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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Ok - just the facts: 24% ABV - $100 / bottle. Huge doesn't begin to describe this beer. Insane in it's strong flavor. Rasins, candy, vanilla, coconut, alcohol and malt - all at a Spinal Tap shaming volume level of 15 on a scale of 1-10. I'll take a second try in 25-50 years after this beer has settled down a bit! Very difficult to review since NOTHING is even close to it and it's in a category by itself. Well, almost - Dogfish Raison d'Extra is 22% - and both are pretty similar. If I had a choice between the two right now, I'd probably go Sam Adams (not sure if it's a machismo thing because of that extra 2% or whether it tastes better). Who cars - after 1/2 a wine glass you're buzzed and they both taste like some NASA creation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Thanks to jcalabre for sharing some of this with me. Wow! Totally unique, more like a sweet cognac than a beer; a dessert pleasure. We appropriately finished a high-end tasting session with this wonderful creation. A specialty to savor live and in memory later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2003 A Huge Thanks to hopsrus for this one Appearance: Crystal clear reddish/brown color. It pours w/ no head. Flavor: Tastes like a liqueur. It is buterscotch/cognac taste Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch Overall: simply beautiful. The alcohol flavor is extremely well hidden, which I appreciate. This is beautiful to drink. Great job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Intense alcohol burns but is surprisingly overtaken by pure, tree-tapped maple syrup flavor. This maple syrup is where all the flavor is hiding. Notes of vanilla, port, caramel, even some dry grassiness (but not at the finish where I'd expect). Finish is short and swift, burning alcohol and more maple thickness. Palate killer, so beware if you are trying it at a festival, it took many pieces of bread and some water before I could get a grasp on by tastebuds again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Bottle. A swamp murky brown color with no head. The alochol aroma circles the beer a good 8-12 inches above the glass. As I pulled in closer the brandy, wood, oak, nuts, maple, and vanilla asserted itself. I was almost afraid to put it to my mouth - I mean - what could this possibly taste like. Inhaling while taking this expensive liquid to my mouth, the alcohol starts to burn my nose. What springs forth is initially very sweet and dessert like, but as the syrupy full bodied beer sits but a few moments longer it releases the maple, vanilla bean, toffee, and caramel. As it slides down the throat everything burns, and in its wake a sweet maple and wood aftertaste lingers minutes longer. Thanks to Nuffield for the sample!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Several things that need to be said up front: This is not beer, its more of a barley port, I have always loved port, and there is no way in hell I'd pay $200+ a bottle for this beer. Now down to the rating. I can't tell you another beer that is remotely similiar. I tried not to like it, god only knows I hated their triple bock, but I liked it and would love to serve it as a desert liquer. Sweet and unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Dark brown honey colour - completely still. Aroma of tequilla, some honey, very thick hot caramel, butter, and vanilla -> intoxicating. A silky mouthfeel, that coats the tongue, mouth and throat all at once, amazingly smooth. Very sweet, but a plesant sweetness that isn't too much - like a light and fluffy piece of vanilla cake with creamy frosting. Flavours coat and linger - which in this case is a good thing, not as harsh as its 'triplebock' cousin and the WWS (23%).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
In comparison to the Millennium, i think this falls a bit short of the mark. The appearnace of this one was quite murky, lots of dark pruny fruits, with some oaky, nutty vanillin flavours. This however has much more noticable alcohol than the Millennium, and the finish is a little shorter. Still an intersting beer, and a rare one to come by, particularly in Australia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
Wow! This was amazing. Had I been handed a glass of this I would not have thought for a minute it was beer. It pours with a satisfying "glug glug glug" out of the copper kettle bottle, no head of course and a dark apple cider color. There is a liquor/brandy-like aroma, suggesting some vanilla. The first sip clearly reveals the powerful alcohol, not so much in the flavor but because it made my whole mouth numb. Then there are some nice woody, nutty (hazlenut), raisin, vanilla and caramel veins. The tingle and burn in the mouth, with the subsequent hit on the head, makes this a "beer" experience I will only rarely repeat. Thanks to John Wheeler for sharing one of his bottles!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
Is it a beer or a cordial? Tried this at the Fest of Barral Aged Beers in Chicago. I was very impressed with complexity found in this beer with such a high alcohol content. As you sip this, the alcohol does not overwhelm you, but seems to impart a tequilla flavor over the entire profile. Fairly sweet with overtones of vanilla, cherries and raisons. Very warming but not overly harsh in bite. A truly unique beer that would make a great after-dinner sipper.

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