So three of us decided to go in on a bottle of 10th anniversary Utopias. I don't think any of us were disappointed. Very reminiscent of Sam Adams Triple Bock- haven't had it in years but the character is distinct and comes to mind the moment you taste Utopias. The rich amber color is reminiscent of a brandy or liquor, as is the flavor. Sweet of candied sugars and caramel, with no head to speak of. According to David, it has "the longest finish of any beer ever". Comments were that it reminded many of a port or brandy. The aroma is rich and sweet with just a hint of funky sulfur. When you age something that is not distilled so long, it gets just this tiny funk, much like the 30 year old mead I sampled. Definite notes of honey, caramel, and malt sweetness dominate. With just a tang in the finish. Overall very impressive. Minimal ethanol burn for such a high abv. We saved a tiny bit till next year.
Since we were sampling we cracked open a couple other brews. Night Stalker from Goose Island. In the past this was a favorite of mine. This year it is unfortunately pine needles with a touch of infection. Not good, not finished. We had a Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, now there is a nice brew. Dark, nice head, slight tannin bite, something worthy of a full future review. We cracked open a Fifty Fifty Old Fitz. It was good, a little light bodied, nice bourbon character. A bit over priced and over rated, but a great brew over all. We enjoyed a few other brews and finished off with a 2011, 2012 vertical of Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th from Dark Horse. The 2012 was more coffee, and the 2011 had more bourbon aroma and was a bit more mellow, and yes it is still the worlds greatest stout.