biggsbowler (249) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2011 - Pours like molasses, no carbonation. Lots of booze and some vanilla and oak in the nose. Toffee, caramel, malt, cherries, and molasses taste. Backend burns with alcohol. For the amount of alcohol, this is a pretty solid beer.
Gorgosh (249) - - 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.
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...
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So much thanks to Nuffield for this one - and for letting me keep the bottle. (You're awesome, buddy!) As soon as it's poured into the glass a very strong aroma of alcohol, buttery and brown sugar wafts from the glass. Appears a deep golden color, with no head whatsoever. Very strong, sweet buttery alcoholic taste. Much more like a liquor than a beer - and it's so sugary, it left crystals in the bottom of my glass.
anthony850 (239) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
abstractbeer (237) - NORWAY - APR 27, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
First, a small story:
I’ve been forunate enough to be able to taste this thanks to the extreme generousness of fellow ratebeerian ClubGonzo! The process of
aquiring it started with a dream, an interpretation of that dream, ClubGonzo BM’ing me with an idea, and the formulation of a plan.
This beer is pretty much impossible to aquire here in Norway, but the plan ended yesterday when I took a trip to Sweden to get this legendary nectar, and succeeded, despite the cashier who had big troubles
believing me when I said I wanted to buy this beer, which cost about (literally!) 100 times more than a regular swedish lager (which probably was his reference point). I probably made his day :)
So I open the bottle and pour myself a small amount into a cognac glass, to taste it, before I ship it to ClubGonzo and his crew of mighty beergeeks!
No carbonation, as expected. The color is a deep ruby red.
Extremely complex aroma with at least the following components, probably many more: cognac, alcohol, leather, tobacco, wood, chocolate, earthy, dark ripe fruits.
Holy mouthfeel, Batman! It’s thick as a brick! Or at least, thick as a port wine. Yes, that’s it, it feels quite like a sweet port wine.
The flavor is insane. Sweet cognac, port wine, ripe fruits, tobacco, leather, wood, caramel, licorice. It’s like drinking everything all at once. Port wine, red wine, white wine, beer, cognac, you name it, this beer’s got it.
I’m at a loss for words here. This is a jillion miles away from anything I’ve ever tasted. There’s so much going on in this drink that I don’t know if I’ll be able to discover it all even if I dedicate the better part of my life to it.
When it comes to taste, it touches on pretty much everything - sweet, sour, bitter & salty - probably umami as well! Holy c*ap! As expected the alcohol is quite noticable, mainly in the form of a pleasant burn when you swallow.
Obviously a beer you sip slowly. A masterpiece.
falco242 (236) - 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.
aleph (231) - - APR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shot @ Mikkeller. Transparent amber, headless. Caramel most obvious, some dried fruit, something vanilla. Brandy? Definitely port. Hides the alcohol really well until it’s on the way down.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!! This is a wonderful rich and flavorful beer. Made for an drab or two on a cold winter night. Saved me from opening my bottle. GABF 2002