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RATINGS: 988   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06/5   EST. CALORIES: 810   ABV: 27%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
shawnmurphy (43) - Plattsburgh, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2017
A review reconstructed from notes. Picked up a copper bottle of 10th anniversary version (2012) to have a taste-testing with friends and to split the cost (it is a very pricey bottle!). You really cant call this a beer, although its brewed with barley but so is scotch! With an alcohol percentage of 29 percent for this vintage, I had to remind myself that I was drinking a beer when it seemed more like I was sipping a port, sherry, cognac, bourbon, and/or a scotch. Poured dark amber with no head or lacing, yet a swirl of the snifter leaves legs on the glass, like sipping hard liquor. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla, caramel, maple, molasses, dried dark fruit, smoky wood, and alcohol. Flavor is all of the above plus brown bread with raisins, candied blood oranges, tobacco, earth, with a sweet, lingering burn from the booze. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, syrupy and sweet, yet not cloyingly so. A once-in-a-lifetime treat to myself!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rumore (187) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 19, 2017
From the bottle, 10th anniversary edition, 2012. Pours foamless,a beautiful dark brown with nice reflections. Aroma is dark malt, licorice, fruits under spirits, dry fruits. Body is very dense, very sticky, intense burn. Taste is sweet, with strong caramel feeling. Some bitterness and wrote some astringency. Finish is rather long and intense, lots of salivation induced.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
hajsman (146) - Gdask, POLAND - JAN 15, 2017
Aromas of barrels at top, bourbon, cognac, very sweet, dark fruits. Alcohol is noble but way too heavy. Its not easy to drink. I wouldnt say that it is a beer (no head, no carbonation). More like curiosty than something to recommend

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Noform (31) - Tarnowskie Gry, POLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Samuel Adams Utopias 10th Anniversary (2012) Genialne piwo, zapach powala na deski, toffi takie ciągnące sie, beczki, kokos wszystko. W smaku słodkie nie tak wyklejające jak Jopen ale zdecydowanie bardziej "pijalne"? Nie męczy alkohol genialnie paruje w ustach. Klasa już nie światowa a pozaziemska, "galaktyczna"?

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Biroholik (1058) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Bottle Sharing / Piwne Degustacje Krakw
Nieziemskie, bogate, wielowarstwowe, potężnie złożone piwo. Określenie "złożone, wielowarstwowe" powinno być stworzone dla takich piw jak to. Aromat jest obezwładniający, gigantyczny, bardzo intensywny. Najważniejszą jego zaletą jest fajt, że oodąża on za smakiem. Słodkie, likierowate z całym szeregiem składowych, ktrych nie sposb wszystkich wymienić. Skupię się zaledwie na tych najważniejszych: śliwki, rodzynki, toffi, owoce kandyzowane, figi, skrki pomarańczy, karmel, a nawet lekka czekolada. W kontrze nuty beczki dęblwej, mokrego drewna, sherry, wanilii. Alkohol rozgrzewa w szlachetny sposb, ale ani na sekundę nie wychodzi przed szereg. Kolosalna oleitsa, gęsta jak kisiel faktura, przy ktrej nie sposb nazywać ten trunek jeszcze płynem. Genialne, arcymistrzowskie. Nie potrafiłbym odjąć mu punktw za słabą pianę, dlatego w mojej ocenie dostaje maksymalną liczbę 20-tu punktw i 5.0 na RateBeer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Shared bottle at Samm Fest I, October 2016. Poured clear caramel colored with min head. The nose was a rich medley of rich, caramelly malt, tannins, hops. Tasted like a fine bourbon, with rich, malt, tons of heat in the flavor and nose, and more caramel and spirity flavor as it warmed. A white whale I thought Id never see, and I am thankful for that. What a beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Bottle. Rich brown beer with no head. Raisin aroma. Raisin and caramel flavor with light vanilla. Medium bodied. Raisin and oak lingers with light vanilla and caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluejacket74 (1936) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2016
24 ounce bottle, 2015 Edition, bottle #17398, 28% ABV. Ive opened the bottle and shared some with friends a couple months ago, but figured Id give it a proper review this time. Served in a small tasting snifter (about an ounce or 2 pour), the beer pours a clear amber color with no head or lacing. Its similar to drinking whiskey, when I swirl it around in the glass you can see the "legs" sticking to the side of it. Aroma is rich, malty and boozy, the brew smells like vanilla, maple, molasses, dark fruit, wood, sweet spices and earthiness. Taste is sweet and actually not as boozy as I expected. Theres caramel, maple, molasses, wood, dark fruit, sweet spices, vanilla, candied oranges, Sherry, and earthy/tobacco flavors. Theres also a lingering sweet boozy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, its a bit syrupy and slick with pretty much no carbonation. I really like this brew, its certainly a sipper. Utopias is similar to drinking a bourbon or Scotch, its pretty hard to compare this even to most craft beer. Very unique and tasty brew, definitely worth trying if you get a chance to!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (337) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2016
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma; Booze, prunes, figs, raisins, maple syrup and liqourice. Taste; Prunes, figs, raisins, maple syrup, liqourice and booze.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Estebanik (896) - Lublin, POLAND - DEC 11, 2016
Ciężko ocenić piwo, pijąc tylko 20 ml, ale sprbujmy. Piany oczywiście brak. Aromat mocno słodki, miodowy, szlachetnie alkoholowy, karmelowy, suszone owoce. W smaku gęste, sporo miodu gryczanego. Pije się to właściwie jak mid pitny. Alkohol przyjemnie rozgrzewa, stanowi fajną kontrę dla dużej słodyczy. Bardzo mało piwne, ale robi wrażenie.


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