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RATINGS: 989   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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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 (618) - 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.

4.2
astronzz (205) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 24, 2018
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2018 Wersja 2017 bottle no. 5395 Barwa bardzo koniakowa. W aromacie mega suszone owoce, rodzynki, suszone figi, daktyle. Ogolnie bardzo suszone ciemne owoce. W smaku jest dosyc mdlący alkohol/sliwowica. Pozniej wchodzi slodowy charakter i slony karmel. Charaktery tez troche winne ale bardzo delikatnie. Przyprawowe mocno taka kurkuma. Ogolnie super doswiadczenie ale to jest za duzy hardcore alkoholowy. Musi „odpoczac” i jest lepiej. Chmiel strasznie wchodzi na finiszu co psuje ten likierowy charakter. Sprawia wrazenie rozwarstwienia smakow i pewnie za kilka lat bylby to sztos BW. Ocena podwyzszona za aromat 11/10

4.1
rami_pl (6219) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 12, 2018
Rami Rami is drinking a Samuel Adams Utopias (2009) by Boston Beer Company at Mikkeller Bar Warsaw Pedro ximenez taki. Fajne cialo. Fajny aromat jak pooddycha. Rodzynki, susz. Alko niestety mocno pali usto w posmakach. Wiec niby sups „ale”

4.2
Lowe1983 (1712) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2018
Pours a chipper color with no head. Aroma is very malty with dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Flavor is very strong of the malts and dark fruits. Very dry as well like a red wine.

4.1
josanguapo (2443) - SPAIN - JAN 6, 2018
From Tercertiempocervezas. Tenth anniversary edition (2012) In Teku glass. Watching Black Mirror 4x02, then playing Life is Strange. With almonds, the aceitunas. Sweet port wine/ cognac notes. Really hot because of the great abv, but with alcohol well hidden in flavor. No foam. Superb in aroma

4.5
Holmen2 (4764) - NORWAY - DEC 11, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 11.12.17. 2011-vintage. Dark brown. No head or lacing. Superb aroma of old tawny port. Similar and excellent taste, with dates, calvados, dried berries, rasins and a hint of fine alcohol. Superb!!!

4.6
tandembrauer (1818) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 Shared bottle (2011 ed.) at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy copper without any head. Aroma of cherries, grapes, raisins, calvados. cognac, marsipan, alcohol. Taste sweet, but balanced by fruitiness. Extremely complex, one of the best beers ever!

4.2
stevoj (6859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Taster courtesy of Toby. Muddy brown color, pours flat. Aroma is very boozy, turpentine. Taste for a brief second, chocolate, raisins, prunes, then obliterated by the alcohol burn. Sip very, very slowly.

4.2
Bricktop86 (1147) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 3, 2017
2017 vintage. Pours ruby and brown with no head. Aroma of nuts, wood, berries, malt vinegar, dark grains and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, light sour, light bitter and medium salt.


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