Samuel Adams Utopias
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #247
4.47 | pDev: 11.41%
Apr 30, 2023
Jul 09, 2005
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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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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2017 vintage - shared with me from a friend. Small 2oz pour for each of us. Served in a small 4oz snifter tasting glass.

Appearance: Clear dark amber-copper color. No lacing (there wouldn't be at this ABV).

Smell: Boozy - bourbon barrel notes, honey, toffee. Rich.

Taste: Lots going on. Definitely some barleywine notes, with some bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, honey, orange, raisin, and some bitter notes at the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth for something this high in alcohol. Good thickness, no carbonation, dry finish, and only a little warming.

Overall / Drinkability: I can see why some people describe this a more like a brandy than a beer, and I almost want to call it a Barleybrandy. It's got aspects of a Barleywine, but so much more. Glad I got a taste of it. Not sure I could finish a large glass of this though - definitely a slow sipping and savoring beer. Unique and quite tasty.
Apr 30, 2023
Rated: 4.92 by mflamar from New York

Apr 17, 2023
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I opened a 2015 bottle about a month ago, this is my third pour. Time for a review.

I love how hybridized this is, it finds such a lovely grey area between beer and liquor. I can see calling this barleywine on steroids. Beautiful cogn/armagnac notes are most prominent but there is room for plenty more. Smokey wood and tobacco, raisin/plum schnapps?, plenty of brown liquor, hints of vanilla and honey, plus...just so much more. The body is wonderfully sticky and viscous.

Damn I wish I didn't like this as much as I do. There is just no way to justify buying another bottle, but this is absolutely worth trying once.
Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.46 by npendres from Wisconsin

Jan 05, 2023
Rated: 5 by woobariny from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by ear-bending from Texas

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by Jkolls from Ohio

Dec 05, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by beersgud from Kansas

Dec 03, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.76/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2019 vintage

Pours a still dark mahogany amber red brown with notes of rich toasted nuts, warm roasted malts, sweet maple syrup, pecans, walnut, dark dessert wines, port, sherry, madeira, some cognac liquor, cherry, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oaky char, hints of baking chocolate, red grape, mild bitter herbs, caraway, subtle spice, raisins, dark dried fruit, brown bread, fruitcake, and a touch of vanilla. Feels medium-full bodied, slick, oily, strong and smooth. Overall a real great and unique barrel-aged sipper.
Nov 21, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Hobbs87 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Had multiple years. Very unique and a must try for beer lovers just nothing like a beer. More like an after dinner port than a good scotch but really enjoyable.
Great conversation beer for a holiday party although quite costly.
Oct 12, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Argento from Rhode Island

Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.88 by MTUskibum from Michigan

Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by Tmappin from Canada (NS)

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by cdinardo21 from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Not sure it's worth the price tag, but the 2021 vintage really did live up to the appropriate hype. It's super solid, and the caramel and sherry notes remind me a little of a barleywine - but it's its own animal. Definitely glad to tick this.
Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 5 by Johng19751 from Indiana

Jun 16, 2022
Rated: 4.93 by Affinity from Missouri

Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

May 14, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
This is my review of the 2021 edition of Utopias. I regret missing missing the previous editions, this is my first. With much anticipation I waited for my local Total Wine to show it in stock & rushed over to hesitantly with $240. I’m more than a bit thrifty but I wanted to try this legendary brew. I ordered proper glassware to serve this ‘“beer”. Poured into a Glencairn whiskey glass, the headless, reddish liquid was a perfect match of the mahogany trim on my Stressless recliner. Aroma, I can’t imagine anything prettier, it would make a great perfume: bourbon, sherry, wine, caramel, maple & an abundance of barrel aromas. Flavor: far more complex flavors than my meeker palate can discern but here are few I can pick out, bourbon, wine, caramel, ripe fruit, vanilla with maple & tart cherries at the finish. There is no carbonation but plenty of alcohol, this definitely a sipper. It is delicious & it’s aroma is heavenly. Is it worth the high price? Probably not. Will I try another in future? Probably, at least one more. Besides, it matches my furniture.
Apr 13, 2022
Rated: 4.99 by Mark_Griffin from Washington

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.41 by jhavs from New York

Mar 03, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio

Feb 16, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by mvansis

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by rbrefbeerman from California

Jan 23, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 21, 2022
Rated: 5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 06, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.64 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Dec 26, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by BeerBeast from Florida

Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Edgewise

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Is this a beer? Convince me! I bit the bullet when my local brew shop procured a trio of these for customers with more cash than sense. I've still got the bottle here on my desk, and it's a good way to start conversations with fellow hop heads.

Zero head, zero carbonation. A dark amber color that smells like a strong port. It tastes kind of like a port that was made from raisins and maple syrup instead of grapes. The mouthfeel is weirdly oily, probably due to the use of maple syrup in the brewing process. Best enjoyed in moderation, because it's gone before you know it.

I'm glad I had the experience, but I can't see myself getting it again. It's just way too expensive for what you get. The oily character was a little off-putting to me, and while I liked the strong raisin flavor, I wasn't as fond of the maple. And in no way is it experienced like something you'd call "beer." You take careful shots, there's no carbonation, and it's stronger than many cocktails.

It's probably not fair for me to call it "overrated," and given the expense of brewing it, I can't quite say it's overpriced. But the experience was more costly than it was worth for me.
Dec 16, 2021
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2021 with cherries. Total meh.
Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by Bandi from New York

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by metter98 from New York

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Dec 12, 2021
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2816 ratings