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RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 810   ABV: 27%
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 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 11/24/2011. 2011 bottle poured from an elegant copper coated ceramic bottle into a tasting glass. As were my expectations, this has a look I am more accustomed to seeing in a brown liquor, maybe a cognac. A few stray bubbles very briefly collected for a moment before quickly vanishing. Wow, there is a ton going on in the aroma. There is a lot of sweetness, with aromas ranging from vanilla to molasses. Some caramel and other sweet malts are noticeable, as well as oak, some general dark fruits, and maple. The flavor has an incredible presence. The sweetness includes caramel, molasses, vanilla, maple, and dark fruits, with a malt that drags on through the finish. Other notes of port and cognac, as well as a general oak character, are present as well. Utopias has a huge body, with almost no carbonation and a fairly sticky nature. This is actually one of the few things that clues me in that it is not a liquor; it is sticky instead of dry. It goes down surprisingly smooth with an alcohol presence of a much lower ABV beer. When a beer can be opened and still stored for weeks (or months), the line between beer and liquor has justifiably become blurred. There is just an incredible amount of complexity involved with this beer that makes it very difficult to judge. Did I really enjoy it? Yes, it was amazing. Could I drink more than 4 oz.? That would be tough. Do I regularly want to pay $165 for a bottle of it? Probably not. Scoring this beer is difficult.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (1003) - CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with no head or lacing. (4/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruit, raisins, maple, earthy. (9/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Palate: medium-full syrupy body, flat carbonation, boozy finish. (4/5) Looks, smells, and tastes like a liqueur - a sherry or a port, for example - and not at all like any other beer. The aromas promise a boozy sweet blast, but the flavour is actually surprisingly smooth, with much less sweetness than expected. Sure, itís hot - with a nearly 30% ABV, thatís fairly unavoidable - but not aggressively so. A unique brew thatís definitely worth sampling. (17/20)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmongoose (1872) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2015
bottle to baby snifter. very unexpected treat that was shared with many. the pour was medium clear brown with no head. the aroma was maple syrup and booze underlying that which is tough was some dark fruit mix of raisin and fig maybe plum. the couple of sips was pure bliss of maple syrup and booze full flavored from tip of tongue to belly. truly an experience and thanks for the share whoever bought this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyW68 (1258) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2015
Crystal clear brown with a yellow halo. Aroma is raisins, dark fruit and alchohol. Taste is a raisin liquor. Sweet start. Bitter on back of tongue, and light alcohol burn. Very good. Could not see drinking more than one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mariuspoenari (42) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
A dark amber / golden brown liquid, thick, with no carbonation and no head. It looks a lot like a darker brandy, with the alcohol sticking to the sides of the glass when you move it around. The smell is incredibly rich, something between a bourbon, a cherry and a brandy (as far away from beer as I have ever smelled), blended with caramel, vanilla, raisins and, of course, alcohol, especially right after the pour. As was expected, the taste is quite complex. Rich caramel sweetness up front, together with vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, notes of bourbon, a bit of wood and much, much more. Figs and other dried fruit right after that - raisins and dried plums - as well as dark cherries. A very nutty aftertaste, with different flavours unfolding after every sip. The body is viscous and thick, and the alcohol is at 29%, yet this is incredibly pleasant to drink, much more than any spirit that I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2280) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
not sure how to describe this. had a 1.5 oz pour at binnys tasting room in lincoln park. aroma of cognac..more like a port wine than beer. pours cherry in color with no head. very boozy flavor and it is really syrupy. smooth taste with a cognac burn at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3437) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
Bottled as Utopias10th Anniversary. Pours clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, syrupy texture and flat carbonation. An excellent Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (632) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (friday). Thanks Thijs for sharing. Really awesome. I like barley wines and this is a hell of a barley wine. The sweetness (also vanilla) was perfectly balanced. Very nice structure, soft, alcohol. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
UncleKorm (1142) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
At GABF, poured a clear dark brown hue w/ no head. Big sweet boozy aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are maple syrup and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (3217) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
At Borefts 2015. This beer is somewhat of a legend, so I was worried it would be a let-down. Aroma of strong vanilla and raisin, nice. Taste is really rich, with lots of vanilla, boozy raisin, caramel and long warming finish. Very tasty and very awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (2506) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
small sample shared by thijs at borefts 2015. poured a hazy amber colour. nose of caramel, maple syrup, dark fruits, alcohol, molasses, vanilla sweet buttery notes. butterscotch. figs. full bodied thick mouthfeel. finally had the chance to try this one!

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