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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2005
Amber-brown colour with no head. As Jens says, curtains like fine liqour (never seen that on a beer before). Over-ripe fruit and cognac aroma and flavor. Perhaps itís not "beer" but despite the high alcohol it manages to be balanced and delicious. I didnít have high expectations but must say that im impressed.Thanks Jeppe.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2005
[At GABF 2004, Denver] An amber beer with no head, but the liquid makes "curtains" on the glass like a strong wine or liquor. The aroma is woody with strong notes of alcohol, but also overripe fruits, sherry, and bourbon. The flavor is powerful with notes of plums, other overripe fruits, and loads of alcohol, that burns the throat, as a strong sherry. The end is dry woody. An experience - but to me, not a beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2012
2012-04-01, at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 9-5-8-4-17=43
Hazy dark amber color. The aroma is immensely rich, with malt, caramel, vanilla, light phenol, alcohol, light fruit. Very thick and viscous, sweet malt flavor, caramel, wood, vanilla, strong alcohol punch, raisins, figs; the mouthfeel then gets oily; late final oxidisation and astringency.
A very interesting beer.

2006-02-17, 8-5-8-3-16=40
Beautiful dark copper color. Still.
Phenolic malty aroma, with delicate notes of fruity Porto wine, alcohol, sweet oak.
Burning alcohol flaming on the tongue, leaving behind traces of toffee (strong), sugars, malt, caramel; salty and thick. Balanced flavors but unbalanced alcohol perception, killing.
Because of the alcohol, the final is too short, with some caramel and sweetness.
An experience, for sure, but yet not the state of the art.

2005-02-12, 9-4-9-5-19=46
Flat, amber color. Smells like cognac; some nuts and malt; mono-dimensional; but the nuttyness comes out later, and this is an improvement. Sweet alcoholic cognac with some malt and sweetness. Well, itís a strange but very good beer! Thanks Jeppe for sharing this sample!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (9628) - SÝborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled: Dark amber almost burgundy coloured. No head. Marcipan, sweets, alcohol and fruit in the aroma. Flavour of alcohol and some fruitsweetness that reminds me a little of port. Is quite well balanced allthough the alcohol is very dominant. Is warming an to some extend it goes from reminding me of port to reminding me of mead, because of its medical coughmedicine aftertaste. Thanks Jeppe for sharing this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Most impressive bottle (# 07906) I have ever seen. Wow. Served in small plastic cup. Clear, warm copper color. No head. Aroma is pure, fruity alcohol - more like cognac than beer. Amazing. Flavor is enormous and luxurious - again, more reminiscent of cognac than of beer. Long, hugely warm and utterly smooth finish. Thick, full mouthfeel. A sipping beer if I ever saw/tasted one. Thanks a million, Jeppe and Michael!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
Amber color with no head. The taste is a very full and comlex sweetness with alcohol notes and alcohol warmth. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 1 oz sample at the EBF: Pours a clear, viscous still copper color. Sweet butterscotch bourbon aroma with lots of dark fruit complexity. Starts rich and syrupy sweet with mild caramel, toffee, and a strong burning alcoholic finish. Nice for a one ounce sample, but I donít think Iíd want anymore than that and I certainly would never buy a bottle especially for what they charge. As far as Iím concerned, this is liquor, not beer.

2007 vintage shared by ATLbeerdog on 6/3/08 (bottle # 08474): Still transparent copper orange pour with a nice viscosity and sticky legs. Aroma of sweet maple syrup and raisins with some big alcohol notes and a touch of sweet butterscotch. Body starts very full, thick and sweet with some nice complex toffee and brown sugar flavor, but has more alcohol heat than the "mellow" HotD Dave it was sampled next to. Should age well.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Pure alcohol aroma is liqueur-like with strong notes of licorice, nuts and chocolate. Clear copper coloured and still. As expected, there is no head whatsoever. Strong alcohol burn. Very sweet and liquorous. This doesnít really work for me as a beer or as a liquor. There are brewers making super-high ABVís that still taste like beer and there are many distillers that are making products that Iíd prefer if in the mood for the hard stuff. Glad of the opportunity for the sample. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Draft, EBF: Clear orange, no head. Huge alcohol nose in the midst of crushed fruits, mostly orange and overwhelming cognac. Medicinal vanilla almost soy sauce reminiscent sea water melts within the cognac to create a tongue burning sensation. Meaty, fat and gross. A fine scotch burns less with twice that alcohol and provides more enjoyment. Still liquor body, not as thick as expected, fortunately I assume.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2014 The Lure:
Alcohol bombardment attempts to blind the nostrils but some deeply caramelized cereals can be perceived during the onslaught. You have to blink to protect yourself though.

The Festivities:
This isnít beer, itís hard liquor and pancake syrup. Alcohol is everywhere, lingers and coats the palate. Perchance, earthy caramel and fruitiness can be found, redolent of some of their Triple Bock attempts, but that burning splash of ethanol I endure every sip of it is not very pleasurable. I respect the craft, but DFH has proved to me that high abvs can be thoroughly hidden in beer. This is well made, but it is not for me.


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