Samuel Adams Utopias
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #2
ABV:
28%
Score:
100
Ranked #115
Avg:
4.54 | pDev: 11.45%
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
2,755
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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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Mendonka from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's the Port wine of the beer world, well sort of. It drinks more like a liquor than a beer, no carbonation, no creamy head just a viscous high alcohol punch in the sinuses. It's a great beer to experience if you can get enough folks to split the cost because this bottle ain't cheap.

Mar 19, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.93/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Beautiful chestnut colour. No carbonation, and accordingly no head. INTENSE aroma of port wine, dark dried fruits and fusel alcohols. The latter unfortunately detracts from the aroma score. Intense, concentrated and sweet flavour of old madeira, raisins / rum-raisin and oak.

Mar 18, 2021
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GregDBoston from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've only had this at Extreme Beer Fest. I wouldn't usually go for something like this, but it is legend. My endorsement of it is that I immediately got back in line for another taste, which I didn't do for too many others at Extreme.

Feb 20, 2021
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Why this is defined as a beer I have NO idea as it should be a liquor. Amazing alcohol content and it is certainly in my face. I had heard a lot about it and am certainly glad I was able to try it but would never shell out that kind of money to buy it. If it was $25/bottle I still would be unlikely to buy it unless I served it as an after dinner drink kind of thing. Sounds like I didn’t like it, I did, but it’s a niche beer for my tastes and it’s just not a niche I need.

Sep 13, 2020
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npolachek from New York

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.

May 04, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

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!

Jan 12, 2020
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WormGod from New York

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.

Jan 06, 2020
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Beerfather from Michigan

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.

Jan 02, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

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.

Dec 30, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

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.

Dec 28, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

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

Dec 25, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Dec 25, 2019
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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.

Dec 20, 2019
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sjrider from California

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.

Dec 01, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 22, 2019
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MitchVanSomf from Illinois

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.

Nov 10, 2019
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micada from New York

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.

Nov 09, 2019
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BigHop from Florida

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.

Oct 26, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jul 04, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

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.

Feb 21, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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.

Jan 17, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Dec 17, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Nov 19, 2018
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

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!

Oct 28, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

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.

May 11, 2018
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