CarpexxxDiem (6) - ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2005 does not count
Part of the cost of this beer can be attributed to the artistic 24-ounce bottle in which it is packaged. The copper-finished ceramic bottle was designed to look like a brew kettle, although it also resembles a command module from the U.S. space program in the Apollo era. A sliding door on the bottle reveals a portrait of brewer-patriot Samuel Adams. Five kinds of malt — including two German smoked malts — are used and all four varieties of the "noble hops," three Germans — Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Spalt and Tettnanger — plus the spicy Czech Saaz.
Several different yeasts are used, including champagne yeast, which is able to handle higher alcohol content.
The beer is then aged for more than a year in Scotch, cognac and port barrels. Utopias’ appearance and taste is more that of a sherry than beer. There is no carbonation, thus no head. The amber-colored liquor gives off a warm, complex aroma with more than a hint of alcohol. My first sensation was a strong vanilla flavor backed by a subtle spiciness that I couldn’t identify. Cinnamon, perhaps. And then, yeehaw, a warm, smoky glow of alcohol, not unlike you would find in a single malt scotch.
Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 ’05 bottled #03221sampled with Stegosaurus, poured a deep bronze with no head. Aromas of vanilla extract, maple syrup, and alcohol. Flavor is vanilla, maple syrup, surprisingly smooth. The best brew i have ever tasted. BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 When I purchased my ’07 bottles I was hesitant given the doubling of my ore-order price but a deals a deal. And such a deal at that! This was truly amazing. My coworker noted that she’d never seen me like this and the look on my face was what she imagined her’s looked like when confronted with a truly spectacular wine. The aroma was worth savoring for a full 20 minutes before delving in. Sweet caramel perfectly blended with vanilla and dark pitted fruits. As with most barley wines, I feared a cloying aroma and taste when so young. Twas not the case here. The still mahogany body revealed no such defect. In fact the smooth body was perfectly balanced. Just enough sweetness to remind me of the style but a pronounced maple flavor captivated my taste buds. The creamy smooth body revealed alcohol only on the finish. My next bottle shall lie in reserve for a truly memorable occasion. Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - NOV 10, 2007
What can I say. Very powerful brew. Dark amber pour with no head. Sweet and thick with moderate legs. Tastes like a good port. Definitely a sipper. ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Special Utopias tasting at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. There is a story behind every beer, and a story behind every beer drank. This beer rivals the Greek epics, the Great Russian Ballets, and the many wonders of the world. I waited with anticipation for the night to arrive, having cleared my work schedule and getting the mother in law to watch the boy. I arrived at the location and awaited with a palpable anticipation for the opening of the bottle. It was opened and poured into the glass, looking like the nectar of the beer gods. A beautiful sunset amber. Although there was no frothy covering on this mountain, it was sheer elegence in it’s naked beauty. The aroma was breathtaking. A perfect blending of fragances each peeking through to culminate in a scent all it’s own. The feeling of familiarity in the scent, like a gathering of all your family and closest friends, but with the freshness of a newborn babe. Butterscotch, vanilla, fruits, hops, caramel, toffee to name a few. After relishing the bouquet for what seemed a fleeting moment, but turned out to be a few minutes, I took my first sip. Ecstacy, rapture, utter fantasy and delight. The tastes of the best breakfast pancakes with maple syrup, along with a beautiful butterscoth toffee, and a great glowing warmth of alcohol. As I rolled it around on my tongue, every taste bud was alive with sensory input, no one thing overpowering the other. The warm, luxuriant, silky liquid felt as though it was melting on my tongue. The finihing touches bring a dearth of warmth, happiness and fullfilment. If beer was an emotion, this would be love. If I never again sample another beer, at least I have tasted the nectar of bliss.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2007 Edition in Ceramic Decanter # 04563. Found this bottle at Savemore Beverage Clifton Park NY. Pours a deep copper in color with no head. Were to start WOW!!! Aroma of Cognac, sweet maple syrup, oak and with an alcohol warming smell. Taste of maple syrup, oak, butterscotch and caramel with very clean finish. Suprisingly no alcohol burn with the high alcohol %, you will feel it. I was very surpise to find this one, had to travel to New York to get this one. It was not cheap at $175 but worth it. eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours bronze with no head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, creme brulee, vanilla, and cherry. Flavor is sweet caramelized sugar, toffee, almonds, coconut, and cherry. This is amazing and tastes like liquid candy. There is absolutely 0 alcohol burn in this beauty. This has a perfect balance of flavors with a silky mouth feel. 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. 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. PMgep (292) - Lund, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2008
Wow, this is good. A sweet aroma with fruit, raisins and caramel. It looks beautiful in the glass, leaving curtains like a whiskey or cognac. The flavour is strong, sweet with raisins and caramel with no burn of the strong alcohol.