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RATINGS: 916   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   EST. CALORIES: 810   ABV: 27%
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To create Utopias, the brewers at Sam Adams used traditional brewing ingredients including all four types of Noble hops, which add a slightly earthy, herbal taste. The spiciness of the hops really comes alive. In fact, Utopias MMII has even been described by some as almost "fiery" -- a fitting description for the strongest beer in history. Beyond the special brand of hops, Utopias features ingredients that truly set it apart from other varieties of beer. Utopias MMII contains caramel and Vienna malts for its rich amber color and several different types of yeast including a variety found in champagne. $100 a bottle and it's limited to 3000 bottles, which look like copper brew kettles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1142) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 24, 2014
2011 vintage shared thanks to Matt, pours semi clear dark copper brown with no head. Nose is boozy caramel, dark fruit, raisin. Taste is boozy raisin, prune, maple, caramel, madeira wine. Finish is sticky raisin, dark fruit, booze, sweet. Complex and an interesting sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (574) - - MAY 22, 2014
2009 Vintage bottle. Shared with durwoodx and loinis. Pours a deep chocolate brown, translucent with light barely passing through the haze. Still, no lacing and major legs as the Utopias glass is swirled. Aroma is huge - maple syrup, oak, vanilla, bacon, cocoa. Flavor is nearly indescribable - smooth yet complex. Toffeee, port, peat, brandy, and oak with vanilla. Alcohol is barely present - masterfully hidden. Always an occasion to have this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Taster at Julio’s Beer Fest. 2013 vintage. Pours beautiful clear amber like maple syrup. Still. Very strong whisky boozy aroma, lots of oak, earth, dark dried fruits. Thick and syrupy, fills the mouth with the above flavors, prune, earth, a touch of mineral. finish is oak dryness. Great flavor and great balance. Reminds me of Jadwiga mead in its warmth, smoothness and mouthfeel. Delicious. Having tried this I would actually consider buying a bottle, as dear as it is.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
davey101 (744) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2012 10th anniversary. 2 oz sample into a Glencairn, thanks Tom. Pours a deep clear burnt amber/red that looks like a port or sherry. Nose is massive and complex. Lots of oxidized notes; sherry/port tannins, booze, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, salted caramel and oak. Incredibly rich and concentrated. Runs the gambit of sweet to savory. Taste is much the same. Dark fruits, oak, caramel and toffee, maple, and oxidized sherry that just lingers and lingers. Very complex but still drinkable and inviting. Coating mouth feel with a pleasant alcohol burn on the finish. This reminds me a lot of aged Triple Bock (sans ’97) but with the bad qualities replaced with excellent ones. Such a pleasant and wonderful experience. Perhaps not worth the coin and it does stretch the definition of beer but it is something special for sure.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
Poured clear amber with no head. Aroma of sweet caramel, sweet bourbon notes. Smooth as a great liqueur, so warming and easy to drink. Wonderfully.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peter_L (1086) - SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2014 2cl@Man in the Moon. Rödbrun vätska med total avsaknad av skum. Tror skumkronan sade upp bekanskapen för en tre, fyra år sedan. Massivt, mitt i skrevet, kraftiga aromer av maderia, ekfat och salt lakrits. Här handlar munfyllnad inte om hel eller halvfyllig. Blåslampa laddad med chilinapalm ligger närmare sanningen. God, nää. Värd pengarna, jo tjena. Men den är one of a kind!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4693) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle pour, barley wine I think not. Dark pour, flat. Maple and dark malt aromas. Flavor is more similar to a maple cognac.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
Scarcely resembles beer. Cognac flavor. Cognac mouthfeel. Cognac appearance. Tastes ok for like a sip and then I remember that I don’t like liqueur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1266) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 23, 2014
Two different vintages tasted after judging a commercial competition in Sacramento. Thanks to Sammy for providing. Aroma is herbaceous and peaty, with massive hot alcohol. Clear copper with no head. Taste is earthy, cloyingly rich and the alcohol is present throughout. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
knickskicks (879) - - APR 20, 2014
12th Annyiversary version. Still auburn pour. Nose is port wine, sherry, very sweet malts, booze. Taste is port wine, sherry, vanilla, cognac, sweet sauce. Full sticky mouthfeel, everything comes together so well.

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