donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper red, with no head. The alcohol content is such that the beer refluxes in the snifter. An incredibly strong aroma, sweet and full of fruit and alcohol. Bringing plum, vanilla and a caramel malt with it. Flavour is of course very strong. Sweet initially with its plum fruitiness and quite bitter, but then this is erased half way through and changes to a toffee fruit taste which lingers. Ends very warm and very long. This beer is well worth a taste - no matter the price. A once in a lifetime experience.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours brown into the glass with no head. No carbonation on this behemoth. Aroma is incredible with maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate, rum and raisons. Flavor is a sweet/sour/salty mess to me. Glad to have tried the beer, but the taste does not translate from the aroma.
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
FWE beer#7. Matt, you rock. The bottle was sittting there all nite, just taunting us. The second leg of teh Sam Adams Triple Crown run. This is the one beer I was almost afraid to drink. $90 a bottle, and 25% abv was enough to rattle me a bit. Again, in a snifTer. Head was one after a second or two. The apperance was like apple cider, getting darker from top to bottom. Smelled this one for a looong time. The first and most lasting impression of the aroma was tequilla, and then add in some vanila. There was so much more I just could not pick out. I balked twice at taking the frist sip. Alcohol, yes. After that, brandy and coginac tastes. Almost not a beer. Great experience though.
TheDog (532) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2005 version. I´ve been so lucky to taste 2-3 cl. of this incredible barley wine. I would describe this brew, more closer to sherry or port. No carbonation, no head. But so much aroma and taste.Very herbal and spicy, but still smooth mouthfeel. It warms in the finish, like a brandy. New limited edition brewed this year. This Utopias being mine no. 100.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper brew kettle: Pours a clear cola color with no bubbles. Rich, refined malts with notes of whiskey, wood, fruit, spice, grass and earth. Very robust, complex and strong. Heavy bodied and crisp, without carbonation. Ending contains brown sugar notes. Thanks, Bruce!! :)
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
"A beer unlike any other, this one has a warm, sweet flavor highlighted with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. Touted as The World’s Strongest Beer. 25%"
I’m curious to see if this beer was fortified. It is better to compare this to port as it has all of the properties of a fortified wine. Pours very thick, looks like brandy. The smell is very intense with all of the elements listed above plus dark plum and some blackberry. The taste is sweet and potent, like maple syrup with vodka. Overpowering but delicious. Worth having as a treat (or dessert).
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, no head... Aroma is intense nutty, oaky, sweet and warming. Mouthfeel is simply fat and sticky, flavour is huge with too much going on at the same time (I like) and the beer finishes hot and sweet with still loads of nutty, woody, fruity and caramell candy flavours.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle thanks to Mittenator. Clear amber/copper with no head or carbonation. Aroma is a little hot and smells like molasses and brown sugar. Taste is incredibly complex and awesome. Molasses, butterscotch, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit. Full body and oily in mouth.
adasko (516) - 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.
RussianDragon (514) - - MAY 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Vintage bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a deep chocolate brown, translucent with light barely passing through the haze. Still, no lacing and major legs as the Utopias glass is swirled. Aroma is huge - maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bacon, cocoa. Flavor is nearly indescribable - smooth yet complex. Toffeee, port, peat, brandy, and oak with vanilla. Alcohol is barely present - masterfully hidden. Always an occasion to have this.