Samuel Adams Utopias | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

BA SCORE
98
world-class
2,533 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Samuel Adams UtopiasSamuel Adams Utopias
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by GClarkage on 07-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,533
Reviews:
551
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
1,379
Gots:
498
For Trade:
18
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,533 |  Reviews: 551
Photo of Azrael
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RedHaze
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Metalaero
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of hannydawg
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Mscarpen
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tbryan5
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of bsopko
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Chris for sharing, it was most generous of you sir.

I've had this three times now, mainly due to the generosity of others, and I can say it's not really my thing. Would much rather but a top shelf bottle of bourbon or scotch for the price, though obviously no comparison there.

Pours a tawny almond skin brown, zero bubbles, zero lacing, bright clarity in the glass.

Aromas are sticky sweet, big raisin and prune, nutty sweet tawny port. Flavors are largely the same, flavors linger long into the finish. Seems like any number of aged strong ales... Hardy's, JW Lees, etc, albeit with a nitro boost of alcohol. What mars the experience to me is the jarring astringent bite from the alcohol, which is more akin to sipping a whiskey neat. The complexity and flavors are there, it's just not as easy to sip as it could be, maybe 27% has something to do with it. Again, my personal preference is for beer and/or whiskey, not a hybrid, though this is an exceptionally unique product.

 991 characters

Photo of markmcconv
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of ChicagoNick
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of DrGonzoDDS
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Hard to believe this was born as a beer. Really is more in line with a cognac, port, or other cordial.

A: poured into a snifter, 2 oz pour. The only beer with "legs" that I have ever had.

S: Unbelievable, sweet, fruity, rich

T: Fruit: plum, cherry, rasin, with a nice smooth alcohol, some spices, and oak.

M: Sticky, smooth, thick, syrupy.

O: A rare experience, graciously extended by a local pub owner. Would have a hard time paying $300 for a 24 ounce bottle, but glad I tried it!

 487 characters

Photo of ehammond1
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2012 - 10th Anniversary)

Thanks, JealousChalice!

Gorgeous dark coppers, amber, and caramels with zero visible carbonation, as expected. Nice clarity. Oily, alcoholic legs.

Perhaps the most complex aroma I've experienced in a beer of this style--though, granted, there is no beer in existence quite like this one to begin with. Vanillas, toffees, caramels, alcoholic kick, brandy-soaked cherry, and maple combine. This reminds me distinctly of a brandy or port. Lovely.

The flavor is even better than the aroma, though that almost seems impossible. Complex layers of maple, vanilla, brandy-soaked cherries, and port. The alcohol is less evident in the flavor than it is in the aroma, as well. Mind blowing.

Medium to full in body, with zero carbonation, though amazingly appropriate. Rich, coating, oily. Not too sweet, which was my worry.

Stupendous. One of a kind. There are no words, but I tried my best.

 920 characters

Photo of iL0VEbeer
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of osofresh
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Thecherryman
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of randylangford
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Lambocalrisien
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
4.41 out of 5 based on 2,533 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.