rruhl1981 (25) - medina, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Pours rich caramel, no head or carbonation at all, aroma is boozey as fuck with notes of toffee and caramel, syrupy legs, flavor is sweet almost to sweet to start followed by slight hops and then an intense alcohol burn. I appreciate what the Boston Beer Company achieved with this however completely not my style, glad to say I tried it but not anxious to return BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
The 2009 edition is definitely something special. Caramel in color with big notes of sweet caramel, vanilla spices, and an oaky cognac like backbone. Utopias has a nice candy like feel to it and is very warming. hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Limited 2005 Edition. Bottle #00732. 24oz. Beautiful bronze/copper brew kettle bottle. Easily the most stunning bottle I’ve ever seen..downright impressive just to look at. Sam Adams signature engraved on the front, and on the back, copper sliding doors that reveal a picture of Samuel Adams. Bottom of the bottle is individually numbered in gold lettering.
Strongest beer in the world? Sure, it’s somewhat of a gimmick, but I still had to try it. Saw it at John’s Grocery in Iowa City and took the only two bottles they had.
Served right around 60 degrees..let it warm to room temp as we drank it.
Pours a clear bronze/amber color..looks very much like cognac or whiskey. No head, lace, or carbonation, but it holds to the glass like syrup..very sticky consistency. Aroma is surprisingly alcoholic..smells stronger than many 40-50% liquors I’ve had...wow. Sweet smells of brown sugar and almost has a tequila-like quality to it. Interesting..
Tastes are incredible..very sweet & rich..dark fruits, brown sugar, smoky malts, oak, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, raisins, maple syrup....with a slight burning alcohol finish. Hop character is subdued by the huge malty tastes and alcohol bite. Very warming and has a wonderful complexity to it.
Overall, I’d say the 24 ounces probably isn’t "worth" the $100+ price tag, but then again, what could be worth that? What’s gold going for an ounce these days? Other great high-alcohol beers such as DFH World Wide Stout and DFH 120 Minute IPA are less than $10 per 12oz bottle, and are around 20%. You can’t get much more unique, though..and it was nice to get the chance to try it. Goes down remarkably smooth and is surprisingly drinkable as well..the tastes linger on the tongue, and as soon as they fade, you find yourself yearning for another sip.
If you have money burning a hole in your pocket and can find this great brew, I’d say go for it. You can always split the cost with a few friends like I did. That way you won’t feel so guilty when you’re staring at the gorgeous empty bottle. rjulian24 (18) - USA - OCT 4, 2006
I tasted this at the 2006 GABF at the Saturday connoisseurs session. The best example of why moderation is the key to success. The beer is well made and interesting, but really it tastes like what it is - an attempt to get oneself in the Guiness book of world records. The alcohol smell is overwhelming as is the rich scotch nose and carmel nose. Surprisingly the beer is not that hot for as large as it is. But that really is not enough to save the beer. The flavor mimmicks the aroma. I ended up giving most of my sample to a friend that did enjoy the beer.
Back this thing down about 40% and it would probably rank pretty high in my mind. Ohwell at least it is interesting. AHouse (18) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Has the consistence and color of a cognac. The flavour is very rich and overly sweet. The aging process gives it a taste that is a cross between a whiskey and a fine cognac, with a more subtle after taste. Overall impressed with the originality of this beer but could only drink a small amount of it due to the sugary sweetness. Something good to try but not to buy.
Bewnhur (17) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2015
This is a real treat. The taste is very thick and reminds you of a good congac. The dominant flavour for me is fudge and dark fruits with chocolate. I will buy this again if i get the chance to. JudgeDread (16) - Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2006
Wow what an eye opener, literally. Very pleasent sweet aroma, high alcohol aroma as well as flavor. This beer warms the body as it goes down. Almost felt as if I were drinking an expensive liqour of some sort. Baresi (16) - Kungsbacka, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 The aroma is more like sherry then beer and I have introduced it as sherry or cognac to friends and they belived it was. The taste is kind of nutty, hints of alcohol and all the tastes are very well balanced. It taste similuar to a nice red port.
When I bought it in late 05 i thought it would taset like s**t. But when I tasted it for the first time (feb 06) it was so much better then I ever had expected. After that I’ve tried it four more times (summer 06) and it’s getting even better and better each time.