rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a brown golden color no head but has legs like a nice wine. Smells heavily alcholic fingernail polish scotch and walnuts. Palate is hot but well coated and creamy. Flavor is maple syrup sticky malt scotch and more raw alcohol. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2008
This sample was generously provide to me from the bottle of jjpm74. Poured a sticky amber, almost mead or scotch-like in appearance. Aroma of alcohol, butterscotch, and maple candy. Flavor is sweet with maple syrup, french toast and almonds. Still body is a bit of a surprise but appropriate I suppose given the nature of the drink, though makes it feel more like an additive than something that is supposed to be consumed alone. I would like to pour this on a breakfast offering, as I imagine it would go well. I would rather drink syrup than soy sauce, though, so I would call this creation more successful than the triple bock. Pretty well done, but not with any degree of craftsmanship that would merit a price within the same time zone as what this beer sells for. To me, this beer still represents BBC trying to hose the beer community because it’s a well known brewery, but at least it’s a good drink. illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
It was pretty surprising to see Utopias on my local bar’s beer menu. I was a bit hesitant to try another Sam Adams strong ale after trying the Triple Bock and finding it to be a mess of flavors that didn’t belong together. However a sample of Utopias isn’t something you come across everyday. The rarity and uniqueness of this brew pushed me over the edge, and past the price too.
2 ounce pour for $15 (!) at The Red in Santa Cruz. The bartender poured it into a kind of undersized champagne flute that I found to be very appropriate for the beer. It poured a deep amber that seemed to glow with light, as though by camera trick or special effects from a commercial. Very viscous for a beer, it left long thin legs down the glass after swirling. No head, no carbonation.
Aroma is primarily sweet molasses and caramel, with a distinct vanilla note. The booze manifests as a particularly oaky bourbon note.
Taste is a whirlwind of sweet and hot flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel wash over the tongue amidst exquisitely smooth booziness. Finish is buttery, almost butterscotchy. Obviously portlike although less fruity.
Mouthfeel is very thick but smooth. The alcohol blends with the sweet flavors seamlessly. The finish lingers for a long time, lending companionship to the slowly evolving warmth in the chest.
Considering the alcohol level, this is very very drinkable, but only by way of sipping. I’d love to have a bottle of this so I could pour a significant helping into a snifter and just slowly revel in the sweetness and warmth on a cold winter night. thewolf (12803) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Yespr]maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JAN 19, 2008
Pours a light hazy red-brown with a little bit of bubbles along the rim of my glass. Aroma is extremely alcoholic, some port and wood. The alcochol leaves wonderful lace curtains on my glass. Oily mouthfeel with an extreme alcohol burn. Rather sweet, lots of dried fruit (primarily figs). Light caramel, port and wood. Far too powerful for me, but it is impressive, though.
what a disappiontment, on nosing it was anything but complex, maple syrup is a better discreption. on the palate it was similar to a vintage port, this is supposeded to be beer isnt it? better off spending $160.00 on a 1st rate cab. sauv. more similar to wine, especially since they had to use champ yeast to get the alcohol so high. what is the beer world becoming to??
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole for this gem! Reddish color. Smell of alcohol, wine, caramel, whiskey/bourbon, oak, vanilla, pepper, clove, champaign, nuts, dark fruit and the list goes on and on. I sat for 20 minutes just smelling this. Taste of the same but only better. I wish I could give this a 10. KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2008
[What a fanstastic treat - thanks yespr!]
Dark amber with no head. Aroma has strong alcohol, fruits, oak, port and cognaq notes. Flavor is sweet and strong with port, cognaq, caramel, grapes and oak notes. Full bodied with lovely curtains in the glass. Although strong it is very balanced. Wow...
SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Two ounce pour from a bottle purchased by my homebrewing club.
Room temperature. 2007 bottling.
Pours clear mahogany brown and is totally still, no head whatsoever, indicated to earlier by an absolutely silent release of the cap.
Huge complex aroma of dried fruits, raisins, prunes, dates, figs, brown sugar and ALCOHOL.
A very complex flavor as well. The alcohol is dominant, but there is an intense fruitiness underneath it if you can search for a bit with your tongue.
Big alcohol burn, but this is very smooth and drinkable.
At over $100 a bottle, I won’t drink this often, if ever again, but if it was ever priced along with the liqueurs, this would be nice to have around now and then. User57106 (246) - - JAN 15, 2008
2003 bottle, purchased in 12/07 for over $200.00. Opened and consumed on 01/14/08. Wow, where to begin? Slightly cloudy golden pour with the thickest legs this side of cough syrup. Intense aroma of alcohol. No carbonation whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky, but in a good way. Flavor is redolent of the sherry and port barrels used to age the brew. Sweet with an alcohol burn. The flavor reminded at least one person tasting with me of Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Unlike any beer I have ever had. Really something else. Fifty proof beer... themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2008
This is a most incredible beer and hard to believe that it is beer at that. Strong alcohol/cognac aroma with superb color and strong legs lead to no head. I’ll throw it out there and state I spent $160 on this bottle plus tax and was purchased to enjoy with friends on New Year’s. Not a big hit with everyone so that means more for me. Chewy is accurate for the mouthfeel and yet silky going down that leads to a little fire. Very enjoyable.