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RATINGS: 915   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7327) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
I’m 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 don’t know. Very alcoholic finish with grapes and brown sugar that linger forever.

4.3
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Still. Medium amber color, very oily looking leaving viscous legs along the sides of the glass. Massive aroma, knocks you back a step. Loads of maple, some cortland apple, vanilla, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor starts out with maple, floowed by some hot alcohol, vanilla and brown sugar again. Very light and airy on the tongue, doesn’t burn nearly as much as you’d expect. This is some crazy stuff, JC.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Intense cognac maple nose. No head. Golden metallic maple syrup color. This severely blurs the line between barley wine and cognac. Mocha, malty, vanilla, rounded taste. Sip it very slow. The tail end of the palate is very maple sugar (right at the end) Malty throughout with warming burning from the alcohol. It’s excellent tasting however I would not call this beer by any stretch of the imagination.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5445) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Bottle: Lots going on in the aroma. Big vanilla extract aroma with honey, light chocolate, and a light tequilla presence. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with no head at all. Very sweet. Lots of vanilla and honey. Big warming bourbon finish with hints of tequilla. I like it, but like the Triple Bock, only in small samples.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2457) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 Pours without a head and no lace. Crystal clear deep amber color, no carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is a strong alcohol. Starts sweet, with serious alcohol overtones, taste is a cognac/brandy, lingering alcohol aftertaste. Is this a beer?? And how can you compare to others? Its bottle #1776 for me, very expensive and really DFH World Wide Stout (18-23% ABV) at $7.95 tastes more like a beer. $100 for 24oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Sampled from a cognac like pour at the Sunset Grill and Tap in Allston, Massachusetts. Copper colored with no head. The nose is sharp and extremely alcoholic if you take a big sniff very close to the glass, but if you sniff from a bit further away and use the wafting method, an unbelievable range of aromas comes about, including caramel, vanilla, mocha, maple and hazelnut. Rich, diverse range of flavors, very similar to the aromatic descriptors above. The alcohol is huge, but I didn’t find it overwhelming in any way, but well hidden.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
GABF (like I’m gonna pay for this myself!) Pors a Med. Amber with no head. Soy sauce maple vanilla and port, a hell of a lot better than the triple bock in the nose. Syrupy body with very little life. Hot and sweet w/maple. Very oxidized and hot, brandy-like. Not very drinkable. I’d rather have a $50 bottle of port.


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