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RATINGS: 1007   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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4.8
oobawa (3466) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2020
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2020 2015 bottle. Technically a beer, but unlike any beverage I've come across. Starts with a port-like vinous sweetness, then quickly develops a decadent middle, full of caramel, molasses, licorice, cinnamon, vanilla, and dried cherries. Grows boozy and rich, with deep notes of bourbon, cognac, baking spice, and oak, before finishing with a lengthy fruit cake and wood fade. Stunning, really, like an evolved barrel-aged barleywine, layers upon layers. Lingering alcohol never overpowers; I could sip this for days upon days. Doesn't quite pass the duck test if you're calling it a beer, but who cares. Worth the price. I'll put it back on the shelf and sample again and again. Thanks, Sam Adams.

4.5
miloszd (326) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 5, 2020
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2020 nice sweet sticky sleek taste, brown amber clear, no foam, whisky, malty, rum, brandy, cognac, similarity to a bock or high concentrated ice-bock, no carbonation, smooth not sharp or burning,

4.3
tnkw01 (2820) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2020 Bottle. For my 2500 rating. It's the Utopia. Deep amber in color. Not much head. It's very complex taste. Fruit cake, cognac, a tad boozy but nice taste.

2
tryeverything (46) - - FEB 5, 2020
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2020 Mildly syrupy, but not overly sweet. Woody and raisiny, if that’s a real word. Not your “traditional beer” taste. Sold by the ounce at Boxelder in Miami. Very interesting to try, worth trying, but personally wouldn’t try it again, not my style.

4.7
ScoWRee (452) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2020
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2020 Pours a clear burgundy color. Aroma is oaky. Hints of triple bock. Tastes of dark fruit, vanilla. Warm in the mouth. Unlike anything I’ve tasted before. Outstanding

3.9
RickFifty (2025) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUL 29, 2019
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2019 4 cl taster (and a glass of water). Deep mahogany brown color, no head. Heavy dried fruit nose, raisins, alcohol, sherry, red port, malty, dark caramel, oak, hint of over-ripe banana. Heavy sweet taste, caramel, dried fruit, heavy alcohol, port, rich malty, vinous, oaked, complex. Full body, thick and oily texture, smooth mouthfeel, no carbonation, warming.
8, 4, 7, 4, 16

3.8
charlotte (6601) - rødovre, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2019 Bottle.Clear amber colour with no head.Aroma is strong sweet with note of portwine caramel and honey really sweet and warming mouthfeels with smooth finish.

3.4
tiong (11943) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2019 From backlog. Sample from a mug @ EBF 2019. Malty, sticky and syrupy with loads of booze, toffee and caramel notes. Heavy with barrel and oak notes. Feels more like a liquor than a beer.

4.3
superspak (9591) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2019 8000th review! 8 ounce pour from a 24 ounce bottle; 2017 vintage bottling. Bottle #14819. Pours still, slightly hazy ruby reddish/orange/copper color. No head or lacing, but tons of alcohol legs on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Increasing booze in the aromas, but not too overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Taste of huge raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, date, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, cognac, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, and brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light oak char bitterness, and barrel tannin/alcohol spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark fruits, cherry, apricot, berries, red grape, port, sherry, rum, brandy, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, honey, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, roasted nuts, brown bread/crust, licorice, molasses, chocolate, cocoa, oak char, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, peppercorn, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering barrel tannin and spicy alcohol. Fairly full body; with a smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly syrupy/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light-moderate increasing warmth of 28%, some lingering barrel booze after the finish; but not overwhelming. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged strong ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts, fruity yeast, and multiple barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on slowly for the enormous ABV. As expected this is like a cross between beer and all above mentioned spirits. Mind blowing amounts of complexity; and everything is perfectly integrated with all the different barrels. A highly amazing offering, and world class beer for what it was. A truly unique experience.

4.2
ajnepple (11745) - Lakewood, CO, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2019 Sampled at Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival. Hazy amber colored appearance with minimal head. Aroma of sweet caramel, brandy, toasted oak, red wine, mild toffee and light sugary notes. Similar flavor, rich, boozy and strong with moderate sweetness, a full body, minimal carbonation and a warming finish. Wow.


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