TimsRatings (83) - - FEB 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Harsh, but decent taste. Alcohol content causes almost a hard liquor-like bouquet.
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beerbill (3044) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Vintage shared by my friend Dave. I was overdue for a visit with my friend Dave and how does he welcome me? By sharing some Utopias with me! Talk about making a friend feel welcome! Pours a very warm amber with no head. This is still. The aroma reminds me very much of the Lagavulin I had only a few nights earlier. There are obvious alcohol notes, but there is lovely mild smokiness, oak, and caramel. The flavor is much more like a fine sherry than a scotch with ample caramel, malt, dark fruit, mild smokiness, oak and vanilla. Very rich with a luxurious silky texture on the palate. Thank you very much for sharing this with me Dave! My 3,000th rating!
Rrauth (637) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This is like liquor. Very powerful. This is a nice after dinner cordial. Goes down smooth and sweet. Nice to try 2009 Version
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brystmar (456) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007, thanks Denise! Booze initially dominates the aroma, yet subsides to reveal cherries, oak, vanilla, other dark fruits, caramel, and more booze.
After having multiple vintages of Utopias, the beer still surprised me with its viscosity. Massively thick, creamy, silky. Perfect.
Exceptionally complex: dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and booze everywhere. Reminds me of cognac; alcoholic warmth integrates nicely, doesn't hide the fact that it's 27%. Damn, this stuff is good.
tom10101 (1057) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Generous pour by Sťbastien F., thanks a lot! Murky brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is so strong that I get it from two meters away. Tons of caramel, malt, brandy, alcohol, fruits and wood. Very complex. Taste is heavily sweet and really complex. Again, thereís loads of caramel and sweet malts along with fruits, wood, alcohol and brandy. Mouthfeel is thick and sirupy. Warming/burning alcohol. Extreme and extremely interesting beer! Itís hard to believe they can achieve that with this beer without using Eisbock methog. Iím impressed and very happy to had the chance to try it. Thanks again Sťbastien!
Jriggz7 (102) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best brew Iíve had. It was just a sip but was an awesome experience. This is truly a work of art. Cheers Sam Adams!
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review #600. 10th Anniversary Edition served in the accompanying Riedel glass.
A: Pours completely still. Clear brown in color with some ruby highlights intertwined. Some massive legs and stick draping along the side of the glass.
S: Very hot and boozy up front. Overt alcohol and spirts with some hotness to it. Underneath that you get some maple sweetness and burnt sugar. Some caramel and toffee notes are present as well. Dark fruit complexities show themselves as well when it starts to hit room temp.
T: Caramel sweetness with a ton of vanilla. Oak with a great malty backbone. The alcohol doesnít compete with the complexities of this beer even though itís over 27%. Heat on the finish with a mix of toffee, roasted figs and raisins.
M: Incredibly smooth and rich with a warming finish. Devoid of carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
O: This is the pinnacle of sipping beers. Sweet, complex and warming. This is a beer I will savor for a long time.
Serving type: bottle
olr1984 (286) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Poured into Utopias glass. Strong wood aroma and booze aroma. Taste just like a whiskey or a bourbon as well as chocolate butterscotch, and vanilla. Great complex beer.
b3shine (2240) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to 2 oz taster. Looks good; a still; mostly opaque caramel with boozy legs. Smells sweet, caramel, butterscotch,dark fruit, toffee, and booze. Tastes like it smells with a BOOZY mouthfeel. Intense, but damn good.
Iphonephan (1225) - Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 2007 bottle. Pours a hazy deep amber with very little head. Nice wine-like lacing down the side. Very boozy aroma. Flavors of raisins, dark cherries, vanilla, and hints of bananas and tropical fruits. Nice. With this who needs Port?
From a 2012 bottle. Pours a much deeper cola color, again with no head. Similar aroma and flavors but with a much more pronounced oak flavor. Superb!