brownaler (478) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is not beer, it is liquor. It has a way too thick maple texture with bourbon notes.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2007. The bottle was opened for the first time about a year before I sampled it.
Shiny amber color, clear liquid. Obviously no head.
Lots of sweet fruit aromas (apples, plums, cherries), raisins, brandy. Notes of wood and a hint of dusty cellar. Big alcohol fumes, but they are well integrated and the smell is actually quite balanced. Very rich.
The flavor is intensely sweet with notes of fudge and toffee, chocolate, nuts and rich aromas of ripe fruit. Boozy raisins, brandy and barrel notes. The taste is richer than the smell and more complex. A faint cellar character is detectable, but not as clearly as in the smell. The finish is really hot with lots of spicy and sweet alcohol and lingering liqueur-like sweetness.
Great mouthfeel. Big body with a very sticky and chewy texture. Completely flat.
I liked this one. Of course, itís more reminiscent of a fortified wine or liqueur than a regular beer, but thatís how itís supposed to be. A great sipper with a sophisticated yet cocky character.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the FOBAB 2006. Pours a copper-brown with no head to speak of. Overpowering alcohol aromas and very little else. Tastes is more like a caramel schnapps with some notes of brown sugar and maple syrup.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ok - just the facts: 24% ABV - $100 / bottle. Huge doesn't begin to describe this beer. Insane in it's strong flavor. Rasins, candy, vanilla, coconut, alcohol and malt - all at a Spinal Tap shaming volume level of 15 on a scale of 1-10. I'll take a second try in 25-50 years after this beer has settled down a bit! Very difficult to review since NOTHING is even close to it and it's in a category by itself. Well, almost - Dogfish Raison d'Extra is 22% - and both are pretty similar. If I had a choice between the two right now, I'd probably go Sam Adams (not sure if it's a machismo thing because of that extra 2% or whether it tastes better). Who cars - after 1/2 a wine glass you're buzzed and they both taste like some NASA creation.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had a sample at the Great Taste oif the Midwest.Pours a crystal clear bronze color. Has a Heavenly butterscotch/caramel aroma that made you not want to drink,but just enjoy the wonderful aroma all day!! The aroma is a little intimidating,but when you sip it youíll find a very complex,but nicely balanced flavor of butterscotch,caramel,vanilla.Very wonderful stuff!
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Utopias 2012 10th Anniversary version. Nose: Walnut wine, alcool vapors, porto. Color: Dark brown, with almost no head. Tatse: sweet liquor, oak. Palate: sweet, very long on the mouth. Overall: Awesome.
zeke626 (458) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2007 vintage labeled 09231. Pours a dark brown body with no head. Strong alcohol and maple syrup nose with hints of raisin and vanilla. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor of maple syrup, vanilla, and maybe some butterscotch beyond the alcohol. Alcohol burn throughout the palate and finish. Interesting beer, but not really very drinkable.
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beers taste is more on the side of a very light whiskey with strong maple syrup flavors. Pours a deep brown color and has the aroma of syrup and heaven. Amazing! Bottle # 09247 2011 edition
anthony850 (448) - 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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Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. I have to thank my wife for this one, she waited in line at the Sam Adamís tent while I waited for Raspberry Eisbock at the Kuhnhenn tent. This to me is the most puzzling beer that one can rate, because at this point, it didnít taste much like beer to me any longer. Other high alcohol beers I have sampled such as Dogfish 120 and Barley Johnís Barrel-Aged Rosieís Ale still tasted of beer to me. This reminded me of Scotch more than anything else, but Scotch after one adds a bit of water. The Scotch alcohol burn wasnít there in the least. But lots of butter, toffee, and vanilla on the palate. This is an experience more than anything, and in that sense, if you can get 25 friends together, its probably worth 5 bucks each. Revised after a more extensive sampling at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. I like this stuff more each time I have (the third time now) perhaps because Iím prepared for the fact that it is more akin to hard liquor than beer. Notes of orange peel and maple syrup struck me this time. Adding one point for palate and one more for aroma. Overall should go up, but man this is expensive. Iím glad Iíve never had to pay for it.