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Samuel Adams Utopias
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams UtopiasSamuel Adams Utopias
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #3
Ranked #249
4.47 | pDev: 11.41%
Oct 28, 2023
Jul 09, 2005
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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Ratings by Nedster10:
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Rated by Nedster10 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 19, 2021
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Rated: 4.47 by notchucknorris from California

Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 4 by ThaKennster from Texas

Jul 18, 2023
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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
Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 2819 ratings