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RATINGS: 1018   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
Nurmis (2982) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2023
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2023 Pour from a bottle, Stillwell Beerbar Halifax. Pours black without head. Bourbon, dark fruits, woody barrel. Some brown sugar, plums, dark fruits too. Quite complex, very good.

3.8
bergstaden (7701) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2023
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2023 Dark fruity aroma - Dark fruity flavours with alcohol heat - Dark fruit and alcohol goes into the finish - This was good

4.7
thorongil2 (6926) - Camas, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2023
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2023 (Bottle) (2021) (at Daniels) clear, fluorescent bright orange brown color with a small white head; aroma of dried figs, nuts, cognac; smooth palate; rich balanced flavor with a long, light bitter finish

3
thegreenrooster (6886) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2023
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2023 Pour is a clear brown with no head. Aroma is all alcohol. Very fusel alcohol. Flavor is a different animal. Brown sugar to start then comes a hot cocoa with some red wine notes followed by a spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. I had a very small sample and that was enough for me. Unique and good enough for a very small sample.

3.9
ChrisOfstad (7739) - Hamar, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2023
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2023 Taster from Bottle, Thx Yngwie. Dark brown with little head. Malts, Fruity, boozy, raisins, strong, sweetness.

3.8
Cunningham (13993) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 20, 2023
UPDATED: APR 20, 2023 Amber pour and a small head Good intensity in the aroma Yes it is sweet, but within limits. Soft carbonation level. Easy to drink Toffee, dried fruits, caramel sauce, vinous, oak, port and some oxidation in the flavor [Strange bottle at Yngwie Plaza in Tveit, Norway]

4.4
AgentAle (3008) - Fort Mcmurray, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2022
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2022 Big boozy and thick port nose. Heavy mouthfeel with plenty of raisins,figs, plums, and lots of fortified wine. Extremely deep but pleasant and leaves that warm boozy feeling in your stomach. Unique , deep, and otherworldly.

4.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (15323) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2021
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2021 Sweet & malty with elements of barley, soy sauce, honey, caramel, pineapple, raisin, fig & molasses. Wonderfully complex. Incredibly long finish. Alcohol well controlled.

4.7
ozzy70 (3905) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 31, 2021
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2021 2019 vintage, no. 21924. Shared with rennat42. Pour was clear amber with no head. Aroma of plum, fig, sherry, caramel. Taste was bittersweet, mild alcohol burn, caramel, peat, raisins, brown sugar, sherry, really complex flavors, surprisingly smooth. Fun Saturday night mission to purchase this from its forgotten tomb in a grocery store office with a great friend and my son.

5
rennat42 (5353) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JAN 19, 2021
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2021 Bottle. 2019 Vintage - 28% A- Sherry, oak, vanilla, caramel, figs, sugared plums, subtle apple brandy. A- Dark copper color, clear liquid, no head. T- Gooey caramel, Madeira port wine, vanilla, sweet maple, raisins, subtle earl grey tea, subtle nuttiness, very subtle anise, oak, malty. P- Full body, slightly oily texture, no carbonation, complex finish. O- Had no idea I was going to have the opportunity to split a bottle of this from an unexpected grocery store trip on a random January day at the last minute. What a fantastic surprise timely with my 4,000th rating. This is definitely a liquor at least through the tasting experience side of things but hey, that's why it's loved right. Reminds me of a steroidal iced bock. I could contemplate the flavors in here all day. Many thanks to those involved in procuring this bottle. The best part was having it at a spur of the moment with good friends around a kitchen table. No fanfare, just pure enjoyment. Perhaps not as big of a whale as it once was, but still pretty damn special for me.


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