Samuel Adams Utopias | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams UtopiasSamuel Adams Utopias
BA SCORE
4.46/5
2,549 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#163
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
2,549
pDev:
11.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,386
Gots:
501
Trade:
17
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,549 |  Reviews: 552
Photo of Scooter1027
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sethcroisant
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle at 504 1-yr anniversary party. Absolutely delish but drinks more like a liqueur than a beer. Glad finally got to try it.

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Photo of flyinhawaiian
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served room temperature, Utopias is clear, tiger-eye brown. The appearance is pretty close to bourbon, with clear legs and no carbonation.

The nose brings a surprising complexity, and none of the earthy, peaty, funky or musty decrepit smells I had expected--I've tasted some really poor attempts at spirit-strength beers from other large breweries that set my expectations pretty low. Utopias scoffs at all that noise, and exhibits welcoming caramel, vanilla, leather and prune at first. Some bourbon and Madeira heat is quick to indicate its strength, followed by wet wood, walnut, musty cherry, and coconut.

Taste starts with sweet, round and smooth caramel and vanilla. Bourbon and Madeira flavors bring some heat, but it is fairly mild, allowing attributes of raisin, cocoa, toffee, cigar skin and smoke to shine. A nice maple aftertaste lingers long after the swallow.

Feel is slick yet tingly on the tongue, finishing semi-dry, and gliding with a soft burn down the hatch.

Impressively, Utopias imparts all of the positive attributes of barrel aging beer without allowing any of the actual attributes of beer to survive, and while also not being too boozy. I really can't knock such a unique convergence.

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

Photo of MatthewHopHead
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

While not quite a beer, utopias is perfection in a glas. Pours a deep ruby tinged deep brown, still beer, HUGE alcohol legs. Nose is boozy toffee, maple, caramel.Taste is insanity. The booze, toffee, and maple run consistent, but every taste brings something different. Figs, cherries, apple skins, prunes are among the ever evolving flavors. The beer is thick and heavy.
overall, my favorite beer ever. EVER.

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Photo of edthehead
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of chrisjws
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FyreStorm
4.91/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -0.2%
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 +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Egotist
2.79/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ackeeper
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of CJNAPS
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
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 +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DraughtJunkie82
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Utopias from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 2,549 ratings
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