Samuel Adams Utopias | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 29.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GClarkage on 07-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,520
Reviews:
549
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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1,373
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495
For Trade:
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Photo of edthehead
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So different from almost any other beer. So intense and so complex. Pitch black and no head whatsoever. Molasses, raisin, and brandy dominate the nose and palate, with slight background tones of hazelnut and spice. Mouthfeel is full, and the finish gives a little heat and kick. The best part about it is that the taste lingers on your tongue and air passages for a couple minutes after each sip ... reminiscent of a good 25 year scotch. One of a kind, must try!

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Photo of donovansill
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chrisjws
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FyreStorm
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ok it's not a beer...but it is!

Loved everything about this rich dark beer liqueur. Sip softly, perhaps with a good cigar. Ages nicely as I'm on my third bottle.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

**REVIEW NUMBER 1,200**
:and:
**BEER ADVOCATE BEER NUMBER 1,829**

Reviewed from notes. 2015 vintage. Poured from the strangely shaped albeit fancy bottle into a Florida Berliner Bash snifter.

A: Caramel brown and quite clear, with absolutely no visible carbonation or head formation. This has actual legs when the glass is turned.

S: Caramel and alcohol fusel notes, oak and pencil shavings, vanilla and brown sugar. Bourbon-soaked goodness. The heat singes the nostrils a little bit. A leathery dryness on the back end with a syrupy sweet chaser.

T: Caramel and bourbon. Oak with toffee. Vanilla mixes with brown sugar. Malty sweetness with an almost maple syrup stickiness. Then more oak and leather. A mild cinnamon-like burn with a big spicy note. Very dry tannins dominate the finish with significant alcohol heat.

M: A lighter body than I expected – it's sticky but not thick. Obviously no carbonation sensation. Quite warming during the drink but for what I expected going in, the alcohol presence isn't over the top.

O: I don't know how to rate this. What do you compare it to? What style guidelines do you put it in? I don't think any apply in either case. It's insanely complex, and like many have pointed out it has more in common with a port or bourbon than a beer. Either way, I really like it. An after-dinner aperitif or whatever you call it. But an experience that's a "must" for any craft beer drinker.

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Photo of Ultra-Plinian
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvenne
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Egotist
2.79/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ackeeper
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kuges
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CJNAPS
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No head at all, a dark murky look to it. I enjoyed the taste but it was like drinking whiskey more then beer.
I'm glad I tried this at a share, I would be a little upset if I dropped that price on this.

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Photo of A_Rad
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PhamilyJewels
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msp88
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheAnk
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mock_in
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dheldman
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tyecko
4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of shoegueuze
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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