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Samuel Adams Utopias 2011: An Early Taste

Andrew Nagy
Posted: January 28, 2011

(continued from page 1)

Taste: Immediate alcohol replaced by port and berry flavors. Caramel and toffee notes balance the sip and a hint of vanilla on the finish adds complexity. Spice remains on the lips, too.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue and palette, but remains surprisingly light.

Drinkability: Gone are the piercing alcohol notes associated with previous versions, replaced by port and fruit flavors. With the feel of a cognac on the palate, this beer, simply put, is fantastic. Sweet, complex and fruity.

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Comments   8 comment(s)

stantine972 January 28, 2011 8:10pm ET

I love Sam Adams, but they might have to change the name from beer to liquor if the PAV is any higher. If you get pulled over after drinking one of these beers, do you say "I just had one beer, really, really." You wouldn't be lying!
Don't drink and drive, especially after one of these. Stay home and drink with a nice cigar.
George - Commack NY

Alan Garcia — Dover, DE, USA,  —  January 29, 2011 3:47pm ET

I'm very curious about this one. Would love to try it, if at least to say I have. Will be looking for it. I agree with Stan - enjoy with a cigar and stay home... CAO Vision or Montecristo Afrique with this? Recommendations?

Joel Pegram January 30, 2011 6:25pm ET

I think a LFD double ligero or maybe an illusione mk would be appropriate for such an occasion as this.

Thomas Puma — Staten island, New york, Usa,  —  January 31, 2011 6:41pm ET

Interesting. I'd definitely love to try this. But I'd also like to try a drinkable carbonated beer with the same alcohol content.

James White — Chicago, IL, USA,  —  February 3, 2011 1:10pm ET

Wow! Hey Joel I agree with you as far as the choice of cigar to go with this "beer". The LFD Chisel Maduro is powerful in its own right. I guess I also woul say start with a very large steak and make sure you have plenty time for this combo. Also at $150.00 a bottle, what size is that bottle( not 12oz I hope)

Andrew Nagy February 3, 2011 1:18pm ET

Gentlemen, the kettle-shaped bottles hold 24 oz. Koch said an average pour is about 2 oz.

stantine972 February 22, 2011 10:02pm ET

How much would a six pack be? October 16, 2013 11:34am ET

The Cohiba 1966 limited edition + Sam Adams Utopias = a perfect combination.... Period

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