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Samuel Adams Utopias MMII - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Utopias MMIISamuel Adams Utopias MMII

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

31 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 17
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  24.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-06-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of oline73
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Chimay goblet. I poured a glass of this to honor the greatest college football coach ever. Rest in peace Joepa.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy dark amber. The beer has a red hue to it. There is no head at all.

Smell: Very sweet and smooth with some alcohol burn at the end. I'm picking up dark fruit, desert wine, caramel, and some vanilla. Definitely smells more like a very nice bottle of liquor.

Taste: Just phenomenal. This is much smoother than newer batches. Definitely picking up some sherry/port. The wood from the barrels is there along with caramel and vanilla. The finish is hot, but very smooth considering the abv.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with just a tingle from the alcohol. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This is a really nice beer. It ages with the best of them. I'll enjoy it until my bottle runs out and then I'm sure I won't see this one again.

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Utopias. Thanks to Arthur for the chance to try this.

Viscous, leggy amber with slight haze. Completely still.

Layers of maple syrup, butterscotch, sherry, wood, spiciness. Some nice oxidation here, and very reigned-in alcohol.

Sweet without ever coming off as cloying. Sherry oxidation, slight nuttiness, fruit preserves, oak, maple syrup. Full, syrupy body. Completely still. Lingering sweet finish with a bit of oak and heat. As great as this is, I think the newer batches of Utopias are slightly better.

Photo of HopHead84
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

5/13/2011

Opened on a whim. 2 ounces poured into a brandy snifter. MMII, the first Utopias to be made and the immediate successor to Millennium. This should be interesting.

A: The liquid is a dark copper color and pours still from the bottle. A swirl of the glass yields a thick collar and a cascading string of pearls that is most impressive. Each bead's journey back to the liquid seems to take minutes. Looks really great.

S: The nose exhibits a strong maple profile with accompanying toffee, butterscotch, faint vanilla, and caramel. I find the aroma to be port-like than Millennium or the later iterations of Utopias, with nice plum notes. Oak is present but subtle. The alcohol is pretty potent, stinging the nostrils and causing a mild irritation of the eyes when the glass is close. There's a little orange in there, and I detect some leather and sherry-like oxidation when I swirl the glass. Like I said earlier, this is definitely port-like, but it also resembles a cognac or brandy. There's a lot of brown sugar and a touch of tobacco. Most excellent.

T: Sweet brown sugar and maple with butterscotch, plum, grape, and faint orange. Caramel and toffee are evident, and booze is pronounced though I don't find that to be a bad thing. Leather integrates with oak and a touch of tobacco. Sherry-like oxidation is subtle when it greets the palate. This is quite complex. This lies at the crossroads of port, cognac, and sherry.

M: The beer is still, with no carbonation whatever. Alcohol warming is substantial. The elixir is velvet and silk on the palate.

Overall: Excellent stuff. It's no Millennium, but it's not far off.

6/18/2011

I've had this bottle open for about a month now, and the oxidation has made this a wonderous drinking experience. The booze sting has subsided and the beer is amazing. I think this is on par with Millennium at this time. Perhaps I will revise my opinion as I continue my journey through this bottle.

Photo of jrodvog148
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you can find it cool, get someone else to pay for it though. A buddy of mine bought it for us for New Years. Was really thrown off by the smell, reminded me of a hard liquor like scotch or whiskey which due to my past college experiences kinds makes me sick. But after sucking it up and taking a swig, it was really smooth and had not back taste running up my throat. Can't say I would spend the money on it myself, but it sure tasted good. Try finding Viking Blood Mead, believe it or nto for 20 bucks kinda the same taste.

Photo of paytoplay
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure what version I bought a friend as a gift. I think the 2nd or 3rd release? Tried it right away, thought it was Ok, sweet, odd and kind of like a beer on the finish. Then tried it 6 months later, same bottle, much improved, more carmel, smoke, like a good congaic. Then tried again another year later or more, it's been a while since this last taste, but WOW it really is improving with bottle age. Alc maybe fading away? Maybe oxadizing some to reveal more flavors? Candied and dried orange peal, carmel, smoke, 5 spice, butterscotch, more like a good scotch. Not the heat like earlier tries. Tough to say this is "drinkable" as really a beer, but not really.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Wow, what can you say about this beer? First off, it has more in common with a Conac than a beer, but it is a beer. Pours still from the copper kettle. Huge aromas of alcohol, rasins and caramel. Taste... lots of warming alcohol, a nice brandy/conac creaminess and some dark fruit. Quite sweet. Almost overpowering. Drink about an ounce or two of this stuff as a nightcap, nothing more. Absurdly priced at $150 though.

