yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 15/09/2007. SOBA AGM, leftover bottlefrom BrewNZ. This is about my 4th taste and, again, itís sans notes (Iíll take some next time I have a taste, I promise! Iíve got a bottle in the cellar for some future special occasion). Rich gold, hugely leggy, oil-like, with no head at all. Aroma is very alcoholic but complex and approachable... almost like Balvenie whisky mixed with a tokay or muscat- vanilla, wood, raisin, plum, pepper. Spicy alcohol in the mouth. Good malt sweetness, velvety mouthfeel with the lack of carbonation. Bitterness is difficult to detect at this level of alcohol and with all the luscious swetness. I had about 20mls worth - I wouldnít want a lot more, unless it was the last drink of the day. I had an Emersonís Bookbinder after this and it tasted like carbonated water for the first few sips. Great bottle thatís worth a point, even if itís a little gimmicky. Certainly looking forward to taking some notes on this one. I do find it surprisingly drinkable.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at PP C-bad, thanks to wetherel! Test tube sampler of Utopias. Dark amber hue. Nose is bourbon, light fruits, maple syrup, oak. Taste is sugary sweet molasses, brown sugar, anise, dark fruits, and maple syrup. Thick smooth texture with little carbonation. Great taste profile, much smoother than 27% abv, maple and brown sugar dominate, very liquer-ish in nature.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to jcalabre for sharing some of this with me. Wow! Totally unique, more like a sweet cognac than a beer; a dessert pleasure. We appropriately finished a high-end tasting session with this wonderful creation. A specialty to savor live and in memory later.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. 2003 vintage. Hazy, strong dark brown amber ale having pronounced scotch whiskey aroma. No discernable carbonation. Full-bodied having creamy maple syrupy texture that starts with moderately sweet malt with pronounced whiskey, prune, raisin and maple syrup flavors, and trace of light bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness and no discernable bitterness. Pronounced alcoholic warmth. Very much like a liquor (a beer liquor?). A very delicious beer that is best served as a digestif.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2004 Fantastic....that really sums this brew up. I let a few friends sample it the other day and just sat back and laughed. One felt (as I) that this stuff rocks. The others said "This ain’t beer...there’s no foam, no fizz." I told ’em that carbonation ain’t a requirement. All you need for beer is some fermented grain...add a little yeast and your’re there. You don’t even need to add hops----but that’s a very bad idea. It kinda reminds me of a cross between Grand Marnier, a fine port, and a nice sipping rum. I like the brandy-like aroma. The taste yields maple and vanilla flavors. Very alcoholic...seems more than 25%. I’ve got several bottles. If I compare the two I’ve opened the big difference was the color. One was definitely lighter copper-red. The body is very thick. This stuff is no joke expensive, but I think buying one isn’t the worst thing you could do. The bottle is too cool. Everyone who sees it comments on it. I really like sipping this while I relax before bed. Yum.
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours thick brown with essentially no head or carbonation. Aroma absolutely beautiful with bourbon, malts, spice. Powerful sweet taste of caramel, molasses, bourbon, brandy. Finish of liquor with minimal hops. Palate full and syrupy but not unpleasant. Glad I got to try it.
thepatrickman (775) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Considering that this is a $180 bottle of beer thatís shaped to look like a copper mash tun, and that it can be recapped and stored for months after opening, this makes it abundantly clear that Utopia is something totally different from your average rack of Bud. Itís a spirit thatís meant to be had in small snifters over months, and it really tastes more like a grainy, slightly hoppy cognac than any barleywine Iíve ever had. Itís a bit overpowering, but Iím glad to finally get a chance to try this.
bigguns22 (774) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 Bottle from 2003 . This is a beer that truly made me smile . Some good friends brought for a new years party . Pours with no head and cognac in color . Aromas are medium in power but complex alcohol, butterscotch, raisin and a little caramel . A lot of people alway talk about how much of a alcohol flavor this beer has but it the good kind like a high end scotch or cognac . Smooth and full of dark fruit flavors raisins the most noted . This is a great and special kind of beer that may not be loved by all.
dreamflower (763) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample in snifter. A little pleasantly oily on the palate. Tastes of woodsy molasses. Strong alcohol, molasses, bit of citrus aroma, honey and vanilla aroma. Very nice to tibble.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
hand bottle fromthe fermentor: pours dead with no head, deep brown colour with some light coming thru.aroma is alcohol , almost whiskey like, dark dark fruits, some whiskey soaked cherries and a faint thint at some vanilla. flavour wow, like taking a shot of bourbon lots of heat but still you can get some good flavours of the oak and vanilla, caramel and the cherries fromthe nose are present. finishes very smooth with an alchol kick.