Samuel Adams Utopias 2011

 

3.3

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL10/20

adamjackson (764) – Canaan, New Hampshire, USA – OCT 11, 2012

2011 Vintage. bottle #01979. Enjoyed in a snifter at cellar temp (60 Degrees F). Shared with my neighbors after pounding Bud Light.
A – Huge alcohol legs like Brandy on the edge of the glass. Minor sediment in the glass. Looks like a very fine cognac or brandy. Very cedar bronze color with hints of a chocolate bar color (milk chocolate brown).

S – The first thing I get is caramel. This is followed by a nutty toffee and heavy maple syrup. There’s a combination of charred oak and sweet vanilla but maybe I’m confusing the maple and vanilla. Both are very sweet. I’ve sniffed the hell out of this and my nostril is growing tired. The booze burns every bit of my nose.

T – Wow. This is very hard because, up front, it’s very sweet. The burnt caramel and “100 grand bar” taste is big, sweet and tastes like it’s a fresh backed sweet pasty right out of the oven. It covers my mouth and stays around forever. It’s this maple oaky cedar and lemon wood sweet bomb like candied sugar and toffee. There’s this pure cane syrup finish and a huge vanilla bourbon finish as it fades away. After a minute, there’s a hint of smokiness.

M – Extremely heavy body, absolutely no carbonation. This is a chewy beer although no need to even say that, right?

O – This is a love hate beer. It’s incredibly balanced. There is no doubt about that. However, it’s a 27% beer that’s so close to whiskey yet entirely too sweet to be whiskey. The sweetness needs to be turned down and perhaps time will do that. I am enjoying sipping on this. It’s best shared with friends and perhaps not after enjoying Bud Light and Doritos.

Samuel Adams Utopias 2011

Samuel Adams Utopias 2011

Samuel Adams Utopias 2011

Samuel Adams Utopias 2011