Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Robe brune très claire sans mousse. Arômes d’alcool, de noisettes et de liège. Saveurs de caramel, de chocolat, d’alcool, de liège, d’érable et de noisettes. Superbe!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at CBC anniversary party. Pours a redish/pink/bronze color with a small fizzy white head. head receedes leaving nothing. Nose is brandy and alcohol, hints of sweet malt scattered. Palate is medium with a alcohol warming in the finish. Flavor is mostly brandiesque with some hints of sweet malt and sugar here and there.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Sam Adams Utopia marked the 100th review for us here at 2beerguys.com, and we were very honored to share the experience with our friends and family. Oddly enough for our beer site, the Utopia has almost no beer characteristics whatsoever. It is indeed, as Samuel Adams has said, that this is a beer brewed to show people the other end of the beer spectrum, to show what a beer can be. The presentation alone is enough to let you know well in advance that you are in for an experience. We did not know what to expect when we popped the top on the bottle, and were very pleased with the blast of vanilla that immediately permeated the air around us. As it is a non-carbonated beer, the visual qualities of course included a still body, as it pours a medium amber color. No head and no lacing, although Wood noted that it has nice legs. Some of the reaction we got to the aromas were of sherry, caskwood, alcohol, and almond. Of course, vanilla has already been noted. I don’t think there was a person there that wasn’t surprised when they took their first sip. A heavy hit of sweet on the initial taste, but instead of hops or malts, we got the same qualities we expect from a cognac or tawny port. The finish was hot, with a coating like a bourbon, a little burn follows it down. Ian got a taste of sugar free maple syrup. Mouthfeel gave a medium body with a creamy texture, with a light alcohol finish. Although I can not say this was the best beer we’ve reviewed thus far, because it lacks so many of the beer characteristics that we treasure, it does, by far, outscore those we have reviewed before because of its incredible stylings and unexpected nuances not expected from a beer. Well done Samuel Adams, well done.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is really interesting. Fiery color, and tastes warm all the way down. Warms the cockles of your heart. Toffee aroma and flavor. This is basically a sherry masquerading as a beer - not that I’m complaining at all.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, RBESG, August 2005. A dead ringer for sherry with a shot of brandy thrown in for good measure. Distinctly vinous. Warming, verging on burning. Interesting, but is it beer as we know it? I’d never pay the price for this one, so double thanks to Jeppe for sharing this one. A couple of sips was enough.
Beerdedone (2703) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 ’05 bottled #03221sampled with Stegosaurus, poured a deep bronze with no head. Aromas of vanilla extract, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is vanilla, maple syrup, surprisingly smooth. The best brew i have ever tasted.
JudgeDread (16) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow what an eye opener, literally. Very pleasent sweet aroma, high alcohol aroma as well as flavor. This beer warms the body as it goes down. Almost felt as if I were drinking an expensive liqour of some sort.
ken (2) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best beer I have ever tasted. In spite of the high ABV it is a very good experience and only surpased by the 1986 chimay Grande Reserve I tasted at Kulminator in 19999.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to JPDIPSO for letting me take a nip out of his bottle from 2003. Super nutty aroma, tons of caramel nuttines and lots of alcohol. Medium brown in color with no head and nice legs. Flavors explode in your mouth like a scotch. I picked out butterscotch, smoke, caramel, toffee..it was very complex. Oily mouthfeel, nice and thick. This was an interesting "beer."
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled this last week at the Atlantic City, NJ Beer Festival. Thankfully, Sam Adams poured a few of these and my friends and I knew enough to ask for tickets. This "beer" is so unique that its very hard to rate as a beer as opposed to a cognac or other high end spirit. That said, here goes: Gorgeous and crystal clear liquid amber with a wonderfully aromatic nose of sweet caramel, alcohol and vanilla. Intense but not overbearing flavor of buttered rum, vanilla and a hint of earthy, woody notes. Finish was long and sweet and pleasantly syrupy. This really is a sipping cordial for special occasions.