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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

Category: Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 28%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale

Category: Strong Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 28%
Bronze color. Dense aromas of rancio, caramelized dried fruits, and pepper with a full body and a hot, elegant, long maple syrup drizzled almonds, amontillado sherry, and chocolate figs finish. A rich, sophisticated, and nuanced strong ale to tell your friends about.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex, Malty & Rich & Heavy
Aroma Aroma: rancio, caramelized dried fruits, and pepper
Taste Flavor: maple syrup drizzled almonds, amontillado sherry, and chocolate figs
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: In 6+ years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: Meat Loaf, Fish & Chips, Cotswold
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, sophisticated, and nuanced strong ale to tell your friends about.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Their Portfolio

88 Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager 5.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 4.9% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Double Lager 7.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Holiday Porter 5.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Downtime Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Tetravis 10.2% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Escape Route 5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Pumpkin Batch 5.6% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Crystal Pale Ale 5.3% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Nitro IPA 7.5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Rebel Rider IPA 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig 5.9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Session Ale 5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Scotch Ale 5.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser 8.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Nitro White Ale 5.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Rebel Raw Imperial IPA 10% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Fat Jack Pumpkin Ale 5.7% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Bonfire Blonde Ale 5.5% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Maple Ale 6.4% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Light Lager 4.3% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Toasted Caramel Bock 5.6% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock 5.8% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Boston Ale 5.4% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA 6.2% (USA)
95 Samuel Adams Rebel White Citra IPA 7.3% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Hopscape Wheat Ale 5.5% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Hefeweizen 5.4% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Berliner Weisse 4.8% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Cold Snap White Ale 5.3% (USA)
89 Samuel Adams Porch Rocker Flavored Lager 4.5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale 6% (USA)
83 Samuel Adams Summer Lemon Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Irish Red 5.8% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams New World Tripel 10% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour Stout 9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red Ale 9% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Octoberfest 5.3% (USA)
93 Samuel Adams Double Bock 9.5% (USA)
97 Samuel Adams Cinder Bock 9.5% (USA)
94 Samuel Adams Black Lager 4.9% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Utopias 2015 Barrel-Aged Strong Ale 28% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams KMF Grand Cru Barrel Aged Sour 6.5% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Cream Stout 4.9% (USA)
90 Samuel Adams Kellerbier 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Noble Pils 4.9% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Boston Lager 5% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner 5% (USA)
88 Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles 5.4% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% (USA)
96 Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser IPA 8.4% (USA)
92 Samuel Adams New England IPA 6.8% (USA)
87 Samuel Adams Rebel Anytime Session IPA 4.7% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat Ale 5.3% (USA)
84 Samuel Adams Raspberry Lemon Gose 5.0% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams American Kriek 7% (USA)
91 Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 6.3% (USA)
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88 The Boston Beer Co. Merry Maker 9% (USA)

Strong Ale

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Serve in a Snifter
Strong ales are amber to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 7-11.5%. These beers have a sweet malty palate and a notable degree of fruitiness. They may also feature medium-to-high hop bitterness tempering the overall sweet malt character. Beers in this category may commonly be referred to as old ales, stock ales or winter warmers, but this category may also expand beyond these styles. Strong ales are higher-alcohol versions of pale ales, but are not as robust or alcoholic as barley wines. These beers lend themselves to being cellared, and in some cases can develop complex sherry-like notes over time. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale, Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale and Samuel Smiths Yorkshire Stingo.