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RATINGS: 992   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mybestfriend (263) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 2007 version. 2 cl sample. Dark amber colour. The nose - think sweet sherry or vintage port. Loads of dried fruits. Alcohol and some butter. A bit perfumy. Flavour is extremly full-bodied. Very sweet - again think sweet sherry or vintage port. Dried fruits and chocolate. A fantastic brew that is impossible to compare to other beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (8392) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 #100 Barley Wine rating

Huge thanks to the Oldsmar Tap House owner Tony for allowing us beer geeks (Degarth, Quake1028 and myself) to finally get a chance to sample a beer weve been collectively Jones-ing for for months. The sample pours out crystal clear amber with lots of legs along the edge of the glass and zero head. Wow, big big tasty aroma. Love it. It is sweet and yummy. A deep drag pulls up sweet rich creamy sticky caramel malty sweetness. I also get some opulent dark fruity esters with dates, grapes and perfectly ripe cherries. As the drag continues the phenols start to kick in and almost burnt the nose with alcohol. This is the thickest, richest, boldest and most alcoholic barleywine Ive ever experienced. The taste begins with a slick sweet nectar that slips in on its own. The taste is just rich and decadent. There is a rich creamy and bold caramelness that seems to happily dominate the flavor. Theres also lesser amounts of dark fruitiness way out in the background. Toward the finish the heat does build up a bit along with caramel mixed with almonds, chestnuts and filbert nuttiness. WOW!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Degarth, Ibrew2or3 and I almost bought a bottle of this a while back but missed out on the chance. I feared I would never get to try it due to the rarity and price. Thankfully there are some ungodly generous people on this Earth. Sample from the extremely cool and generous owner of Oldsmar Tap House. All we did was comment on his bottles above, in passing, and next thing we know he was pouring us all a sample. The 3 of us have been pining after this beer for quite a while, so this was aa real treat. Looks like a fine liquor when poured out, no head at all, and a beautiful deep caramel color. Completely still in appearance, this one looks like its going to put a hurting on you. Nose is huge, sure there is tons of booze there, but that cant be helped, but behind that there is a large amount of tropical fruitiness, sweet nutty notes, caramel and toffee malts, some peat and some pungent perfumey type hop notes. The nuttiness, while apparent in the aroma, becomes a standout in the flavor profile. It makes this dangerously close to being too sweet and cloying, but I think the super high ABV cuts things enough and distracts your palette so its not a huge bother. Very viscous and substantial, this one coats your mouth and stays there for a long, long time. A perfect mouthfeel, wish I could give it higher than a 5. Tremendous amounts of phenol heat show up in each stage of this beer, but thanks to the small sample size, its manageable. A little dabll do ya with this one. Finish is lengthy, hot, nutty, malty, rich and decadent. Thanks, Tony!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Night of the Barrels: Had a wonderful cocoa aroma from the aging that complimented really well the abundant vanilla, caramel and slight dried fruit notes. Flavor was amazingly well balanced. I was expecting to feel as though I was drinking a liquor, but the flavor hid the alcohol extremely well. The cocoa seemed to mellow out the sweet malts and turn this into the most surpisingly good beer at the festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rustbucket0873 (419) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Pours a brown golden color no head but has legs like a nice wine. Smells heavily alcholic fingernail polish scotch and walnuts. Palate is hot but well coated and creamy. Flavor is maple syrup sticky malt scotch and more raw alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2008
This sample was generously provide to me from the bottle of jjpm74. Poured a sticky amber, almost mead or scotch-like in appearance. Aroma of alcohol, butterscotch, and maple candy. Flavor is sweet with maple syrup, french toast and almonds. Still body is a bit of a surprise but appropriate I suppose given the nature of the drink, though makes it feel more like an additive than something that is supposed to be consumed alone. I would like to pour this on a breakfast offering, as I imagine it would go well. I would rather drink syrup than soy sauce, though, so I would call this creation more successful than the triple bock. Pretty well done, but not with any degree of craftsmanship that would merit a price within the same time zone as what this beer sells for. To me, this beer still represents BBC trying to hose the beer community because its a well known brewery, but at least its a good drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
illidurit (2308) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
It was pretty surprising to see Utopias on my local bars beer menu. I was a bit hesitant to try another Sam Adams strong ale after trying the Triple Bock and finding it to be a mess of flavors that didnt belong together. However a sample of Utopias isnt something you come across everyday. The rarity and uniqueness of this brew pushed me over the edge, and past the price too. 2 ounce pour for $15 (!) at The Red in Santa Cruz. The bartender poured it into a kind of undersized champagne flute that I found to be very appropriate for the beer. It poured a deep amber that seemed to glow with light, as though by camera trick or special effects from a commercial. Very viscous for a beer, it left long thin legs down the glass after swirling. No head, no carbonation. Aroma is primarily sweet molasses and caramel, with a distinct vanilla note. The booze manifests as a particularly oaky bourbon note. Taste is a whirlwind of sweet and hot flavors. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel wash over the tongue amidst exquisitely smooth booziness. Finish is buttery, almost butterscotchy. Obviously portlike although less fruity. Mouthfeel is very thick but smooth. The alcohol blends with the sweet flavors seamlessly. The finish lingers for a long time, lending companionship to the slowly evolving warmth in the chest. Considering the alcohol level, this is very very drinkable, but only by way of sipping. Id love to have a bottle of this so I could pour a significant helping into a snifter and just slowly revel in the sweetness and warmth on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (12300) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Yespr]
[Vintage 2003]
Pours a light hazy red-brown with a little bit of bubbles along the rim of my glass. Aroma is extremely alcoholic, some port and wood. The alcochol leaves wonderful lace curtains on my glass. Oily mouthfeel with an extreme alcohol burn. Rather sweet, lots of dried fruit (primarily figs). Light caramel, port and wood. Far too powerful for me, but it is impressive, though.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
maniac4016 (114) - bill clinton, ICELAND - JAN 19, 2008
what a disappiontment, on nosing it was anything but complex, maple syrup is a better discreption. on the palate it was similar to a vintage port, this is supposeded to be beer isnt it? better off spending $160.00 on a 1st rate cab. sauv. more similar to wine, especially since they had to use champ yeast to get the alcohol so high. what is the beer world becoming to??

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Thanks to brewblackhole for this gem! Reddish color. Smell of alcohol, wine, caramel, whiskey/bourbon, oak, vanilla, pepper, clove, champaign, nuts, dark fruit and the list goes on and on. I sat for 20 minutes just smelling this. Taste of the same but only better. I wish I could give this a 10.

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