Photo of Chsyhkr
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cross between liquour and Liquor at 24% abv or there abouts. Poured from a neet copper kettle ceramic bottle.

This still beverage, like Triple Bock, but much drier is a real winner.

An aroma of hazelnuts and raisins that along with the alcohol cleans the nose out.

A touch of maple syrup appears in the taste with enough bittering hops to keep this from being cough syrup. No hop aroma or flavor that I can tell.

If you are looking for beer and many reviewers are, you will be disappointed. This is a cordial or liquor. Pour an ounce or two and enjoy while watching March Madness...if you plan it right this beer bottle will last 10 years and 10 Final Fours!

Photo of jcalabre
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish/brown color. It pours w/ no head.
Flavor: Tastes like a liqueur. It is buterscotch/cognac taste
Aroma: alcohol, butterscotch
Overall: simply beautiful. The alcohol flavor is extremely well hidden, which I appreciate. This is beautiful to drink. Great job.

Photo of Popsinc
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear, golden brown pour. Looks like scotch or cognac. No head whatsoever.

The nose was warm and big upfront with alcohol, caramel, vanilla & many cognac-like qualities.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth and warm.

The taste was complex. A warm alcohol bite. Hints of caramel and sticky butterscotch. A pinch of vaillna is in there somewhere. Sweet but not sugary.

The finish was smooth and refined. Much more mellow and mature then, lets say, the Triple Bock. Again, here is an example of a great after dinner drink. As a beer though, i question its drinkability.

Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In comparison to the Millennium, i think this falls a bit short of the mark. The appearnace of this one was quite murky, lots of dark pruny fruits, with some oaky, nutty vanillin flavours. This however has much more noticable alcohol than the Millennium, and the finish is a little shorter. Still an intersting beer, and a rare one to come by, particularly in Australia.

Photo of comat0se
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sample from a cask at the 1st Annual Boulder Strong Ale Festival

Aroma: Lots of butterscotch aroma, Sherry-like complexity, Caramel, Alcohol

Appearance: Zero head, just a couple bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Flat looking, very hazy medium-dark caramel brown, like a very hazy iced tea. Intriguing looking though... Leaves thick sheets of alcohol and alcohol legs as it runs down the glass. Looks nothing like beer, but of course this is in a league of its own.

Taste: The taste is that of a fine-port but perhaps not as sweet, fairly big but not overwhelming wood characters, fresh vanilla hints, caramel, and butterscotch, with a very slightly astringent walnut finish. It's difficult to hold this in your mouth for very long as warm alcohol vapors rush up the sinuses, although in the mouth, it is a very smooth feel.

Mouthfeel: Velvet-like softness in a thick, but not quite syrupy, mouthfeel.

Overall: This is quite an accomplishment, and I look forward to trying the descendents of Utopias. I think it is a fair deal better, more complex, more mature, and more refined than the Triple Bock. And that's coming from someone who likes the Triple Bock.

Is it worth $200 a bottle? I really don't think so. Is it worth $100, probably not, unless you have some money to get rid of. It is certainly worth seeking it out and trying it somewhere like a beer festival though.

Photo of kwill
1.31/5  rDev -69%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Like nathi, I am somewhat surprised by all of the high reviews. Pours a thick brown with no head. If you swirl it around the glass the beer just seems to ooze back down the side of the glass. Smell is sharp and sweet with a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is sweet and syrupy with no characteristics that would make you call this one a beer.

My normal description of this beer is a mix of a port wine, tequila (yuck), and cognac. Every sip almost takes your breath away and leaves a strong alcohol aftertaste. Unfortunately I paid too much for this beer and now it is just used as a novelty for my friends to taste.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this at a recent Beer tasting event.

Appearance: Golden-brown, cloudy, with no foam.

Smell: Strong oak aroma, the overwhelming smell is almost identical to cognac, but with some sweet caramel/molasses overtones.

Taste: Very warming (not surprisingly, considering the high alcohol content). Flavors of cognac, oak, and alcohol. A slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good if sipped. Very smooth and warming. Light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Good. Very smooth, great for inhaling from a snifter, and for sipping. It is hard to believe this is a "beer".

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Samuel Adams Utopias MMII from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
91 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.