Samuel Adams Utopias

Samuel Adams Utopias

Rated 3.908 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Boston Beer Company

Boston, MA, United States

Style:  English Barleywine

25% Alcohol by Volume

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Strongest beer ever brewed. The brew uses: 2 Row Harrington, Caramel and Vienna Malts; Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger, Spalt Spalter and Czech Saaz Noble hops; and a hint of Maple Syrup.

ID: 8928 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank264
Overall Percentile99.5
Style Rank6 of 448
Style Percentile98.7
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.026
Weighted Score3.908
Standard Deviation0.734

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  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    2003 edition bottle #03943 - decants a clear deep copper-red with no cap ot carbonation. Rich aroma is much like an amber Madeira rich dark fruits, vanilla, oak, light smoke wrapped in a fusel cloak. Flavor is remarkably smooth and mellow for such a rich vinous drink -. I sampled my first glass with a good cigar, dipping it in the utopias had the same effect as a good port. This was a very special treat which made a special occasion more memorable

  • CHOPZ 7185 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    What an unexpected surprise ! After getting some of my imported beers tonight, my friend Eric gave me a nice sample from his 10th anniversary bottle. Wow !! What a beauty ! More like a fine liqueur than a beer. Reminds me of a great sherry. Rich brown-red colour with no head, but the aromas and flavours that came out of this are beautiful. Plum, dates, raisins and caramel nose. Same dark fruits in the taste, but with a light coffee finish and the very mild vanilla coming out in the aftertaste (giving hints of coconut with the mix of spices). Notes of maple syrup are also found. A very nice treat and a great product to sip. A little at a time.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Loved the bottle, the contents, not so much. Quite different from the millenium in that the alcohol was less pronounced, but similar in that it had more in common with a good spirit rather than a beer.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    my fuckin back!! .. . been wanting to try this for years, actually put on my wishlist on 6/3/2005, and today 8/18/11- noon at the Saucer, before i met and talked to Jim Koch, i had a 2oz sample, and it was incredible- i really would have had a few more ounces but at 20 per ounce and the abv, with it only being noon on a thursday- i was good .. . maple, sugar, caramel, brandy, booze, and that canadian maple syrup liquor- amazing smell .. . warming mouth, boozy and delicious!! .. i loved every drop and wish from now on i get a bottle for christmas!! .. Jim, it was an honor to meet you, i love triple bock and finding out triple bock goes into utopias made my day about the best i can remember .. . Cheers! .. . I HAVE a sense of humor! I laugh at Tony Danza.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    The bottle was divided seven ways, and was obtained by a friend on a recent trip to Texas (Utopias is outlawed in oHIo due to abv limits)....that being said I can honestly say the 3.5 ounce sample we each received offered immense amounts of enjoyment and fulfillment. True this is beer only due to the ingredients and methods produces, it's a beautiful beverage 16 years in the making and provides aspects untouched by any other beer. Pours still as a winter night and has a chestnut/cherry colored body. No carbonation, no head, no lacing. Amazingly thick legs that creep down the glass when swirled. The body glistens when held to the light. Aroma instantly reminds me of Triple Bock only it's Triple Bock cubed. Huge and hearty as I sniffed heavily and exhaled through my open mouth. Scents of plums, red wine, oak, tobacco, and cognac danced across my head. Overly sweet red fruits and layers upon layers of aroma. Viscous feel that coats the mouth. Extremely warming and luscuious. Full bodied is an understatement. The slightest of sips provided a euphoria that raced through my entire body. Sturdy flavors that resemble the incredible aroma. Sherry, port and common red table wine coupled with lots of overly ripe fruits. Vanilla, bourbon and tobacco are prevalent. This is insanely delectable, and the entire sample lasted me a couple of hours. Perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity for this beer enthusiast. I was a little apprehensive about the cost/volume for my share...but that quickly went away after the initial sip.

  • SIGMUND 6748 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Sample from bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Beautiful chestnut colour. No carbonation, and accordingly no head. INTENSE aroma of port wine, dark dried fruits and fusel alcohols. The latter unfortunately detracts from the aroma score. Intense, concentrated and sweet flavour of old madeira, raisins / rum-raisin and oak.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 10

    2009: Incredible. Has the look and consistency of a good Tawny Port. Pours light brown no head. Syrupy makeup, definitely a sipper! Alcohol is well hidden. Nice nice nice!

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 4.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Huge thanks to you Brad, you colossal oaf, for turning tricks to make enough money to buy this thing and have it shipped to Canada. 2007, bottle # 3064
    Dark burnt orangy brown and clean. Nice legs! Heavy duty aroma hits hard with the immediate dose of off-kilter Amaretto that has a stronger nutty quality than the almonds of said liquor, chocolate, some clean alcohol aroma comes through but it’s quite light considering where this beast weighs in at. Figs, toasted almonds, borderline soy sauce, sweet. After an hour this still did not open up beyond the early pour. The taste was pretty killer - toasted malts, I see the maderia but I still lean more towards a tawny port if I had to pick a liquor that I thought it may resemble. Sweet black licorice, plums, raisins, smooth caramel, yum yum! Good alcohol spice, lots of English Barley Wine qualities here. Really quite smooth and soft - almost oily. Welcome chest burn is mild. Finishes long but not long enough before the next sip. Brad, go sell your house and fetch another bottle!

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Robert The Beautiful at State Line whoops out some of this for his boys, and boy does he make it go around. Dang, it was a beauty, far exceeding my expectations, which were somewhat low due to the "hype" around this one ever since I started drinking fine beer. Wel, daggone, woo hoo! The shiney lustery metallic bottle was a nice start, felt like this was the prize of the Far East or something. The Magi brought this by, I suppose. The pour is red brown with no head, tons of purty fingers continually running down the Chimay glass edges as the super potent alcohol condenses and just puts on a great show. The aroma was strong alcohol, a bit like cocoa cognac, some brandy elements. The flavor was shockingly smooth, smoother by far than anything cognac like, light chocolate, caramel, sweet dark fruits, molasses, maple, honey faintly resembling a sweet mead, yet this thing was highly drinkable, coulda got completely plastered all by myself. Towards the end of the glass, unmistakeable oaky notes noted along with some nuttiness. Each sip coulda gone on forever revealing new experiences. What an exciting and well done beer, which I can’t believe lived up to the hype. Splended, Robert, Splended. I must go spend $400 on State Line Beer now! (Isn’t that the going Ebay rate?)

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 4.1 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Edition 2007, bottle # 3064 Picked this gem up on e-bay for a horrendous price but that’s an other topic. Poured a dark mahogany with slight ruby red elements, not cap or carbonation present what so ever. The alcoholic legs left behind after each pour are amazing. The aroma is awesomely complex, walnuts, rum, red wine, some sour notes, cherry, plums, hints of sour and rubber I’m sure I could smell this for 3 straight hours and never get sick of it and always find something new. First sip both my face throat and stomach burn. There is so much alcohol but it is not as harsh as you’d expect. Taste is awesome burnt sugar, liquorish, woody malts, apricots. My overall impression is sweet and smooth I think this would be great as a liquor during desert. The thickness of this stuff coats the mouth with each sip and the more I drink the less harsh and smother it becomes. I would have no problem buying this again highly enjoyable

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