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RATINGS: 879   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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4.1
   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (535) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2014
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. Vintage 2013. 1.5 oz pour. Finally got to try this gem, and good lord it was so worth the cost of this taste! The pour is a nice dark ruby with no real presence of lace on this. The nose is pretty incredible. This one seemed a little hot, but there is some incredible caramel, vanilla, some dark fruit notes. Toffee is also present. The flavor is also a little warm throughout, but the caramel and the dark fruits are just wonderful. The mouth feel is great. Thick and viscous, and covering extraordinarily well. There is no carbonation and a warming, lingeringly smooth sweet aftertaste. Just an incredible experience!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bacterial (1370) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Generously shared by BVery - wow thanks!! Clear dark amber pour with no head. Massive raisin, tawny port nose. Very nice nose. Fantastic taste - a tawny explosion of flavors coating my pallet. Wow. I want more.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltser85 (217) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Pours a murky brown, mahogany. Super thick, almost syrup like. Aroma of huge bourbon barrels, vanilla, soft oak, coconut. Dark fruit, chocolate. Taste is all of that and then some. Almost a sherry sense to this. It is amazing. Moderately undescribable. I am left partially speechless. This is of course, a full bodied beer. Loved it!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
monkeychugg55 (830) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
2013 vintage 29.5% ABV. Snifter at Longshot beer dinner. Looks like a dark whiskey and smells like one from 10ft away. No head but really nice legs. The aroma has a lot of vanilla, oak, and rumminess. The flavor is equally complex and adds figs, raisons, and maple syrup. Thick and velvety with a balanced finish despite all the alcohol. Alcohol warming is an understatement.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mentalmind (24) - FINLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3cl shot at Mikkeller. Very nice licorice and cognac combination going on. I wouldn’t categorize this as beer amy more.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2014
2009 vintage shared by Scott. Pours a murky brown color with absolutely no head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, rubbing alcohol, dark fruit, caramel, and oxidation. Taste of raisins, dates, vanilla, thick sweet caramel, and boozy bourbon notes. Lots of alcohol burn.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElCapitan22 (50) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Pours a burgundy and looks like scotch. Smells of vanilla, figs and alcohol. Tastes sweet and hard, but amazing. Has a smooth finish and drinks like a good scotch. Crazy good! I am privilaged to have had this experience. Thanks Tony!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2011 Bottle. Pours thick, viscous honey-gold with no head (of course). Aroma is deeply fruity - fig, apple, orange, raisin, alcohol. Taste is also fruity with some notable hop bittering/bite up front. Long, lingering alcohol burn - quite pleasant. Going to savor this one a small glassful at a time.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kathouse (916) - Nevada, USA - MAY 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 More liqueur than beer but this stuff is fantastic. Like an old Madeira. Alcohol, licorice, vanilla extract, and luxurious chocolate. Delicious. 2013.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (108) - - MAY 28, 2014
May 24, 2014. 1.5oz shot at beerbistro. This beer has to have the most awesome bottle ever; hope to acquire one for my collection at some point. The 2013 vintage seems a lot smoother than the previous time I had this at beerbistro (perhaps the 2011 vintage). Vinous fruit, very sweet nose. Lovely dark warm reddish brown, no head. Port-like. Quite lovely.


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