hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Limited 2005 Edition. Bottle #00732. 24oz. Beautiful bronze/copper brew kettle bottle. Easily the most stunning bottle Iíve ever seen..downright impressive just to look at. Sam Adams signature engraved on the front, and on the back, copper sliding doors that reveal a picture of Samuel Adams. Bottom of the bottle is individually numbered in gold lettering.
Strongest beer in the world? Sure, itís somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City and took the only two bottles they had.
Served right around 60 degrees..let it warm to room temp as we drank it.
Pours a clear bronze/amber color..looks very much like cognac or whiskey. No head, lace, or carbonation, but it holds to the glass like syrup..very sticky consistency. Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic..smells stronger than many 40-50% liquors Iíve had...wow. Sweet smells of brown sugar and almost has a tequila-like quality to it. Interesting..
Tastes are incredible..very sweet & rich..dark fruits, brown sugar, smoky malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup....with a slight burning alcohol finish. Hop character is subdued by the huge malty tastes and alcohol bite. Very warming and has a wonderful complexity to it.
Overall, Iíd say the 24 ounces probably isnít "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? Whatís gold going for an ounce these days? Other great high-alcohol beers such as DFH World Wide Stout and DFH 120 Minute IPA are less than $10 per 12oz bottle, and are around 20%. You canít get much more unique, though..and it was nice to get the chance to try it. Goes down remarkably smooth and is surprisingly drinkable as well..the tastes linger on the tongue, and as soon as they fade, you find yourself yearning for another sip.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and can find this great brew, Iíd say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you wonít feel so guilty when youíre staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
OminouSC2 (423) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark amber color, hazy. No carbonation. Sweet aromas of caramel, raisins, punch, sherry. Sweet taste, dark, dried fruits, raisins, figs, prunes and apricot. Long, sweet finish with warming alcohol. Where do a beer stop being a beer and start being something else? This could easily be sold as a liqueur instead.
HighlanderOne (1220) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2016 Poured from Utopias bottle into 2oz serving - a gift from my brother. Aroma is amazing - booze, caramel. vanilla, cherry, malt. Dark mahogany, no head. Tasting plenty of alcohol, as expected. Also, wood and toasted vanilla which reminds me of bourbon, with cherry, toffee, molasses, dried fruit, licorice, burnt malt. Palate is rich and smooth (considering the alcohol content). Not exactly the appropriate beer for a hot South Carolina day, but definitely one of the most unique, outstanding brews Iíve tried.
ebone1988 (1307) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle graciously shared by Gus, with koleminer20 and others, at the Beernanza. 10th anniversary. Aroma is booze, caramel, toffee, much alcohol, wonderful. Appearance is brown, no head, clear. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sweet, then a ton of booze. Mouthfeel is medium body, no carbonation, wonderful dessert aftertaste. Overall, never thought Iíd get this, and itís wonderful.
thepatrickman (778) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Considering that this is a $180 bottle of beer thatís shaped to look like a copper mash tun, and that it can be recapped and stored for months after opening, this makes it abundantly clear that Utopia is something totally different from your average rack of Bud. Itís a spirit thatís meant to be had in small snifters over months, and it really tastes more like a grainy, slightly hoppy cognac than any barleywine Iíve ever had. Itís a bit overpowering, but Iím glad to finally get a chance to try this.
Nickls (2356) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from bottle on 8-19-11. No head, which was not surprising. Dark honey brown clear hue. I mean, overall this looks, feels, and tastes more akin to a brandy, cognac or liquer. Port-like sweetness, honey and alcohol is detectable in the aroma. Flavor is bittersweet, malty, a touch of sour white grape, honey and warming alcochol. Reduced dates and syrupy coating body.
Art (3070) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks random dude at DLD! Pours like brandy, smells like brandy. Taste is super smooth and syrupy. Caramel and coconut all over the place. Loved getting to try this one. Score!
maley1 (1116) - Calgary, CANADA - APR 25, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1000th rating. What a treat! Dark copper red pour with no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, ripe fruits and hops. Taste of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, Grand Marnier, plums, hops and spices. Full bodied, no carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, long beautiful boozy finish. Perfectly balanced, a real treat to try, excellent!!
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes.
DiarmaidBHK (4155) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour at Doherty's Ale House. It's dark brown with no head. Massive alcohol on the nose and also a lot of raisins. Surprisingly smooth on the tongue. Instantly gives you a warming sensation. Rich and robust flavors of fig and raisin. Finished fairly clean. Surprisingly quaffable. The kind of thing you have after a great event like Arrieta throwing a no hitter.
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neongolden (1187) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample of 2015 bottle @ VilleValla Pub, LinkŲping, April 5 2016) Pours clear red copper with no head, like a tawny port. Aroma is also tawny port, crossed with older sherry, super-sweet caramelized sugar, dried fruits, vinous, soft oak, oxidation, maybe a touch of buttery character from the wood, alcohol present. Flavour is quite sweet but again slightly drier than a port, more older sherry-like. Raisins and other pale dried fruits, burnt sugars, a bit nutty, lots of wood. Finish is a touch soft and drier, nutty, slightly buttery wood, persistent vinousness, soft bitterness, some alcohol. Smooth, oily, no carb. Very much on the fortified wine side of things, though without the same intensity of finish that the best of them have. Interesting nuances picked up from the barrels involved, rather unique in the beer world, but would rather buy a good tawny port given the price.