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RATINGS: 963   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest Boston 2004: Has a amber color and a sweet candy smell. Taste is like a cognac/sweet malts and finishes with a strong alcohol burn. Overall a very interesting beer, but not my thing...

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
JFGrind (1977) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
egajdzis also hooked me up with a sample of Utopia. Had this one near the end of our sampling session. My notes on it read, "Butter scotch schnapps...whiskey...I canít drink this...". Just too complicated of a barleywine for me. I sampled it with hopdog and I think his rating is close to mine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Still dark topaz colored liquid. Long legs when swirled in the glass. Hot aroma of vanilla infuse walnuts. Flavors of caramel, maple and Amaretto. Syrupy. It sets awhile and some odd cutting fluid aromas come out. A novelty brew. One Iíll share form time to time just to show off a high alcohol brew. Thanks John.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Barrel Aged Fest 2004: Cognac or beer? I donít usually have this difficulty differentiating between the two. Or is it brandy, for godís sake. SYRUPPPY! I know this is meant as a joke, right? Or maybe even rum? I sip gingerly but still canít control the shivvering effect this sucker has on my system.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2005
At $10 / shot in a brew bar in NY Iím not sure what to expect, but I know it wonít be ordinary. And itís not. Reddish gold ó looks like a single malt thatís been aged in casks used to age port. Good looking for a scotch, but not for a beer. Mouth feel is too flat for a beer ó no carbonation ó and too syruppy for a scotch. Taste is interesting ... nutty, with strong taste of alcohol and dried fruit ... but not great. In the end I have to call it a real disappointment ... for the price you can get a GREAT scotch ... or half a case of Dogfish Head World Wide, or even half a case of Westvleteren. This is an interesting experiment, but not a triumph. And, given the price, I just canít get too excited about how the experiment turned out.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle, RBESG, August 2005. A dead ringer for sherry with a shot of brandy thrown in for good measure. Distinctly vinous. Warming, verging on burning. Interesting, but is it beer as we know it? Iíd never pay the price for this one, so double thanks to Jeppe for sharing this one. A couple of sips was enough.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle at ōLbutikken - thanks to Yespr. Cloudy deep orange - no head. Raisins, high hoppy, bread, alcoholi, brown sugar, lots of dried dark fruits, portwine-like. Powerfull and light alcoholic afterburn. Very delicious, but not as fantastic as I hoped !!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - APR 11, 2008
Reddish copper with no head to speak of. Nose is pretty much like a brandy or whiskey, flavor is much the same. Sticky sweet, some vinous notes going on. Itís tasty, but for some reason Iím not as impressed as I feel I should be. This is, really, no longer a beer. Itís practically a liqueur. Certainly not BAD, but not what I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AHouse (18) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Has the consistence and color of a cognac. The flavour is very rich and overly sweet. The aging process gives it a taste that is a cross between a whiskey and a fine cognac, with a more subtle after taste. Overall impressed with the originality of this beer but could only drink a small amount of it due to the sugary sweetness. Something good to try but not to buy.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Big thanks, yet again, to iowaherkeye. Golden brown/amber/mahogony pour. Smells of booze, caramel, portish, cherry. Taste of caramel, cherries, cream and a little booze. Just kidding, the booze was over the top, as expected, but a bit much for me to put down.


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