goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2006: Clear brown color with no head. The aroma was BIG. This sweet malt and alcohol. Brown sugar and some fruity notes mixed in. This sweet malty flavor with more toffee and brown sugar notes. How does a beer like this hide 25% ABV? It doesn’t but it isn’t overpowering.
gnoff (8514) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 10/18/2006
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
4 cl bought.
Shady brown muddy color, no head. Mix of pear brandy and alcohol scent. Very very sweet taste. Wierd licorice and smokey sweet aftertaste.
Not recommended! How can anyone say they like this? Even worse than their crappy Tripple Bock!
I love the brewery and a lot of their beers, but bury this one fast!
5/1/2/1/3 = 1.2
Sampled at The Rover, Göteborg.
Clear copper color, no head. Madeira and raisin, sweet scent and taste. Thick full mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Too sweet, too much, but better than last time.
Original bottle, 2005 version. On October 30, 2009, thanks to Baresi!
Clear dark brown to copper color, very small head, a few bubbles only. Apple, alcohol, cognac, wood, raisins, madeira, port wine scent. Apple, alcohol, port wine, raisins, sweet taste. Long sweet and wood aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
As "Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary".
From original black copper kettle looking bottle, thanks to Joah K (not on ratebeer), sampled on May 18, 2013.
Clear brown color, no head. Sweet, raisin, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol, raisin, sugar, prunes, Salubrin (light touch) taste. Raisin aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
From the original bottle, opened this evening. As "Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary" thanks to Dunbar72!
Sampled on Feb 22, 2014.
Clear dark reddish brown color, no head at all, though plenty of thick legs on the glass. Loads of alcohol in the scent at first, then raisins and solvents. Sweet, raisin, smooth taste. A bit salty aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Scent threw me off a bit, taste is excellent though! A very nice one for slowly sipping on it.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one wild beer. It’s been plenty rated so I’m not sure I have a lot to add to the fray. I gotta say there’s just a ton of maple and brown sugar both on the nose and in the mouth. I have so much admiration for Sam Adams for dreaming up this beer and having the guts to actually make and sell it.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to rooftoprogue for sharing this with me and my wife. What rare treat. Probably the coolest beer bottle ever. When you smell the beer from the bottle, you get notes of sugary maple syrup and a buttery nipple shot. Once in the glass, the aroma transforms, the alcohol comes in and it smells like brandy, cognac, with a maple backdrop. Pours copper brown with no head or combination. It looks like liquer, not beer. Very rich sipper. Very strong, with flavor of port, maple syrup, brown sugar, alcohol. Not a beer in the traditional sense. But this is the most interesting and best "extreme" beer I have ever had. Thanks again Rob.
Marsiblursi (3052) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy orange/amber and of course no head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, raisins and nuts. Alcohol.ish. Liquor and rum. Some cherry chocolate. Fruits and alcohol in flavour with some salty liquorice. Sugary. Vanilla. Liquer. A bit butter-ish and smokey.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[GABF 2006 – Denver, Co]
A deep reddish color nectar. This was a high high in alcohol concoction. Beer it could have been but it was a liquor for sipping and only sipping. Jim Koch poured my brew and it was awesome. A mosh pit to get and a wonderful experience what a fun drink to have at the GABF. Thanks Jim.
waolsen (1369) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF. What a treat. brown pour with great clarity and absolutely no head. oak, sugar maple, smoky aroma. huge maple sugar candy. brown sugar, maple and oak finish. I could feel this in my eyeballs? A definite treat and really don’t know how to rate this as I’ve never had anything close.
rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tasted this at the 2006 GABF at the Saturday connoisseurs session. The best example of why moderation is the key to success. The beer is well made and interesting, but really it tastes like what it is - an attempt to get oneself in the Guiness book of world records. The alcohol smell is overwhelming as is the rich scotch nose and carmel nose. Surprisingly the beer is not that hot for as large as it is. But that really is not enough to save the beer. The flavor mimmicks the aroma. I ended up giving most of my sample to a friend that did enjoy the beer.
Back this thing down about 40% and it would probably rank pretty high in my mind. Ohwell at least it is interesting.
oh6gdx (22401) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled (2003 vintage). Hazyish reddish orange colour, no head. Aroma is plum, fruits and alcohol. Exactly like a sweet Madeira wine. Plum, caramel, citrusfruits. Lovely one!
TBone (13844) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, vintage 2003.
Clear amber brown, no head. Nose is exactly like in Madeira-wine: fruity, alcoholic. Taste too: prunes, grapefruit, toffee, sugars. Earth-shaking, just damned expensive.