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RATINGS: 1011   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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4.5
FROTHINGSLOSH (11744) - 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 (3023) - 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 (4329) - 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.

4.5
Svesse (11905) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2020 (Bottle, 2011 vintage, 27%) Dark brown colour, with no head. Malty, vinous, slightly roasted nose with notes of caramel, treacle, raisins, prunes, Madeira (or Port) wine and wood. Malty, vinous taste with caramel, burnt sugar, treacle, dark cherries, port wine, raisins, oak wood, toast, ashes, roasted nuts, well aged cognac, maple syrup, honey, tar, a touch of raspberry balsamic vinegar and a vinous, burnt sugar finish. Low bitterness. Full body, quite sweet. More like a brandy or a port than a beer. Despite the apparent booze presence, it's really tasty. Definitely a bit overprized, but seriously good beer. Excellent!

4.8
Mr.Spooks (4030) - 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 (347) - 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 (2853) - 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 (71) - - 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 (464) - 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 (2149) - 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.
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