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

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Added by GClarkage on 07-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#172
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
2,622
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Cparthemore
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So as you have probably heard this is almost more of a port or sherry than a beer. One of the things unique to the 2017 version is that parts of the blend were aged in Muscat barrels and Aquavit barrels.

2 oz pour into a stemed taster.
Pours thick and with no carbonation.
Sits in the glass with a bold amber color and hints of ruby red when caught in the light.
Smells warm and sweet with vanillia, wood, and spice aromas with hints of cherries.
The beer hits the mouth slowly spreading across the tongue while the flavor spreads. It's fills the palette with flavor and lingers with some pleasnt heat.
It tastes first of maple which fades into sweet cherries, oak and vanilla with hint of red wine.

I really enjoyed this beer. It is quite pricey, but if you find it in a bar and are looking to try something quite different I recommend you try it.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillNevins
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I never thought I would get to try this beer. But one fine day a certain beer expert whose initials are SH shared some with me. And man, it is strange stuff for beer. More like a nice brandy. Smooth smooth but little carbonation, nice fruity aroma and deep dark taste is what I recall. I may never have it again, but it was good to have then. Thanks Stan, you da Man!

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Photo of goblue30
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Buck89
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage, gifted to me by @mattflippin. An clear amber-brown color. Complex nose with vanilla, cherries, caramel, toffee, whiskey, and faint bready malt. On entry I tasted the bready Munich malt and this wsa quickly accompanied by stone fruit, vanilla, oak, whiskey, and caramel. Ever so slightly tart which melded perfectly with the overall taste. Faint floral
and bitter notes which kept it from becoming too sweet. Of course this was full bodied and sweet but just fantastic for what it is - a unique beer. A great experience.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for a friend's 40th birthday party and shared with anyone that knew what Utopias was (about 4 others). As other BAs have said, it's difficult to rate this and/or describe it as it is so far removed from any beer I have ever tried. Poured into a 2 oz shot glass, it is medium brown and leggy like a brandy. Smells like waffles with maple syrup (consensus of everyone in the room, whether drinking this or not) and the taste was like like a hybrid of an Eisbock and a port wine. Warmed all the way down, again more like a brandy or cognac. At 28% alcohol, no carbonation and none expected. Was a unique treat that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nater919
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sposter4
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaxOhle
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got completely lucky that I was even able to try Utopias, just right place at the right time. Now, trying it would I call it beer? I guess technically. It is certainly memorable because there is nothing like it out there. Unbelievably smooth and rich, sort of like a cognac. So much flavor on the palate it is a lot to take in, and thus the fun is finding a new flavor each sip. Love beers that push the edge of what is out there!

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Photo of OzmanBey
1.75/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Unfortunately this beer is all hype and not much substance, it lacked flavor tasting like an old beer slightly flat, had a bit of a malty taste to it but overall just didn't wow me. I would rather just drink Boston Ale since it just reminded me of an old version of that Beer.

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Photo of halfshell
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerBucks
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
3.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gcamparone
3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More of a cognac than a beer. Pours completely flat, no head. Very harsh on the nose, a little like acetone I'm not really digging the smell. The tongue is a little better, nutty and molasses, leathery, sweet.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,622 ratings