thepatrickman (1358) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Considering that this is a $180 bottle of beer that’s 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. It’s a spirit that’s meant to be had in small snifters over months, and it really tastes more like a grainy, slightly hoppy cognac than any barleywine I’ve ever had. It’s a bit overpowering, but I’m glad to finally get a chance to try this. Nickls (2535) - 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! maley1 (1273) - Calgary, CANADA - APR 25, 2016
1000th rating. What a treat! Dark copper red pour with no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, raisins, bourbon, ripe fruits and hops. Taste of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon, Grand Marnier, plums, hops and spices. Full bodied, no carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, long beautiful boozy finish. Perfectly balanced, a real treat to try, excellent!! oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2016
Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes.
DiarmaidBHK (4924) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2016
Pour at Doherty's Ale House. It's dark brown with no head. Massive alcohol on the nose and also a lot of raisins. Surprisingly smooth on the tongue. Instantly gives you a warming sensation. Rich and robust flavors of fig and raisin. Finished fairly clean. Surprisingly quaffable. The kind of thing you have after a great event like Arrieta throwing a no hitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone neongolden (1650) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2016
(Sample of 2015 bottle @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, April 5 2016) Pours clear red copper with no head, like a tawny port. Aroma is also tawny port, crossed with older sherry, super-sweet caramelized sugar, dried fruits, vinous, soft oak, oxidation, maybe a touch of buttery character from the wood, alcohol present. Flavour is quite sweet but again slightly drier than a port, more older sherry-like. Raisins and other pale dried fruits, burnt sugars, a bit nutty, lots of wood. Finish is a touch soft and drier, nutty, slightly buttery wood, persistent vinousness, soft bitterness, some alcohol. Smooth, oily, no carb. Very much on the fortified wine side of things, though without the same intensity of finish that the best of them have. Interesting nuances picked up from the barrels involved, rather unique in the beer world, but would rather buy a good tawny port given the price. deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
A- pours a thick rich mahogany with no noticeable head or lacing.
S- aromas deluxe! Booze booze and more booze. But if you don't stick your head in the glass there are great notes of cinnamon raisin bread, brown sugar, bear claws, Vermont maple leaf candies, molasses, cedar, orange blossoms, dense honey, obvious malts, oh yeah, and still some booze.
M- thick and heavy viscous body with high burn and sugar. No carb.
T- booze of course comes through at first. Lots of rye whiskey, grass, lemon and orange pulp. Much like an old fashioned. Middle is brown sugars, caramel and molasses which thin quickly. Sour, wet wood. Lavender, pepper, licorice, nutmeg spice. Pecan pie. Ending burns with rye, lemon pith, sharp grass and more barrel. Zinc. Ending is sustained but also efficient and clean. Eripe323 (67) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2016
Sample from VilleValla Pub. Dark amber with no head (due to sampling). Smells of raisins and booze. Taste of raisins, some plum, caramell, toffee, sweetness, booze (sort of whiskey-like). Low carbonation. Overall quite good. GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Bottle of the 2013 vintage that I’ve been slowly rationing, first release to be blended with a touch of KMF. Poured 1-2 ounces into a Utopias Riedel glass. Clear dark copper/amber brown, no head as expected. Aromas of whiskey, oak, Port, dark fruit, light smokiness. Tastes of oak, whiskey, dark fruit, light caramel, Port wine, a little smokiness. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Alcohol heat seems to have faded nicely since having this bottle fresh. Nice complexity.