popway (58) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Uh, remember that game Clue? Mr. Woods in the study with a Utopias bottle.
Yep. Is there an eleven for appearance. Simply the bottle with its little window showing Sam that you can open or close is enough for me. The appearance of the drink itself is hues of amber and copper. The aroma is vanilla, banana, honey, toffee, raisin. Port? Cognac? Beer? The mouthfeel is
medium bodied and slow, I mean, no carbonation and filling. A very lovely finish that leaves a resonant warmth.
Clownoisseur (251) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage, 2 oz. pour into tasting snifter. Amber/copper in color. Still, no carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toffee, vanilla, char, leather, overripe fruit and a wafting alcohol. Nothing subtle here. Taste is very sharp. Again, bold flavors of caramel, toffee, vanilla, leather, earth...a slight tang...and loaded with booze. Mouthfeel is syrupy and oily. Drinks like a liquor. Good stuff, appreciate it for pushing boundaries.
adasko (471) - Poznan, POLAND - OCT 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Niesamowite piwo. Najbardziej gładkie, aksamitne i miękkie piwo jakie kiedykolwiek próbowałem. Niesamowite bogactwo w aromacie i smaku. Wspaniałe alkoholowe grzanie w ustach i w przełyku. Cudowne piwo, niezapomniane przeżycie.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Awesome complex flavor, but this is a beer in ingredients only. if you expect anything even similar to a strong barleywine, you;ll be surprised and/or disappointed. But the aroma of spices, vanilla, maple, and frikkin alcohol are great. Nothing comparable, except really good cognac, maybe..."
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark amber, no head or lacing. Aroma is woody, toasted malts and spices. Taste is woody, brown sugar, caramel and hot alcohols
I’ve had this a few times. Glad I was able to get it again. Awesome.
TXBadger (1488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at a tasting at Dallas Spec’s. Pours a clear copper color with no head. Caramel, spice, and some citrus and grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. You can taste the alcohol on it, but the majority is still hidden. Not quite what I expected, different but good.
Salmoniform (954) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF. Golden hue with no head. Aroma is caramel, sugar, vanilla, ethanol. Full body and no carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this was interesting. Very similar to a sweet Brandy.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Huge grape and rasin aroma. Additional carmel layer in nose as you sip. Flavor is layers of wine, rasin, and caramel malts with a slight third dimensional spice to this. Heated a tad but added to the whole experience. Great brew.
bartlebier (1884) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Microsample of a thimble-sized pour kindly shared by Emmanuel@5e Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse - merci! Unknown vintage - Pour from black miniature kettle offered at a €250 ransom. Pours a viscous, syrupy acajou brown, no head. Immensely fragrant and rich aroma noticeable from a wide distance, oozing layers and shades of caramels and macerated fruits: syrop de Liège, grade B maple syrup, Chinese plum wine, ripe figs in brandy, aged red port with some barrel character, not too much of an ABV punch. Taste is likewise, unctuous, with more of a sweet richness of said flavours than any real yeast- or barrel-based complexity (cf. Struise Black Damnation V - Double Black in the same category). Near-cloying thick, sticky palate typical of a brandied beer liqueur-tawny port well balanced by some hop paste chtonics. Slightly gimmicky eisbocked US Strong Ale/Triple Bock by now surpassed in ABV, affordability and flavour complexity by a few other international utopias.
Oldmanriver (53) - Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber brown, no head and shows no carbonation. Aroma is raisins, fig, dark stone fruits, slight wood, and sweet malt. Taste is raisins,old grapes, red wine and port. It has smooth, slick medium mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some lingering dark fruit sweetness.
VictorStr (1392) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromen smäller dig i näsan, men sötma, lite russin och stickande känslanav alkoholen. Smaken kraftig men väldigt balanserad.