falco242 (319) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 Really fantastic, almost like a light cognac but great malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses beer flavor. Really unique experience.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Giving it high scores more for its impressiveness. To brew a beer this big is quite bold. When exactly do you stop calling it a beer and start calling it liquor? Color is like fine whiskey, strong alocholic flavors on the nose - raisins, etc. Same for the flavor - you taste the booze more than anything. Sip this one carefully.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewing this from memory at a friends place. Pours amber/brown with no head. Aroma similar to cognac or brandy. A lot of caramel and alcohol, with a few intracacies of coffee and maple syrup. Good, but I felt it was trying to hard.
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with absolutely no head or effervesence. Strong alcohol and toffe aroma. Oily mouthfeel, brown sugar and vanilla come to mind. A bit similar to a mild scotch but sweeter and with less wooden notes. An evening beer.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow, this is not a beer...its more of a liquor. flavor is very strong alcohol, caramel, maple, vanilla. definately a sipper, about an ounce and i was feeling quite warm. not sure i would have dropped the $150 for the bottle, but i’m glad my friends did and were kind eough to share...
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 Pours a copper color with no head at all. Has a whiskey, brandy and sweetness to the smell along with some booze. Has a sweet malty taste that’s really smooth for a 27% beer. A bit of wood, spice, and warming sensation at the finish. Very nice but should be for the price
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma? one word; port. tawny port, aged about 10 or 20 yrs. this deserves a "FUCKIN’ A!!!!" aside from the burn, it’s all about nutty grape and caramel aromas, sweeter chocolate, viscous toffee, and aged oak. though it’s an atypical beer, it’s an excellent experience. the flavor yeilds a viscous toffee-almond-white grape flavor accented by notes of candy, caramel, and creme brulee, and homemade southern molasses - only the kind your country grandma can make. once again - atypical, but almost worth it.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured at a special tasting in an undisclosed location. The pour was a rather clear darkish brown. Aroma was very similar to a port with dark fruit being almost overwhelming. The taste is very sweet, like a Tawny port, where there are some molasses, prunes and raisins are quite prevalent. This ’beer’ had almost no carbonation to speak of and was quite syrupy. Overall, not a lot of complexity to this beer, mostly very concentrated fruit juice. The alcohol became more noticeable as you exhaled. Interesting beer, but not quite worth the hype or the price in my opinion.
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Sam Adams Utopia marked the 100th review for us here at 2beerguys.com, and we were very honored to share the experience with our friends and family. Oddly enough for our beer site, the Utopia has almost no beer characteristics whatsoever. It is indeed, as Samuel Adams has said, that this is a beer brewed to show people the other end of the beer spectrum, to show what a beer can be. The presentation alone is enough to let you know well in advance that you are in for an experience. We did not know what to expect when we popped the top on the bottle, and were very pleased with the blast of vanilla that immediately permeated the air around us. As it is a non-carbonated beer, the visual qualities of course included a still body, as it pours a medium amber color. No head and no lacing, although Wood noted that it has nice legs. Some of the reaction we got to the aromas were of sherry, caskwood, alcohol, and almond. Of course, vanilla has already been noted. I don’t think there was a person there that wasn’t surprised when they took their first sip. A heavy hit of sweet on the initial taste, but instead of hops or malts, we got the same qualities we expect from a cognac or tawny port. The finish was hot, with a coating like a bourbon, a little burn follows it down. Ian got a taste of sugar free maple syrup. Mouthfeel gave a medium body with a creamy texture, with a light alcohol finish. Although I can not say this was the best beer we’ve reviewed thus far, because it lacks so many of the beer characteristics that we treasure, it does, by far, outscore those we have reviewed before because of its incredible stylings and unexpected nuances not expected from a beer. Well done Samuel Adams, well done.
Roonai (298) - - MAR 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
At EBF. Extremely grateful to have the opportunity to try this (instead of $$$$$). Poured HAzy Ruby Brown. Smell was sweet whisky booze and raison fruitiness. Taste was sweet (almost tart) maple booze... heavy on the booze. my notes ask ’Beer or Whisky?’ as it is a drink you would sip on like a fine liqueur . I could definitely ’taste the rarity’ but that was the best note in there for me. I like beer, not whisky. But if you like Whisky you will enjoy it. ugh, but that burn...