Got my hands on a 2019 bottle. Don’t know if it will last out the year. I’m not going to describe it terms of flavors, more of what it reminds me of. It’s like a finely aged twenty year old port or a cognac without a big alcohol burn. It’s smooth, it’s rich, it’s bold and big and boozy and thick and just all around amazing. This was a long time want, and it lives up to everything I’ve wanted it to. Simply one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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mschrei from Illinois, Dec 25, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 Bottle:
L - Dark ruby amber with a good amount of clarity - no real head to speak of.
S - rich caramel, dark fruits, oak, smoke, some alcohol on the nose. Some toffee and vanilla as well
T - Largely follows the nose but incredibly complex. Huge caramel and butterscotch notes, dark fruits, toffee, smoke and oak, vanilla - tastes very much like a rich port
F - Medium bodied with no real carbonation to speak of. Sticky but smooth and buttery.
O - Truly an experience. An incredibly complex beer that tastes more like a port or cherry, but fantastic nonetheless.

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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Not sure this should be classified as beer, just saying. 2019 version poured from the really cool bottle into a 4oz. tasting glass - looks like a tiny glass of amaretto.Nose is boozy sweetness. Taste is complicated by the booziness, maybe an exponentially intensified flavor profile. Yeah ,that's it. 20+ years of aging and blending. There is nothing to compare this to.

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sjrider from California, Dec 01, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber brown. No head.

Huge toffee, a little vanilla, a little sherry and clear earthy hops in the nose.

Sweet tasting — almost amaretto-like — with cherry, vanilla, toffee, some definite hop bitterness and very strong alcohol burn.

Delightful chewy, sticky mouthfeel.

Definitely a special concoction. Would love to be able to afford more than a two-ounce pour.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Nov 22, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my only perfect score.
The pure genius of its design and execution put it in a special place.
I'm lucky to be on my 4th bottle.
All credit to James Koch, a true pioneer.
Enjoy the the aroma, feel and flavors on all parts of your tongue.
Nothing in the world like it.

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MitchVanSomf from Illinois, Nov 10, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time seeing it available around here, so “had to” pony up the money for a tiny 1 oz taste. The smell was literally filling the area around the bottle. Nose started like four feet away. Caramel notes, cologne. Color is rich, clear, rusty amber. First sip is boozy, reminds me of cognac, with a solid pitted fruit on the front, caramelly vanilla in back. It looks thin, but it’s actually very viscous and leaves some heavy legs. Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp, cleansing bite from the alcohol. It really is not like what one would think of as a traditional strong ale, but more a spirit / liquor. One ounce leaves one wanting more, but it was a real treat.

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micada from New York, Nov 09, 2019
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5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know it looks foolish to do all 5s. But this "beer" is off the charts. The taste is more like a (non-carbonated) sherry-cognac with a maple overtone. At 28% alcohol, these brews last for a very long time. My collection goes back 10 years. The 2009, opened for a decade, still tastes great. I just have tiny sips, so I can extend the experience over the years.

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BigHop from Florida, Oct 26, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared 2017 canister.
Fabulous, very complex
aroma.
Caramel, toffee, dates, whisky, prunes, subtle roasted nuts appear in both the aroma and the flavor.
Overall. Lives up to the hype, if not the price.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Jul 04, 2019
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4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8000th review! 8 ounce pour from a 24 ounce bottle; 2017 vintage bottling. Bottle #14819. Pours still, slightly hazy ruby reddish/orange/copper color. No head or lacing, but tons of alcohol legs on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light oak char bitterness, and barrel tannin/alcohol spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering barrel tannin and spicy alcohol. Fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light-moderate increasing warmth of 28%, some lingering barrel booze after the finish; but not overwhelming. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV. As expected this is like a cross between beer and all above mentioned spirits. Mind blowing amounts of complexity; and everything is perfectly integrated with all the different barrels. A highly amazing offering, and world class beer for what it was. A truly unique experience.

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superspak from Michigan, Feb 21, 2019
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4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The odd beer that smells better than it tastes. No issue as both are excellent. Medium dark color, nice head. Don't overdo this one, drinks more like a liquor than a beer.

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Jan 17, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear chestnut color, no carbonation. One of the most amazing aromas I have ever had the privledge of enjoying. Tons of burnt sugar, dark fruits, raisins, molasses, dark brown sugar, nutty. I found myself smelling the small snifter well after the liquid was drank. It didn’t taste nearly as good as it smelled, which was fine. A little goes a long way with this beverage. It is delicious, but I would never buy a bottle. But, if a bar is pouring it, I am all in.

12/15/18
1 oz pour at Hops Hills, Brooklyn w/ Dave & Adam
4.25 rating

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Tony210 from New Jersey, Dec 17, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper color ale. Aroma of oak and liquor with some warming alcohol notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of caramelized notes with some barrel notes, some oak and light residual sugar notes. The alcohol can be detected but this is in the range that I actually enjoy since it is not burning too much. Quite the experience and very enjoyable overall.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Nov 19, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinks like a liquor, notes of whiskey, raisin, nutty, complex has heck. It’s a different flavor each sip with how the different flavors interact. Happy new year!

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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 Vintage, complete with Utopias glass set. The share to be at!

Deep sienna brown, murky, with no head. A beautiful whiskey toned pour, but with that haze you know you’re still getting a beer.

A huge, potent nose. Dark fruit hits the senses first, very sweet at first. After a fleeting moment, you get a blacksmith’s hammer fist of oak, booze, and tobacco. The hints of peat and charred oak compliment a nose hair burn.

I was most surprised at how damn smooth this was. More of that pleasant Oakley barrel first. Bourbon and sweet syrup fight for the spotlight, and dark fruit plays it’s part where necessary. The interplay of elements make this so much more than an extreme beer that is just looking to push the envelope on ABV. This beast has so much more to offer.

It has a Medium body, slightly lighter in weight than expected. No carb (as expected), but again... incredibly smooth. Sticky, boozy, warm. My white whale slain.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, May 11, 2018
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4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Last beer on the top 250. Super complex beer that makes me question what a beer is. Great way to end the journey with a very sweet booze-bomb. Fruit cake, Carmel smoothness. 2 ounces is perfect.

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Shogun250 from Vermont, Apr 14, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taster courtesy of Toby. Muddy brown color, pours flat. Aroma is very boozy, turpentine. Taste for a brief second, chocolate, raisins, prunes, then obliterated by the alcohol burn. Sip very, very slowly.

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stevoj from Idaho, Feb 26, 2018
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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Amber/chesnut brown with no head. Has no carbonation.
Smell: Sweet sherry, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, cherries, and port.
Taste: Sweet sherry, raisins, figs, cinnamon, cherries, and port.
Mouthfeel: Full and Complex, but not too boozy.
Overall: An excellent strong ale from Sam Adams.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Feb 04, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

From Tercertiempocervezas. Tenth anniversary edition (2012) In Teku glass. Watching Black Mirror 4x02, then playing Life is Strange. With almonds, the aceitunas. Sweet port wine/ cognac notes. Really hot because of the great abv, but with alcohol well hidden in flavor. No foam

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