Lemke10 (993) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2014
This pours a dark brown color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with hints of maple and pecan. The flavor is thinner than expected but rather interesting. There are some very nutty tones with just a touch of maple shinning through. Not my favorite Sam Adams brew yet has an interesting flavor for the ingredients. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"A little on the thin side for mw, but not overly so. The body and flavor was light, though fairly complex. Sweetish malt, slight roast and chocolate. Definitely quaffable, which is what SA is good at. Would have liked more pecan, but that’s hard to do. Only in the aftertaste. Pleasant brew, though." Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2014
THOUGHTS: Lots of maple syrup. A bit overly sweet. Decent base porter. Nuttiness was more noticeable in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/11/2013. Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark red was dark brown in the glass with an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma contained moderate roasted and nutty malts; maple syrup and a hint of cherry. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour. There was maple syrup; roasted malt, nuttiness, sour coffee, coffee, hints of chocolate and slight cherry. The medium body was lightly syrupy with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish. olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with thin caramel coloured head. Aroma is of maple syrup, toffee and malts. Really nice smooth taste. I could taste the maple syrup. I’ve never had pecan nuts or pie but this was definitely a bit nutty. Nice. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-16-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance- Pours a deep brown color with a cream colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a medium level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is a mainly sweet, being a mix of maple syrup and toffee with light roasted malt and chocolate notes as well as a nutty aroma.
Taste – The taste is as the nose would predict. It begins with a roasted malt and chocolate and brown bread flavor and a big sweetness of maple syrup and brown sugar up front. The sweeter and bready flavors last throughout the whole taste and are joined by a nutty flavor more toward the middle and the end of the taste. In the end the combo of flavors leaves a sweet and lightly roasted nut flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and the carbonation level is average as well . A bit of a thicker body may have been better for the roasted, maple and nutty flavors of the brew, but overall it wasn’t too bad as the thinner body did make it a bit easier to drink with all the sweetness.
Overall- A little too much sweetness and not quite enough roastiness in a porter for me. Not really my fave of the Sams.
SHIG (4964) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with black center and red edges. Head was finger creamy fast dissipating beige. Strong maple sugar aroma. Taste is sweet maple sugar, malts, and pecans in the finish. HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a deep mahogany color with reddish undertones. A tall tan head sits for a good couple of minutes before dissipating into a quarter inch thick and leaving some sticky lacing along the way.
Smell is of maple syrup, pecans, mocha, and sweet malt.
Taste of nice roasted malt up front with some brown sugar, maple syrup and pecans to follow, much like a pecan pie. Finish is a bit of mocha, very slight bitterness, and some smokiness as well. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich.
Overall, a very tasty porter when you are in the mood for something a bit on the sweet side. seymour (2107) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Tasted at Jason’s anti-Homebrew-Club gathering. It poured a dark brown colour with weak beige foam. Smelled like a basic porter plus maple syrup and pecans, in a sorta artificial chemical way. Tasted even worse with diacetyl, cloying candy sweetness, fake-seeming nutty flavours, lacking any toasty malt complexity. Medium body, low carbonation, sticky, mushy, oxidized mouthfeel, unpleasant aftertaste. An interesting concept, but poorly executed. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with a decent khaki head. Very sweet nose full of maple syrup. Comes across as way too sweet to me and very one demensional with the maple running roughshod over everything else. The light roasted malts come out a little more as it warms. Not one I would return to. Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
I really wanted this beer to stand to and be good, but as stated earlier, I have been very disappointed with Sam Adams....I hope the Utopia lives up to its legacy!