The Boston Beer Company – Samuel Adams Utopias

Utopias

From Sam Adams’ Website

 

Reviewer/Writer: Ricky Potts
Beer Name: Samuel Adams Utopias
Brewery: The Boston Beer Company
Style: Barley Wine
Availability: Limited
Hop Varieties: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt Spalter and Tettnang Tettnager
Yeast Strains: Two proprietary types.
ABV: 29%
IBUs: 25
Glassware: Snifter

Trying this beer was special. The beer comes around every couple of years, and is fairly easy to find. But this year we were invited to share this beer with friends and did so on Christmas Day. My good friend Mickey runs Cellars Fine Wine & Spirits here in Phoenix, Arizona, and was open on Christmas Day. He was also open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but Christmas means a little more, in my opinion. When he invited us to share this bottle with him, I couldn’t tell him no. I mean… it’s Sam Adams Utopias. This is a bucket list beer, for sure.

If you do happen to find a bottle, look at spending $200+. Total Wine & More gets a case every two years, and charges $249 for it. At least the last time I saw a bottle sold at Total Wine, that is what it sold for. Plus, this is a beer you don’t want to drink all at once. The beer will age for many years to come, and more than a few ounces is plenty. It’s nearly 30% ABV, after all.

We didn’t finish the bottle on Christmas Day, and Mickey was gracious enough to gift me the remaining few ounces and the impressive bottle it came in. Oh, and he gave me the glassware, too. Just a great experience from start to finish.

Appearance: In the glass, it is seemingly thick with zero head, and a nice thick sticky lace. Oh, and Mickey served this in the appropriate glassware that The Boston Beer Company will provide when you buy a bottle of this beer. The glasses don’t come with the beer, but rather with a certificate you can mail in to claim your glasses.

Not sure if that will make the beer taste better… but it is a nice presentation.

Aroma: That is straight bourbon. I mean… wow. All I am smelling here is whiskey.

I also had the pleasure of sharing this beer with Sheryl. When we were smelling this beer, she said, “It kind of looks like maple syrup in the glass.” She’s right. It does. I didn’t realize they actually used maple syrup in the glass until after the fact.

Drinking this beer has been on my bucket list for a LONG time, and I’m honored that Mickey was willing to share with us. Cheers doesn’t even begin to explain it.

Taste: Holy. Crap. I’ve heard people say this beer isn’t good, that it is too boozy, but they are wrong. This shouldn’t be beer, but it is. So good. Almost puts me beyond words. Oh, and I got a second pour… so I shared it with friends.

Mouthfeel: For as much hype as this beer has, and as thick as it appears in the glass, the mouthfeel is thin, but so hot you can’t leave it in your mouth for long. I just want to swallow so I can enjoy the aftertaste. The finish just lingers for days.

Overall Impression: I only had a few ounces, but the flavor just blows me away. This is a sipping beer. Oh, it’s a sipping beer. I bet this would go well with a nice cigar. I wonder if Samuel Adams would be able to recommend a cigar to pair with this.

“This is the most complicated, complex liquid I have ever put in my mouth.” That’s the quote of the day. Mickey, I owe you big time, my friend. Wow. That is all. Is this the best beer I’ve ever had?

Cheers to you, Jim Koch!

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Lola Drinks 3Beans

Sixpoint 3Beans

That’s breaking news, folks. I had Sixpoint Brewery‘s 3Beans for the first time, and it was lovely. Thanks go to Justin for sending it to me.

It’s a full-body, rich beer. It’s infused with the oak from the barrels it was aged in, giving it a woody, smoked flavor.

There isn’t a micro meter of space wasted in this beer. Every bit of it has flavor: cocoa, coffee, malt and a little hint of spiciness—almost like chili peppers. That probably comes from the beans.

The coloring is a medium brown. The head is creamy, smooth and khaki in color.

I would drink this beer any day, and be happy for it. I hope this isn’t my last time drinking this beer! Seekabrew says that I should have full distribution here. I’ve only seen one Sixpoint beer here ever, and that was the one I had Thursday night. Let’s hope I see 3 Beans here in the future.

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Stone Brewing Hibiscusicity Review

Hibiscuscity (Randy (1)

Beer Name: Hibiscusicity
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian-style ale
Hops: Magnum, Sterling
Special: Orange peel, Hibiscus flowers
Malts: Pale Malt, Wheat Malt
Availability: Nationwide
7.4% ABV
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours a bright amber with rich, pink overtones. More than likely from the Hibiscus flowers.

Aroma: Citrus, definitely citrus. They used orange peel and you get orange peel.

Taste: The orange peel and the Hibiscus play so well together! That said, this is not orange peel/citrus some people get from wheat beers, this is orange peel in it’s truest essence. The didn’t spare any here (sidenote: wonder what they did with that metric ton of leftover oranges they obviously used to get the peels). Although the oranges are present, the flowers definitely ain’t no pansies. They’re at the party and damn it they want you to know it. They deliver the taste equivalent of an aromatic punch to the snot box. This beer is well done.

Mouth feel: Very dry, but based on how this is drinking, it needed to be dry. Sweetness with all this aroma would have been a little overwhelming.

Overall Impression: This beer is VERY well done. I admit that I am a Stone fanboy, but normally that’s the case because I am a hop head. However, this beer is totally not a hop head’s delight. In fact, it is a welcomed departure from a ton of hops and in my opinion it definitely highlights brewing versatility in the Stone Brewery. Yep, going back to the store to get another bomber…or two.

 

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Beer Review: Intuition I-10, IPA

Intuition I-10

Show Notes:

Beer Name: I-10 West Coast IPA
Brewery: Intuition
Website
Style: IPA
Hops: Columbus, Summit, Cascade, and Centennial
Malts: American 2-Row, Red Wheat Malt, Cara-Pils and Crystal malt
Availability: North (wider distribution) and Central Florida (limited)/
6.75 ABV
55 IBUs
Glassware: I used a big old honkin’ mug
Appearance: Burnt Orange
Taste: A good blend between malts and hops. Not too bitter, but not tepid, either.
Rate Beer 92 Overall
Cookbook

Thank you to the Broward Palm Beach site for doing some of the legwork!

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