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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 840   ABV: 28%
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We're excited to announce the 10th release of Samuel Adams Utopias, the craft beer community’s most renowned and sought-after extreme barrel-aged beer. While we pioneered the practice of barrel-aging, now a mainstay for American craft brewers, our brewers continually push the brewing and barrel-aging limit with proprietary brewing techniques to create Utopias, a beer unlike any other in the U.S.

Brewing, blending, and aging Utopias is a multi-step, time-intensive and complex process. This beer starts with the world’s finest ingredients, including a special blend of two-row pale malt combined with Munich and Caramel 60 malts that impart a rich, ruby color. Three varieties of German Noble hops – Spalt Spalter, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, and Tettnang Tettnanger – are added to balance the sweetness of the malt. After the beer is brewed, the first proprietary brewing method begins – adding special yeast strains. The brewers utilized several yeast strains during fermentation, including one typically reserved for champagne and a “ninja yeast,” created for its ability to survive and continue fermenting in an environment that has such a high alcohol level.

At 28% ABV, the brew is reminiscent of a rich vintage Port, old Cognac, or fine Sherry with notes of dark fruit, subtle sweetness, and a deep rich malty smoothness. With only 68 wooden casks of Utopias created in 2017, just 13,000 bottles will hit shelves nationwide. The first bottles of every Utopias release, however, can be found in the hands of our employees. Since Utopias was first released, each bottle number corresponds with when each employee was hired, making Founder and Brewer Jim Koch number 1 and Brewer Dean Gianocostas number 2.
The 2017 release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 24 years in a variety of barrels. To create this year’s one-of-a-kind vintage, the 2017 recipe includes Utopias aged in a variety of barrels including new Scandinavian Aquavit barrels as well as a portion of the final blend aged in Moscat barrels, a first time for the beer.

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mcox90 (2359) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2019 2012 edition, to brandy snifter. Pours dark burgundy, damn near black with zero head. Strong aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. Sweetish flavor. So many flavors present. Strong port barrel undertone. Some maple is present. Some molasses like bitterness. As full bodied as can be with an oily slickness coating the tongue. Very unique experience.

4.4
Thisis12ptfont (1403) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 22, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2018 Aroma Port alcohol sugars cough syrup corn oak leather oak barrel wood sawdust potent alcohol wort malt tree bark red wine tree sap heavy sugared dark fruits plums figs raisins Taste Cough syrup wort syrup toffee dark fruits alcohol sugars sugared dark fruits oak leather corn syrup port wine red wine sherry turbinado sugar tree sap maple syrup caramel tangerine peaches dark wort syrup leather crystallized sugars aged malts massive booze yet surprisingly smooth A+

4.9
azzurro (886) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2018
Pièce de résistance from my gathering last Friday, as I was one of the few who were able to get this beer online from the LCBO sale. With a hefty percentage alcohol, I thought this pronounced level would be too present like other liquor, but not at all. Served in little glasses to savour as 1 ounce portion, this is extremely tasty and a testament to Samuel Adam’s boldness to make a beer aged for 25 years. Kudos!

4.1
Boutip (7144) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2018
Bottle: Poured a clear dark copper color ale. Aroma of oak and liquor with some warming alcohol notes also perceptible. Taste is a mix of caramelized notes with some barrel notes, some oak and light residual sugar notes. The alcohol can be detected but this is in the range that I actually enjoy since it is not burning too much. Quite the experience and very enjoyable overall.

4.4
anstei (3618) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 18, 2018
2cl taster from the bottle at Grain. Pours clear shining dark amber. Aroma is plum schnaps, lots of booze, dark dried fruit, caramel, oxidated. Body is heavy and strong, flat and smooth and boozy, softly burning, really a sweet fruit liquor, with a strong malt backbone. Worth the praise, but 2cl are enough actually.

4
Martinus (4996) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2018
Dark brown colour, no head, slight white rim. Aroma of caramel, booze, mushroom, porto, madeira. Sweet porto flavour, malts, vanilla, sherry. Finish caramel, oak, madeira. Nice.
(from it's special bottle @ Grand Old Lambic Tasting, Jtclockwork's place, NJ. Thanks for sharing, James!)

4.2
drsandman (2005) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2018
Celebrating with Leighton, 2009 edition. WOW. Pours brown, zero head. Big boi - cognac, bourbon, sweet malts, sherry, cacao, dark fruits, lots of booze (but smooth). Very big, flavorful, warming, boozy but dangerously smooth with a minor back end burn.

3.5
GTAEgeek (3218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2018
2017 bottle. Clear, reddish color, with no head. Straight sherry on the nose, with some vanilla, toasted oak, light coconut, bitter almonds, and mild cherries. Very sweet, immensely boozy, and a bit tart. Heavy body, with a syrupy, sticky, and flat mouthfeel. This is a stupendous, boozy, and unique beer. Drink it like a nice whiskey, and it mellows and develops in your mouth. Pretty nice, in small servings.

4.4
radarsock (1226) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2018
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2018 Thanks, Dak! A pure joy. Relinquished impressions of inexplicably smooth, intangibly immersive patience. Smoked caramel; maple sugar; roasted apricot pulp; mint water, bourbon vanilla, wrapped up firmly in a one freakishly good cognac warmth. Worth the price tag and then some, however, this specific review comes from the 2007 batch. I'll branch out to other years once I've stopped fanboying over this masterpiece, which won't be anytime soon.

4.3
Mariox (674) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAR 29, 2018
W aromacie suszone owoce, likier rodzynkowy, wiśniowy, szlachetny alkohol, dębina, winne nuty, wanilia, bardzo złożone, beczkowe piwo. W smaku półsłodkie. Na finiszu czuć szlachetny alkohol, melase rodzynki, delikatne taniny. Alkohol gra pierwszorzędną rolę, aczkolwiek idzie bardzo w stronę destylatów aniżeli piw. Bardzo intensywne, wyklejające, sporo ciała. Świetne złożone piwo, ale alkohol przyćmił trochę ten trunek.


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