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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fmbrewing (12) - Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
I tasted this beer at the great taste of the midwest. I happened to be standing at the Sam Adams booth and one of the event organizers came to the both and asked the pourer, "I hear you have some really strong beer?". The guy behind the booth took out this silver and glass bong shaped bottle and poured him like a finger of this syrupy good stuff. As I just happend to be standing there, I also asked the Sam Adams guy if I could have just a taste. He poured my a tiny bit and I asked him "what is this stuff?". He said, "Its the strongest beer in the world!". I loved it, it was like doing a shot of brown sugar liquor and it smelled like heaven. That 25 proof goodness packs a wallup!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (6002) - 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 Ill share form time to time just to show off a high alcohol brew. Thanks John.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (4433) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Again generously shared by Bierkonig at his shop in Copenhagen. Very strong smell of brandy, and heat. Tastes super smooth, with sweet toffee. Burns the throat - like liqueur or summat similar. Smooth and warm will be its epitaph, though I didnt really get the beer here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaFriar (1) - Romeoville, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
One of my favorites, but most people wouldnt classify this as "a beer". Very unique complex flavors: nutty, toasted,molasses, initially moderatly sweet with slightly sweet finish. Dark brown with no head, good body and no fizz. Drink at room temperature like a fine brandy, but much smoother. Aroma pleasantly vanilla-maple. A great sipper and change of pace for special occassions

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5333) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
From a 2003 vintage bottle. Poured a very pretty dark amber that is almost ruby. The hot aroma has walnuts, alcohol and maple. Makes you think of a good brandy. The taste is maple and cherries. There is also some very slight smoke and a vineous character. Very warming and this wants to be sipped. Whiel excellent and different, not worth that huge price tag. Thanks for sharing, JPDIPSO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tasting courtesy of the generous JPDIPSO. Mostly clear and cider brown in color with impressive vinous legs. Aroma could have its own TV show. For the time I had with it, I was able to discern rubber cement, golden raisins, honey, hot alcohol as it seeps into the nasal passages and a walnut trait that John pinned right on the nose. Hot and seeing on first touch. We just burnt off the tip of the tongue. Down 10 taste buds later, were working with a caramel and maple sweetness. Quite a dactylic fairytale. Accents of amaretto coffee syrup by consensus. Maple oak vat filled with syrup. Sweet, gliding and dissipating. Quite a nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
a 2003 shared by John... wow what a beer to open and share. 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. A good beer but not worth that price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. I have to thank my wife for this one, she waited in line at the Sam Adams tent while I waited for Raspberry Eisbock at the Kuhnhenn tent. This to me is the most puzzling beer that one can rate, because at this point, it didnt taste much like beer to me any longer. Other high alcohol beers I have sampled such as Dogfish 120 and Barley Johns Barrel-Aged Rosies Ale still tasted of beer to me. This reminded me of Scotch more than anything else, but Scotch after one adds a bit of water. The Scotch alcohol burn wasnt there in the least. But lots of butter, toffee, and vanilla on the palate. This is an experience more than anything, and in that sense, if you can get 25 friends together, its probably worth 5 bucks each. Revised after a more extensive sampling at the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers. I like this stuff more each time I have (the third time now) perhaps because Im prepared for the fact that it is more akin to hard liquor than beer. Notes of orange peel and maple syrup struck me this time. Adding one point for palate and one more for aroma. Overall should go up, but man this is expensive. Im glad Ive never had to pay for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2010 8/14/2005: Sampled at GTMW. The aroma is like fingernail polish remover and malts. Looks like scotch. Tastes buttery and scotchy but no burn like scotch. WAAAAAY over-rated. Im glad I didnt have to pay $100 for this. 6, 3, 7, 4, 13 = 3.3
02/16/2010: Thanks Bill. 2009 vintage. The beer pours to a deep mahogany body with no head. Sexy lacing. The aroma is deeply distilled caramel and some strong alcohol. Light amount of acetone. The flavor is sweet malts that are heavy and syrupy. The palate is huge. Deep malts that are syrupy but not sticky. Medium-full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Sampled (two samples actually) at the brewery during the BA Jim Koch tour. Pours a rich auburn with zero carbonation, zero head. I would describe this beer as having "nice legs" like a wine or port. Smells of sherry. I have heard it compared to cognac but I have no frame of reference there. Vanilla, oak, alcohol, and bright caramel and molasses all intermingle in the nose. Sherry is the flavor that dominates here but lets break it down a little. Roasty caramel, vanilla, hints of black currant and oak. Alcohol is a bit pronounced but not as much as I would have expected. This beer is refined and sophisticated, not rough. Lightly sticky in the mouth with a dry finish. A sipper to be sure but a tasty one.

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