Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2014 2014 is different. More wine and bourbon. Less fruit. Still amazing.
2011 Edition poured into a port glass. Nice copper color with no visible head. Heavy appearance in the glass. The smell at first is a lot of alcohol but that passes any you get a wonderful raisin molasses combination. Very reminiscent of a LBV port. Heavy smooth liqueur type mouth feel. Taste is difficult to describe. First thing I notice is an unusual prickly carbonation feel on the tongue. Then raisins, nuts, maybe some sherry. Finished with molasses, wine and wood. Some nice bitterness too. Nothing else like it so it?s not really comparable. Overall outstanding.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This thing was crazy. I had this a few years back at a dinner with family and friends. The aroma was super strong with a lot of alcohol in the nose. Good taste considering the abv.
Gorgosh (256) - - APR 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Det går inte att mäta hastighet med en barometer och av samma anledning är frågan om Utopias ska recenseras som en öl över huvud taget. Det är russin och det är plommon och det är en jäkla massa smaker som är mer likör än nåt annat. Allt förpackat i en löjligt snygg flaska. 10th anniversary-varianten i det här fallet.
Maltser85 (256) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a murky brown, mahogany. Super thick, almost syrup like. Aroma of huge bourbon barrels, vanilla, soft oak, coconut. Dark fruit, chocolate. Taste is all of that and then some. Almost a sherry sense to this. It is amazing. Moderately undescribable. I am left partially speechless. This is of course, a full bodied beer. Loved it!
falco242 (251) - 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.
anthony850 (250) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at EBF high alc. A little fiery going down with a hint of fruit.
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webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a "small" sample of this on the second night of The Brick’s Winter Tasting. It was as if you brewed whisky with a nice covering of brown sugar. No head, and pours with a lacing not unlike cough syrup . Eminently enjoyable though, but I doubt I could even down 4 oz of the thing with friends. It’s good... but nothing I’d have to give it as a beer... close to an extreme barleywine (as it style dictates). I think with a little less sweetness it’d be perfect though.
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby brown and still with crazy legs. Aroma is all port, raisins and alcohol. Rich mouth feel is accompanied by an incredibly rich and sweet maple taste, very port like and not cloying. Finish is warming. Very glad to have tried this one.
Charlzm (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle, purchased in 12/07 for over $200.00. Opened and consumed on 01/14/08. Wow, where to begin? Slightly cloudy golden pour with the thickest legs this side of cough syrup. Intense aroma of alcohol. No carbonation whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, but in a good way. Flavor is redolent of the sherry and port barrels used to age the brew. Sweet with an alcohol burn. The flavor reminded at least one person tasting with me of Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Unlike any beer I have ever had. Really something else. Fifty proof beer...
Roonai (245) - - 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...