desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
Big thanks to Tony at Oldsmar Tap House for this one. Pours a hazy, dark amber with no head or carbonation. Aroma is very alcoholic and woody. The flavor is super intense, with loads of alcohol, maple, smoke and wood. It’s simultaneously a caress and a slap in the face with its delicate yet assertive flavors. Finishes warm and biting. A very interesting beer! malrubius (2981) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2008
Taster in snifter at Oldsmar Tap House. Amber with brandy legs and no head. Alcohol burn and honey sugar brandy cognac aroma. Malty syrupy brandy-like feel with cognac flavor and mild spicy burning finish. Very smooth, though, from lack of beerlike bitterness. Interesting, but not what I would consider to be a beer drink, though I realize it is made bith beer malts, among other things. Thanks Tony. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle, courtesy Tony at Oldsmar Tap House. Wow, thanks for this treat, Tony. Poured a golden, reddish amber color, with no lacing at all and no head, obviously. Big peat in the aroma, like a port, with an alcoholic burn. Roasted elements are present, but mostly subdued. An interesting soy sauce characteristic, and while that may may seem like a deterrent for some, it’s not at all for me. Flavor is simply amazing. Rich caramel, brown sugar, a burning sweetness, it’s just simply delicious. This is unfairly drinkable. My mouth refuses to believe this is anywhere near 27%. Just an insanely amazing and drinkable beer, despite the crazy ABV. Really quite an experience. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2008
Reddish copper with no head to speak of. Nose is pretty much like a brandy or whiskey, flavor is much the same. Sticky sweet, some vinous notes going on. It’s tasty, but for some reason I’m not as impressed as I feel I should be. This is, really, no longer a beer. It’s practically a liqueur. Certainly not BAD, but not what I expected. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
Courtesy of Ken. Thanks. Clear garnet red with no head. Raisin, cherry, and alcohol aroma. Smooth, sweet, cherry, vanilla, mild chocolate taste with a big alcoholic warmth but not over powering. Excellent. A lot like a fine sherry, but better.
Sandman2222 (42) - Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Dark, very thick on the glass. Smells like a good port or brandy. at a huge 27% abv, it has a very sweet taste, nearly like maple syrup. Sip slowly and savor, if you can find a friend to share with. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Sample courtesy of LooseCannon - thank you very much Ron! Clear, still pour - looks like whiskey. Similar nose and flavors as a port or a sherry, figgy, maple, a bit hot, and understandably so, at 27%! Wood becomes more apparent in the finish. Stupid expensive? Yes. Crazy good? You bet! jayhopkins23 (27) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2008
This really looks and tastes like a glass of cognac or brandy. In fact, if you are lucky enough to ever own a bottle, serve it in a snifter, and take it down slowly. Good for after dinner. The flavor shows hints of vanilla, caramel, and spice (which is more likely the alcohol). Drink it during winter by a fire. 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 (11050) - 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 isn’t 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.