Listigovers (1162) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
Pours uncarbonated and brown. Tastes a bit like a herbal bitter, not very much like beer, very chewy palate, a bit of dark chocolate, lots of caramel. There is surprisingly little heat for such a strong beer. A bit of spice as well, very unique. I enjoyed it a lot, thanks Folly! Finally tried it bulldogops (2490) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 22, 2016
Rating #2206 Ė 2015.12.01 - #CraftBeerFantasyLeague Battle: Barrel-Aged Beauties Ė finished 4th of 9 entries. Hazy orange-brown pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is crazy hot, alcohol, pastry dough, burnt sugar, orange rind. Taste is tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, drinks like sherry/aperitif but not thoroughly undisguised, lots of sweet caramelly notes. books_n_brews (162) - Baltimore-ish, Maryland, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Melted carmel orgasm. And watch the 27% because smooth as hell. But boozy aroma but warm buttery taste and slips down the back of your throat. Thank you God for this beer existing dysenteri (320) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2016
Raisin, figs, bourbon, dark fruit, maple syrup. Smooth as fuck for the 27%. Warming. OminouSC2 (648) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
Dark amber color, hazy. No carbonation. Sweet aromas of caramel, raisins, punch, sherry. Sweet taste, dark, dried fruits, raisins, figs, prunes and apricot. Long, sweet finish with warming alcohol. Where do a beer stop being a beer and start being something else? This could easily be sold as a liqueur instead.
HighlanderOne (1317) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2017 Poured from Utopias bottle into 2oz serving - a gift from my brother. Aroma is amazing - booze, caramel. vanilla, cherry, malt. Dark mahogany, no head. Tasting plenty of alcohol, as expected. Also, wood and toasted vanilla which reminds me of bourbon, with cherry, toffee, molasses, dried fruit, licorice, burnt malt. Palate is rich and smooth (considering the alcohol content). Not exactly the appropriate beer for a hot South Carolina day, but definitely one of the most unique, outstanding brews Iíve tried.
1/2017 - Even better chilled with just a little in a large fluted glass ebone1988 (1856) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle graciously shared by Gus, with koleminer20 and others, at the Beernanza. 10th anniversary. Aroma is booze, caramel, toffee, much alcohol, wonderful. Appearance is brown, no head, clear. Taste is caramel, brown sugar, toffee, sweet, then a ton of booze. Mouthfeel is medium body, no carbonation, wonderful dessert aftertaste. Overall, never thought Iíd get this, and itís wonderful. thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Considering that this is a $180 bottle of beer thatís shaped to look like a copper mash tun, and that it can be recapped and stored for months after opening, this makes it abundantly clear that Utopia is something totally different from your average rack of Bud. Itís a spirit thatís meant to be had in small snifters over months, and it really tastes more like a grainy, slightly hoppy cognac than any barleywine Iíve ever had. Itís a bit overpowering, but Iím glad to finally get a chance to try this. Nickls (2524) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Pour from bottle on 8-19-11. No head, which was not surprising. Dark honey brown clear hue. I mean, overall this looks, feels, and tastes more akin to a brandy, cognac or liquer. Port-like sweetness, honey and alcohol is detectable in the aroma. Flavor is bittersweet, malty, a touch of sour white grape, honey and warming alcochol. Reduced dates and syrupy coating body. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Thanks random dude at DLD! Pours like brandy, smells like brandy. Taste is super smooth and syrupy. Caramel and coconut all over the place. Loved getting to try this one. Score!