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:
2,514
Reviews:
547
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
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1,372
Gots:
494
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Photo of Casey3236
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of petrusek23
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WantonFaun
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of lakamoso
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

2007 Release; bottle # 09610...

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Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brycevolk
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely worth trying. Hopefully a friend bought it though.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage poured into a glenclairn glass

Pours a deep ruby color , no head, looks like a fine liquor, tons of alcohol legs

S- opens with a wild ride of port, cognac, bourbon, wet oak, raisins, plum, fig, molasses, brown sugar, green apple skin and melted caramel

T- opens up with plenty of sweetness, highlights of port, caramel/toffee, bourbon barrel, spicy oak, vanilla, brown sugar, caramalized apples, fig newtons, dark grapes, green apple skin, black strap molasses

M- medium body that Coates the mouth, viscous, alcohol is there but not as strong as expected

O- definitely pushes the boundaries of defining beer, I consider this to be up there with the finer liquors that I've had

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Photo of weagle
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BWood
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like a cognac or brandy. No head or carbonation. But that's expected.

S: holy eruption. This is huge barrel character. Raisin, vanilla, syrup. Very heavy and deep smells. Strong.

T: follows the nose. Alcohol burn right away but not as bad as expected. Actually finishes smooth. Very complex.

F: burn to smooth. Lingering feel.

O: amazing beer. Glad to have been able to get a bottle. Lives up to the reputation. I will drink this bottle over the course of a few years. Jury is out on whether I will buy again. Price is steep.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bluejacket74
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

24 ounce bottle, 2015 Edition, bottle #17398, 28% ABV. I've opened the bottle and shared some with friends a couple months ago, but figured I'd give it a proper review this time. Served in a small tasting snifter (about an ounce or 2 pour), the beer pours a clear amber color with no head or lacing. It's similar to drinking whiskey, when I swirl it around in the glass you can see the "legs" sticking to the side of it. Aroma is rich, malty and boozy, the brew smells like vanilla, maple, molasses, dark fruit, wood, sweet spices and earthiness. Taste is sweet and actually not as boozy as I expected. There's caramel, maple, molasses, wood, dark fruit, sweet spices, vanilla, candied oranges, Sherry, and earthy/tobacco flavors. There's also a lingering sweet boozy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit syrupy and slick with pretty much no carbonation. I really like this brew, it's certainly a sipper. Utopias is similar to drinking a bourbon or Scotch, it's pretty hard to compare this even to most craft beer. Very unique and tasty brew, definitely worth trying if you get a chance to!

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is very hard to think of this as a beer. It looks, smells and tastes more like an exquisite brandy or port. It is meant to be sipped and savored. 2008 version poured into a snifter. The most complex smell and taste I have ever encountered in a beer with notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel, port and honey. No carbonation and a thick mouth feel.

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Photo of KBlodorn
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Docrock
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015 bottle pour at Novare

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Photo of spacecake9
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking the 2011 version, previously opened.
A - Pours a dark brown with no head.
S - First aroma is maple syrup, followed by a lot of booze.
T - An incredibly rich flavor of maple, raisin and booze. A surprisingly strong beer even after resting for 5 years.
M - No carbonation, thick mouth feel.
O - I received this from a friend. It had been opened once before, and I was worried about the condition. No worries! This beer is awesome. I'm not saying it's worth what they charge, but it is very special. One of a kind.

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Photo of will1256
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevem68
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel color. Aroma is big boozy vanilla, toffee and dark fruit. Flavor is a little sweet, vanilla, oak, figs and a lot of complex layers. Feel is a little lighter than I expected with a warm feel in the mouth. Overall a really interesting complex beer.

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a surprisingly good beer. Although the smell is overly boozy- think Jack Daniels - The taste and mouthfeel are outstanding. Basically, the biggest, bestest barleywine I've had. Did a direct comparison with BCBW 16 which tasted like a light beer in comparison. The finish or tail on the Utopias is the most impressive I've ever had from a beer. More like a fine brandy in that regard

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Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
4.41 out of 5 based on 2,514 ratings.
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