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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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Sampled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer at Goose Island, Nov.11, 2005. Hazy red brown ale with no head. Deep sweet aroma of vanilla beans, alcohol, sweet apples, like a Pinot de Charente. In mouth, licorice malt with anis seed, alcohol wamth, vapour-like, vanilla and nuts. Wow. Rich intense body with discreet bitterness lingering in mouth. Noted the sample served would probably be around 30$ worth...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours a clear, ruby amber color. The aroma is quite pronounced and concentrated with notes of brandy, concentrated malt almost extract light notes. There is lots of hot alcohol fumes, but it is not so much that it dominates the other aromatics, in fact it is in a pretty good balance with the concentrated malt notes. This really does smell like a brandy, or a scotch or perhaps a bourbon, I canít really say, but it does have a sticky sweet note that is not really found in any of these.

The taste is sweet, but not overly so and has a concentrated maltiness to it. There are also flavor notes reminiscent of molasses and maple syrup here. The finish, at times, is dominated by hot alcohol notes that make the finish reminiscent of rum. Actually the more I think of it, the more apt the rum analogy is; there are lots of molasses and fermented cane flavor type notes here. The flavors are so concentrated that they are almost overwhelming, some of the notes I canít seem to pick out. I do get notes of vanilla, lots of caramel, and toffee brittle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2005
Dark red colored, no head. Aroma has some sweet toffee tones, otherwise strong alcoholic whiskey aroma is very dominating. Flavor is much more "friendlier": sweet start with oak, smoke, caramel and some toffee tones, nice warming strong alcohol in aftertaste with some raisins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
FoBAB. It came from the reps in what looked like hand bottled bottles. Not beautiful copper kettle here, of course I didnít pay $100 to drink it either. I was the first in line for this thing and they gave me a 4-5oz pour, it ended up being way too much. Reddish brown color with no carbonation, laces like crazy. Aroma is heavy on bourbon/whiskey. Maybe a touch of the sweet maple syrup in the nose. The taste is sweet maple syrup initially; in fact, really good maple syrup, lots of depth in the natural maple flavors. The whiskey/bourbon is lurking in the background. There is some milk chocolate and astringent oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and buttery with a fiery, alcoholic end. Too much alcohol. Worth a try, but more than a couple ounces gets to be a bit much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2005
(Bottled, 2003 vintage) Reddish amber color with practically no head. Strong, Very grainy-malty, sweet-toffeeish aroma with clearly present alcohol. Very strong, grany-malty, sugary-sweet, port-wineous flavor. Very full-bodied, very warming-alcoholic palate with no carbonation. An interesting "barley drink", but quite far from beer. Still surprisingly drinkable for a 25%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Ahh, the anticipation. Shelled out $15 for this shot (talked the bartender down frm 20). Smells like whiskey/cognac. Really strong stuff. Tastes more like liqour than beer too, but with something nice, peppermint perhaps, but thatís not it. Not a beer, but still better than whiskey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2005
SA tasting at Pizza Plant. Pours a deep copper/light amber with no head. Aroma is a punch to the face. Im sure I made a horrible face when the aroma first hit me. Still, after a while, I kinda liked the aroma. Lots of pure maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisin, calvados liquer, and a definite alcohol presence all around. Flavor also has a ton of alcohol, but is still nice for what it is. Lots of sweet candied fruits, tons of maple, and an oaky vanilla-like flavor. This is a great cognac/brandy/calvados-like liquer which is nice to just sip on, but I still would never buy a bottle of this stuff. Very sticky and has a relatively smooth finish despite its strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7121) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 First sampler at the 3rd Annual FoBAB in Chicago. They gave me a solid 5-6 oz. taster which, according to my math, was worth about my price of admission! Pour was a still copper/amber with a few large chunks of sediment resting toward the bottom. Nose picked up a whole helluva lot... although very little of it reminded me of beer. Brandy and port wine were prominent, with undertones of caramel, heavy dark fruits, maple, and some noble/floral hoppage... I also found whiskey and oak in there. Sticky-sweet on the palate, with alcohol power throughout. Flavors of cognac and whiskey upfront, but a little coaxing brings out caramel malts, pure Canadian maple syrup, vanilla, oak, raisins, and brown sugar. This was quite good, and certainly taxing on the palate. Long cognac and maple finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Iím torn on this one. Purple/copper body. Obviously no head. Noise is pure port. Raisins, alcohol, maple, vanilla. Really boozy. Some aspects of oak/single malt. Flavor is that of a lighter port. Lots of malt & raisin. SOme nuttiness. Really boozy. Feels like it evaporates off my tounge. Caramel, orange, vanilla, maple, brown sugar. I just donít know. Very alcoholic finish with grapes and brown sugar that linger forever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Sampled at the 3rd Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-aged Beers held at Goose Island (Wrigleyville branch), Chicago, IL. Served from brown bottles. 2003 vintage. Hazy, strong dark brown amber ale having pronounced scotch whiskey aroma. No discernable carbonation. Full-bodied having creamy maple syrupy texture that starts with moderately sweet malt with pronounced whiskey, prune, raisin and maple syrup flavors, and trace of light bitterness. Finishes with light sweetness and no discernable bitterness. Pronounced alcoholic warmth. Very much like a liquor (a beer liquor?). A very delicious beer that is best served as a digestif.

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