Samuel Adams Utopias MMII
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Strong Ale - American
4.34 | pDev: 16.59%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Samuel Adams Utopias MMIISamuel Adams Utopias MMII
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oline73 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Jan 22, 2012
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largadeer from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Oct 20, 2011
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HopHead84 from California

4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.


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.

May 14, 2011
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jrodvog148 from Sweden

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Mar 28, 2009
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paytoplay from California

4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Jul 19, 2008
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ChrisBowers from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Nov 07, 2005
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Chsyhkr from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Mar 27, 2004
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jcalabre from California

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Jul 20, 2003
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Popsinc from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Jun 11, 2003
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rastaman from England

3.42/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

May 05, 2003
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comat0se from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +6%
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.

Feb 09, 2003
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kwill from Texas

1.31/5  rDev -69.8%
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.

Feb 02, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
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".

Jan 20, 2003
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nathi from Colorado

2.33/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I am suprised to see so many good reviews. This beer is a novelty in my opinion, and thats all. At least at the age I tasted it. It may some day age into a nice like 15 years. Imagine a cheap super young scotch with maple syrup added. Flavors do not blend. Flat, sweet, and very alcoholic. More like a liqueur than a beer...but the problem is...a BAD liqueur. Just harsh and cloying. Aroma was kinda interesting though, sheerry like and complex. I should have stopped there.

Oct 15, 2002
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Todd from California

4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/07/02 : This sample is taken from a bottle I opened up about a month ago. Unlike the experience of others, my sample shows little sign of oxidation -- probably because I used a air tight pump cork.

Appearance is a flat dark copper, brown, ruby hued mixture with a thick syrupy consistency. Aroma is highly alcoholic, with strong notes of caramel, oak, vanilla and maple.

Taste apprears to be much smoother than the initial cracking of the bottle. Maple flavours have become extremely pronounced, with strong vanilla bean flavours backing them up, and then some. Alcohol presence is still off the hook, and spicy as hell. Toffee and caramel seem to control much of the malt scene. Bready and yeasty notes. Hints of oxidation blend well with oak flavours, and I'm guessing that these will become more pronounced in the upcoming months -- meaning I'll have to drink it all vs. having the luxury of letting it sit like other alcohols (then again I must remind myself that this is a beer). After airing for more than 10 minutes the beer seems to smooth out and become extremely mellow -- almost too mellow. Thin bitterness attempts to break thru, but is beaten to a malty pulp.

Very port like in character. Very warming. Very blissful. Luckily I have over half a bottle left and an entire bottle that I'll be putting aside to age. Stay tuned ...

Aug 07, 2002
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Presented in a ceramic bottle designed to look like an old-school copper brewing kettle. Screw off top, with beer cap. 1173 out of 3000 released bottles.

Appearance: Thick dark amber with a sticky syrup consistency.

Smell: Huge overwhelming alcohol nose. Oak, wood, raisins. Buttery caramel, toffee, vanilla. Reminiscent of a scotch/ whiskey/bourbon.

Taste: Thick, full-bodied and rich with a smooth mouthfeel. Buttery caramel, toffee, light cocoa, maple syrup, big vanilla and an oaky middle that moves into the finish. Toasted bread. Spicy alcohol. Warming. Sweet ripe dates. Charred wood. No real hop flavour. Maple, vanilla and a stinging alcohol kick in the finish.

Notes: This is an insane beer. The alcohol character is off the hook! Definitely not a strong beer or barley wine. This is experimental all the way. The world's strongest beer at the time of this review, and you'll find nothing else like it.

Jul 13, 2002
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jackndan from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Utopias: from the bottle, and a small barrel during the Sam Adams Brewery Tour. Fantastic beverage, much more like a strong Port or Cognac than a beer. It is a deep ruby in color, with strong aromas of alcohol and malt. Sweet initially, with incredible complexity of caramel, coffee, toast, brandy, layered on top of each other. A great after dinner beverage.

Jun 17, 2002
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Andy from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the brewery in April 2002. Pale brown color. Strong alcohol hints in nose. Smells sweet like tawny port. First sip can cause you to skip a breath (especially those who think it is simply a strong beer, not a super-strength beer). Flavor profile is fairly complex, with hints of maple syrup, vanilla and light port wine flavors. Is sometimes syrupy sweet with no hop bite. A warming alcohol base stays throughout the brew. Jim's most recent stepping stone to his stated goal of breaking 50 proof.

May 03, 2002
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Jdiddy from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well worth the $100 price tag. Smooth as can be. Hard to believe it is 24% alcohol. Hides it well. Scent is wonderful. Found it a bit similar to Port, but much smoother and complex. If you can find it!

Apr 06, 2002
Samuel Adams Utopias MMII from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 37 ratings