TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sam Adams Utopias MMII pours to a brilliant, deep golden amber/rust color with no head, and no carbonation. It is a perfectly still liquid. The nose of this beer is amazingly complex and aromatic with just layers of aromas. Cinnamon, oak, vanilla, walnut, black pepper, sweet malt, sherry, maple, and peppery alcohol heat flood the nostrils. The palate is rich and slightly syrupy on the tounge, with layers of flavors. Complex notes of oak, sherry, whiskey, sweet malt, vanilla, maple, and walnut flavors fill the mouth. Utopias MMII finishes with more of those complex flavors, and ends with a very warming, soothing, high octane burn.
This is an amazing beer drinking experience, akin to drinking a fine single malt scotch or cognac. This is the ultimate sipping brew, the perfect beer to have after a big meal, and the perfect beer to slowly sip and savor on a special occasion. I was very impressed with this beer, and I will slowly work on my bottle, partaking only on special occasions. For with a beer this special, comes a lofty price tag. It retails for $100+ a bottle, and can only be found in select markets, in only a handful of states.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at Vail Beer Fest. 2-oz. sample from a snifter. Beer poured a hazy, light-brown color without any head. The aroma is extremely hot. The aroma is heavily malty with caramel, molasses, roasted grain and chocolate and moderately yeasty with notes of barnyard and dough. Plenty of miscellaneous aromas of wood, honey, candy sugar, raisin, cognac and brandy. The flavor is plenty hot, but I wouldnít guess 25%. Itís pretty well hidden. It begins heavily sweet and lightly bitter with a long, heavily sweet, moderately bitter candy-like finish. The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is flat. I really didnít want to like this one, but it was on for a Barley Wine.
Hulagai (14) - Myrtle Creek, Oregon, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is really unlike any beer. More appropriately a fermented liquer. Thereís no mistake the alcohol content is right up there. I think it would be interesting to have a carbonated version of this. I had to pay $238 to get a bottle. That makes it the most expensive alcohol I have ever bought, but worth every cent.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed on New Yearís Eve 2005. Deep amber and copper with long legs (and burgandy lips). The aroma presents some overwhelming alcohol, with maple and whisky. Tons of maple in each drink. Oak and vanilla. You can feel the alcohol evaportating in your mouth. So over the top that this is no longer beer.
Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer at Goose Island, Nov.11, 2005. Hazy red brown ale with no head. Deep sweet aroma of vanilla beans, alcohol, sweet apples, like a Pinot de Charente. In mouth, licorice malt with anis seed, alcohol wamth, vapour-like, vanilla and nuts. Wow. Rich intense body with discreet bitterness lingering in mouth. Noted the sample served would probably be around 30$ worth...
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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%.
dwyerpg (4783) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.