KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 11/24/2011. 2011 bottle poured from an elegant copper coated ceramic bottle into a tasting glass.
As were my expectations, this has a look I am more accustomed to seeing in a brown liquor, maybe a cognac. A few stray bubbles very briefly collected for a moment before quickly vanishing.
Wow, there is a ton going on in the aroma. There is a lot of sweetness, with aromas ranging from vanilla to molasses. Some caramel and other sweet malts are noticeable, as well as oak, some general dark fruits, and maple.
The flavor has an incredible presence. The sweetness includes caramel, molasses, vanilla, maple, and dark fruits, with a malt that drags on through the finish. Other notes of port and cognac, as well as a general oak character, are present as well.
Utopias has a huge body, with almost no carbonation and a fairly sticky nature. This is actually one of the few things that clues me in that it is not a liquor; it is sticky instead of dry. It goes down surprisingly smooth with an alcohol presence of a much lower ABV beer.
When a beer can be opened and still stored for weeks (or months), the line between beer and liquor has justifiably become blurred. There is just an incredible amount of complexity involved with this beer that makes it very difficult to judge. Did I really enjoy it? Yes, it was amazing. Could I drink more than 4 oz.? That would be tough. Do I regularly want to pay $165 for a bottle of it? Probably not. Scoring this beer is difficult.
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 (473) - 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 (6035) - 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 (955) - 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 (1398) - 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.