craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2009 2009 vintage draft sample at The Denver Rare Beer Tasting event during GABF week on 9/25/09. This years blend is so smooth... the draft pour seems to be more balanced and not as hot when bottled... pours a deep amber with bright red highlights... zero head... zero carbonation... fine sherry and dark fruit aromas... big presence over the mouth... slick and powerful finish with wood notes from the barrels... Amazing!
2 oz pour from my 2007 vintage bottle. Pours a deep red with zero head and carbonation... Utopias is like a fine liquor that you keep on the shelf for special occasions... this stuff is pretty amazing... nothing like it in the world of beer. Huge aroma full of alcohol, syrup, caramel, vanilla and sherry. The initial taste on the palate is like an English Barley Wine... it is not as fierce as the aroma... more subtle on the palate. Sweet malts, caramel and slight hops present themselves in a syrupy body. As the beer makes its way down the throat, it becomes something completely different... huge alcohol presence that lasts a while down your entire throat. Almost a burning sensation... the 25%+ abv is clearly defined in the finish. Utopias is in a world by itself... it lives up to all the hype and uniqueness involved. An excellent beer that should be cherished. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Well this beer(if you want to call it that) Yes it has been brewed, but it really isnít a beer. I have a 2007 bottle that I enjoy an ounce at a time in a brandy snifter. No carbonation at all. Sweet wtih vaniila, caramel, honey, maple, molasses and roasted nut flavor. Unique and worth seeking out a taste if not a whole bottle. TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 2007 vintage, bottle purchased from an acquaintance in California. Very sweet, with hints of maple and vanilla, with a syrupy mouth feel. This beer is nothing short of excellent. I plan on pairing this with a cigar tomorrow, and I will update this description accordingly.
Update (3/8/08): Paired this with a Padron Anniversary cigar this morning. The two went together like peanut butter & jelly. Headbanger (3992) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
í07 GABF-Poured a clear amber with no head whatsover and it just stuck to the side of the glass like cough syrup. Aroma of alcohol, sweetness, caramel, and malt. Taste starts off on this full bodied brew with some maltiness and sweetness along with alcohol and finishes with some caramel and nuts along with the alcohol becoming more prominent. One hell of a concoction and very well done. Initially didnít care for it but it grows on you. railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2008
This was too strong and sweet for my taste,i know the hype behind this and i had a chance to try but not my style of beer but it would be a great sipping beer,like drinking whiskey.CHEERS!
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Thanks to the good folks at Cork and Bottle in Oklahoma City for inviting me to this rare tasting. Rumors were Oklahoma would not see this specific brew, then switched to "only 6 bottles were received" within the state. Whatever, I got my taste! And that makes some of the guys I work with jealous!
Aroma - incredibly, strongly, intensely alcoholic at first, changing to a warm, butter rum. I couldnít keep my nose out of the Riedel. Poured a dark, rich, ruby red with no head, carbonation, or lacing - normally a bad sign for a beer - but this is no ordinary beer. Full-bodied and thick on the tongue, I sensed bread pudding, raisins, and almond oil. A very complex and unique barleywine. Too bad I didnít have a Cohiba to enjoy with it. On a musical scale, this beer is George Clintonís Parliament - unique, funky, and out of this world. mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 2007 version. 2 cl sample. Dark amber colour. The nose - think sweet sherry or vintage port. Loads of dried fruits. Alcohol and some butter. A bit perfumy. Flavour is extremly full-bodied. Very sweet - again think sweet sherry or vintage port. Dried fruits and chocolate. A fantastic brew that is impossible to compare to other beers. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 #100 Barley Wine ratingQuake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Huge thanks to the Oldsmar Tap House owner Tony for allowing us beer geeks (Degarth, Quake1028 and myself) to finally get a chance to sample a beer weíve been collectively Jones-ing for for months. The sample pours out crystal clear amber with lots of legs along the edge of the glass and zero head. Wow, big big tasty aroma. Love it. It is sweet and yummy. A deep drag pulls up sweet rich creamy sticky caramel malty sweetness. I also get some opulent dark fruity esters with dates, grapes and perfectly ripe cherries. As the drag continues the phenols start to kick in and almost burnt the nose with alcohol. This is the thickest, richest, boldest and most alcoholic barleywine Iíve ever experienced. The taste begins with a slick sweet nectar that slips in on its own. The taste is just rich and decadent. There is a rich creamy and bold caramelness that seems to happily dominate the flavor. Thereís also lesser amounts of dark fruitiness way out in the background. Toward the finish the heat does build up a bit along with caramel mixed with almonds, chestnuts and filbert nuttiness. WOW!!!
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Degarth, Ibrew2or3 and I almost bought a bottle of this a while back but missed out on the chance. I feared I would never get to try it due to the rarity and price. Thankfully there are some ungodly generous people on this Earth. Sample from the extremely cool and generous owner of Oldsmar Tap House. All we did was comment on his bottles above, in passing, and next thing we know he was pouring us all a sample. The 3 of us have been pining after this beer for quite a while, so this was aa real treat. Looks like a fine liquor when poured out, no head at all, and a beautiful deep caramel color. Completely still in appearance, this one looks like itís going to put a hurting on you. Nose is huge, sure there is tons of booze there, but that canít be helped, but behind that there is a large amount of tropical fruitiness, sweet nutty notes, caramel and toffee malts, some peat and some pungent perfumey type hop notes. The nuttiness, while apparent in the aroma, becomes a standout in the flavor profile. It makes this dangerously close to being too sweet and cloying, but I think the super high ABV cuts things enough and distracts your palette so itís not a huge bother. Very viscous and substantial, this one coats your mouth and stays there for a long, long time. A perfect mouthfeel, wish I could give it higher than a 5. Tremendous amounts of phenol heat show up in each stage of this beer, but thanks to the small sample size, itís manageable. A little dabíll do ya with this one. Finish is lengthy, hot, nutty, malty, rich and decadent. Thanks, Tony! lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Night of the Barrels: Had a wonderful cocoa aroma from the aging that complimented really well the abundant vanilla, caramel and slight dried fruit notes. Flavor was amazingly well balanced. I was expecting to feel as though I was drinking a liquor, but the flavor hid the alcohol extremely well. The cocoa seemed to mellow out the sweet malts and turn this into the most surpisingly good beer at the festival.