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 I’ve 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, it’s somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at John’s 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 I’ve 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, I’d say the 24 ounces probably isn’t "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? What’s 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 can’t 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, I’d say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you won’t feel so guilty when you’re staring at the gorgeous empty bottle.
MattiasA (343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog. Tried at a tasting arranged by Ölbutikken at Örestedst Ölbar 6/11/2010.
chris__hartley (266) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours copper with ruby highlights; there is absolutely no head. The aroma is violently alcoholic, with notes of: licorice, toffee, burnt sugar, raisins, and dark rum. The taste is medium sweet, with medium astringency; the aroma notes carry through into the taste with the addition of heavily iodine laden scotch. The palate is heavy bodied, very oily, has no carbonation, quite astringent, and a medium finish. Overall, a total jip for the price; though definitely worth experiencing.
alliance100 (328) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours a transparent copper/amber . Big raisin and woody aromas . Taste is a mix of dark fruit / mild tart cherry . Glycerol palate . Very cognac like . Taste is great but the $ is ridiculous .
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Jpzila (11) - - FEB 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at GABF 2013. Absolutely took my breath away. At nearly 30% I was expecting harsh alcohol like a whiskey. This was nothing like that. The aroma was amazing and the taste so incredibly smooth. Boozy bit not harsh, nutty and malty with smooth hints of fruit, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Definitely deserves a much higher rating than it has.
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AKThunder (166) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2013 bottle of Samuel Adams Utopia with my good friend Joe. This beer has a strong aroma of alcohol, bourbon, maple, vanilla, and wood. It is a very malty beer with no carbonation that dances upon the tip of your tongue and rejuvinates your spirit!. The maple flavors are the most dominant, followed by the taste of vanilla bourbon. The apperance is copper in color like the brew kettle it was aged in. Full bodied beer with creamy texture, flat carbonation, and a long finish. Overall I have never tasted anything like this, and I don’t think any craft beer has ever come close. Everyone should try this once in their life if they are a craft beer lover.
oRos (971) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Aaron at California 10k event. Pours light brown with no head. Beers flat. Aroma of booze. Taste is harsh booze with a suttle sweet finish. Like taking a shot of a cognac.
bmerz (655) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2012 in DEC 2014. Pours ruby crystalline no carbonation. Aroma is basically port raisins cherries rich malt. Flavor is the same with pronounced boozy burn and Bourbon finish with bitter strain all the way through. Feel is silken and thick to start then the heat kicks in and warms all the way down. Less intense than I expected but really enjoyable. Barely beer.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
"A beer unlike any other, this one has a warm, sweet flavor highlighted with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak. Touted as The World’s Strongest Beer. 25%"
I’m curious to see if this beer was fortified. It is better to compare this to port as it has all of the properties of a fortified wine. Pours very thick, looks like brandy. The smell is very intense with all of the elements listed above plus dark plum and some blackberry. The taste is sweet and potent, like maple syrup with vodka. Overpowering but delicious. Worth having as a treat (or dessert).
Enjoyit (3082) - Vadum, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish amber of color. An aroma of port, prunes, sweets and alcohol. A flavor of alcohol, port, rum, sweets and candy.
Howlader (392) - - FEB 1, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2012 bottle, 1oz glass from Meridian Pint in Washington, DC. Really great, very smooth, what I wish things like cognac tasted like.