Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): Let me begin by saying that I came to this glass with absolutely no preconcetions about this beer. I didn’t even know the style or the intention. Presenting as a very dark gold with no head, I thought it likely to be a barley wine. However, as I drank in the heady aromas I was astounded. For some time I have imagined the ways that beer can match the high points that the wine industry, through its sheer size, can support. Here, I was presented with not only an equal, but a challenger to the great digestives and aperitifs of the world. Reading some ratings I see that year to year this changes, but in terms of the 2005 what we have is a world class drink. Spiritous cognac-like aroma that derives character from some smokey caramels. Very sweet in the mouth, with some sharp alcohol notes amid symphonies of stickyness. There is no doubt in my mind that this would be absolutely brilliant as a digestif. Outstanding.
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Utopias ’03 was a harsh disappointment, yet I was still keen to try the ’05, as I had heard it was much smoother, and it was. At the end of a hard days drinking, this amazingly had the guts to eclipse all that came before it. Deep, rich, red colour, volatile yet sweet aroma, like a slightly oxidised sweet sherry. Viscous, yet volatile palate, fully covers the mouth. Hot, sweet, some vanilla flavour, dried fruits, like raisins and figs, but unfortunately a slightly papery oxidised element intrudes into the flavour, somewhat diminishing the experience. A very special beer, but when I want something mellow and warming, I reckon I’ll hit the liqueur tokay.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled at Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Very nice, lived up to all of the expectations. Pours a copper-brown with no head. Alcohol content burned nose hairs during original sniff. Very sweet, nice finish.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the FOBAB 2006. Pours a copper-brown with no head to speak of. Overpowering alcohol aromas and very little else. Tastes is more like a caramel schnapps with some notes of brown sugar and maple syrup.
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cooper amber color with no head. Aroma was heavy alcohol, sugar and pine. Flavor was sweet brown sugar and a tree fruit that I couldn’t put my finger on. Great mouthfeel with a strong warming sensation all the way down. My only regret is that I had it at a beerfest after I was already sporting a buzz, out of the beerfest plastic cup. Tough to justify buying a whole bottle of it for a re-taste...
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
FoBAB 2006: Pours a light amber with no head, (remember no carbonation). The nose is all alcohol, like rubbing alcohol. This would turn away most beer drinkers and leave only the hard liquor drinkers, but I continued. The flavor is sweet, with chocolate and lots of fruit. Underneath that is all alcohol. Thick bourbony and not without a little bit of burn, but still surprisinly tasty and rather enjoyable.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at barrel-aged brewfest. no head. looks like a flat brown ale. intense alcohol aroma. wow. it’s like hard alcohol but with plenty of ale yeast flavor. pears, plums, extremely fruit. definite warming alcohol finish. woody. great mouthfeel. strangely the maple syrup/malt brings some tartness.
GRM (3339) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From Dum’s private reserve; eye: cognac, no head; nose: alcohol, cognac, whisky, almond, nutty, rhum; mouth: velvely, cognac, almond, alcohol warmth, scotch, rhum, full bdoy, sirupy and creamy texture; overall: very good
De la réserve de Dum; oeil : cognac, pas de mousse; nez : alcool, cognac, whisky, amande, noisette, rhum; bouche : velouté, cognac, amande, liquoreux, alcool chaleureux, scotch, rhum, corsé, texture sirupeuse et crémeuse; en résumé : trčs bonne
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 (8795) - 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.